4 Top Interior Design Tips for Your Home Office – Working from Home Part 2
Follow these simple interior design tips to make working from home more effective and inspiring.
In Part 1 of this series, I gave you the 3 Steps to Help You Find Space for Your Home Office. Now that you’ve found the best location, I encourage you to follow these professional interior design techniques to make the most of that space!
TIP 1: EMBRACE NATURAL LIGHT
Natural light helps keep your work space more energetic and inspiring than any designer lamp ever could! Not all of us have access to rooms with a huge amount of natural light, or perhaps the space that works best isn’t the brightest. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret! A well placed mirror does wonders to bounce light around the room. Placing a large mirror on the wall opposite a window or in the area that gets the most light works best.
Don’t like the look of a big mirror? There are two great work-arounds for you to try. A fresh coat of bright white paint will also help reflect light around the room. Or, you can put up an artful cluster of small picture frames and put up a few smaller mirrors among them. You’re still using mirrors, but they are barely noticeable among the frames.
TIP 2: USE YOUR VERTICAL SPACE
Take advantage of the vertical space above your work station. Aka: your walls! I find that most people focus heavily on furniture that needs to occupy the ground and forget about all the potential space they have just overhead.
There are plenty of vertical storage solutions these days that are beautifully designed and very cost effective. Better yet, you have a myriad of options depending on your personal style. Are you into sleek floating shelves, industrial shelving combining metal and wood, or do you love a more rustic look? As spaces have become smaller, more and more vertical storage options have become readily available to help people adapt.
TIP 3: GO THE EXTRA MILE WITH DECORATING
Make the space your own! Your desk back at work felt cozy because you decorated it with things you love. You may not think to do this because you’re home- you’re already surrounded by things you love!- however there is a huge difference in a space when it has been decorated with thought and intention.
Whether you are lucky enough to have a spare room or if you are working from your dining table, try to surround yourself with things that are inspiring and that bring a positive energy. Family photos, plants, and art are all excellent starting blocks.
Don’t forget that because you are at home, you can go the extra mile using essential oils and music to treat and surround some of your other senses. These things would be unacceptable in a shared workspace, so use this time working from home to indulge yourself a little!
TIP 4: DON’T SKIMP ON ERGONOMICS
When you’re working in a temporary space, comfort and ergonomics often feel less important as you’re just there ‘for now.’ That can’t be farther from the truth! You should double check all of the factors below and adjust your equipment and furniture until you are comfortable.
- Appropriate desk and chair heights. Your feet should touch the ground and your elbows should be able to comfortably rest on your desk
- A comfortable, supportive chair
- Lighting that is easy on the eyes and bright enough if you are doing small work that requires reading fine print
- Enough space on your desk for your monitor to be a comfortable viewing distance and angle for your eyes
Compromising ergonomics is never worth it! Desk-related strains can creep up on you and be extremely painful and lasting, so the importance of ergonomics should never be underestimated.