The Art of Creating a Home Office
If you work from home (lucky!) or end up putting in extra hours out of the office (not as lucky!), a home office might be just what you need to help meld the comfort of home and the productivity of a set work space. To help make sure you get the most out of your personal workplace, we’ve compiled a quick guide to the art of creating a home office.
- Color choice is crucial. We’ve touched on the psychology of color in a previous blog post and it’s an element of design that takes center stage in a room like the home office. Colors that are best for productivity are blue (for left-brained, business-types), yellow (for right-brained creatives), and brown (a balanced and overall grounding tone). A mix of calming and energizing colors can help to break up visual boredom; consider painting the walls a muted shade of one color and add pops of color with a bold, complimentary hue.
- Lighting choices can make or break a space. If you’ve ever worked in an office where your only option for lighting is a buzzing, fluorescent overhead fixture, you know this can be a little… bleak. Layering sources of lighting (and avoiding fluorescents) is your best bet: a spacious window will bring in plenty of natural light (which helps to prevent that two o’clock drowsy feeling), while can lights and a couple dimmable lamps or under-cabinet LED strips provide two layers of artificial lighting to ward off a sterile, corporate feel. Oh, and don’t forget a fan if you’re partial to a little breeze!
- Appliances can make a good office great. No, I’m not talking dishwashers or microwaves, those can stay in the kitchen – think a coffee maker or a beverage fridge. Keeping the important things close helps to deter unnecessary breaks, which tend to creep in more often when procrastination strikes! Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of coffee at the start of a workday?
- Think of your tolerance for noise. If you have noisy surroundings (whether that be your family or just your neighborhood) and need silence to be productive, sound proofing may be a good investment. On the other hand, if you need background noise to work, integrating a sound system or television is right for you.
We’d be happy to help you craft the home office of your dreams. Whether you’re a consultant with a keenness for the contemporary or a tax attorney with a taste for all things traditional, give us a ring at 480.304.5525. We work with a variety of designers who are happy to work with your needs and design preferences to create a space that is 100% yours.