I worked for past 2 years as workplace consultant and designed many spaces from big call centres to small law companies offices. Home environment can be the most inspiring but yet the most destructive of your work if is wrongly designed. Watching pretty desks and home office inspirations on Instagram or Pinterest maybe can help you to go style but loads of them are not quite functional spaces. There is often too much clutter, very unhealthy choice of seats or etc. I am so lucky, that I have now perfectly designed and functional working space! My desk is from IKEA. It was actually separate legs and top. Most items, like lamp or wire shelf are from Ebay or charity shops. my desk cost me like £10 for legs and I used an old top I already had so it wasn’t expensive at all. There are few really important factors you need to know when designing your own home study/work area.
The importance of colours. This is like super interesting. If you want to create your workspace and perfect home office in an already occupied room, like me for example in my living room or bedroom, think of the existing colour layout. You do want to maybe re-think if you need to perhaps change the colours of your walls? My desk is mainly white with the touch of oranges and green plants as this colours really energise me and helps me to add this ‘kick’. Colours in a work environment can help you focus, but also relax and be more productive. Psychology of colours is incredible. Colours can play a huge role in emotions and your concentration. For example, despite my orange touch is really positive and energising colour, it also can easy distract me so I need to be careful not to overuse it. There is this popular monochrome in Pinterest and Instagram images of home office ideas. Despite that I love it myself, I would be very careful as it may create boredom and you won’t be able to finish your work as you will be getting constantly tired. just black and white can be good if you spend only several hours in front of computer but if you work longer, think if adding colours that evoke more emotions. Having something green like plant or lamp etc. can really add some calmness and relaxation. I would avoid purples and too much black, of course, leave these colours for the bedroom. What I really like, is commercial office furniture. It is amazing how smartly we can use furniture design and fabrics in an office environment to make people more productive, improve wellbeing and collaborations between staff. Like for example Calibre Furniture you can find many furniture designs and pick custom fabrics. I know these are different to your home office, but it’s really good to sometimes look into successful companies case studies, to see which colours they using for their collaborative areas and which for focused areas. I think taking the inspiration from commercial office interiors to home interiors can really benefit. I am lucky to have knowledge of both!
The right computer. You need think of the exact computer you need. Before I bought my Dell laptop I have done so much research, ask everyone around. Don’t just rely on guys in store as they often get commissions of selling some items so bear that in mind and just speak to your friends, fellow students, work colleagues etc. My dell last over 5 years and I have run Autocad, photoshop and other many heavy software. now I have shaped for Mac, but only because I had to switch to iMovie. Try to make prons and cons whether you after a laptop or PC. I take my laptop everywhere. Also, My dell had a changeable cover so I had really pretty design on it.
The Right desk lamp
As much as important is natural light, you should also think of the right desk lamp with the right light bulb voltage. I prefer daylight LED light bulbs. Of course, a stylish lamp will also bring an amazing feature to your desk, but think functionality first! Summer time is great for a daylight but during a winter it gets dark really quick and you will have to switch on your desk lamp. You will find an amazing choice from The Electrical Guys with various lamps, light bulbs and nearly everything you need to make your workspace functional!
Desk size. When you buy a desk to try to think not only about the colour or size if it fits your room but also if the size is really what you need. Try a very simple exercise. Gather all the work tool you need including your laptop, sketchbooks, notepads even the decorative accessories you wish to have. place the arrangements in front of you and try to reach them. does all your book have space, if you reach for a pen, will knock other items on the way? no, great! Even if you have to re-arrange the layout to place the desk somewhere else is worth to do it!
Helpful accessories and storage. You probably read by now my spring shelf post about extra storage I have created for my room. Also, I got this vintage metal crate from a charity shop that created that extra storage as well. What I am missing is a proper notice board, as I have so many prints, inspiring notes and things to remember and I am used to having a notice board at work next to me and at home it’s something I really want! I wanted to buy this Glassboard from TeacherBoards as is glass and I can just place against the wall and use magnets so my prints won’t get damaged. I also have storage boxes from HomeSense as is glass and I can just place against the wall and use magnets so my prints won’t get damaged. I also have storage boxes from HomeSense where I keep all my crafts. I didn’t want to add to many furniture or cabinets and home sense has so amazing storage options that make everything looks super organised.
Make it personal. Despite that your office is in your home, does it not make it personal. Having your own goals written, whether via notes, personal pictures or maybe your own DIY displayed? Keep something that is important to you on your desk and, believes me, it will help you to stay focused and be more driven. I am totally motivated by my Mapiful personalised map with a word I have also tattooed ‘Imagine, Believe, Achieve. I have map representing Paris. This inspiration comes from when I was a little girl and I wanted to go to Paris, and I knew this is a dream only and I will never be able to achieve it. Until actually when I was 16 I went to Paris. My first life goal achived!
Yes, clutter. I think this is pretty obvious that clutter can distract. Personally, I can’t do any work if I have messy home or desk. Every single my task list includes decluttering and general cleaning. this article is more if office interior again but it may give you a little more ideal Ink article
*This is a collaboration with Dell, but all thoughts are my own