Five Tips for Creating Your Perfect Home OfficeNovember 3, 2011
Whether you’re creating your first home office or updating your existing one, the key to creating a great home office is to create an organized space that reflects your personal style and is warm and inviting so that you’ll want to actually spend time there.
We here at Office Envy have created a simple guide to creating your perfect home office. By following these simple rules you’re sure to create a space that’s both fun and functional — and most importantly, inspiring to you!
Creating Your Perfect Home Office: A Field Guide
1) Sketch before you buy.
As you embark on your path towards the perfect home office, the critical first step is to have a vision for the finished product before you start. Whether you hire someone to help you put your ideas down on to paper or just grab a pencil and start sketching is up to you, but make sure that you consider the following as you plan:
– First, choose a theme that will tie your pieces together. This can be a color theme, a decor style like “sleek and modern” or a concept you’d like to emulate, like a garden. As you choose your theme think about the function of your office. Do you need a place that will energize you? Off-set the stress of your work?
– How will you arrange the furniture with respect to the other pieces as well as major architectural features of the room like doorways and windows?
– What colors inspire you most? Some people work best in a light and airy space while others want weighty wood tones to lend gravity to their work experience. Choose a color palette before moving past Go.
2) Size Matters.
The size of your home office space doesn’t impact how productive you’ll be — some of the most inspiring spaces are small ones — but don’t ignore the size of your space as you plan your office.
Don’t clutter your space with too much furniture. If you are working with a small space, consider multifunctional pieces, like a desk with many drawers built in. A good rule of thumb is limiting your furniture to no more than 2 pieces for every 10 square feet of space. So if you have a home office that’s 10’x10′, plan for a desk unit and a chair, plus smaller accessories. If you’re working with a 20’x20′ space, consider adding in a couch or other seating arrangement.
3) Make the Most of Your Chair.
The chair is the piece of furniture that you entrust with your body and yet it’s often overlooked as a critical piece to invest in. A bad chair can wreak havoc on your back, your neck, and let’s not forget your reputation for good taste! If it works with your theme, consider a comfortable lounge chair like this one:
Or consider adding some sizzle to your space with a shiny silver piece like this:
4) Organize, Organize, Organize.
If you want to invest in just one item to upgrade your current home office space, make it an organizational aide like a bookshelf or file cabinet. These pieces of furniture get a bad wrap for being boring and lacking style, but they shouldn’t.
Office organization done right can lend a professionalism, as well as a sense of calm to any space. We love the symmetry of this book case behind the desk.
5) Include at least one pop of color.
Even if you’re partial to a black and white color scheme, no home office space is complete without at least one pop of color.
You can use bright flowers, a decorative gold mirror, a framed piece of art, or a colorful chair or rug.
See the gallery below for some ideas on how to infuse some color into your home office.
We hope this guide has been helpful to you!
Let us know what advice you have for creating your dream home office.
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