Home office – the term itself says it all. It should have the comfort factor of a home and the professionalism of an office. Too much of either factor shouldn’t be welcome.
A modern home office should be a practical place and allow a person to do his or her work comfortably but with all seriousness. A home office space is for those who either work from home or who would like to complete their pending office work at home.
In both cases, the office home space should be a convenient place to work in. Working from home has become a global phenomenon and many people have dedicated office space at their home.
There might a few lucky ones who can afford to have a separate room for their home space but for others, they will have to do with whatever space they might have within their current home.
Whichever the case is, there are few points to remember or ensure while decorating a home office.
There are two kinds of people if you take into consideration the kind of home office space they use.
The overenthusiastic kind…!!
One, is, the overenthusiastic kind who will go overboard with their office decoration choices.
The other kind is with the ‘I-don’t-care’ attitude when it comes to home office space. Both kinds are not conducive to making a convenient and practical home office. Here are some mistakes to avoid while decorating home office.
Mistake 1: Being over enthusiastic or just being very casual about home office:
As I said earlier, a home office should be both comfortable and practical at the same time. You are working from home and that means you should be surrounded by comfort all the time.
At the same time, the atmosphere should motivate you to put in your best efforts and inspire you to put forward your best work.
Thus, going overboard with decoration or not paying attention at all to home office decoration won’t work. So, the key is to keep a balance and ensure that the working space created at home gives comfort and motivation.
Mistake 2: Not choosing the appropriate space for designing home office:
What many people do not realize is the importance of choosing an appropriate space or corner in the house for home office.
In India, most of us do not have the luxury of a separate room to be used as home office and thus, we all have to do with whatever little space we might have.
Choose a corner that is unobtrusive and cozy but at the same time spacious enough to hold your basic home office furniture. It can be a corner of your living room or bedroom or if you are one of those lucky ones with a balcony, you can even save a corner of it as your home office.
Mistake 3: Not paying much attention to the home office furniture
Now that you have decided which corner of your home is going to be your home office, it is time to know what kind of furniture should be used to make the experience of working from home, convenient and attractive at the same time.
The choice of furniture for home office should be made as per the space available. If you have just a corner to yourself, then choose furniture that is less space consuming but comfortable at the same time.
Nowadays, it is a common thing to hear about back pain and shoulder pain amongst people who have desk jobs. If you are going to spend a considerable amount of time at your desk, then it is important that you choose a chair that gives comfort to your back.
Ergonomically designed chairs are available at most stores today. It is a wise decision to invest in a good chair that is good for your back and with good arm support.
A good table that is spacious and also capable of storage works well for a home office. It will be good if the table has enough space to hold your pen holder, and other reference materials.
Mistake 4: Not giving much thought to storage:
You have your office home furniture in place, now what? It will be better to think of storage space while designing your home office. It really depends on what work you are doing to know what materials or utilities you will need while you are working in your home office.
If you have all those things handy or reachable where you are working instead of getting up every time you are in need, is a matter that you should give a thought to.
“For example, if you are a writer, you might need your reference materials or dictionaries, etc., nearby.”
So, it makes sense to have all these near your desk. You can either get a table with adequate cabinets or make a shelf on the wall above your desk.
The point here is to give adequate thought to storage space within the home office space so that whatever you need is handy but at the same time, does not crowd the space.
Mistake 5: Not caring about the surroundings
Always remember, the surroundings of your home office play a significant role as your space and the furniture in it. In the midst of working, you decide to just relax for a moment and look around, and you find only clutter or uninspiring atmosphere, then you do not feel motivated to work.
Perk up the surroundings.
So, do give some thought to the wall in front of you or around you. Try to remove the clutter around or placing a beautiful painting or a plant.
Mistake 6: The walls do not get adequate attention
This is a fact with most home office design. What if you are working in a corner of your drawing room or bed room? You need not have the same wall colors as the remaining area of the room.
You can very well segregate your space from rest of the room by repainting your little space with any color or wall paper of your choice.
This will not only give a separate look to your working space but will also act as a soothing and motivating factor, thus helping you to increase your productivity.
Though you can choose the color you want depending on your likes and dislikes, there are certain colors that are best for your home office.
Lift up your spirits..!
The color yellow is said to be an auspicious color in India. Well, there are more benefits to yellow.
- First, yellow color can reflect light, hence it is an apt choice for home office walls.
- Second, yellow has the unique potential to brighten up a dull surrounding.
You can also choose green to perk up your mood or a grey color to give a soothing effect or even pink or orange to bring a smile on to your face while working. Each color has specific properties and the notion of color therapy is a well established one.
So, choose your colors wisely and let it enhance your mood and atmosphere and give you the energy to lift up your spirits and your creative instincts!
Mistake 7: Neglecting the floor space altogether
When it comes to designing office home space, not many think of having a good floor space. Now it is a fact that you cannot change the whole flooring of the room or house to suit the need of a home office.
What you can do is to have a good piece of rug or carpet at the floor so that you have an attractive and comfortable piece to keep your feet on.
Doctors always tell the significance of keeping your feet on the floor properly and that means your toes and soles touch the ground. It is not healthy to sit with just your toes touching the ground.
So a good carpet or rug on the floor will motivate your feet firmly on the ground touching it, and that will definitely help your brain cells to work more and let you put in your best at work and that too at home!
Mistake 8: Ignoring lights
Lights have an important role in your home office. If your home office is neatly placed in the corner of your bed room and you have to spend a night working, then it is not advisable to keep the light of the room on to let you work and disturb your partner in his or her sleep.
Your personal life should not be hampered because of your devotion to your professional life!
A good light will not just be useful at night but even during daytime, if you have to pull all the curtains and shut the windows due to sunlight or rain, you can switch on the light of your home office corner and work away.
Mistake 9: Letting the wires hang out at all corners
Be it a desktop computer or a laptop, without wires these gadgets don’t work. Now that’s something that we cannot do anything about or expect these gadgets to work without it.
While these cables cannot be avoided, letting it just hang out, gives a cluttered look to the whole table and it can be quite distracting and unattractive.
Let the wires work in the background…
The solution is to find some ways to keep these wires hiding and there will be umpteen methods to do it. Let the wires work in the background so that you can work peacefully and happily in the foreground. How is that?
Mistake 10: Overlooking the need for a creative space
By a creative space, it means to give an artistic and creative look to your home office. Be it a corner or a room, the home office can be perked up by adding some pieces of art like a small sculpture, a beautiful painting, a family photograph or some pieces of art.
The shelves can be painted artistically or the pen holder can be a unique instead of the regular or boring ones. The idea is to lend a creative and artistic look to your home office so that it inspires you and motivates you and encourages you to put your best foot forward.
Well, at the end of the day, it is you who will decide on how your home office should be. You are the master of the space and you are the user of the space, so you will decide how to create it as per your choice, whims and fancies.
You have all the freedom to decide on how to decorate your home office to suit your needs and taste. The above points are just to give you guidance so that when you decide to design your home office, you know what to avoid and thus learn as what you should include.
Create beautiful = Work beautiful
So, go ahead and create a beautiful, convenient and elegant working space for yourself at your home so that you are motivated to work and work the best way in the confines of your home. Work away!