Whether you work from home full-time, are a student or just like a space for sorting out correspondence and bills, few houses these days will be without a home office space of some sort. But it’s rarely the calm, inspiring place of our dreams. As spring blossoms we think it’s time the humble home office got a revamp that lets you fall in love with your own little patch of productive space all over again. Here are five easy update ideas for quick makeovers that really work…
1. Find a colour theme
Enliven your space no matter how small by updating key elements in a colour you love. You can consult colour psychology which suggests blue is good for calm productivity, yellow helps with optimism and red will help you get things done! Or you can just go for your own personal favourite hue. Pick out a few elements – window dressings, chair, shelving, lighting – to feature your accent colour and mix in with natural materials and lots of neutrals for a space that peps you up without being overwhelming.
2. Shake up your lighting
Good lighting is a key feature of any workspace, but with lighting such a key product in trends at the moment it’s also a good opportunity to have some fun with your office décor. Pick a desk lamp that you love and that works well for you – whether that’s a design classic like an Anglepoise or something fun and funky from the high street. Or add a playful note with an outsized example like this one from Marks & Spencer.
3. Add a chalkboard for genius ideas
Ditch the Blutac and the Post-Its. All you really need for storing your best ideas is a chalk board above your desk. The chic slightly industrial feel of a blackboard is right on trend, and with a tin of blackboard paint it’s a cheap and easy way to create a feature wall that will help you keep all your ideas in one place.
4. Invest in a designer chair
That ugly office chair you’ve been making do with? How much joy is it bringing to your working day? Instead think about investing in a single piece of design that you really love – and that has stood the test of time as being comfy and chic. Design classics like the DWS chair by Eames sit perfectly with even the plainest desk and add a touch of timeless style to your space, while still being ever so practical.
5. Seek out natural light
Space at home is always at a premium, but given how stimulating and energy-enhancing natural light can be it’s odd that so many of us have home desks that face a wall. If you can find a source of natural light to put your desk close to you’ll probably be able to work for longer without getting that cabin fever that is familiar to all home workers. If you’re short on space look out for mobile desks that can be tucked away in a corner at the end of the day. And if you really can’t find a window, perhaps some trompe l'oeil wallpaper from a brand like Surface View will fill the space where your window should be.
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