Home Office Design Inspiration
Your home office is your private space to get work done. But working from home is never as easy as one might think. It takes a great deal of self-discipline and a strong work ethic to be able to sustain long-term productivity from the comfort of your own house.
One of the best ways to ensure this happens is to incorporate items and furniture that help to inspire you. The more inspired you are, the happier you’ll be with your work and office setup.
With that in mind, here are five things you can add to your home office to help inspire you:
1. Add Plants
Believe it or not, plants have actually been proven to relieve stress and boost creativity. Studies have shown that by incorporating plants into your home and workspaces, you can help create “restorative” environments, which can prove instrumental to your work efforts.
Our link to nature is undeniable; it’s because of this connection between our bodies and the natural environments around us that types of therapy like horticulture therapy and wilderness therapy have spawned.
There are plenty of ways to do this, even when you’re tight on space. For example, an indoor vertical garden wall on a set of wooden planks would work well—both for your space and budget.
2. Think Twice About Your Lighting
Colour plays a major role in how you feel, and as such, it can impact your work life. Bad lighting can result in inefficiencies throughout your workday and can stall the creative process.
Ideally, you’ll have access to as much natural light as possible, however, this isn’t always the case. According to environmental research published in Psychology Today, lighting can affect the productivity of workers, and it can also help relieve the harsh effects of a computer screen.
Corrective and ambient lighting help relieve some of the effects of those harsh screen lights, and also make a space feel warmer. A lamp desk with a dimmer switch near your work area will make all the difference.
Overhead lighting doesn’t have a great reputation for improving the overall mood and ambience of a space, so consider being creative with your light sources when it comes to the main light sources.
3. Add a Mood Board and/or Art Wall
A mood board is an arrangement of images and materials that help inspire you. These inspiration boards can be created for different projects, or simply to help inspire you towards your goals.
You can choose to use or corkboard, or simply create a boundless collage of items on your wall. Mood boards help steer you through the creative process and can be an encouraging way to push you in the right direction.
To make it easier for you to design the mood board, use tech tools. Milanote, Pinterest, and MURAL are all great tools to help you plan out your mood board.
On the same token, an art wall goes hand in hand with your mood board. An art wall gives you a chance to add some style to a space and show off artistic pieces you love.
From photography to paintings and signs, there’s endless opportunity to show your decorative flair. You can even have a bit of fun with your art and mood boards, too.
For example, you might order a fake diploma as a replicate to keep your current diploma in good condition. Or use decals and clothing pieces to give it a textured, ornamental look.
4. Creative Storage Solutions
Being organized can help you remain productive, and for this reason, creative storage solutions are the way to go. When your work items are in their organized spaces, you’ll spend less time searching and sifting and more time paying attention to the tasks at hand.
With that in mind, you should have both digital and physical storage solutions. Invest in Dropbox to minimize your physical files, and used stacked storage equipment.
5. Comfortable Furniture
No matter how inspiring your office is, without comfortable furniture, you can quickly and easily become frustrated by your space.
The quickest way to destroy productivity and inspiration is to be uncomfortable with where you are. Because of this, it’s important that you invest in ergonomic furniture.
It’s best to purchase chairs in person to get a feel for how comfortable it is. You’ll need good lumbar support and adjustable components.
What inspires you in your home office? Do you have any tips to share that we haven’t considered yet?