Here is a quick guide on how to decorate your home office for those of you who are, like me, lucky enough to work from home (or should I just admit that sometimes I feel it’s a curse?;) )
You’ve made your (home) office, now work in it
Do you know the saying “you’ve made your bed, now lie in it”?
I feel it’s true in this case too.
How you set up your home office will determine your productivity, not to mention your general level of comfort AND how organised you are. A kitchen table is NOT a home office. And while a kitchen table can be a place where you’ll happily take your laptop, I believe it’s important to create a separate space or nook for when you’re really working. It’s even more important to be able to leave your work behind when you’re done. That separation is vital, because otherwise it’s so easy to end up doing laundry while “working” and trying to work in the evening instead of chilling with your loved ones.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a saint. I’ve got a home office set-up, yet yesterday I did do laundry during the so called “work time”. I also watched a few too many episodes of Sex and the City. I’ll admit it. It was a rather unproductive day. But today I focused on that division of space and tasks (and especially not mixing them) and now I’m like a robot on steroids (or green super-juice!) I’m ticking things off my to-do list like a crazy person who’s been let outside for the first time in years. So yes, there is more to it. But a nicely decorated home office definitely helps.
How to decorate a home office?
Do me a favour? When you’re ready to decorate, do not go on Pinterest.
I know, I know, how could you not go?
Pinterest is a wonderful tool for gathering inspiration and learning about all sorts of new hacks, but when you want to get moving, stay away from the distraction. You’ve got to trust that you’ve seen all that you needed to see. And now it’s time to start doing.
If you go through these four points that I’m about to show you, you’ll know how to decorate your home office.
1. Plan a clever lighting scheme
Trust me on this one: start from the light. It’s not an obvious choice, but when decorating a room it’s the only thing that might require some minor works being done (especially if you need to move the position of your general lighting or get an extra socket in).
Since it’s for your office, pick lights that resemble the natural light (stay away from anything too yellow or too blue in shade).
Get one general source of lighting, like a pendant lamp, for when you’re cleaning or have a meeting.
And then plan for a couple of lights focused on the areas where you work: so obviously your desk, but maybe also next to an armchair where you sit and read? Decide based on how and where you usually work – try to think outside of the box and inside your actual habits. Do you ever lie on the floor with your laptop? Then you will need a light there too, lovely.
Get something bright that will keep you up, focused and happy.
2. Pick the colours that feel good
Picking the right colour scheme is a much bigger topic in itself (and I plan on tackling it in the near future, so hop on the email list if you want to know the whole how-to on colours), but the main thing to keep in mind when it comes to decorating your home office is that the colours you choose should make you feel good.
A few places where you can look for colour scheme inspiration are:
– your branding (if you run your own business)
– your wardrobe (that would be your personal style)
– a painting / a print / an illustration that you like.
Make sure you pick colours that works together, inspire you and don’t look boring, so that you feel energised while working in your home office.
3. Think: storage. And lots of it.
This goes without saying, but I will say it anyway: Make sure you have enough storage!
Why is this so importante?
Because, the more things you have lying around and cluttering your space, the more they will keep you distracted. If you’re wondering how to decorate your home office, firstly decorate it with storage. And I personally vote for the closed-off storage, rather than bookcases, so that not everything is on display.
Extra tip for productivity:
have a designated space in a cupboard where you will be able to put away all your papers and everything else you’ve been working on that day. And then, clear off your desk at the end of the day… completely. Every day.
Try this for a week and see for yourself.
Imagine starting each day fresh… you will be more likely to work with better efficiency.
If you start your day from a desk buried under papers, however, your mood and energy will drop before you even start.
4. Choose your furniture …wisely
I have two tips for you when it comes to choosing furniture for the home office.
First: get a comfortable chair.
Did you hear me? COMFORTABLE.
And second: try to include some furniture that has built-in cable storage/management. It will make your life so much easier, trust me.
If you follow these four steps, your home office will be a productive place where you’ll actually enjoy working.
What do you think? Which one of the tips seems like your number one priority? Which problem of your home office should you address first? Leave a comment below.
And if you have any friends who you think might benefit from home office improvements, share this post to gain double good karma (they will be grateful for the resource and I will be grateful for spreading the word – win win!)
Have a great week (and if you do work at home, don’t forget to actually take some time off this weekend)!