It’s Monday. Again. If you’re still recuperating from an epic morning commute, you’re probably wishing with all your being that you could work from home. But where would you set up your office? On the dining room table? If you do telecommute, is your work space crammed into the corner of the kitchen? (And the fact that you can take meetings in your PJs and slippers your only comfort.) Allocating a specific workspace can help eliminate distractions, and with nearly 25 percent of us working from home part of the time, it’s more important than ever to do your outpost up right. So, no more dull, makeshift spaces for your 9-to-5 time. Here are four expert tips, illustrated with inspiring pics, on how to make your work nook vibrant, elegant and YOU!
1. Natural Light:
Especially for those of us who itch for the outdoors, bringing natural light into your workspace can be necessary. When research tells us that naturally, well-lit offices directly correlate with better health, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and financial savings (by golly…I’m convinced), finding natural light for your work endeavors becomes a priority. With wall-to-wall windows and a large skylight like these from RMS user flgirlaol, get ready to be invigoratingly productive.
2. Professional Elegance:
Make your designated office space more official by jazzing it up with a little elegance. This workstation by Domicile Interior Design uses gold accents and clean white furniture to incorporate a professional elegant appeal. With an office like this, your suit jacket might just slide out of the back corner of your closet.
3. Small Spaces:
If it’s necessary to find a make-shift place to do your work, here are two impressive approaches for those with limited square footage available. Sometimes a desk and a chair in a quiet room is all you need. On the left, an office nook is perfectly squeezed into the corner of this bedroom by John Gidding. On the right is a highly functional and chic office located in 3×3 closet pulled off by designer Luis Caicedo.
The office doesn’t have to be where your style stops. Maybe you’re the ultimate hipster. Or maybe you’re an all-out-cowboy-boots-wearin’-steer-wranglin’ guy or gal. Show off your individuality like this Texan, leather-clad office by Thom Oppelt. The exposed wood and stone with the neutral leathers would make any cowgirl or boy feel at ease.
Check out more cool home offices (plus home theaters, craft rooms, workout spaces, sunrooms, etc.) featured in our HGTV specialty room design guide.
But first, does your home office need design help? Will you be incorporating any of these tips? Or is your home office a design triumph?
Tell us in the comment area below.