Your home office is your work at home sanctuary. It’s a place where you are the most work productive each day. Many people who work outside the home adorn their desks or walls with small framed pictures of family, pets or drawings from their two years old. Even though you have the advantage because you already work from home it doesn’t mean you have to stick to boring decor.
It’s nice to have a comfy and relaxing home office and you can, but if you’re also using it to meet with clients, you want to keep it professional as well.
Bring out your own style since this is your workspace. First of all, what are the necessary equipment you need? Then decide where your computer equipment, computer accessories and office furniture will go.
A new coat of paint is always a great start to give your home office a new look. Choose warm colors like greens that are calming, yellows and oranges are energizing, but avoid reds as they can stimulate the appetite making you head to the kitchen unnecessarily. Pale blues are relaxing, but note dark blues will make your office appear cold. Add indoor plants as they are not only decorative, but they improve the quality of the air making you feel and work better.
Proper lighting is very important in any home office as it reduces eye strain, eye problems, headaches, and glare from the computer monitor. If there’s poor lighting, it greatly impacts your productivity level as it causes tension and fatigue. If possible, try to have as much natural lighting come into your office. A desk lamp by your monitor can help while you’re using the computer and/or using your desk to write. If you have overhead lights, place them behind the desk or to the side to prevent glare.
You can decorate your home office walls with framed art, your awards, photos or framed drawings of your kids’ artwork. When you’re unmotivated or distracted, it’s a gentle reminder of why you decided to work from home. An inspirational quote or motivational poem also works well to give you that extra boost or much needed encouragement at the right time. Vision boards or dream boards work the same way in pushing you closer towards achieving your goals.
You can create a relaxing ambiance in your home office by playing soft music or burning your favorite scented candle. This is your personal workspace so decorate it and create it the way you want it – a home office that you enjoy walking into and working in on a daily basis.