So you have an office at home. Congratulations! Many people miss a special space in their home where they can focus and handle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the fact of having one can be very different. Having an office in your home means welcoming work at your residence. How do you maintain your office zen? If you want to create a place where you truly enjoy work that is comfortably integrated into the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you need to think about your various choices for decorating your home office.
You might not think that creating the aesthetics that you enjoy in your office needs to be the main priority of work life. But decorating a home office the way you like it is actually quite strong. When you enjoy space, you want to keep it neat, and that can also help you enjoy your work. The task of going to the office – even where you live – is much easier when you go to a room that is pleasant for you.
With that in mind, it’s worth putting some work in decorating your home office. To help you get started, we have compiled some of the top tips below.
1. Stay organized
It’s no secret. Home offices can get messy – fast. To keep the pile unobstructed, you are tempted to keep it in an organization trash can, drawer, etc. There are about one million great options on the market to help you keep your home office in top shape. The only problem is that it’s too easy to take them home without actually implementing them.
Before you begin to hoard in drawers and file cabinets, think about how you actually organize. What suits you in your other home? If you are used to scanning receipts and storing goods digitally, why buy a file cabinet for your headquarters? If you have one of your favorite pens that you always use, why buy a pen cup? Don’t get caught up in the hype of the office organization. You have the flexibility to create your own workspace. Do it in a way that will work for you in the long run. Remember, decorating a home office in a way that doesn’t feel sterile is much easier when you avoid piles of garbage, folders and organizers.
2. Elevate your thinking
Even the smallest home offices can be filled with great decoration and organizational solutions. The key is thinking. Maximize your vertical square footage by hanging the art you like, adding floating shelves or installing cabinets on the wall. The height of your wall is an asset when decorating home offices. Don’t be afraid to play with what you hang. An open cupboard can be a practical and fun part. Fill it with a useful rubbish bin next to a meaningful colored book or tchotchkes. Never forget that your headquarters is just that – yours. You can use the entire height of the wall as your canvas for anything that will inspire you and drive your productivity.
3. Cut cord clutter
In our digital age, one of the absolute worst things about offices is all the accumulated technological chaos. You might need your computer and printer, but that doesn’t mean you have to stare at tangled wires all day. Take a few steps to keep your home office free of cable clutter. Cut a hole in the back of the attractive box. Your router and other necessary technology can live there with cables on the back. Put the power plug under or behind your desk. Use cable ties and hooks to tie all the cables connected to the extension sockets and feed them along the back of the furniture that is not visible. You will be amazed by removing the damaging cables that will make your office feel clean and bright.
4. Let there be light
Offices are famous for their flashy lighting – specifically, fluorescent. Why do offices often choose sterile and cold lighting that makes you feel like you’re under a microscope? Because they know one basic work principle: Enough lighting makes work easier. We have tense our eyes staring at the screen most of the day. Don’t make it worse by limiting lighting in your home office. Use natural light as much as possible, but make sure you add to the shortcomings. A bright office is a happy and productive office.
5. Make yourself at home
Your office is an extension of your home or apartment. It should look and feel like one. Decorate with the same theme that you have used in your home and add items that you like. There is no forbidden. If you are a plant lover, blanket your home office in green. If hyge is your vibe, add a luxurious rug and a comfortable throw to your office chair. Don’t limit yourself just because this is a workspace. You will be more productive in a room that gives you excitement, so why not pay extra attention to creating an office that feels like home?
6.Start decorating a home office
Do you want to know the best way to decorate your office? By starting. Very simple. You intuitively know the important things: tables, chairs, lights. From there, enjoy the process of finding works that you like inspire your best work. Decorating a home office takes time. But you have your whole life to work, so it’s worth the effort!