Blending the design of an office with a home can be tricky. Offices can be a little cold and chaotic to look at, whereas in the home, we’re looking for a more warm and peaceful environment. Fortunately, there are lots of simple and affordable ways to get the look you want and the function you need.
1. Let in the light
To get your work done comfortably and efficiently, light should be the first thing on your list. Natural light lends itself to a homier feel while you’re working. That’s one reason we’re big fans of the Roman shade in an office setting. Their simplicity in form and function are great in an office or at home — not to mention, those clean lines really contribute to a sense of order and efficiency. They also allow you to control your light and frame the view to the outdoors.
To supplement natural light, choose lamps that go with the rest of your decor. A home office can be a great place for statement lighting. Chandeliers aren’t all tear drop crystals these days, and can often be great conversation pieces that reflect your confidence in the choice–a great choice if you actually see clients in your home office. Or, try something more modern and funky like a swing arm, arc lamp.
2. Splurge on a good desk chair
There are plenty of stylish and ergonomic choices out there, and a chair that feels right is worth the investment. Your attention span and energy really do last longer when you’re not interrupted by discomfort. The Herman Miller Aeron chair is one of the most popular chairs out there right now, and there’s a reason — its super contemporary look is great with any design style and it was created solely to support you and your body as you get the job done.
3. Have a comfy seat away from the desk
While you want your desk chair to be comfortable, it’s great to have some space in your office that brings some of the comforts of home. If your home office doubles as a guest room, a sofa sleeper will definitely do the trick. Taking a break from the desk to dig into those last quarterly tax numbers, or to work from your laptop with a change of perspective — and a little more cushion — is a great way to break up the work day.
4. Hide unsightly electronics
Printers, scanners and routers can clutter up a room very quickly — and make it look more like an office than a home. Try to tuck them into a cabinet or build shelves under your desktop. Having a hidden place for the typical mass of cords and stack of electronics will have you feeling inspired and productive in no time.
5. Use little details for a big difference
Drawer pulls are an easy and inexpensive upgrade that makes a workspace feel more personal and polished. Color coding binders with a simple paper wrap is a great way to way to stay organized and add a little personality to the space. Stacking your books horizontally instead of vertically adds a little visual interest as well as a surprisingly clean and simple vibe to your office.
6. Surround yourself with your favorite things
Family photos and mementos of both your personal life and professional accomplishments are a great addition to a home office, and a great way to keep you comforted, inspired and motivated, whether you’re working on a report for the boss or the budget for that dream getaway.
What design tips and upgrades have you incorporated into your own home office?