Whether paying bills or finishing up a report for work, the home office is a great place to get things done. And when the space looks and feels good, it inspires creativity and productivity. Things get done sooner and faster when the home office is comfortable and inviting. Here are a few ideas for personalizing your home office space so that sitting down to work feels a lot less like work and more like home.
The Walls and Floors
The walls are a perfect place to start. Choose wall colors that are calming and that helps you stay focused while you sit at your desk. Hang pictures that make you feel happy and glad to be in the space. Place a soft, fuzzy rug under your desk chair; one that encourages you to take off your shoes and stay awhile. Lastly, remove anything that is a distraction like photographs taken of you on your bike in your favorite park that makes you want to ride off on your bike instead of sitting at your desk.
Select furniture that is comfortable and pleasing to look at. Choose a desk that is functional. It should have enough space on top for your computer, a decorative lamp, pads of paper and pens. If you like to organize your office supplies in drawers, choose a desk with lots of drawers and use drawer organizers to give everything a home. If drawers are not to your taste, use desk organizers that sit on top of the desk and coordinate them with the decor in the rest of the room.
Your desk chair should first and foremost be comfortable. It should be a place where you can sit for hours without feeling discomfort or soreness. It should be both ergonomic and aesthetic so that it does not become your excuse for not getting work done.
Harsh lighting can drain your energy, so consider light bulbs that emit a softer light. You can even select a globe or lampshade that softens brighter light bulbs and provides a decorative element to your office space. Floor lamps, desk lamps and walls sconces are other ways to personalize your home office.
These are a few ways to lay the foundation for a wholly personalized home office. As you continue to explore decorative ways to inspire productivity in your space, consider adding your favorite air-purifying plants, a warm throw for your lap, a ceiling fan for when central air is not enough or way too much, or even a decorative stand for your printer and other accessories. The sky’s the limit. If it inspires you to get more done, then do it and make the office space your own.