Hello Design Lovers,
I hope that everyone is staying safe and sane in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are asked to work from home while providing schooling for our children and results for our bosses and clients. I have seen numerous posts from peoples make shift desks and wanted to provide some advice on how to spruce up your work area and make your workspace more productive.
Designing Your Home Office
Our environment plays a huge role in the way we feel and the way we work, so, having a designated workspace is very important. Trust me, I have done my fair share of working from my kitchen table and having to pack everything up at the end of the night so that we can eat dinner. Not all of us have the luxury of having a home office (YET), but we should still make sure that there is one area in the home where we can simply sit down and work! So, whether you are working from an actual home office, or a small area, here are some things you should consider when decorating your work space.
If you have natural light in your work area, make sure it has sheer drapery panels and not heavy sun blocking ones. Natural light energizes us and let’s face it, it’s the best light for video! If the office does not have natural light, invest in a pretty chandelier. Even though most corporate offices use white cold LED lights, I strongly recommend warmer lights for the home office. It’s all about feeling comfortable and aggressive lighting can do just the opposite.
I am not sure when cute dining room chairs became a substitute for a work chair but they should not be! Yes we want it to look cute, but we also need to make sure it is a comfortable chair that will not start hurting your back as you keep working!
Colors can evoke different emotions in our work space. Although color emotion is different for everyone; yellow tones are known to spike up the productivity and greens evoke the feeling of relaxation. Keep your wall color neutral, but do add some pops of color in the form of accessories or art. This is a great way to add some brand colors. Your workspace should represent your brand and this doesn’t mean putting your logo on the wall, it means that there should be hints of your brand color or your brand message in your space.
Adding some greenery can improve your air quality and add some color to your space. It’s bright and it makes a great bookshelf or tabletop décor. Try succulents if you have a hard time keeping things alive. If you are not a plant lover, you can decorate with fresh flowers!
Minimalistic approach is the best way to go! Visual clutter can make us feel unorganized and less productive. Use cute storage boxes to hide the visual clutter; they can be functional and decorative!
Be Video Conference Ready!
When decorating your space, you should always think about what others are seeing when you are on a video conference call. It should look effortless yet intentional. Fun ways to add interest to your background could be floating shelves, a gallery wall, or one large piece of art! Empowering words or quotes are always great!
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