With working from home so ingrained in many of our lives for the foreseeable, invest in your workspace for a comfortable and stylish home office that is both practical, inspiring and a pleasure to spend time in.
Define your desk space
The starting point should be a desk, and if you can, go large for this as you’ll be thankful for the desk top space. If a desk is beyond your budget or space allowance, then the kitchen table can work just as well. Avoid distractions by ensuring the table is completely clear of breakfast crumbs and used coffee cups. Placing a desk or table near a window or in a position with a view can really help your mood.
Choose seating that’s comfortable and stylish
A comfortable chair is key, but that needn’t mean compromising on style. Leather is well-suited to an office space; it has great character and style yet serves as a functional seat for long hours sat at the desk. For a lighter look choose a natural wood chair with generous cushions for comfort.
Add layers of lighting
Lighting isanimportant part of your workspace; a desk lamp adds a classic study look and provides focused practical light. For the room itself,use natural materials to provide a soft light and calm aesthetic. Try our rattan and wicker lighting for an elegant natural glow.
If you have the space, add an occasional chair positioned by a window or a cosy corner; this provides you with a separate space where you can go to read files or think more creatively and take a break from your desk.
Maximise space with clever storage
Invest in practical storage to maximise space either in an office or kitchen. Firstly, decide if you want fitted or free-standing storage pieces; fitted pieces can work well above a desk and make use of wall space, leaving plenty of room for your desk and chair. Free-standing storage is a quick solution and doesn’t require tools. A book shelf or sideboard are perfect for holding files and books, and can provide a table top space for plants and photo frames too, which adds a nice decorative touch to your work space.
Decorate your wall space
Dress your walls with things that make you happy to give your busy mind a break. Display photos of trips abroad with friends, family snaps or beautiful pieces of art in elegant photo frames. Woven wall hangings will add texture and interest.The key is to not to overdo it, make sure there is plenty of wall space in-between, and keep a professional feel. Don’t be afraid to move things around and change up your view.
Style your desk with tactile mango wood desk accessories or stylish planters and photo frames. Organise pens and pencils in desk tidy’s and pots; it’s amazing how simply being organised and tidy will keep your mind clear.
Keep a natural connection
It’s common knowledge that plants and greenery are good for our wellbeing. Add touches of green with low maintenance pots and planters, it will make the air feel cleaner and provide some respite from the virtual world we all find ourselves using so much.