Guest Post by Matt Lee
Working from home can be difficult. Amidst the distractions of home life and a blurry boundary between work and play, a great home office will truly heighten your productivity. Especially given the WFH status mandated by the pandemic, more home buyers than ever before will include home offices on their list of must-haves. Below, we’ll discuss our favorite luxurious interior design ideas for your home office that’ll heighten productivity.
- Natural Light
Lighting is more important than ever in productivity. Positioning a desk to directly face any window will make space feel bigger and even protect you from eye strain and headaches. In addition to ensuring you maximize natural light, task lighting and overhead lighting will make the space practical throughout the day. To give the office an extra luxurious space, consider a glass sliding door or glass paneling to create privacy while also allowing in as much light as possible.
- Mix Color & Neutrals
A neutral workstation, whether it’s an acrylic desk, a quartz countertop, or a wood surface, should be complemented by color throughout the office. In fact, certain colors have direct effects on productivity. Blues help with focus and mental strain, yellow helps with creativity, and green provides balance.
- Incorporate Greenery
There is hard evidence that incorporating plants and greenery to a home office decreases stress levels. Plants also help improve the air quality of your room. Greenery, in combination with natural light, will improve both air quality and your mood and overall well being.
- Separate Work and Play
It’s essential that you also consider noise control and privacy so that you’re able to make a clear separation between work and home life. To do this, consider glass paneling, an acoustic ceiling cloud, or even just noise-canceling headphones.
- Choose a great chair
If you’re going to be spending eight hours a day at one piece of furniture, it’s worth the investment. There are tons of high-end desks that now include Bluetooth speakers, wireless charging spots, and the ability to transition to a standing desk. These options can help space feel more elegant as well as make your day to day smoother.
Cluttered Office, Cluttered Mind.
Proper storage cannot be overlooked in the design of a home office. Keeping your workspace free from clutter is scientifically proven to help you work creatively and productively throughout the day. It’s a great idea to evaluate your daily workflow when designing a space – keeping your printer and filing cabinets within an arm’s reach of your desk can help your day proceed more smoothly. Furthermore, desk accessories that double as storage such as pen pots or letter holders will make the space appear elegant but not cluttered.
With proper attention to design, your home office can be just as productive as the real thing. It’s possible to circumvent the distractions of home life to ensure a productive workday within the comfort of your own home.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.