Perfect Home Office on a Budget
When designing any space, we usually try to make it as functional as possible without sacrificing on style. Ideally, you want to create a place you’ll actually look forward to spending time in, without losing track of your work. But this is often easier said than done, especially when this is your first time creating an office space. Here a few tips to help you design a perfect home office without breaking the bank.
Substance Over Style
While you want the space to be aesthetically pleasing, you also want it to serve its first function: work. So, the first thing you have to assess is what you’ll be using the room for and what your particular work style is. If you need a lot of free space to pace around and brainstorm ideas, then you might need a flatter, cleaner space. If you’ll be spending a lot of time at your desk and need optimal concentration, you might want to focus more on noise reduction, proper lighting, and adding a few accent pieces that could also make the room more relaxing, like small water features or plants for instance.
Lighting is Essential
Lighting is very important if you want to perform optimally and actually enjoy your room. Natural lighting during the day will aid with concentration and will make the room more inviting. On the other hand, you want to be able to control the light that comes in to limit glare when working on your computer. Ideally, your source of natural light should be located right in front or next to you to reduce glare.
You should also be careful not to work directly under overhead lights. Instead, try to illuminate your workspace by diffusing indirect light across the room. You could take look at a few Pagazzi table lamps; not only will they look stylish and fit in any room, they’ll also scatter and soften otherwise harsh light and improve the overall ambiance of the room. Also, try not to position your desk facing east or west if you don’t want to cast a shadow on your computer screen at different times of the day.
Also, it’s not always a great idea to position your desk with the ideal view in front. While it is true that it could give you a nicer backdrop when working, having too nice of a view could actually distract you and get you away from your work. Instead, put your workspace right next to a window and put a nice framed picture or painting on the empty wall in front of you if you think you might be prone to drifting away from time to time.
Get Creative with the Colours
A lot of people might think that drab colours like the ominous “office beige” will work best in a home office environment, but this is far from the truth. Your office should be where you go wild and get your creative juices flowing. Try to go for colours that you like, and favour more vibrant tones. Bright colours like lime green, bright orange or a nice cherry colour will create a stimulating environment more conducive to work. But you could also go for more subdued colours like sea foam blue or botanical green if you prefer working in a more calming environment. The choice is up to you and your personal style.
If you follow these few simple tips, you should be able to create a nice little office space for yourself. Not only will it look beautiful, but it will allow you to perform to the best of your abilities and increase your productivity level.
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