Working from home has become the new norm, so isn’t it about time your office had an upgrade? From styling advice to organisational tips, here’s our guide to creating an inspiring home office that works just as hard as you do. Think practical furniture, creative ideas and performance-enhancing accessories that’ll help you reach your full potential (and stop you from getting distracted). Your best work starts here.
Step 1: Promotion pending? Set the scene.
The key requirements of a successful workspace? An office appropriate set-up, starting with a diligent desk. Strike a balance between practicality and style with Glenn. Or if you really want boardroom vibes, the ROI on Anderson’s pretty impressive. Swap your standard office chair for one that makes you feel like the boss. There’s no hierarchy in this house, so what you say goes. Dramatic velvet throne to make your Zoom calls a little bit extra? That’s the spirit. Now all you need is a big fluffy cushion. Get comfy, you’re here all day.
Step 2: Lighten the mood
Set the tone for a productive space by lightening the mood. Open the curtains, pull back the blinds, and crack a window. Lots of natural light and fresh air will keep you feeling switched on and ready to show off all your bright ideas. Space lacking in sun spots? A desk lamp will do the job, too. Switch off any harsh overhead lighting that can lead to headaches, and soak up the glow from Faye’s frosted bulb instead. The best part? Softer light protects your eyes by preventing screen glare. It’s a no-brainer.
Step 3: Make it personal
There’s nothing worse than a workspace that doesn’t feel like your own. The key to getting settled? Pile on the personality with thoughtful finishing touches and trend-led accessories. Up the comfort-factor with a soft rug underfoot, or a cosy throw draped over your chair. Tactile textures help you to relax and get into a good flow. Desk organisers and important decision-making tools? You’ll definitely need those, too. Not to mention a sizable mug for those all important coffees. And if you’ve got another deadline looming, stay on track with a desk clock that doubles as a stylish objet. Add to strengths: time management.
Step 4: Management style: organised
Keeping your office clutter-free is essential. You’ll work better when you’re not surrounded by stuff, so tidy up before tackling that to-do list. Get surfaces looking spotless by filing away documents in a cabinet, and stashing extra stationery in hidden drawers. Yesterday’s coffee and snack crumbs? It’s time to say goodbye. Planters can double as pen pots and storage trunks will hide all the wires you’d rather not see. Our top tip? Clean up at the end of the day to help you disconnect. A work/life balance = your corporate responsibility. So change up the environment to make sure you switch off.
Step 5: Get in the zone
Last on the agenda: originality. Make your workstation more inspiring with colourful wall art and personal things that represent you. Think postcards and picture frames from your travels, or special bits and bobs you’ve collected over the years. The rules are: if it makes you smile, it’s in. Increase your output with oxygen-releasing plants, that’ll boost productivity and style all at once. And when it comes to colour, light tones are proven to help with concentration. Choose blue for focus, yellow for creativity and green to give off zen vibes. No office politics here though, you do hue.