STRAIGHT FROM THE DESIGNER: RASHA AL-TEKREETI ON THE Top 3 tips for decorating/designing an office space at home
Working from home can be quite challenging! As it offers an opportunity for real comfort, yet it could affect one’s efficiency. When designing an office space at home there are quite a few guidelines that can help you create an environment that enhances productivity and ensures a safe and healthy workspace, here are a few of them:
1. Create a balance between comfort and effectiveness
Finding a way to physically and mentally separating yourself from the convenient feeling of being home as well as other surrounding activities can be quite challenging. Your main goal is to achieve productivity/efficiency while decorating an office space at home.
The most important factor that could affect your productivity is privacy.
The design of the space should focus on providing privacy. Identifying the office space helps to create a privacy feel. There are a couple of ideas to achieve that depending on the layout and the available area in the space, both vertically and horizontally such as:
Vertical separation: placing a divider partition that doubles as shelving/storage unit, placing a movable partition that gives you the flexibility to change the layout, or even just placing planters to separate your corner.
Horizontal separation: like getting a nice rug under your desk to ground your office space.
These strategies can help to frame your space, making it a cozier space where you can work comfortably and efficiently.
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2. Inspire yourself
This could be achieved in plenty of ways starting from laying out space to accessorizing it. You should consider a layout that is flexible rather than permanent, so you can change things around whenever needed or you want to rework on the space.
Choosing a place that is exposed to natural light is the first thing that one should consider. Having a nice view to the outside is always a good motive to work.
However, if there was no access to natural light/a view, then you should create your own scenery! Select an artwork/painting of a natural background or of any other scenery that you may like and place it in front of your desk. Another idea is to have a chalkboard instead, which will create an interesting feature for your desk.
Select a comfy furniture for your office, preferably an adjustable desk, and an ergonomic chair (you could cover it with a decorative cloth if you don’t like the look of it). Remember comfort is the main key to productivity.
Use decorative boxes to organize and hide your stationery items/desk supplies.
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3. Create different ambiances
Exposure to daylight is the first on your list when positioning your desk. Give yourself the flexibility to set different lighting atmospheres according to your different tasks or work habits. For example, select:
• A desk lamp that has a dimmer switch, so you can control the amount of light according to the task you are doing
• If your desk is small then select a pendant lamp which will also add a nice touch to your space, or a simple floor lamp
• A range of candles that you could light while doing some research
In a world where consistency and productivity at work are highly demanded and we are working at home for long hours, it’s crucial that we create a healthy, comfortable, and productivity enhancing office spaces at our homes. Make sure you keep those guidelines at the tip of your mind the next time you create an office space.
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