Unexpectedly Working From Home? How to Spruce Up (or Create) Your Home Office
It’s hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago, we were still in our normal routines like getting in an early morning spin class or stopping for a latte on the commute to work. But now here we are, all hunkered down in the midst of a stay-at-home order, which means mandatory working from home for most of us.
Whether this is your first time working from home or you’re a seasoned pro, it’s important that you stay productive and happy during these uncertain times—and that all starts with an inspired workspace. Keep reading for some awesome home office design ideas to help make sure you’re staying motivated, but make it fashion.
Pick the Perfect Spot for Being Productive
This is no time to prop your laptop on the crowded coffee or kitchen table and call it a day. To stay productive, you need to give your workspace the focus it deserves. If you’ve got a home office, library, or spare bedroom, thank your lucky stars, because you’ve got a perfect spot to get started. If you’re tight on space, consider an unused corner of your home, or move the winter coats and shoes from a large closet and use it as a private working space where you can focus and stay on top of your game. We turned the unused space above into a home office for our client as part of our whimsical Redbud Lounge project.
Consider Your Setup
Of course, the space you work in should always be your unique brand of beautiful. But it also needs to be functional and work for you, not against you. If you’ve got the wrong setup, you’ll be more inefficient—which means you’ll have to work longer. And if you’re not designing with ergonomics in mind, you’ll have a cramped neck and hands by the end of the day. Whether you’re starting your home office from scratch or desperately need a makeover, consider these work-from-home must-haves:
- A dedicated desk and supportive chair. Whatever desk or table you decide to use, use it only for work, and make sure it’s a comfortable height.
- The chair you choose should support your back so you don’t find yourself slumping or hunched over by lunchtime.
- A laptop riser, wireless keyboard, and mouse. Trust us, your neck will thank you for this one.
- A separate monitor. Even if this means simply streaming your computer’s screen to an Apple TV with Airplay, this is the best way to make you feel like you’re actually at work and not just lounging on the couch with your laptop.
Stay Connected to the Great Outdoors
Now that we’re all cooped up in our homes, it’s more important than ever to keep our connection to nature as much as possible. Keeping your windows open is especially important now, so that you can maximize your access to sunlight and get the vitamin D you need to stay mentally healthy. It’s also a way to feel the fresh spring air and let the smells and sounds of the great outdoors flood your home and make sheltering in place a bit more bearable.
You’ll also want to fill your home with as much green as possible to breathe some much-needed life into your space. Gather all the plants from rooms or areas of the home that you don’t spend much time in, and move them to the spaces where you do spend the majority of your time—like your workspace. If you’re low on indoor greenery, see which outdoor plants you can keep alive inside or what you can repot and place on your desk.
Channel Your Inner Designer
Efficiency and function, check. Now it’s time for the real fun. That’s right, even in a time of global crisis—or especially in a time of global crisis—you need to live in a space that feels positive and inspiring. Decorate your walls with an arrangement that speaks to you—from vibrant art prints and family photos to textile hangings and wacky trip souvenirs. Add a colorful rug and curtains for an instant shot of energy.
Now that you’ve got some extra time on your hands, get crafty! Paint your desk or window trim a bright new color, sew a new seat cushion for your desk chair, or string together a tassel banner to hang above your desk. Whatever you add, make sure it has personal touches to keep you motivated.
Looking for an Austin Luxury Interior Designer?
Now that your home office feels elegant and inspiring, why stop there? Here at J.Fisher Interiors, we’re here to help give your space a makeover so fresh and unique that you’ll never want to leave home. Contact me today, and let’s get started collaborating on your new dream space.
J.Fisher Interiors’ studio is located in east Austin. To schedule your consultation appointment, please fill out the contact form or call us at 512.954.0904. We would love to hear from you!