With flexible working practices on the rise in the UK, more and more people are looking at their spare rooms in a new light and thinking about how they can turn them into a productive home office space.
For some, working from home is a welcome change of scene, but without a dedicated workspace, concentration levels can dip. So how can you create a clutter-free, productive space that helps you keep your eyes on the prize? From clever lighting to the right wall colours, this is our helpful guide…
1. Let the light shine in
Now you’ve escaped the harsh strip lighting of the office, it’s your chance to do things your way. Finding the appropriate lighting can be a difficult balance to strike. Electric lights that are too bright can be distracting, damage the eyes and create glare, while lighting that’s too dim will make you feel tired, strain your eyes and cause headaches.
Natural light has been proven to improve alertness and increase productivity, so ideally your desk should be next to a window. However, if there are no windows, a daylight or SAD lamp that simulates natural light is an excellent alternative.
2. Think ergonomically
Comfort is critical to your health and wellbeing in your home office. At work, there are regulations to make sure your workstation is fit for purpose, but at home, you’re left to your own devices. For that reason, it’s well worth investing in a quality office chair which is adjustable and has the necessary support in all the right places. You should also consider accessories like footrests, soft keyboard pads and wrist rests that reduce the stress on the body and limit your distractions.
3. Keep it clutter-free
A good spring clean is an essential step when preparing your home office. Whether you’re a believer in the tidy space, tidy mind theory or not, it simply makes it a much more pleasant place to work.
Once the room is clean, the challenge is to keep it that way. The key to removing clutter from your home office is having clever storage solutions within easy reach. A good place to start is with shelves that are fitted above eye level to keep your files, notes and stationery out of sight. Desks that are fitted with a drawer or two and trunks or chests can provide plenty of storage and keep things looking neat.
4. Be clever with colour
Colour psychologists – yes, they exist – have found that the colour of a room influences the concentration, mood and behaviour of those in it. Generally speaking, appropriate colours for a home office include:
Blue – for clarity, wakefulness and productivity
Green – for calm, reassurance and relaxation
To create a modern and airy feel in your home office, consider a blue or green feature wall against a backdrop of light neutrals. Alternatively, if you’d prefer not to paint, a few houseplants can provide an injection of colour and help to promote a healthy and calm environment.
And there you have it, four simple steps to creating a modern home office that’ll keep you organised, sane and productive.