Interior Design

Five ways to create the perfect home office

Smart ideas for creating spaces that are both hardworking and chic.

When your home is turned into your office, sometimes the kitchen table or sofa is not enough. A work space needs to feel productive, comfortable and, for the creatives, it needs to spark ideas. Paula Taylor, Graham & Brown’s Colour and Trends Specialist, offers five easy ways to create the perfect home office haven.

1. REFLECT YOUR PERSONALITY

A work space should be a place of inspiration so do whatever it takes to get those creative juices flowing. Frame funky wallpaper or treasured pieces of artwork against buttery tones to increase positive associations and dot the area with favourite colours, patterns and prints. If you prefer a more natural aesthetic, neutral tones like taupe or sand create a great backdrop for plants, terracotta pots and ceramics.

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2. SMUDGE WITH SAGE

The herb sage is thought to have calming properties, and it is the same with a lick of sage paint. Transform your home office into a calming oasis with this fresh yet muted hue; partner with pastel shades to evoke a playful energy. To add more warmth to north facing rooms, combine with light yellow, gold and cream accessories.

3. MAKE YOUR SPACE BLOOM

Biophilia is one of the key trends for this season, so step into the warmer months with blooming floral patterns, botanical prints and hand-painted flowers on the walls. Pair with leafy plants and low maintenance cacti to generate more oxygen in the work space, satisfying any desires to connect with nature.

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4. FIND THE BEST LIGHT

Natural light tends to make spaces feel bigger, so try setting up your work station by a window, especially if you are restricted to a smaller area. Open blinds and curtains to let the daylight bounce off the walls; warm tones like coral and pigmented pinks will help keep the chills at bay in darker areas. These are positive colours which pair beautifully with warm woods and darkened cream hues.

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5. AVOID STRESSFUL SPACES

Small spaces can be difficult, but being short on space does not mean one is short on efficiency. Tidy away clutter and tuck things away to avoid messy areas. Use stress-busting soft blue paints and wallpapers to help soothe a space, making it feel light, airy and perfect for productivity.

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