As working from home becomes increasingly popular, it’s worth dedicating a while room or outdoor garden studio to office space, if at all possible. These home office ideas should help you create the study of your dreams.
Although the home office needs to be practical, that doesn’t mean it can’t be inviting. Think about using colour and pattern to create an attractive work environment, but ensure the scheme remains calm to aid concentration.
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With a carefully considered layout, it’s possible to turn a guest room into a dual-purpose space that can accommodate overnight visitors and also work as an office. The key to this partnership is built-in storage, which conceals clutter and work-related papers, keeping the room ordered.
‘It is best to site your work zone where there’s plenty of natural light, although task lighting can always be incorporated into a design. Practical features, such as power and data sockets, will need to be considered. Always opt for more sockets than you think you’ll need and include a charger drawer with power built in for your mobile phone and tablet,’ explains Emma Sims-Hilditch, interior designer, simshilditch.com.
Turning a garden room into an office space is ideal for keeping work and living area separate. Using one end of the room for correspondence and filing and the other for more creative work helps towards a sense of serenity.
A hallmark of Hockney’s depictions of interior spaces is the juxtaposition of competition pattern. To offset the intensity of the effect in a home office, walls in green and a space to relax beside floor-to-ceiling windows bring a sense of calm.
A board covered in sketches and photos makes a lively wall display. Recreate this idea by covering a large cork pinboard. A wall of black-and-white photographs in simple frames makes a good backdrop in almost any scheme, while a large blackboard is fun for children – and adults – in a family-friendly study area.
If you don’t have a room to dedicate to an office, a well-defined work area will ensure you can still exercise your creativity. The elegant lines of a contemporary desk complement the light setting of a bay window. Opt for office storage that coordinates with your scheme to create a pretty and practical decorative touch.
Choosing an image you love and having it turned into a mural is a great way to add character to an office space. Wallpaper and murals are a great way to help distract from messy desks.
A light-filled converted loft offers the ideal situation for a secluded office, while storage can easily be tucked under the eaves to make the most of unused space.
A stylish framed desk defines a work area in a multi-use space. Accessories in brass and natural blond wood bring textural interest and contrast to a desk top.