Boost Productivity at your Home Office with these Interior Design Tips
The home may be where the heart is, but with the latest developments and current events, home is also where the brains will start to be. These days, working from home has become the new norm, and while it’s become the more convenient option for many, it also comes with its own set of challenges. How does one make sure they don’t accidentally fall asleep when working at home? How do you bring your office mindset to the comfort of your own house? How can concentration be achieved within a space that was not designed with your work as the priority?
With the rising trend of the work from home arrangement, the trick now lies in building your very own home office. When building your own workspace, you’ll have to be mindful of all the details that are involved in the process. The more consideration you take for your home office, the easier it’ll be for you to start working there later on.
Here are some tips to help you get creative with your interior design and boost productivity at home:
Start with the Furniture
Productive interior design starts with the most basic items of a home office: your furniture. The only two things you’ll ever really need are a good table and a sturdy chair – once you’ve set your workstation up with these items, then you’re already good to go.
First, the table: studies have shown that round, curvy furniture is the optimal choice for office work. The rounder your furniture, the more pleasurable it is to the eyes and to the spirit. Compared to square furniture, round furniture encourages a more pleasing and accomplished feeling. With this combination, your mind’s sure to be more relaxed to take on your work for the day.
Next, the chair: like the table, you’ll want your chair to be as pleasurable and comfortable as possible. You’ll want a chair that you’re prepared to sit in for long hours on end; otherwise, you’ll end up finding more and more excuses to leave your desk. You’ll also want a chair that’s comfortable for your rear, back, and legs. Use a chair that will allow you to recline. Make sure it isn’t too high or too low, either.
Of course, make sure that the chair isn’t so comfy that you’ll end up sleeping in it.
Personalize your Workstation
After picking the right table and chair combo for your home office set-up, you’ll want to personalize your work station next. This is, without a doubt, the most fun part of setting up your productive interior design project, but it’s also the part that gives your mental health the greatest amount of benefits.
Personalizing your workstation can have an empowering effect on you, as this allows you to mark and design your space your way. The finished product can also help boost productivity – and when you’re on a work from home arrangement, you’ll want all the production boosts you can get. Working on a task will also be less stressful for you, if your workstation displays the things you’re most comfortable with and interested in.
When working from home, you don’t always have to be neat and organized – but that’s not only because your employer isn’t there to check your desk. A desk that’s filled with papers, ideas, and other items can actually help boost productivity in a work from home arrangement. Compared to a clean desk that’s completely devoid of a personality, a more “lived-in” looking desk is sure to get the brain juices flowing. At the same time, you’ll want to be mindful of your clutter, too – too messy, and you may not even be able to work at all.
Consider the Colors
The study of colors is a subject that’s long been in practice, and the results are lessons you can apply to your home office set-up as well. Color psychologist Angela Wright outlines her findings succinctly by identifying the four primary colors you can choose from to boost productivity:
- Red is the physical color. This is the color that builds adrenaline and gets you pumped up for the job ahead. If you’re in need of an energy boost, then red is the color you want.
- Blue is the intellectual color. This is the color that soothes, pacifies, and helps you concentrate. If you want a no-nonsense color that will help you think, then blue is the color for you.
- Yellow is the emotional color. This is the color that’s positive, creative, and confidence-boosting. If you’re looking for the thing to keep your creative brain juices flowing, then yellow might give you your next big break.
- Green is the color that promotes balance. This is the color that strikes the perfect harmony between the other primary colors, and grants you that moment of calm. If you’re looking for a color to accompany you on your 15-minute breaks, then you’ll want to go green.
As you’re only setting up a home office on a work from home arrangement, painting the walls won’t be necessary. You can opt to have dashes of these colors on your workstation, for example. Or you can use items colored in specific shades.
You can also bring a little style and fortune to your home office set-up with feng shui.
Take Care of Some Indoor Plants
We have plants inside our homes to help lessen pollution, but who knew they could also help boost productivity in the office? While there are lots of choices for you on the market, you’ll find that bringing a touch of green to your home office is more than just choosing the kind of plant you want. According to gardening startup Patch co-founder and CEO Freddie Blackett, size also matters when it comes to choosing your indoor plant. “They can fill a space, they can frame a space or they can follow a space,” he explains, and from here, it becomes important to know what purpose you’d want your home office plant to serve.
Having an indoor plant to look after as you work from home also comes with a lot of other benefits. They help reduce stress and boost creativity as well – important for the long haul for anyone on a work from home arrangement.
It’s also just as important to know how to take care of your home office plant. Remember to let your plant near the windows, so that it can absorb as much natural sunlight as possible. Also keep in mind that airconditioning will often do more harm than good for your indoor plant.
Maximize the Light
Once you’ve got your indoor plant set up inside your home office, you’ll want to let the sunshine in as well. By drawing the curtains aside to let the sun inside, you’ll be able to absorb the same amount of nutrients and positives your plant does – if not even more.
When building productivity on a work from home arrangement, natural lighting is always the best. To harness the power of the sun outside, you’ll want to work closer to the windows. The bigger your window is, the better it becomes for you, your home office, and your indoor plant. A brightly-lit room will always do wonders for your productivity, so you’ll also want to make sure that even the dimly-lit parts of your home office get some of that light as well. If you’ll have to use artificial lights, be sure to strategically place them in specific areas, so that you can balance the light that’s coming out of your work screen.
Be careful with the illumination levels of your light. Too bright, and you risk illuminating the negative feelings too. Too dark, on the other hand, and you might end up going to bed earlier than expected. Be mindful of your eyes as you work – after all, with most work from home arrangements being done online now, your eyes are bound to get the most strained, stressed, and fatigued as your day goes on.
Of course, as any work from home employee will tell you, building the optimal home office is only half the battle. In order to truly get over the productivity block, especially in those lazy hours, it’s important to take care of your mental health and take your breaks when you need them. Good luck!
If you’ve already gotten started on your home office, you’ll want to consider taking things to the next level. Kickstart your next interior design project today to boost your work habits and up your relaxation experience at home.
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