Working remotely is set to become the way of the future.
According to many entrepreneurial business sites such as Forbes, Fast Company and Fast Co-Exist it is predicted that 50% of people will work from a home office by 2020. This new way of working is more than just a fleeting trend - it is going to become a way of life for many.
Studies show that working remotely improves productivity, makes people happier and increases levels of creativity. As a result, many companies are now adopting this new practice and encouraging employees to work from home.
The year 2020 may sound like the distant future but it's actually less than three years away! Now is the time to start thinking about your own home office and becoming remote-ready for the big shift in workplace environments.
Stay ahead of the curve and create your own successful home work-place with our guide to home office design below. We take you through seven simple steps to help you optimise your work space and will show you seven of the most popular home office styles guaranteed to motivate and inspire!
Optimise Your Work Space in 7 Simple Steps
1. Clear Away Clutter
A clean desk equals a clear mind. It's impossible to think straight under a mountain of paperwork. Implementing a paperless office not only improves productivity, it's much better for the environment.
Physical clutter competes for your attention and can result in a decreased level of performance and increases stress. However, if you do a have important documents to refer to, they can be kept tidy by introducing some clever office storage solutions.
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2. Keep Clean, Tidy & Comfortable
Keep your work space dust and dirt free. Cleaning up your desk each evening upon finishing work will provide you will a clean canvas for you to get stuck into work first thing the next morning. The act of cleaning your desk each evening can also help to subconscioulsy cleanse the mind of any stress that maybe been felt during the day.
3. Stand Tall and Proud with a Sit Stand Desk
Work place ergonomics no longer just refer to the correct positioning and height of ones seat, monitor and keyboard. Scientific studies continue to suggest that prolonged sitting significantly increases risk for earlier death and the onset of diseases, such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. As such, height-adjustable standing desks are set to become the norm. Transitioning from seated to standing position is also said to increase productivity.
4. Create a 'Vision Board'
A vision board displays everything that inspires you, it can include goals for yourself and your business. Pin up anything that motivates you - quotes, images, or type up your goals, hopes and dreams. Display your board somewhere you can see to connect with your images and refer to them everyday.
5. Introduce Background Music.
Music helps to make repetitive tasks more enjoyable. Studies also show that listening to sift background music increases creativity and productivity. When listening to music, the brain triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ called dopamine that increases happiness.
6. Add Plants & Botanicals
Plants purify the the air and with green being the most restful colour to the human eye, evokes a sense of calm and well being. Plant pots are a great way to bring a pop of colour and vibrancy to your work space.
Not a green thumb but would still like to have some greenery dotted around the office? Faux plants are a great solution! Green is the most restful colour to the eye. It encourages mental clarity and helps to recharge and calm us so having plants in the office (whether real or faux )is advantageous.
7. Let the Sun Shine in
The health benefits of natural light over artificial are huge. Natural light promotes productivity and increases as sense of well-being and happiness as it is linked to a sense of freedom. Artificial light can cause drowsiness, induce headaches and can actually affect ones sleep in the evening also.
Wherever possible try to locate your desk beside a window, either facing the window or with the window to one side of your desk. Never sit with your back to a window as light will reflect onto your monitor screen making it difficult to view.
Discover 7 Different Home Office Styles
So now you are equipped to create the perfect office space, it's time to select a style that resonates with you. Below are seven awesome examples of the different types of home office styles. Which one will you choose?
Scandinavian Home Office Style
The Scandinavian aesthetic unites simplicity, with purity and liveability. This style is renowned for its paired back minimalism and a light, bright and airy atmosphere. A Scandi colour scheme consists of neutral tones or an all white backdrop that is highlighted by pale timbers with accents of black. Tactile, textural fabrics and soft muted colours such as pale pink, blue or mint are all elements of this style.
To learn more about this style visit our article Creating a Scandinavian Vibe at Home.
Industrial Home Office Style
The Industrial style feature an eclectic combination of vintage, retro pieces that have rustic charm. Reclaimed timbers and raw metals that have a utilitarian feel to them work well to create this style. Think warehouse or loft conversion with lots of character.
To learn more about this style visit our article What is Industrial Style Furniture?.
Mid-Century Modern Home Office Style
Mid-Century Modern is a style from the mid 20th century era that produced iconic designers such as the likes of Eames, Wegner, Poulsen and Jacobsen and more. The style took the world by storm as it moved away from the highly ornate detailing of previous and embraced the modern technology of the day.
The high demand for modern furniture to be produced quickly after the two world wars meant that functionality replaced highly decorative furniture pieces. The new mid-century style took on a form of clean, simple and sleek lines with bold colours.
Hampton's Home Office Style
A coastal inspired yet elegant look that has a twist of farmhouse. This style manages to capture a relaxed laid-back vibe while remaining classic and sophisticated. Wicker, rattan and painted white timbers with navy hues and stripes or coastal inspired motifs are all a staple characteristic of this look.
To learn more about this style visit our article Perfecting the French Provincial and Hampton's Styles.
Tailored Elegance Home Office Style
While many of the other styles offer a clean and simple aesthetic the Tailored Elegance look offer a little bit of luxe in the form of materials, finishes and detailing. In this style you will find more ornate pieces of furniture in materials such as brass or bronze or interesting details such as scalloped edges or timber paneling can be found. Velvet upholstery with deep buttoning and Mongolian sheepskin that over softness, sheen and shine and to the glamour.
This style can be compared with Hollywood Regency, to find out more visit our article Your Complete Guide To Hollywood Regency Style.
Modern Home Office Style
The modern design style is defined by clean lines, simple geometry and a colour palette of neutrals that incorporates the elements of natural materials such as timber, stone along with metal and glass. The words 'sleek' and 'clutter-free' are often used to describe a modern design style interior. This style is offers the appearance of a highly functional and organised space that isn't overly decorated. This lack of decorative finishes creates a sense of openness and spaciousness.
Traditional Home Office Style
Traditional furniture lends itself to older style homes that want to retain or accentuate some of it's original style from the Victorian era. The Traditional look is characterised by old-world style, craftmanship and dark, heavy woods such as mahogany. Alternatively timber, painted white or for a softer more classic look can also be considered traditional. Heavy full length curtains or even swags and tails can be found in a traditional style home.
To discover more visit our article What is Traditional Style Furniture?.
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