7 Tips For Designing a Home Office

When the pandemic took over, most of us were forced to stay indoors for months, and maybe even years. Our homes changed as per needs- an office to work in, a room for privacy, a space to connect with family, etc. 

During this period, “work from home” was a concept compulsorily imposed upon everyone. Hence, a home office became essential. 

Additionally, in the case of small businesses and entrepreneurs, the need for a unique character of their own was necessary to develop on a more professional front. Given the limited scope to spend their earnings to rent or buy an office space, a home office becomes ideal. 

Here are 7 tips to design a home office:

  1. Function over form
  2. Natural light
  3. Breathing Space
  4. Storage and tech
  5. Placement of desk
  6. Color palette
  7. Panelize and personalize

1. Function over form

The shape of the furniture used for the office should primarily relate to its intended function, with the ergonomics of the user kept in mind. Fancy forms should not intervene with the purpose of the room and its utility. 

More is more by One beauty executive

Functionality without compromising on the aesthetics
Functionality without compromising on the aesthetics

This home office design is not overly decorative but quite ornate. It focuses more on functionality without compromising on aesthetics. 

2. Natural light

Artificial lights should not be the only reliable visual aid. Maximum hours of sunlight should be let in, keeping in mind to reduce glare. It keeps the office fresh and healthy, increasing productivity. 

Cloffice by Derek Blasberg

Incorporation of large windows to let in natural light
Incorporation of large windows to let in natural light

The minimal furniture which focuses primarily on storage gives the space its character. The glass window, door, and roof ensure maximum daylight and reduction in energy usage.

3. Breathing Space

Given the space constraint in most cases, it is difficult to set up everything you want in your home office. However, prioritizing the needs of the hour and placing a minimum number of objects around you, solely based on requirements while working can work wonders. 

There should be sufficient space for the user to move around freely, avoiding clutter. 

Dominican Republic Escape by Carlos Mota

Warm color scheme and minimal furniture to create a good breathing space
Warm color scheme and minimal furniture to create a good breathing space

This office space has a warm color scheme and is more function and circulation-oriented. Seating spaces, fireplace, lights are given more importance.

4. Storage and tech

Efficient storage options work better to free up space for circulation and better operation of the office. The room needs minimal decoration and open space in order to organise files, gadgets and other things. 

Kitchen set-desk by A Pennsylvania Farmhouse

Ample amount of storage in the Home Office
Ample amount of storage in the Home Office

This office is storage and furniture-oriented. It has storage spaces embedded within the wall extrusion giving the room an aesthetic appeal.

5. Placement of desk

The desk is where you will get the majority of your work done and hence, its placement matters. The desk should not be interrupted by the opening and closing of the door. Make sure that the shadow from the window or the lights in the room does not fall on it.

Workspace in the Sky

Thoughtful placement of the work desk at the home office
Thoughtful placement of the work desk at the home office

In this home office, the placement of the desk is optimal, in front of the wall with decorations and below the skylight. The shadow will not fall on the desk.

6. Color Palette

The colors you choose for your office have an impact on you. Brighter colors brighten up the room, keeping the work environment crisp. Dark colors give more cozy and lousy energy to the room.  

Choosing the right color according to your emotional awareness can land you productivity.

A Lady’s Home Office Set

Color palette to induce work ethic in home office
Color palette to induce work ethic in home office

The color scheme of this particular set is warm and bright. This can boost productivity, especially with the window arrangements as natural light can pour in during work hours.

7. Panelise and Personalise

Your office should reflect your personality, character, and the kind of business someone will be dealing with; it should define you and your profession. Personalize your office as per your “office needs”, but without compromising on your homely comfort. Your home office must set and run the tone of your business orders. 

Fashionable Hideaway by Stefano Pilati

Reflection of one's personal character in the home office design
Reflection of one’s personal character in the home office design

This unique home office design represents the user’s personality, choice, and kind of work. Being minimal is after all a choice.

Designing your home office also gives you the freedom to design it as per your needs. Your productivity can increase, by working in the environment best suited for you. Working from home is a choice of the majority today. However, it can be a challenge to find your spot in your house to work; designing specifically for a home office will reduce your task load.

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