Finally Focused – How to Design the Ideal Home Office and Get Back to Work!

Working from home is an exciting experience and designing your home office can be a lot different than designing a commercial one. Comfort and flexibility is almost unlimited in your space, which may make it tricky trying to create a productive place to work. It’s crucial to separate the rest of the activities from your home and create a space that is off limits where you can focus and get things done.

Here are some easy steps you can take to makeover your existing office or makeover any space in your home into your own productive workplace:

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Don’t be Cheap on Lighting

Good lighting can work wonders in a space and can also reflect your mood and overall quality of your work. Ideally, you want to try to get as much daylight as possible. Enhance your natural lighting and scrap any heavy drapery or blinds you may have. If you do not have any natural lighting available, consider a task light with a yellow cast, which is essential for late nights or cloudy days. To avoid glare on your computer screens, don’t place overhead lighting directly above the screens, which can cause eyestrain.

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Make Your Office a Private Space 

Everyone works better without noise and disruptions, so try to make your home office a quiet space away from all the hustle and bustle of the household. If you don’t have a separate space for your office, consider using furniture as dividers – screens or even bookcases can serve as storage solutions as well as separate a living room from a workspace.


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Axis Mundi

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Always Put Health and Safety First

Spending long hours in one space can take a toll on your back, eyes, feet, and hands. Pay special attention to the type of home office furniture you choose making sure it is designed to promote your well being while using them. There are lots of chairs on the market that provide adjustability and comfort for computer users. Make sure to do your research and choose seating that supports your pelvis and spine during computer work. Also foot rests and even keyboard pads to rest your wrist can make your time at work less stressful and more comfortable.

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Emily Ruddo

The Right Colors Can Make a Difference

When decorating your new office, making it a positive and uplifting place to work is key. Blue usually makes a space feel cool and relaxed but doesn’t necessarily make a good color for the office. It’s known to put people to sleep and is best kept for the bedroom. Yellow or red also creates anxiety and excitement and should only be used as accent colors. You may want to try tones of green which bursts with organic energy, and can add freshness to an office. White, ivory, gray, and tan are also neutral tones that you can feel comfortable with and combine with accent colors to add life and energy.

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