by Lauren Busser Direct from the Designers™ Contributing Writer
Finding a space to dedicate entirely to work can be a challenge. That’s why it’s important to consider the way you design the work space in your new home. Whether you have a dedicated office, library or study, or you are setting up shop in a corner or closet you want to make sure the space will compel you and inspire you in your work.
In order to do that, you need to set the tone for your work space. Think about what will settle you and tell you, “Okay, time to get to work.” Once you have those ideas, set up focal points that will immediately identify its purpose. For example, if you are using the space to work from home make sure your computer is front and center. Since it will probably be your primary tool it should always remain in front of you. Also have a dedicated space for job-related things like your day planner or phone.
Another way to make sure that you create a space that will get you working is to make sure it appears inviting. You can do this by keeping clutter to a minimum and using plenty of negative space around important objects (such as your computer). If you are working in a small space keep your desk small and streamlined so that it doesn’t overtake the room. The goal behind designing your home office is that you’ll feel driven, rather than trapped.
Speaking of feeling trapped, you not only want the space to be inviting; you need it to be comfortable. An ergonomically designed chair will help prevent backache with correct posture by ensuring good lumbar support. An ideal chair should allow you to keep your feet on the ground with your knees slightly bent at a ninety degree angle.
You should also make sure the top of your computer screen is level with your eye to make it easier on your neck. Additionally, you should make sure you have some sort of supplemental lighting in the form of either a desk or floor lamp in order to prevent eyestrain. In some cases you may need to install new or additional light features overhead to provide adequate lighting.
Above all, the key to creating a space you will be productive in is to fill it with pieces you love. Combine different patterns and colors that make you feel happy, calm, and confident while you work. In the end, all the pieces should fit together to give the room a positive vibe.
So when you're getting ready to paint, by all means pick a color you love, but try to balance it with a muted compliment so that the colors can bounce off of each other. Find a desk that you love and buy the matching desk organizers that make you excited to sit down and work. It's always nice to bring in personal touches such as plants and flowers, family pictures or even a fuzzy blanket to hang over the back of your chair.
Designating a space in your home as “work only” will make you more productive, but it's important that it be a place you'll want to be in for hours at a time. By making it productive, inspiring, and comfortable, you can be sure that your office is a place you'll look forward to visiting every morning.