Whether you’re a full-time freelancer, have the occasional day working from home or simply need a small area for the kids to do their homework, a well-designed home office can set the scene for a more productive you. From introducing greenery to concealing clutter, be inspired by our round up of functional yet fashionable study spaces.
SEE THE LIGHT
It’s best to position your work zone where there’s plenty of natural light. If you’re lucky, like Anthony Burrill, you’ll have an inspiring garden view to help get those creative juices flowing. Keep it light and airy to create a sense of serenity, adding your personal stamp to the room by framing your favourite artwork pieces.
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Optimise your space
Creator of hugely popular blog, The Frugality, Alex Stedman proves you can be smart with space, creating an office in your home’s otherwise-neglected nooks and crannies. She utilises the handy storage draw to hide away her office essentials, and in true Alex style, tranforms her office space into an inviting spot with house plants, a stylish slogan print and personal photos. Bravo Alex!
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WELCOME TO MY OFFICE
The key to getting work done is to create an inviting work space you’ll be happy to spend your time in. Yes, it needs to be practical, but that doesn’t have to mean boring, so make like Monica Welburn and create an area you can work in and enjoy.
Add personality and character to your working space by creating a big moodboard full of your favourite images, photos and easy-to-access notes to inspire you while you work, and add colour and interest to your desk with beautiful flowers and personal possessions. Of course, you’ll want to keep the space neat and clutter-free to minimise distractions so be selective and invest in desk accessories and organisers to keep you on track.
SHOP THE LOOK
DOUBLE UP YOUR SPACE
For those of you that are small on space, double up your bedroom as an area where you can both sleep and work. But just because you use your bedroom as a calming area, doesn’t mean it has to compromise on style. Interior design guru Athina Bluff has injected her bedroom with candles and flowers to add a touch of luxury to her room. A chalk board calendar on her wall is a great way to keep organised in style.
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SIMPLICITY AT ITS FINEST
Sometimes all you need is a wooden desk and a few house plants to create calm and serenity in your working space. Here, Sophie Lee goes for the minimalist approach and styles her desk with potted plants and ceramics. She’s added an orange filling cabinet to bring a pop of colour to her space and to store away all her paperwork to keep her desk tidy.
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WORK THE ROOM
Your home office should be as chic, comfortable and practical as the rest of your home. Food writer, Rosie Birkett, manages to find the perfect balance between functionality and style by placing wall art above her desk, alongside storage trunks and plants which bring the room to life.
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