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.
WORK THE ROOM
Your home office should be just as chic, comfortable and practical as the rest of your home. Blogger, Bianca Hall, manages to find the perfect balance between functionality and style by placing a contemporary glass-topped desk alongside a sleek white sideboard so her paperwork can be stored neatly out of sight.
She brings life to the room with an abundance of house plants – which are known to improve productivity due to their refreshing and uplifting hue – and also experiments with eye-catching patterns; an interesting wallpaper, chair cushion or statement rug will add an inspirational backdrop to your home office. The pièce de résistance? A feathered wall decoration which gives instant impact and adds a real sense of creativity to the room.
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.
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 CATO desk’s handy storage shelf and a useful basket 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!
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.
TIDY OFFICE, TIDY MIND
Shades of aqua and turquoise make for a stimulating work space, just ask Claudia Baillie, Interiors Editor at The Sunday Times Style. Full of gathered finds and personal touches, she’s created a relaxed office environment with a homely feel, using clever shelving and storage solutions to keep her desk space clear and tidy.
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