As technology advances and its overall convenience for businesses increases, more and more people are working from home. Whether it be a start-up business, a home-based business, or an employee of a larger firm who works from home, the need for a functional, well-designed home office is essential. In addition, home offices are extremely important for those who bring work home, and who need a calm, quiet space for thought.
Even though the office plays an important part in the function of a home, it tends to be forgotten about in terms of design. Often the home office is the last room in the house to receive functional design attention. However because of its importance within a home, designing a functional and aesthetically pleasing office is affordable and easily achieved. Here are seven things to consider when decorating a home office on a budget.
First, a location for the home office must be assessed. We have all heard the phrase, “Location, location, location,” and this plays an extremely important role in home office design. Consider how your office’s location in the home affects productivity.
Depending on the lifestyle and the work performed in the home office, a room tucked away from the chaos of family life may be necessary. On the other hand, family obligations may require a room within easy reach. Location is extremely important and a good location doesn’t cost a penny.
Purchasing Basic Furniture
Next, deciding what furniture pieces will be necessary for the office to function efficiently is key. A desk, chair, and storage pieces are the obvious essentials. However, taking into consideration how the homeowner is most productive is important as well. Is the person most productive while sitting up, lying down, or walking around? A sturdy, solid chair is the most important element to achieving proper ergonomics for the human body.
Once the necessary furniture pieces have been purchased, designing the space around those pieces comes next. The overall atmosphere of the space is important to consider when staging furniture in a home office; and the atmosphere is determined by the homeowner’s occupation. For example, placing a desk in front of a window would be appropriate for an author, artist or creator, as nature, sunlight and fresh air nurture inspiration and ideas. If the atmosphere of the home office is more professional, placing the desk in front of a large hutch or storage compartment, with the chair facing the doorway would be more appropriate.
No matter what the occupation of the homeowner is, studies have shown that people are happier and more productive when exposed to natural sunlight. Overhead lights and task lighting are useful for nighttime work; however incorporating natural daylight into the space is the most cost-effective way to brighten any room.
Storage space, controlling the paper and amount of clutter is a challenge in any office, and especially in a home office which is shared by several people. Investing in appropriate furniture that provides ample space for storage is simple. Considering closed storage can make an office feel cleaner, neater, and more organized. In addition, closed storage is considered a highly prized element in a well-designed home office. Furthermore, setting up a very simple, easy to use system for filing and folders is helpful.
Wall Color and Decor
Wall color and décor choices also affect the overall mood of any room, especially a home office. Fun, fresh, and vibrant colors are warm and inviting. Bright accent pieces in the form of framed prints or vinyl wall art stickers provide motivation and inspiration. Affordable and beautiful, wall stickers are an easy way to personalize the home office. These simple additions give the space interest and depth.
Another important consideration when designing a home office is the technology needs of the space. Using some sort of desk or table as a central hub for technology and office equipment helps to maximize the number of nasty network cables. Consider wireless internet to help reduce the required number of cables and has the added advantage of flexible laptop use in any room of the home.
A functional home office like all rooms in a home portrays a sense of simplicity and calm. As a rule a home office should be free from distraction. The space should serve as a private oasis for imagination, thought, and achievement to take place. Clean, sleek and simple pieces of furniture showcase a sense of minimalism and creativity; whereas large, heavy, and dark pieces of furniture portray grandeur and regality. Both are effective depending upon the atmosphere of the space and the occupation of its inhabitant.
About the Author
Alison Evans is a Home décor Enthusiast, and enjoys writing, blogging and manufacturing beautiful Wall décor for homes.