Either in a large room or a small corner, the design of a home office remains a task that need some thought.
The layout and décor of an office at home requires time for reflection because it is about optimizing space and making it conducive to inspiration and work. The desk, whether hiding under a staircase, inside a closet, in a small or large room, must feel pleasant and comfortable. The location of the desk, the choice of the color of the room and furniture, the decoration, all these are important to create an office where one feels at ease and enjoys spending time in.
The time where the home office was dark and sinister is dead. Welcome to the decorated office! Setting up an office in your home is not always easy. Certainly, you can dream of a nice office decor but be careful not to get lost in it. Will there be some small paperwork, or will you use big files? Will you mainly use a computer? You need to focus on all details. Your office decor should not interfere with your work thinking. For your workspace layout to be a success, I’ve compiled some mistakes not to make when decorating your home office.
Error 1: Put your desk in a darker room or corner.
Why put yourself in the dark to work, especially when you work from home and spend long hours there. If possible, place your desk as close to the window as possible. Enjoy the natural light. It will be good for your brain.
The lighting of a work area such as an office should be carefully chosen. Indeed, if it is inappropriate, it can cause several inconveniences such as eye fatigue, glare, or even headaches. Visual comfort then passes through the balance of brightness, uniformity of illumination and good quality of light.
Natural lighting is essential. If you work on a computer, do not put the desk too close to the source of natural light to avoid reflection and glare that tire the eyes.
Try to combine direct light and indirect light. To obtain this double exposure, it is necessary to use different lighting. For indirect lighting, the ceiling lights can be equipped with filters to favor a diffuse light. The direct light, from a desk lamp must point to your work surface to illuminate the point of attention (reading, writing).
The light must be adapted to the activity you do: reading, working on a computer, writing …. dimmers can make it easy to modulate the lighting according to these activities. In the evening, it is recommended to use a bulb with high intensity, but not too powerful.
Error 2: Place the back of the desk to the window.
If you work on a computer, the window behind you will cause reflections of light on the screen. Apart from getting some wrinkles because you will have to frown all the time to read your screen, you might end up with a headache at the end of your day. For added warmth and beauty consider hanging some window drapes, or blinds to dim the light. You can find beautiful, high quality and exceptionally valued ready-made curtains on the site kenisahome.com. Ready to be installed, they will add a French flair to your office decor. Linen curtains, lightly lined drapes or sheers are often a good solution. Shading the light, they can be used all day long. And… they will give a warm and cozy feeling in your room. Not a negligible detail, if you spend as much time as I do in your office.
Error 3: Settling for a standard sized office at home for multiple people.
If your family or others, are going to work in the same room and use the same desk, make sure everyone has their place. You should measure at least 30 inches of width per person and have at least 20 inches of depth if you work with a computer.
Error 4: Not adding colors in the decoration of your home office.
We all know the power of colors. They exert a certain power on our brain. Certain colors help focus, some will bring a soothing effect, others will wake you up or stimulate your brain. Depending of the effect you desire, it is wise to bring colors in your world of work. I wrote a lot about the power of colors in our life and our mind in my blog: KenisaHome The French lifestyle….
Error 5: Not providing enough storage space.
How can you see clearly in your projects if everything is messy? If your folders, notebooks, books are in disarray all around your office, it will be difficult to be productive. It is necessary to provide enough storage to avoid clutter. Nothing is more frustrating than searching in vain for a file when you are working on a project. It is a waste of time, that can be used more productively. . What a pleasure to work in a bright and tidy place. It reflects our conscience. When the room is tidy, it’s as if our brain is clear and efficient. We know where everything is, and we can be more efficient.
Error 6: Neglecting choosing a good chair for your desk.
The chair must be chosen with care. It is for me the most important piece of furniture in my office along with the desk. Especially when we are getting older, our body is not so flexible anymore. If the room is large and you move around often, opt for chair on wheels. If you spend hours sitting at your desk, in front of your computer, choose a chair that keeps your back straight. Do not forget to lay your feet on a footrest to help your blood circulation.
Error 7: Neglecting the lighting in your office.
Either near the window or not, it is important to have a good lighting to work at every moment of the day. You need to be careful not to damage and reduce your vision prematurely with poor lighting. Ceiling lights, wall sconces, table lamp, desk lamp, there are plenty of choices to decorate your office with style and always have a good light. Do not hold back …
Error 8: Not accessorizing your desktop
If they may seem futile, accessories such as tablet, storage set, clip board, etc. will help you to maintain order in your office.
Error 9: Not prioritizing having a nice view from your desk.
It’s not always inspiring to work in front of a white wall. For my part, it blocks my concentration. I feel like my brain is stuck and restricted by the white wall. If you must have your desk facing a wall, make the view is as pleasant as possible. If being in front of a window overlooking a garden is not possible and you are stuck in front of a wall, you can paint your wall in a nice color or put a wallpaper that will inspire you. Recently, during one of my travels, I saw a wall made of all different green plants. That is an amazing way to add greenery to your office. Everything is possible to put your brain in a state of bliss to work.
Error 10: Setting up a too neutral office.
It is true that for concentration, it is better to have a clean desk, but that does not mean sanitizing and looking like a sterilized hospital room. Feel free to arrange your office space with an atmosphere that will be conducive to work and be productive. The goal is to work fast and well and for that you must feel good. This is a very French way of life: work as little as possible but work very efficiently and enjoy life to the fullest. We spend so much time in our office, we might as well make it as pleasant as possible