Every space in your home should be comfortable, beautiful, and inspiring; your home office shouldn’t be left out. Nevertheless, it should also be unlike any other room in your home. When designing a home office the most important thing to remember is to find a balance between aesthetics and function, after all, there will be a place where you will be working hard, not hardly working. In these post-COVID years, more and more people are ditching the office and opting to work at home, so why not turn your home into a play you wouldn’t mind spending all day in? I’ve come up with tips for creating a home office that’s equal parts beautiful, functional, and inspiring.
There is Beauty in Chaos
I know that we don’t all have a gorgeous space to turn into the Beast’s library in Beauty in the Beast so we must make do with what we have. If your dining table doubles as a desk, consider using your buffet (or getting one) to store your work items when you’re done. Consider a room divider if you’re prone to getting distracted by your surroundings (like me).
A Workplace That Inspires
Some may like a bare workplace, which makes it easier to keep attention on your work, but to me, a beautiful and inspiring workplace is just what I need. As mentioned before, it is important to me to work in a place that is filled with inspiration whether it be beautiful decor, artwork, or both; I need it all! A beautiful home office keeps you from feeling like you’re in an episode of Severence unless, of course, that’s the vibe you’re going for. Filling a home office with beautiful pieces stimulates creativity. I know what you’re probably thinking; “I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars decorating a home office” and you don’t have to! Add personal pieces to your space like family photos, postcards, handwritten notes, or awards from previous achievements.
Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function
We all want to create a beautiful space that makes us awe every time we get a glimpse of it but don’t forget about functionality. Functionality is important for every room but this is especially true for your home office, a place where you will be working and spending most of your day. Everything you put in your space should be serving you.
Incorporate Your Own Style
I always say, “Don’t compromise your personal style for the sake of a beautiful space”. When I think home office I always think dark wood paneling, with beautiful built-in bookcases filled with vintage books, pottery, some sculptures, and of course a few faux florals here and there. This may sound like a dream home office but is it your style? Always stick to your personal style; no other style will be more beautiful than that.
Don’t Work for Perfect
I feel that no space will ever be “perfect”, and that includes your home office. Especially if this is a room where you will be spending most of your day, it is okay to keep it as a “work in progress”. We are only human and we are bound to change our minds, and if you’re anything like me, that means changing your mind a minimum of 10 times a day. Take your time and make it something special slowly. As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”.
As always, remember to have fun when designing any space in your home.
Until next time