Turn your home office into a place you want to be without spending a fortune!
Make work feel, well…like less work
Does your home office call to you? Is it a sanctuary? Does it get your creative juices flowing? Or does it feel like a struggle just to go in there? Making a work space personal, pretty, functional and comfortable will result in making work feel, well…like less work.
Read on to learn some very easy and inexpensive ways to make your home office feel pleasant, special, even inspiring and place that you…well…actually want to be! While you can’t eliminate the work that needs to be done in your home office, (it’s called work for a reason), you can make a few changes to make being there much nicer!
Budget-friendly changes can change your world
Whether you’re working full time in your home office, or just on the occasional snow day or when you pay bills, your work space can easily be transformed to be more efficient and to feel more inspiring. Bringing a sense of your personality will make your home office a place uniquely yours. A few minor budget-friendly changes can seriously change your home office world.
For some, a chair and a laptop is all that’s needed. For many of us, more is better. Filing space, a white board, special art, a TV and other electronics might be called for. Do you need additional seating for collaboration? The possibilities and option are countless! No matter what your specific needs may be, you’ll feel better if the space is especially yours. And, doing so will improve your productivity!
We’ll provide some inspiration to make your workspace comfy, functional and a place you’ll actually want to do your best work.
We’ve all done it. Office work drifted into the kitchen, and had inevitable disasters like spaghetti sauce splattered on an important proposal. Let’s look at some easy ways you can make your home office unique to only office work, not cooking. We’ll suggest ways to add needed elements, in a creative and inexpensive way and how it will improve the space by making it a more efficient and inspiring place to work.
Storage and filing space
If space is limited, it will be especially important to creatively incorporate storage and filing space without crowding the entire office. A less cluttered and more open space will improve concentration and creativity. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful to your work there. If the dedicated office has become a dumping ground, get busy removing all things that aren’t supposed to be there!
Creating physical space between furnishings/equipment will improve air quality and will make the space more appealing. The space you create by clearing out clutter, not only improves the flow of air, but science has proved that it also impacts the way your brain works. Less clutter brings clearer thinking and improved creative energy.
If you’re starting from scratch or need a desk solution, check out these budget friendly ideas to combine work space with storage:
Align the style of desk with your personality, work style and existing furnishings. Clean white, mirrored surfaces as well as farmhouse styles can be found here. And, if you’re a DIYer, combine your favorite reclaimed wood with filing cabinets to make your own personal statement. You’ll save on space too! See some of these super creative options on BuzzFeed.
A comfy chair is a must have
There are so many options in addition to traditional desk chairs purchased at the “office store”. Your local consignment shop is a great place for unique, one-of-a-kind options like, small captain’s chairs, club chairs, parsons style (once used for dining rooms) to funky molded plastic for a contemporary fun look. You’ll find a unique bargain to suit your style. Consider a coordinating cushion for added comfort and warmth. Be sure to align the style and coordinate the colors of your chair with your desk, and other furnishings.
Rugs and art add warmth, color and personality to your office
Your office will take on a new polished personality with rugs and art. The rug placement should encompass the desk and the chair to designate and include both in the space. The rug should be large enough to scoot the office chairs back from the desk. Avoid fringe and thick piled rugs to make moving chairs easier. If you have visitor seating space in front of or near your desk for collaboration, include this in the rug sizing and positioning so that the seating is included on the rug.
Again, consignment furniture stores are a great resource to find unique rugs at affordable prices. Wayfair and Target also have beautiful options under $300.00. Your favorite art should also share the space. Add color and beauty in a favorite art piece to help you muse over an idea or imagine beautiful places as you brainstorm.
Lighting is important for tasks and can really add impact and flair
For unique finds, check out your local consignment shops for desk lamps and chandeliers. Mixing antiques or quirky lighting (things that make you smile) will quickly add personality and functionality. When looking to provide ambient lighting, (not task) check out floor lamps with up-directional lighting. You’ll add beautiful lighting to darker corners of the room.
Bring in plants
Bring happy life to your office by adding a plant or two. If your green thumb is brown, use a quality faux plant. Faux succulents look real and will add extra softness to the space. A succulent and a cute pot will add a smile to your bookshelves or the top of your desk. Faux grasses can look beautiful as well. Make sure you regularly wash them to keep the faux looking real.
De-clutter and add your personal touch
Whether it’s a creative, eclectic look or a polished minimalist feel that you’re trying to achieve, adding just a few touches and de-cluttering the space will get you an office space that you’ll soon enjoy, and actually want to work there.
Contact Kerry Fletcher for a one-on-one consultation. She makes it super simple for you to get started on your own and will even go a step further by personally helping you shop for the best furniture and decor pieces. Your home office (and other areas of your home!) will look amazing.
You'll love coming home after you work with Kerry!
Email Kerry at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her on Facebook (check out her gorgeous art pieces!).
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