6 Interior Designs Ideas for a Home Office That Boost Productivity
Today I have a guest writer on the blog, Skyler Ross. Check out his tips below about the best ways to boost productivity! Take it away Skyler!
The COVID-19 induced work from home situation will likely permanently change the way we approach working from home. There are, of course, challenges that are presented while working at homes such as children, partners, or lack of space. Luckily, many of these problems can be overcome with great design. So, we’ve compiled our favorite interior design ideas for a home office that’ll boost your productivity.
1. Solid Surfaces with Color
It's essential to have a solid and organized workstation. Whether you’re a fan of wood, stone, or acrylic solid surfaces, it’s a great idea to make sure it’s a solid surface. In terms of color, incorporating certain colors in your design accents has proven benefits for the brain. For example, blue sparks intelligence, white brings clarity, and red is energizing. For optimal productivity, experts recommend pairing neutrals with blues. This solid
2. Proper Lighting
Lighting affects not only the strain on our eyes throughout the day but also our overall productivity. Task lighting in a desk lamp will help reduce strain eyes, but the rule of thumb is that the more natural light you can incorporate, the better. To achieve this, glass paneling or reconfiguring a desk to be near a window is your best bet.
3. Add Greenery
Live plants are proven to help alleviate stress in an office space. Even better, they’ll also work to improve air quality.
4. Clear Separation
We know that working from home brings its own set of distractions, but the proper design can help you circumvent them. You want a clear separation between work life and home life, whether that means installing a roof divider or installing noise cancellation. Investing in a divider or acoustic ceiling cloud will ensure that you have privacy during the day and clear separation from the rest of the household. Glass is a great option here as you’ll
5. Invest in Great Seating
There are so many options when it comes to desk chairs, but investing in a great one will truly boost your productivity. A standing desk isn’t for everyone, but an ergonomic chair will help you maintain great posture and comfort throughout the 8-10 hours that you likely spend there.
6. Organization is Key
Proper storage is an essential aspect in making sure that your space is free from the clutter that harms our thought process. Design experts recommend that you consider your daily workflow when you’re envisioning your design for space. For example, keeping your printer and filing cabinets within an arm's reach of your desk can help your day proceed more smoothly.
With proper attention to design, working from home will be just as productive as working from an office. Many of these design tips are simple swaps, and you’ll be on your way to a more productive WFH day.
Skylar Ross is a contributor to the Innovative Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Skylar is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.