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Redesigning the Home Office

Posted on June 17, 2013

With the continual advancement of technology and its overall convenience for businesses, many more people are working from home. Whether it be a start-up home-based business, or an employee of a larger firm working 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 times 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 with contemporary furniture is easily achieved.

Location, Location, Location

When designing a home office there are several things designers/homeowners must consider. First, a location for the home office must be assessed. As they say, “Location, location, location,” is extremely important. 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.

Finding the Furniture

Next, deciding what furniture pieces will be necessary for the office to function efficiently is the 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? Some research has shown that music enhances productivity for some people, while others like silence. A sturdy, solid chair is the most important element to achieving proper ergonomics for the human body. If there is enough room within the space, and depending upon the occupation of the inhabitant, providing some sort of cozy sitting area is beneficial and a nice added luxury.

Setting the Tone

Once the necessary furniture pieces have been considered and 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.

Lighting Your Space

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, while incorporating natural daylight into the space is the most cost-effective way to brighten any room.

Storage – Keeping It Together

Storage space and controlling the amount of clutter is a challenge in any office, especially in a home office that 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. Keep in mind furniture designed for other rooms that can be repurposed like a buffet hutch. To help contain any stray paperwork, setting up a very simple, easy to use system for filing and folders can help to achieve a streamlined space.

Staying Connected with Your Tech

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 tangled network cables. Consider a wireless Internet connection and wireless hardware to help reduce the required number of cables, a media unit is great for housing a wide screen monitor along with a wireless keyboard and mouse. These options give flexibility, work in comfort from your desk 0r from your laptop in any room of the home.

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.

Color Your Mood

Color choice also affects the overall mood of any room, especially a home office. Fun, fresh, and vibrant colors such as the green used in the above picture, are warm and inviting. Bright accent pieces are incorporated in the window panels and throw pillows. These additions give the space interest and depth. The home office shown here is bright and modern, with a very simple design.

A modern home office like all contemporary rooms portrays a sense of simplicity and calm. As a rule, the home office should be free from distraction. The space should serve as a private oasis for imagination, thought, and achievement to take place.

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