Whether you have a tiny study or a spacious bureau, your home office is important when it comes to decor. It could be the place you go to when you need a moment to focus or a moment of calm. And, it could just be where you go to work. But, either way, it’s important to enjoy your surroundings.
A little inspiration…
1. The statement desk
First thing’s first – the desk. It couldn’t really be an office without one! Obviously, you need something practical…four legs, doesn’t wobble, smooth surface for writing your next masterpiece…But, don’t forget to think about aesthetics. Often the room will centre around the desk so go for something eye-catching that really makes a statement. Think about the overarching theme – be it industrial, retro revival, Regency, etc. – and pick furniture to suit.
2. The comfy chair
When it comes to seating, it needs to be the right height for your desk and undeniably comfy. Choose a real statement chair that says you mean business. Play with colours and textures, and up the ante as much or as little as you please depending on the look you are going for.
3. The reading lamp
It’s important to base lighting choices on the daily activities that take place in a given room – task lighting as they say in interior design terms. In the office, you’re often staring at a computer screen, writing notes or reading – so well thought out lighting is key. The desk is an obvious focal point, but is there another area in your room with an armchair perhaps, where a floor lamp could be vital? Think about the logistics before making any decisions. Once you’ve gone through your practical checklist, go wild with lighting choices. I, for one, can’t get enough of mid-century modern designs.
4. The stylish stationery
I am a magpie when making stationery choices. The more gold, copper and silver the better! My other weakness is bold monochrome prints. A black and white palette means it will go with everything, while pattern adds interest and originality. In my eyes, you can never have too much stationery. Just make sure its presented in an orderly fashion. Elegant notebooks and sleek pens give off a seriously sophisticated vibe.
5. The smart storage
Taking pride in your appearance should translate to your home and onto your desk. Surfaces that are polished and tidy are attractive to the eye and show people you are keen to make a good impression – all key when it comes to business. Decluttering your space also helps to clear the mind and leave it open to innovative thoughts. It’s hard to focus on your next career move when you’re surrounded by mess.
6. The gallery wall
Your office should hopefully be a space where you are free to get in touch with your creative side. Help spur on your imagination with a gallery wall. Tailor the pictures to suit your style, mood and colour scheme. The best thing is, you can swap posters in and out, so it’s a cheap and transient way to update your space and foster creativity.
7. The cosy rug
Depending on your workload, or desire for your own space, you could be spending a considerable amount of time in your office. Therefore, its vital that you are cosy. A textured rug, such as a Berber, will feel wonderful underfoot and give the room a warmer ambience. If you’re looking to make a statement with bold colours or patterns, I’d recommend an Indian or Persian-style rug. They add a sense of wanderlust to any room, and nothing inspires people more than travel and exploring other cultures.
By addressing these 7 categories, you will have a well-rounded office that meets your every need. All you have to do now is decide what design eras and themes you want to focus on. Happy decorating!
Top photo credit: Julia Morgan