Having a home office might seem somewhat a luxury and not on top of your priority list. In the past [we refer to as pre-COVID-19] you would not think twice about using your spare space for your guests, a walk-in wardrobe or a dumping ground.
However, in the company of coronavirus that has uninvitingly entered our lives, we have found ourselves in uncharted territory that no one holds a map to. Without a blink of an eye, offices have been forced to move their entire workforce into homes. For some this is a new and unfamiliar way of working that may seem somewhat overwhelming.
We have put together some ideas and tips to help you create a functional home office/ area. We hope it will give you a sense of direction and above all increase your productivity, while balancing your wellbeing.
Whether you are reviving your current office room,
Whether you have a small nook or a full-blown home working space, we say ‘experiment’. Don’t be afraid to have fun with the process of finding the working position that works for you. What will work for you, might not work for someone else.
Depending On The Space Available To You, From Our Experience Home Offices Fall Into 3 Main Categories:
I HAVE A SPARE ROOM:
Whether you have been using your home office for work already or been using it as a dumping ground, further down in the blog we have shared some tips how to dust off your office interior to its former glory and modernise it if necessary.
I HAVE A DESK AREA:
Instead, you could utilise a corner or a small area within any room that feels less permanent to a separate office room. We would recommend staying away from the Bedroom. It is important to set boundaries and keep your work separate there. Otherwise, you may jeopardise your sleeping patterns.
I HAVE NEITHER:
As Miranda says: “where there is a will, there is always a way” You might occupy a property with no fixed desk space. That does not mean, you cannot have a fully functional home office. Here is where the outside the box thinking comes handy. A hallway, cupboard or dining table, anything goes; literally.
To keep the work separate, we’d recommend putting systems in place, where you clear your desk space at the end of your day.
As Miranda says: “where there is a will, there is always a way” You might be in a one or two-bedroom apartment where having a fixed desk space is not an option. That does not mean, you cannot have a fully functional home office. Here is where the outside the box thinking comes handy. A hallway, cupboard or dining table, anything goes; literally.
For some, even this is not an option and utilising the bedroom furniture might be the only resource. To keep the work separate, we’d recommend putting systems in place, where you clear your desk space at the end of your day.
You can separate your work and set your boundaries as you would if you were in the office surrounded by colleagues. We do not suggest cutting out full sized figures [out loud].
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The #WFH Balance Right:
Other Hacks In Getting The #WFH Balance Right:
What Makes A Good Office Design?
It is about the end feeling, always. As the demands that work brings varies widely, so do the requirements of the working environment. At home, you are in a unique position to really individualise and remove yourself from ‘one-fits-all’ fit-out. You can rewrite your own rules.
Well designed home workspaces have a perfect mix of functionality and aesthetics. Comfortable furniture that you are willing to sit in for long periods without straining your eyes or your spine; ideally arranged in feng shui to promote the right energy flow. Plenty of natural light and lighting when the sun goes down goes a long way. Topped with live plants, the right colours to enhance your wellbeing; and of course good organisation systems to keep your space organised.
Workflow With Indoor Plants
Being comfortable in your home office space is hugely important to your health, happiness, and productivity.
As well as keeping your desk and area uncluttered and tidy, adding plants to your desk area adds to your sense of wellbeing.
As revealed in the study by Dr Roger S. Ulrich and Helen Russell [and many more studies], plants also significantly lower workplace stress, digital eye strain and enhances your productivity by as much as 12%. You wouldn’t want to miss on that, would you?
Increase Productivity With Colour
Don’t underestimate the power of colour and its effects on your mood and wellbeing. Equally its intensity [saturation] is as important. When it comes to painting the home office, we would always opt for subtle tones.
Our favourites are: the mind stimulator BLUE that improves your focus. With Teal/ Light Blue you could potentially turn your workspace into a productivity machine. You cannot go wrong with GREY that gives off a neutral mood and a sense of melancholy. By subtle we don’t mean white or pale colours. With YELLOW, the emotion stimulant makes it an ideal colour for creative industries and will set your creativity flowing. With GREEN, though associated with money and abundance, is in fact all about balance, calmness, and reassurance – great for those in the financial industry. It’s said that ORANGE will increase the oxygen supply to your brain and work as a perfect remedy for those low-energy afternoons if that is what you suffer from.
Though intense hues of blues and greens are great for energy, we’d stay clear of those in the office environment on large surfaces.
How To Switch Off?
If resting your eyesight and recharge your mind by stepping outside is not an option. You have reached your daily coffee-fix limit, there are options.
A short meditation does wonders to refocus your mind. A speed-skipping session is great to pump fresh oxygen into your brain. Or a ten minute nap. Its benefits in reducing stress and increase performance have been known for thousands of years and practiced all over the world. We love vintage BOULOUM chaise by Olivier Mourgue, don’t you?
What Mistakes To Avoid?
At misch_MISCH studio we encourage you to be bold in exploring your unique individuality. Take adventurous steps with the choice of materials, textures and colours; mixing functional furniture with artful pieces that are still functional. Have fun creating optical illusions that are enticing to look at while increasing your productivity.
DESK | CHAIR | LIGHT & YOU:
A good looking & comfortable chair is everything. Not only your back will thank you in the long run, you will be excited about the prospect of sitting still while achieving the goals you set out to do when you sat down.
Before you go shopping we recommend you consider your sitting habits and your weak spots first. As well as armrests, back cushions can offer some additional level of support and shield your kidneys from the draft. Also, an upholstered finish will add a level of comfort.
Or getting comfortable on the ash, black matte lacquered and tan mohair upholstered KANA chair by Vonnegut Kraft could be for you.
Just because the chair comes with a ‘dining tag’ on it, CRAWFORD in walnut and polished brass at Mezzo collection can as well equally function as an elegant and statement business chair .
For a classical chick vibe, we would go for Art Deco style PINA by Hommés studio with the ultra-soft high quality velvet. We could not end our recommendations without the sculptural forms of Kelly Wearstler’s ROXBURY chair with tight upholstery back seat and cushion; that completes the edgy decor look.
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If you have a spare room or dedicated office room, no matter what the size is, congratulations! An ideal situation to zone out, avoid any distractions. Staying away from squarish edges will lower your anxiety and stress levels. Mixing up with sculptural, state of art curves and round edges gives your decór playful and soothing character. Check out these finds you will see what we mean: MESA by Katrina Vonnegut & Brian Kraft, the MESA walnut table by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, MATTINA in elmwood by Danielly Siggerud.
A good functional lamp is an opportunity to personalise your work area. AERIAL 1981 retractable lamp with its own remote control fits the bill and so does 1991 lamps creations, both by Ron Arad and up for grabs from Laffanour gallery in downtown Paris.
There is also the added benefit that you will be increasing the value of your property by having well arranged home office provision. This, we believe will be a priced asset to your property value, just like outdoor spaces have been up until now.