With more people working from home than ever, the hottest homeware trends have been focused on the perfect workspace in the home.
If you're a freelancer, entrepreneur, or remote worker, having a dedicated workspace is crucial to your success - so getting your workspace right is key.
Whether you’re working in a part of the home or have a dedicated office, there are plenty of ways to get the most out of your space to stay focused and productive. Our guide below will help you achieve the perfect workstation for your needs.
Let’s dive in.
Top decorating tips for the perfect workspace
With your workspace, you want to feel focused yet personal and comfortable. With these tips, you can transform your workspace into a productive and inspiring environment that supports your success.
Maximise natural lighting
Using natural lighting in your home can be the key to success for a productive workspace, as it affects our mood and wellbeing. Where possible, arrange your desk near a window to capitalise on the light levels.
If you’re finding the natural light is too much in the height of the day, consider adding shutters or window treatments to lessen glare but still let plenty of light pour in to boost your mood and keep your energy levels high.
Personalise your station
The main difference between a happy workspace and feeling like a corporate drone is the personal touches you add to the space. Opt for a colour scheme that sparks creativity and focus and makes you feel comfortable in the workspace.
Cute desk accessories, like a pen holder or unique paperweight, can add some personality while keeping your workspace clutter-free. The trick is not to overload your setup; otherwise, you risk being surrounded by too much stuff to concentrate on your work.
Create an inspirational vibe
When you’re working, you should feel like your best self. Creating a space that feels aspirational and motivational to you and the life you want with the right artwork, accessories and even furniture will go a long way in keeping you on track each day.
Consider creating a vision board that includes your goals and accomplishments, or displaying awards or certificates on a bookshelf or wall, or luxe decorative pieces that speak to the ‘future you’ you’re working towards.
Workspace furniture essentials
There are some absolute musts when it comes to setting up a home office or workspace. Here are the defining furniture pieces for your workspace to set you up for success.
The very core of your workspace will be your desk - and no, the dining room table doesn’t count! Make sure the desk is the right size for your space and has enough room for your computer, paperwork and other tools you might need to crack on with work.
For small spaces, our Metropolitan Ivory Premium Desk would be the perfect neutral addition to any dual-purpose room. If you’re after something bigger, opt for solid wooden options or a chic white desk to match any decor.
A good chair is necessary for any workspace so you can sit comfortably while working. Look for a chair with adjustable height and cushioned seating to relieve back pain.
If you spend a lot of time at the computer daily, you should opt for an ergonomic chair. Thankfully the market has developed as more people wanted more aesthetically pleasing yet functional chairs, so there are far more options on the market than just a few years ago.
Proper lighting is necessary to avoid eye strain as the evening draws in and you’re still beavering away at your work. Don’t go for anything too bright and large; make sure the lamp is far away enough not to be distracting.
Lighting can also be a stylish and luxe touch to upgrade your new work area. We have plenty of lighting options at Rowen Homes to get you started finding the best lighting solution for your workspace.
Fun extras to boost productivity
Now you’ve got the basics of your workspace sorted, there are some added bonuses you might want to look at implementing to supercharge your productivity.
The latest trend in homeworking has been the walking pad, which slots neatly under your desk and lets you walk while you work. The benefits of this are tenfold: you get more movement throughout the day, gain mental clarity and burn calories while doing your job.
Plenty of different walking pad options are on the market to suit any budget. You may need to adjust your workspace accordingly with a laptop riser or standing desk - whatever you prefer.
Not only do house plants add some beautiful greenery and vitality to your space, but they also purify the air around you and have been shown to boost mental health. Talk about a win-win!
Rubber plants, peace lilies and pothos are all good options for workspaces that need relatively little maintenance. Not so keen on keeping a plant alive? Opt for faux plants that can pretty up your room without maintenance. Our Large Sedum Green in Cement Bowl is a great choice for any occasion.
If you’re looking to upgrade your workspace (especially if you’re opting for a walking pad), a standing desk is a perfect choice to help your body and boost productivity. Switching from sitting to standing has been proven to help with posture and alertness throughout the day.
Depending on your preferences and budget, you can get manual or automated standing desks, and even just buy the base and add a desktop you love that fits your space.
Creating an inspiring and productive workspace is a simple process with some basic rules to follow. If you stick to these and maximise your focus time, you’ll be well on the path to success in no time.
Looking for some gorgeous accessories that would make your work area pop? Our range of accessories includes wall art, sculptures and much more to upgrade your home office and make your space beautiful.