Are you feeling uninspired and unproductive in your home office? After years of everyone working from home, it’s easy to fall into a rut with your study area. If that’s the case, it's time to give your workspace the upgrade it deserves.
With a few simple changes, you can turn your home office into a luxurious and high-end space that will have you feeling motivated and excited to work. From clever cable management to some serious upgrades, you’ll feel right at home in your office.
Let’s take a look at how you can upgrade your workspace with our top tips and tricks.
Rearrange the layout
Sometimes the quickest and easiest way to reinvigorate a home office is to change up the layout. Do a quick assessment to see what can change: is there a source of natural light you could be making better use of? Would facing your desk into the room make you feel more connected?
From there, rearrange your furniture until you’re happy with your new layout. At this point, you might feel like it’s time for some new decor, or you’ll feel that the new energy and flow of the room are enough to level up your home office.
Make organisation a feature
A workspace usually comes with a lot of boring office clutter like pens, papers and files. All of these need storing somewhere, but that doesn’t mean your organisation system needs to be hidden away.
Make use of aesthetic ring binders, baskets and dividers to add beauty to your space while still remaining functional. Clear acrylic containers are a great way to show off your cute office supplies while choosing matching or coordinating items to be visually pleasing and boost your productivity.
The perfect desk
These days, the fixed desk isn’t the only option for a home office. Everyone is using standing or sit-to-stand desks to save themselves from sitting all day long. These types of desks come in different colours and widths so you can customise them to your space.
If you still want to opt for a fixed desk, aim for something light and airy so it doesn’t dominate the space. Premium finishes like marble, brass and gold will add a touch of luxury to any workspace.
What sort of work you want to do in your home office will dictate the colour scheme choice. If you work in a creative industry, then inspiring patterns and pictures would work well. On the other hand, if you need a lot of time to mull over things then a neutral, calming hue would be more suitable.
Once you’ve decided on a colour scheme, this can be incorporated with either paint or wallpaper. Pops of colour add visual interest while deep and rich shades promote focused work. Whatever you choose, make sure it makes you feel inspired and happy to be in the space.
Get a walking pad
A treadmill under the desk is the latest trend that promotes a healthy lifestyle while being productive. It’s the best of both worlds!
The treadmill needs to be light enough to move out of the way, so a lot of walking-only treadmills designed for this have come onto the market in recent seasons. You can even get fold-up ones that can be stored away when not in use.
Hide office clutter
Despite your best attempts at making your organisation aesthetically pleasing, there will always be cables and wires that need hiding.
Introducing cable management methods like cable ties, boxes and hammocks will go a long way in keeping your cables hidden away. If you can’t do anything about them on the floor, place them in a woven basket or drop a plant in front of them to hide some of the mess.
The best chair
If you’re spending a lot of time in your home office, then an ergonomic chair is a must. Gone are the days of less-than-appealing office chairs in favour of bright colours and whites instead of the typical black office chair.
It’s tempting to opt for something that looks great, but back and neck support will serve you well in the long run to avoid bad posture.
Add some plants
Greenery in a workspace has been scientifically proven to increase productivity and reduce stress. So what’s stopping you from going wild with bringing the outdoors into your home office?
Adding some low-maintenance plants purifies the air and is a beautiful way to add some life to your workspace. When choosing plants for your home office, consider the amount of light and space available, as well as the level of care required. Some small to medium-sized plants such as succulents, cacti, or herbs are great options for a workspace.
Find a signature fragrance
Scents are a powerful trigger for our brains, so it makes sense to introduce a key fragrance you only use in your home office to foster creativity and encourage productivity. We’d go for something bright and energetic, like citrus or fruit.
The effect can be achieved with perfume, a nice candle or essential oils in a diffuser. Make the scent one you enjoy - then every time you spray it in your home office, you’ll know it’s time to get to work.
Introduce a drinks station
If you’re a beverage fan but don’t want to be up and down traipsing to the kitchen, consider adding a small drinks station to your home office.
This could include some nice mugs and a kettle for making hot drinks, or even a mini fridge with some sparkling beverages for Friday work-from-home drinks. Making the station functional but visually pleasing will encourage you to use it more.
Upgrading a home office is all about balancing function with aesthetics. By investing in a high-quality desk and chair, adding some greenery, incorporating the five senses and being an organisational pro, you can create a space that is both productive and visually pleasing.
At Rowen Homes, we have the perfect selection of home office accessories to level up your workspace. So go ahead, give your home office the upgrade it deserves and start enjoying a luxurious and high-end space today.