Millions of Americans were sent home to work this spring, and the mass exodus out of our corporate settings and into our own homes has caused us to take a hard look at our work from home surroundings. Did you have an office already set up and ready to go? Did the COVID-19 crisis force you to make do with a space and furnishings that you might not have chosen in an otherwise less pressing timeframe? Either way, it’s not too late. The professional designers at Interiors Joan and Associates have compiled a list of top home office design trends to help you achieve a space that is both beautiful and functional.
1 LIGHTING: You’re at home, not in a cold, corporate setting, so say goodbye to institutional lighting. Instead, layer in beautiful lighting that looks good both on and off the clock. Try to incorporate natural light, sconces, a statement chandelier, recessed lighting, and a desk lamp to achieve a well-lit and well-styled space.
2 SEATING: A comfortable desk chair does not have to be black mesh with plastic arm rests. Choose a classic desk chair in a bright upholstery fabric or leather to give your room a pop of color. Or try layering a pillow in a patterned fabric to accessorize the chair, bringing the space to life.
3 STORAGE: No office space is complete without storage. Whether you choose to have your home office outfitted with custom millwork to conceal printers, files, etc., or you opt to utilize freestanding shelving and storage bins or other solutions, find something that works for you. Having your supplies easily accessible during the day, then neatly hidden at night, helps you to stay organized and to separate your office and family time.
4 The world is full of gadgets and tools to try to help you function optimally in your home office. There are phone tripods, wall organization systems, and desk caddies. Minimize your gadgets and you’ll be happier and more functional in the end.
5 Choose a color palette that speaks to you. It doesn’t have to be white. It doesn’t have to be gray. It should be comforting to you and it should energize you. Work with a professional to choose the right hue for your space.