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14 Steps to Creating a Positive Home Office Environment

Working from home? There’s a good chance we’ll all be spending a lot more time at home over the next couple of weeks. But We’ve got you covered with 14 amazing ways to make working from home even better!

Now that we are all having to work from home it’s important to have a space that is practical as well as inspiring. So how do you get the perfect home office space?

Positive Home Office Design

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The secret is to get the balance between décor – colour schemes, Soft Furnishings and Wall art – and practical additions such as storage and office furniture just right.

So, whether you just have a small space in the corner of your living room or a whole room to dedicate to a home office, then we have got you covered with our home office interior inspiration and tips to help you create a space that you (almost) won’t want to leave !

1.Keep your home office clutter free

Look for versatile home office storage solutions that can grow and be adjusted as your home environment changes over time. Open storage is also is a great option for a home office, they are easier to keep organised and accessible.

1.Keep your home office clutter free       1.Keep your home office clutter free

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2.Keep your home office Multi-Purpose

If you home space is slightly on the small side and the thought of having to have a space dedicated to working from home, may seem like an impossible task. But just because you don’t have a spare room to dedicate to a home office, that doesn’t mean that you can’t squeeze a small desk somewhere such as your bedroom or living room with some office storage. When you aren’t WFH this space can be doubled up as a dressing table or sideboard.

2.Keep your home office Multi-Purpose

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  2.Keep your home office Multi-Purpose

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3.Hide a home office under the stairs

Reclaim the space under your staircase with this made to measure home office idea. This is the perfect way to give a blank space in your home. Not only can office shelving be designed to fit right up into the staircase, it’s a great way to create a feature by styling your favourite items and photos on the shelves. Always try and opt for purpose-built office furniture that so that you can incorporate useful components such as, slide out cupboard shelves that are ideal for housing printers and scanners or bulky equipment that you may not always want on show.

3.Hide a home office under the stairs    

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3.Hide a home office under the stairs

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4. Why not Opt for an alcove office?

Alcoves are normally a space that are forgotten about, so why not put that space to work and use the small empty space to create the perfect home office. Even if you can’t squeeze a desk in, you could install a wall mounted work surface with shelves and cupboards fitted above. A wonderful way to add extra storage within the home and the perfect little home office to work from.

4. Why not Opt for an alcove office?  

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4. Why not Opt for an alcove office?

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5. Save space with a wall mounted desk

If you have some extra wall space available at home but not enough space to fit a desk, a wall – mounted drop down desk is the perfect solution for a home office. Pair it together with an adjustable office chair and freestanding storage and you’ll have a small instant home office ready to go.

5. Save space with a wall mounted desk

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  5. Save space with a wall mounted desk

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6. Create a workstation with a ladder desk

This is proof that you can’t make excuses about not having space for a home office. A ladder desk can fit in to the smallest of spaces and includes everything you expect from a home office but doesn’t take up and precious space around the house.This could be a great way to create a feature within a  room at home, style up the shelves by adding your own personal touches.

 6.Create a workstation with a ladder desk  

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 6. Create a workstation with a ladder desk

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7. Boost your Productivity, by adding Colour.

Different colours affect our moods in various ways, so choosing the right paint colour for the room you plan on working in is crucial, no matter how small it is. Although, an all-white room might be tempting, it can create an overly clinically atmosphere. Blue has been proven to increase productivity as well as creating a calming yet mentally stimulating environment to work in.

7. boost your productivity, by adding colour.

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7. boost your productivity, by adding colour.

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7. boost your productivity, by adding colour.

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8. Go for neutral colour office

If you are person that gets easily distracted, then choosing a calming, neutral colour scheme will be perfect for you. Sometimes it takes a sophisticated and professional looking home office to get you motivated.

8. Go for neutral colour office

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8. Go for neutral colour office   

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8. Go for neutral colour office

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9.Get creative, Add your own Home Office feature wall !

This is one of our favourite home office ideas! There are plenty of wall planners and notice boards on the market to help you organise your time, but why not create your own? All you need for this project is some masking tape and black chalk paint to get you started, or you could use some cork board and spray paint if you need something to pin your notes to.

9.Get creative, Add your own Home Office feature wall !

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9.Get creative, Add your own Home Office feature wall !

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9.Get creative, Add your own Home Office feature wall !

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9.Get creative, Add your own Home Office feature wall !

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10. Bring Nature inside your home

Adding greenery to the home is office is an amazing way to incorporate the outdoors in, especially with current situation that we all living in. Why not add that on-trend cheese plant to the office, it won’t just look great on the shelves, adding houseplants to a space can help purify the air, and helps absorb noise and improve productivity. When choosing the right house plant for your home office, consider the light levels it might require and its watering needs. As staring down at a brown shrivelled plant isn’t going to do much to boost moral on a Monday morning!

10. Bring Nature inside your home .

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10. Bring Nature inside your home   

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10. Bring Nature inside your home

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11.Take your home office seating seriously

The most important part of working from home is having a designated place to work, rather than the sofa, kitchen table or bed. Physically sitting at a desk get you in to the ‘work mood’, and a good comfortable chair is a key part of that mentality. So, make sure that you get your home office chair right, it’s worth doing your research and testing out few chairs before you invest. Here are our top 3 chair picks: Darcy Chair, Keira Office Chair and Iratzoki & Lizaso Studio.

11. Take your home office seating seriously

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11. Take your home office seating seriously

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  11. Take your home office seating seriously 11. Take your home office seating seriously

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12: Choose freestanding furniture for flexibility

Depending on your budget, a fully fitted office might not be for you. That’s ok we have the perfect solution for you! Find free standing solutions that are mobile. For example, a double-sided desk is a great solution if you are sharing the space, also opt for draws on wheels that can be wheeled under a desk and allows you to easily rearrange the office interior for a fresh new look.

12: Choose freestanding furniture for flexibility

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12: Choose freestanding furniture for flexibility

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13. Make a statement with Blinds or Curtains.

In order to have the perfect workspace you need plenty of light, although at the same time you don’t want to have a glare on your computer or laptop. Blackout blinds are a great solution for the home office. They will stop the glare. To create a light airy feel within in the room, go for a natural material or colour blind. Curtains are another amazing way to dress your home office, when picking curtains try and go for a light material that will allow the room to make the most of the natural light. At HarleenMcleanInteriorsLimited, we offer bespoke custom-made curtains and blinds. Check out our website for more information.

13. Make a statement with Blinds or Curtains.

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13. Make a statement with Blinds or Curtains. 

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13. Make a statement with Blinds or Curtains.

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14.WFH not quit working for you? Why not build a garden office.

Having a standalone garden room is an efficient use of outdoor space and an excellent home office idea. Allocate it as your workspace from the start and it can be designed accordingly with power points, tailored lighting solutions and natural light from the large windows. Make sure to properly insulate the room and it will become like any other room in the house.

14.WFH not quit working for you? Why not build a garden office.

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14.WFH not quit working for you? Why not build a garden office.

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14.WFH not quit working for you? Why not build a garden office.

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