Are you a student who needs to escape from the noise and clutter? Currently taking up space on the kitchen table with all your work stuff? Or do you just want a designated space in your home where you can be productive and creative without the stress of life invading your space?
If you said yes to any of these questions, it’s time to design an office in your home. But, how do you do that? Where do you start? Homemakers is here to help with the top modern home office solutions you need to know.
Whether you live in a large home with a designated office space or in a small apartment where you’ll need creative space solutions, having a modern-day office that functions with your lifestyle is key to being productive and successful.
Modern-day offices have a growing need for flexibility. That means choosing a layout, furniture, and tech that are multipurpose. Ideally, you also want a space that is open, light and organized.
1. Choose a Design Style
Pictured Above: Ashley Raventown Desk
When we say “modern office,” we mean modern-day office. While that can mean contemporary style, you can also create a traditional, eclectic, rustic or transitional space. Choosing a design style that best reflects your personality and makes you feel most at home is the first step to creating the home office of your dream.
While traditional offices are most commonly depicted in television and film, contemporary offices are gaining popularity. It’s easy to see why – modern-day spaces are sleek, uncluttered, and open. This encourages productivity in a way that traditional offices might not, making it a perfect style choice for your home. Transitional or country-inspired palettes are also great for combining these different elements and adding character to your home.
2. Color Palettes that Inspire Productivity
Did you know that color plays a major role in determining your mood, creativity, and productivity? It’s true! That’s why it is important to choose the best paint, furnishing, and décor colors when creating a home office. Here are some of our favorite color palettes that will look great in your space!
This color palette combines blues, creams and a bright pop of orange to create a space that is both soothing and energizing. Surrounding yourself with blue tones helps lower your heart rate, blood pressure and respiration. This allows you to remain calm and relaxed. Orange, however, generates enthusiasm and encourages creativity. Talk about a superhero duo! Adding white hues to the mix creates a sense of spaciousness, making them perfect colors for your walls and furnishings.
Envelop your space in summer-inspired colors all year-round for a bright and upbeat atmosphere. The dark blue creates a sense of calm that contrasts beautifully with the colorful teal and pink accents. A pop of yellow stimulates and energizes, making it the perfect detail color for a productive space. Choose a light peach tone for paint and furniture to create balance between the darker hues and the high-energy tones.
Muted color palettes are the ideal solution for a versatile space, as they never go out of style and can be easily updated with décor changes. Painting your walls white or light tan makes the space feel crisp and open while subtle pops of pink or peach allows you to add color without creating a sense of clutter. These hues are sure to help you stay focused throughout your workday!
Bring dark and light hues together to create stunning contrast that inspires innovation. From the dark blue and burgundy to the soothing tan and pink hues, this palette is perfect for any home office. The pop of green is what really makes this palette shine. Green promotes harmony and balance, enhances creative performance, reduces anxiety and even reduces eye strain. If you spend your day staring at a screen, this palette is perfect for you!
3. Ergonomic Office Furniture
One of the most important factors to consider when furnishing your home office is ergonomic furniture. Why? Because ergonomic furniture will help improve your health, energy and productivity throughout the workday! Start by choosing a chair with lumbar support and multiple adjustment options. This will help you develop better posture to make sure you don’t slouch over your work.
Pictured Above: Martin Furniture Hartford White Sit/Stand Desk
Then consider buying a stand-up desk to relieve pressure on your back and hips. Homemakers has power desks that move up and down, so you don’t have to stand all day. If a stand-up desk isn’t an option, look for a riser for the best of both worlds.
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4. Home Office Ideas for Small Spaces
If you live in a smaller home or apartment that lacks a designated office space, no worries! Even if you’re short on space, we can help you create the perfect home office nook. Here are some of our favorite small space office ideas:
She Shed – No matter your profession, a beautiful she shed is the perfect space to create your home office! It not only looks fantastic but it also gives you a lot of privacy so you can focus on your work.
Repurposed Nook – To make the most out of a small space, look for areas within your home that can be repurposed into an office. An empty closet? A gap under the stairs? With some DIY remodeling and a small desk, you’ll have a dream office space!
Corner Space – Think you have no space to spare? Clear out a corner in any room and create a miniature office without forfeiting square footage! Place a corner table against any wall and voila!
Mobile Workspace – Have you tried it all but you still can’t find room for that dream office? Try a laptop cart! This mobile workspace is versatile without sacrificing style. Pull it up against your sofa, accent chair or bed and you have the perfect desk without needing a designated office space.
Once you’ve chosen the perfect home office space, try out some of our small space hacks to make your office look larger. Then, browse our small or multi-purpose desks that will make the most of your space.
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