Since the beginning of COVID-19, employees have made the switch to working remotely instead of coming into the office. Many companies realized this switch made their employees much more productive, therefore many have shifted to working remotely full time, which makes creating a permanent home office a necessity.
At Holland Homes, we want your home office to be a customized and comfortable space that follows the same aesthetic as the rest of your home, but still allows for a constructive work environment.
When designing your perfect home office space, there are a few key factors to keep in mind like where in your home to create your workspace and what colors to choose. Here are some tips on how to create the best home office:
Separating Work from Play
The first step in creating your ideal home office is to find a space that is completely separate from your regular home activities. This means no bedroom or comfy living room couch to set up your work space.
Whether you have a spare room that is ready for a workspace remodel or if you already have a makeshift office space, having a designated spot for work will increase your overall productivity and create less distraction during the day. If you don’t have a specific room that could be an office, consider adding a room for your personal home office or using an area of your house that does not receive much traffic.
One of the best parts of working from home is the freedom to personalize your workspace catered directly to your needs. Making sure your home office has sufficient natural lighting with windows or a skylight is a great way to help you feel more energetic and alert for your work day.
Not only does natural light help your productivity levels, but it impacts your overall health and well-being as well. According to Ecwid, adults who get ample natural light sleep better than those who do not get natural light. Better sleep will also help you perform better in your work, so adding natural light is an essential part of your perfect office space.
Choosing the right color combinations for your home office can make a huge difference in both your mood and efficiency levels when inside your workspace. In most cases, having lighter colors for the walls in your home office is preferred and using natural tones like blues and greens is ideal for accent colors, but this is a part of the design process that allows for your own preferences to shine.
There is nothing like your favorite chair, which is why selecting a comfortable chair is a vital part of your home office space. Along with a great chair, a spacious desk, adequate shelving and well-designed storage solutions are all features of a home office that will help create a productive and organized home office.
Ergonomic furniture is also a key idea to keep in mind when creating a sufficient workspace. According to UNC’s Environment, Health and Safety Department, ergonomics is defined as “the study of people in their working environment. More specifically, an ergonomist designs or modifies the work to fit the worker, not the other way around.”
Using an ergonomic approach to designing your home office’s furniture will help you avoid slouching, neck pain and other body parts being affected by long periods in a chair.
Employees have to rely even more on technology when working from home, so it is imperative to have reliable products in your home office. Stable internet connection, excellent monitors, and an ergonomic keyboard are all ways to ensure your work does not have to stop due to a technology issue.
In addition to work-related technology, consider adding smart home features so you don’t have to worry about delivery people interrupting your work or having to manually control your home’s temperature throughout your work day.
While your workspace needs to be a conducive environment dedicated to efficient work practices, it does not mean it has to be boring. Hanging up art pieces, placing plants around your space and framing pictures for your desk are all ways to personalize your office while not creating distractions.
Here at Holland Homes, we understand the increasing importance of a home office during this time. We want to help you design your dream home that includes a spacious and separate home office for your remote work needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.