It doesn’t matter how chic, cozy and wow we want to make your humble abode look and feel, there is always one room that doesn’t get the invite and that’s your home office. But forget about making your kitchen flow like a Mediterranean tide, making your living room gunmetal elegant or your entranceway more welcoming than the lobby of a boutique hotel; if there is one room that needs a makeover, it’s your office. This is the sanctuary you slip off to make a living, that quiet corner of the house where your best ideas are born, that space where your creativity sparks like a cattle prod gone haywire. It’s your home inside your home, which is exactly why you want it to feel that way.
Yes. It’s your office – your place of work – and to that extent, it needs to feel a dollop functional and a pinch professional. But you don’t want to go too far. It doesn’t matter whether you have a legit business and you just work from home a few mornings a week or you have a side hustle you’re hoping to build, starting with a PO box for virtual aesthetics – you need your office to be decorated in a way that fits your style and makes you feel comfortable.
So, without further ado, here are our top tips for creating a super-cozy office; one you will absolutely love:
Spend A Bit More On Seating
There is no escaping it: your office chair is where you are going to plonk yourself for the majority of each day, so it’s absolutely critical you get a chair you can live in. First and foremost, you want something ergonomic, with adjustable everything, which might sound more boring than spending a day at a dusty museum, but that’s okay because you can have your fun with the room’s supplement seating. Add a patchwork chair in a corner you can slip into when reading this or that, add an accent chair next to your bookcase, a chaise lounge for those problem-solving moments or a sofa for when you just want a minute to think. Whatever tickles your fancy.
Let There Be Light
The last thing you want to be doing for hours on end is straining your eyes, which is why you should add a plethora of lighting options to your office, making sure each corner of the room is illuminated. Not only will this help you concentrate more, but it will also give you better control over the room’s ambiance. Position your desk so that it gets plenty of natural light, add a funky desk lamp for a splash of functional personality, and have a floor standing lamp that makes a statement by your supplementary seating. Anything that will give you more options and a better chance of tweaking the ambiance.
Nothing Is Prettier Than Plants
Every home office needs houseplants, lots of them. The more the merrier. There are just too many benefits to them. They make the space feel a million times more homely and cozy, they help reduce stress and will boost your productivity. They will clean the air to help you think clearer, make your office look more attractive than a botanical garden, soak up some of those distracting noises that come with working from home and make your brain think more creatively. Trust us: if you want an office that feels like a home within a home, you need to fill it with houseplants.