September 16, 2013

Home Decor Essentials: Tips for a More Efficient Home Office

Posted by Treetopia in Home Decorating with Treetopia

There will always be times when we need to bring home some work. Try to take the stress from getting office work done at home by making your home office more efficient. Here are some steps you can take to improve your level of productivity in your own space.

Pay Attention to Ergonomics

Ergonomically designed office furniture enhances the work experience as it makes work less stressful for the body.

Improve productivity by using a desk that allows you to be comfortable while working.

Home office desk

You can also consider adding a stand-up desk to prevent back pains that result from long hours of sitting. Or replace your traditional desk altogether with a sit-stand desk that allows you to easily raise and lower your keyboard and monitor to your preferred height.

Choose a chair with adjustable lumbar support so you can vary your sitting position, or add a pillow to relieve you of lower back pains. Adjust your chair height so that your feet can be comfortably flat on the ground.

Avoid straining the eyes and stiffening the shoulders and neck by aligning your computer screen with your line of sight. Use a keyboard tray to bring the keyboard to you instead of you reaching for it.

Organize Your Furniture

Arrange office furniture with efficiency in mind. Place drawers, shelves, and cabinets around your desk for easy access to frequently used items.

Clutter-free desk

Give yourself several working options by having a traditional desk along one wall for your laptop, a round table in the center of the room for brainstorming, and a standing-height desk if you like to move around.

A variety of working spaces

Mark your office area in an open floor plan using low shelves as dividers. You can also use the top of these shelves for extra desk space.

Open floor plan for a home office

Get the Lighting Right

Lighting is essential in achieving a good working atmosphere.  Because daylight is the most evenly balanced source of white light, it’s ideal to use as much natural light as possible to create a more productive work space.

Natural light streaming into your home office

If sunlight is not available, make sure you have a good combination of general and task lighting. Consider light sources that mimic daylight and provide energy-efficient, full-spectrum lighting. Use task lighting fixtures as well, since they allow you to control the amount of light you need.

Don’t put your computer screen in front of a light source and don’t place overhead lighting directly above it to avoid glare and eyestrain.

Aritificial lighting for your home office

Choose the Right Colors

Take advantage of color psychology to elicit a positive working attitude. As the dominant color in nature, green brings organic, fresh, restful emotions, and helps improve concentration.

Green home office

To stimulate the imagination, paint your walls purple or put in violet accents in the room. A cross between warm and cool tones, this color also elicits a favorable response when focus and concentration are needed.

Purple accents in your home office

If you prefer neutrals, consider white, ivory, gray, or tan with overtones of the colors you feel most comfortable with.

Neutral-colored home office

Incorporate Accessories

Little details can make a lot of difference in making your home office more efficient. These knitted poufs inject personality while serving multiple purposes. You can tuck one beneath your desk to use as a footrest, and pull it out to serve as a mini side table for magazines or other files.

Accents in your home office

Instead of using easy-to-lose post-its, consider bulletin and dry-erase boards for writing quick ideas and to-do lists. Doing so keeps you reminded of important things without the desk clutter.

Inspire yourself by decorating your home office with the things you love. These could be a piece of artwork, photos, fresh flowers, or a favorite quote.

Decor in your home office

There are many ways to make a home office conducive to working. But there are no hard and fast rules in doing so. Ultimately, it is only you who can decide which set-up makes you the most comfortable and most productive.

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