Home Office Decorating Ideas
An increasing number of Londoners work from home to take advantage of greater flexibility and to save on high office rental costs. Research shows an average of five cent of people in London work mainly from home, although according to the Greater London Authority this figure rises to around seven or eight per cent in the Kensington, Chelsea and Richmond area.
While some houses and apartments have a designated home office, householders with limited space are forced to become more creative with their workspace. Desks and workstations are cropping up almost anywhere in the home, from bedrooms to landings, living rooms, under stairs, above garages, in attics and gardens. If you are moving to a new home, or revamping an existing property, this article looks at the benefits of decorating a home office with made to measure shutters.
The Designated Home Office
If you work from home it is vital to make the most of natural light as research shows this helps improve health and productivity. Studies show that a good source of natural light streamed into your workspace also has a positive effect on the quality of your sleep, which ultimately improves mood, according to researchers from the Northwestern University in America.
Making the most of natural light is one of the many reasons why plantation shutters are a superb investment for a London home office. If you live in a built-up area, where your office faces either a busy street, or the house opposite, shutters benefit your workplace in three main ways: they act as a ‘double or triple glazing’ and help block out the noise from traffic and passers-by, they ensure privacy, and tier-on-tier shutters allow for greater flexibility than curtains as you get to decide how much light flows into your office.
Why Tier-on-Tier Shutters Are a Good Investment
These shutters are opened vertically in the middle and have a top and bottom half that can be opened or closed independently from one another. So, for example, you can leave the top half open, while opening the slats on the bottom half, to allow for natural light and privacy. Or, if you want to take advantage of a beautiful view to inspire creativity, you can open the bottom half, or better still, keep them fully opened during the daytime.
The Traditional Home Office
Traditional home offices look chic, sophisticated and timeless and are best suited to period properties decorated in this style throughout. If your job involves a lot of research work, you may want a few free standing or purpose-built bookshelves to house reference books and manuals. To hide clutter and paperwork, place a few files discreetly in boxes on shelving so they don’t detract from this space.
An antique style desk looks spectacular against a background of stripped wooden floors. A cosy rug and a few armchairs adds warmth to this space, and creates a place for client meetings.
The Contemporary Home Office
If you prefer a contemporary home office, you can make the most of your creative skills as almost anything goes. From glass desks to solid wood workspaces, there are a variety of contemporary desks to choose from.
The best way to start is to choose a theme and work round it – for example you may want a white space to evoke feelings of calm and tranquillity, or go for bold or bright colours to keep you alert. Whichever type of office you opt for, your work space should be comfortable, and have an adjustable chair, if possible, so you can ensure you are sitting at the correct working height.
Do you feel contemporary prints and artworks inspire creativity? Or, adding colour to your office (in the form of a vibrant rug or painted shelving) makes you feel more energised? If you are looking to add a subtle splash of colour, Bespoke Shutters supply and install made to measure shutters in a wide range of colours to suit your office décor.
The Work Station
If you don't have room for a separate office, you can create your own workspace anywhere in the home. Just make sure that it is positioned where you feel comfortable working, and you won’t have too many distractions (if you have a busy family home, you may want to avoid a kitchen or living room area).
Wherever you choose to site your desk, make sure that it is has enough natural light to have a positive effect on your output. If the landing is your preference, you may want to sit the desk by the window. You can easily create more privacy inside the home by placing a bookshelf or screen near your desk if needed.
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