Not only are more people working for themselves these days, many companies are discovering that having employees work from home is an efficient way to do business. To make sure you home office is conductive to work, there are a few simple touches you can do to liven up the environment while maintaining professionalism. Instead of a stagnant office, try to make your decor refreshing and in harmony with the rest of your home.
Try a monochrome color that you like. A monochrome theme provides a focused work style environment with a stylish appearance. Clean lines with bold injections of black or white is the new chic. It is important for your office to be integrated, but it should also feel like a place for work, not living. A alternate color style creates a separating mood between the office and home. Try some professional-looking wood blinds in the home office. No longer only for the film noir detective, modern wood blinds can come in any color or style to match your office. Wood blinds reek of success.
For a cheaper alternative, roller blinds can be used to regulate the optimum amount of light entering the workplace. Blinds especially reduce glare on sunny days. Venetian blinds can be tilted to according to the amount of light you want to enter the room. Venetian and roller blinds also come in colors, as well as black and white to match the monochrome effect. Inspirational artwork is also a good idea. Now, pictures can even be printed on roller or wood blinds. A picture of a serene outdoor setting can help alleviate claustrophobia, and allow for mini daydream breaks throughout the day.
A study, on the other hand, is less formal than the home office. It can be a place to entertain either guests or clients. The classic study look is leather chairs and wooden furniture, warm lighting and curtains to create an intimate location. Warm hardwood blinds, perhaps stained in cherry help complete the study. Wood flooring is another step that will make the room seem warm in winter. Wood is actually also a good insulator, so hardwood floors and blinds will also keep the study cool in summer. Study decoration is in marked contrast to the uniform office. A study is often a hectic collection of personally selected objects that are somehow unified by the force of the occupant. Don’t feel strange about leaving a pile of books around. Distractions are good in a study. They give easy conversation points, or just something for your kids to mess with instead of you. Large bamboo blinds look fresh. The days of a fireplace are gone in most locations, but warm tones and conservative artwork replicate the ambiance of the traditional study.
Home offices often use a converted loft, garage or addition to the house. This offers the perfect chance to create your own world in the office or study. Surround yourself in the perfect environment and watch the work fly by.