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How can you transform your HOME/OFFICE into a space that encourages productivity, imagination and satisfaction during this time of social distancing?
At the start of the pandemic, we all grappled with a new working home reality. But working from home doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style or comfort. More than ever it is important to find positivity and happiness in daily life.
A study by John Lewis found more than 57% of us expect to work from home in the future, with 48% doing so for two or three days a week, and 13% five days a week. Therefore the need to make your workspace both comfortable and stylish is a “Must”.
The right pieces of furniture are essential. Now is the time to invest in big and small pieces that will make your HOME/OFFICE productive, as well as enjoyable.
Here are some of my finds:
From old kitchen tables to the designer creations, there are multitudes of possibilities.
Finding an office chair that doesn’t take up half the room and upset your decor is almost impossible. Office chairs were generally designed for comfort and support, and disregarded style. But there are modern chairs that are both comfortable and chic.
The Back Shop in London has a large selection of contemporary designs which suit people with back problems … or to avoid getting them.
You shouldn’t be sitting all day in front of the screen. How about the luxury of a lounge chair for your twenty minutes coffee break?
3. BOOK SHELVES
The bookshelf was once a place to store your treasured volumes. Today, the trend has been reversed, partly fuelled by people working from home. Books can be tools of their trade.
And having Zoom calls with colleagues or clients, mean more people are now keen to create the right impression, and therefore have to pay special attention to their background.
No one will argue with the importance of having the right light to protect one’s vision, but also to create the right ambiance. Because you are working doesn’t mean the environment has to be bleak and depressing. Good lighting will help.
Like me, there are people who do not want or can’t, store paperwork, files, plans, sketches … on their computer/laptop/phone. Some space has to be found.
Use your imagination to utilize all the space you have.
6. TV SCREENS
Video conferencing system to include computer, webcam, microphone and display screens.
Think Green. Bring the outside in with a few plants to create a more relaxed and friendly atmosphere. As well as looking good, plants are proven to reduce stress and make the air in your space a lot cleaner.
8. MOOD BOARDS and PHOTOS
Depending on your job, a mood board can help your creativity. And a collage of friends and family photographs will certainly bring warm and happy memories of times before the pandemic.