Matt Deighton, Managing Director of furniture crafters Timeless Chesterfields, offers his advice for boosting productivity through home office interior design.
Self-employment, flexible hours and working from home are all on the rise, which is great news for our work-life balances.
However, as we spend more and more time working remotely, it’s important that we create optimum spaces in our homes for getting stuff done.
Luckily, it’s possible to boost your productivity through interior design, so here are my tips for decorating your home office in the most stimulating way.
Home Office Colour Scheme
Psychology says there’s no right or wrong colour for your interior design if you want to increase productivity.
Rather, each of the primary colours has its own benefits: blue affects your mind, for examples, while yellow affects your emotions, according to Entrepreneur.
So, it’s important to incorporate as many different colours as possible.
We human beings tend to change our minds quite a lot so I would recommend picking a neutral tone, like white, black or grey for your office walls and then add in lots of different coloured accessories that you can swap out to update your look with minimal fuss.
For example, go for stationery, plants and artwork in primary reds, greens, yellow and blues to make the most of their individual mood-boosting qualities.
The most important part of a home office is the desk area.
We spend most of our working day sitting in front of a computer, which can lead to back problems, eye fatigue and repetitive strain injuries if we don’t do it properly (NHS).
To reduce the risk of these issues affecting your concentration and lowering your productivity, invest in an adjustable computer chair that supports your lower back and keeps your knees slightly below your hips.
Then, adjust the height of your chair so that your feet are flat on the floor and your arms are L-shaped when you use your keyboard.
It’s also important to take regular breaks to stretch and give your eyes a rest from the screen.
Have somewhere comfortable to sit in the office that’s away from your desk, like an armchair or sofa, so you can sip a coffee or read through a few documents before returning to your computer, refreshed and ready to work.
Keep a few cushions and a blanket there too, in case you need a power nap.
Home Office Storage Solutions
Mess can increase your heart rate and cause stress according to Psychology Today, making it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand.
Plus, it can be hard to find what you are looking for if your desk is a sea of paperwork, snack wrappers and stationery.
It’s important then, to have adequate storage for your office essentials as well as keep on top of clutter control.
Keep the things you need most often close at hand for maximum efficiency but try not to store them on your desk if you can.
Consider shelving or drawers either side of your workspace so you can keep the surface clear, leaving just one or two indispensable items out in the open.
If you haven’t already, organise a system for your paperwork: there are plenty of stylish options out there, from folders to boxes to filing cabinets.
The tips in this guide can help you design a home office that is stylish and boosts productivity, perfect from working from home or doing personal projects.