Since attending Interior Design school in Florida, I've always found myself working on the side of commercial interiors. I've always had an interest in how people worked so it was only befitting to have an opportunity to design work spaces. I believe your work space should inspire and motivate to well, actually do work.
I've had the chance to work for well design office spaces such as HOK in St. Louis and PDR in Houston. Both places got it right with creating a fun and illuminating place to work.
|HOK @ Chicago Office|
|PDR in Houston. Notice how both former employers branded the space with a designated color. HOK was a deep orange and PDR was yellow.|
When projects deadlines were approaching or the stress level was peaking or I wanted to strangle a co worker or two, I still managed to-at the very least, enjoyed my environment. Both places had phenomenal views because they were both in high rise buildings downtown so that was the icing on the cake!
However, if you're never granted the opportunity to work in such high profile architecture firms, you can still have your very own work oasis in your own home!
I've wrapped up a well designed home office space into 3 simple steps!
1. Designate a quiet room or corner for your space.
- This could be anywhere in your home that will grant you privacy when you're using your office.
- Although my office is in my living room I've still dedicated a 'wall' for it, and when my house is quiet, I'm able to use the space in private.
2. Illuminate and Isolate.
- Brand your space! This can be done with an accent color or the desk acting as the focal point. But make sure your office makes you feel as if you're walking into your very own branded, well designed space and I guarantee you will be ready to work!
- Also, not only is lighting practical but this is a wonderful opportunity to add a design element. There are a plethora of lighting options that could bring personality to your office.
|This home office is branded by the color green! This simple and very cheap solution allows you to separate the space as an office and add an decorative element that should make you feel happy to be working in this office.|
3. Storage! Storage! Storage!
- First you must DECLUTTER! Everything should have a home from bills, to work assignments to the kids homework. There must be a place for everything if you want to remain productive and efficient. Organization is the key!
- Even in a small space, there are a number of ways to accommodate your personal needs regardless of how small or big your office is. I'm going to personally add baskets to my bookshelf for storage. I'm also thinking of purchasing another book case once I run out of room.
|This office space is clean and clear of clutter. Everything has a home! Love it!|
|Storage options doesn't have to be boring. You can have dual purposes for your storage. |
In this space, storage is used as a decorative element for the wall and it's practical use of providing storage.
Wherever your home office is located, you can make it into your very own by showcasing your personality. That's the beauty of having your own home office. You can brand the space however you want!
If you follow these 3 easy steps, your office will provide a desire to want to be in it and I promise you will be more productive and ready to work!
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