The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people work, with companies in certain industries introducing home or hybrid-working. And kitchen tables just won’t cut it long-term. Though we as a business thrive in an office environment, it certainly helps to have a nice space at home for when it’s needed!
This means more people than ever are looking for homes that include a workable work-from-home office space – we’ve definitely noticed an increase in the number of conversations with prospective buyers where office spaces are a must.
So how do you add one, or improve the one you have in 2022?
Softly does it
Small or large, home offices should be versatile spaces that encourage productivity and offer a stress free and dedicated place to work. The colour palette of a room is thought to influence mood and even productivity levels. Natural greens are relaxing and good for creativity, soothing blues suggest a safe and calming environment and soft pinks work well against lighter wood for a sophisticated look.
Carve out a corner
Lots of us have had to create an office nook; repurposing corners, cupboards and under-stairs spaces. Flexible furniture that can be stowed away such as fold up desks or chairs on wheels can help keep things tidy at the weekends – or pop everything behind opening or folding doors if you can. Make the most of wall space with blackboard paint or cork board rolls and strategic shelving for storing paperwork and books.
The pale wood, minimalist whites, practical finishes and natural light that are typical of Scandi-styling lend themselves very well to office spaces, bringing a calm, no fuss vibe. This is also a very eco-friendly look enhanced by bringing plants and other vegetation indoors, or using botanical prints for wallpapers or in frames. Pops of bright colour add interest, whilst beautifully crafted bespoke details can bring a more global and personalised element to this look – just don’t clutter – this is a tidy, minimalist aesthetic.
Add some movement
Doubling up office space with somewhere to get moving is great for keeping healthy. Without the commute to the office we can often forget to move around during the day, so adding opportunities for exercise into office spaces is a definite trend. Breaks might involve ten minutes on a cross trainer, walking on a treadmill or a short weights or yoga session. Standing desks are also increasingly popular to get away from the stagnation of sitting.
Art Deco decadence
Art deco is back in a big way and it definitely isn’t for the faint hearted. Combine sophisticated dark paints and woods with statement lamps, reflective surfaces and deco patterns for a luxury look. Exotic accessories make art deco spaces both interesting and stylish places to work.
Estate agents and lenders estimate that a garden office can add to the value of your home by as much as 5-10%. It’s a relatively quick and easy way of adding extra floor space and choosing the right one can add a wow factor, too. There’s also the added bonus of having to leave the house, providing an additional physical and mental distance that separates work from home life.