Bringing work home is nobody’s idea of fun, it is often with tired eyes, weary minds and an unhealthy dose of ‘woe is me’ that we haul out files and laptops to catch up on emails missed and finish off work not completed in work hours.
Either during the evening with the dulled sound of the television and family laughter in the background or early in the morning when only the most diligent of sparrows are up to greet the sun, we look for a space that will not interrupt our loved ones’ rest and relaxation and give us the energy we need to make quick work of the homework.
Designing a home office or work area that provides quiet space for both adults and children is essential in making the tasks seem less tiresome and loathsome. The space needs the right balance of home comfort and focused purpose; while having softer warmer tones than a single-purpose office and classroom, this area must remain uncluttered and efficient. But there is no excuse for a space without personality.
Your décor style must find new and creative ways to be expressed in a space where function trumps fancy. Combine essential furniture but have fun with the pieces, for example, instead of modular store-bought furniture, play with repurposed doors, vintage suitcases, glass jars etc.
Be bold with wall murals and paint, blackboard walls are great organisation tools.
When it comes to lighting do not compromise, long hours working in front of computer screens or focused on books need as much natural light as possible when available and quality lighting for night work.
Wooden slat blinds are the perfect window finish for home offices as they allow for maximum ventilation and natural light when open or they can be closed for complete privacy. Their crisp clean lines are uncomplicated and with the range of added finishes such as frames and valances, decorative tapes and a wide range of colour finishes they can be completely personalised to the home.
Functional homes work and play as hard as you do, ensure that yours can keep up with your pace and style!