WHETHER YOU’RE HEADING TO A NEW JOB, SCHOOL, UNI, TAFE, OR ARE ABOUT TO START WORKING FROM HOME ON A MORE PERMANENT BASIS, YOU'LL WANT TO BE ABLE TO THINK AND CREATE IN A SPACE THAT IS INVITING AND INSPIRING.
Timber furniture can enliven any workspace, and with the right storage options and careful consideration of lighting, furniture placement and colours, you can say goodbye to 'Monday-itis' for good!
CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
Let your personality shine through décor. A feature wall is an easy way to brighten a room, especially if you choose inspirational colours such as turquoise or purple—perhaps at half-strength if you are not feeling brave. For a small space, white walls with splashes of colour in paintings, vases or rugs to reflect your personal style will help you feel comfortable and motivated.
INVEST IN SPACE-SAVING TIMBER FURNITURE
For a functional yet stylish office, choose your furniture wisely to avoid clutter and retain a feeling of spaciousness. A matching timber bookcase, desk, filing cabinet and printer stand may be the only pieces you need to keep your office organised. Timber is sturdy, durable, and complements just about every colour scheme. It can add a natural feel to your office and give a sense of bringing the outdoors in. Look for stylish pieces that are practical as well as beautiful.
Coordinating timber pieces will also create a cohesive look that will enhance your sense of calm and productivity. Before you purchase timber furniture, measure your room carefully to ensure that all pieces fit comfortably in the space available. Try out different styles of chairs as well, taking ergonomics into account, so that your body is well supported while you're working.
THINK ABOUT PRACTICAL FURNITURE PLACEMENT
Make sure you set up your office as an efficient workspace. For example, if you often refer to books while you're working, place your bookshelf next to your desk for easy access.
For computer work, ensure that your monitor and desk are positioned correctly to avoid eye strain due to natural light reflecting off the screen or directly into your eyes. It's also important to be able to give your eyes a break every so often, ideally by going for a quick walk, but at least by looking out of the window or hanging a colourful picture or family photos in your line of vision. Place a small lamp on the desk for intricate tasks or to use when the natural light is low.
Create a clutter-free environment by using storage options such as timber filing cabinets, display cabinets and bookshelves. Be aware of angles and sharp edges on furniture—especially in small rooms—so you can move freely around the space as you work.
Depending on the nature of your work, you may wish to add items that motivate you and get your creative juices flowing. Indoor plants instantly boost mood, productivity, and creativity. Put a photo frame, a piece of art or a few cherished knickknacks on your desk, or create a vision board to hang on the wall to remind you of your goals.
The most important thing to remember when you're styling your home office is that it doesn't have to be boring! Investing in timeless timber furniture, surrounding yourself with your favourite colours and keeping the practical aspects organised will ensure that you have an inspiring workspace in the new year.