Welcome back to the Interior Decor and Styling Series! Today’s post is all about designing a chic home office. With the pandemic continuing, many people are having to work from home. Now that I am teaching from home and blogging at the same time, I definitely need a more organized and designated office space. We have an extra room in our basement that is dry and mold free, and it is relatively bright due to two basement windows in the room. I have been using it as a craft (and junk hoarding) room for some time, but I really would like to turn it into a more usable office space. I have found some great ideas online, so today I decided to share some chic home office inspiration with you. These tips should help you in creating the perfect home working environment, so if you are thinking of starting remote work give them a try! *This post contains affiliate links.
To make sure that your office is a place that inspires you, you need to separate your workspace from everything else in your home. Think about surrounding yourself with the things you love in your office so it will be a place you want to spend time.
Even though my primary decor style is vintage, I also love to add a few trendy and modern elements in home to keep things updated. I think a home office would be a great place to play around with more modern, stylish and chic decorating ideas.
I love how today’s home offices are anything but dark and boring work spaces. From modern minimalist to shabby chic or even farmhouse styles, the office has become an important room in modern homes and the popularity of chic home offices on Pinterest and in magazines certainly reflects this idea.
The office is a great place to add artwork that reflects personal style and interests. You may even choose to use the office as a place to display more contemporary or bolder artwork which you can find here. This allows you to enjoy art that might not typically be used in other areas of your home. Choose mood-boosting colors to keep your spirits up as you work. To relieve stress, it’s also a good idea to think about ways to minimize external noise.
If you are looking for unique artwork I always recommend thrift stores, consignment shops and antiques shops. There is also a great article with recommendations for the six best places to buy art online.
Don’t forget some glam desk accessories! A touch of bling always brightens up any space! To really make your day feel special in your chic office, get dressed for work! It can be tempting to just roll out of bed and start working on your computer, telling yourself that you’ll take a shower and get dressed “in a bit.” But before you know it, it’s lunchtime and you’re still in your pajamas. We’re not telling you to put on a suit and tie, but you should get up, take a shower, and put on something comfortable that makes you feel like you can get through the day.
Today’s chic home offices can also be extensions of the home providing another space to showcase beautiful home decor and collectibles. In addition to a work space, this gorgeous chic office also doubles as a place to read and relax in style.
Of course a stylish and functional desk lamp is a chic home office essential! Designers at Dusk Motion have even created a smart lamp that would be a useful piece of office technology while providing light at the same time.
If you are short on floor space, there is the possibility of incorporating a stand-up desk within your office space. For example, if you make a lot of blogs or long-form content you may be better off investing in dictation software or a microphone so you can stand up and write without having to sit hunched over at your computer screen. Keeping the office (and your computer itself) free of clutter is important to creating a productive working environment. This review of MacKeeper can give you some information on how to declutter your hard drive or clean out pointless programs.
Creating a chic home office is really just a matter of adding personal and stylish touches that make you happy! Choosing a few modern and trendy decorative accessories will keep the space looking fresh, while plants and bright artwork can create a positive vibe and will make long hours of studying or working less of a drudgery.
Additional Tips for Enjoying a Chic Home Office
Make People Aware You Are Working
When you don’t go out to work during the day, many people forget that you are still working and try to add more things to your schedule. They might ask you to watch their kids or pets because “you’re home all day anyway,” or they might just want to hang out with you and bring you coffee and talk. Tell them you’re working from X to X, and they shouldn’t bother you unless it’s something they would ask you about if you were at an office. It’s not about being mean; it’s about being professional and making the most of your workdays so you can enjoy your free time.
Make Sure Your Equipment Is Up To Date
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Remember To Take Breaks
When you work from home, you might want to keep going and not stop. As we’ve already said, not having to travel can make it easier to find a good balance between work and life. However, if you work extra hours just because you can, this is all for nothing. If you usually leave work at 5 p.m., leave at 5 p.m. Make sure you take your lunch break and regular breaks, even if it’s just to get a quick cup of coffee and a breath of fresh air in your backyard.
I hope you have been inspired by these chic home offices today! Do you have a designated office space that you have decorated in your favorite style? I love hearing from you!
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