1. Have designated work and relaxation areas.
No matter what type of business your home office supports, having clearly defined work and relaxation areas is key. A comfortable sofa perfect for reflection, research or simply relaxing makes a home office space inviting and allows for separation of intensive desk work and creative brainstorming work. Having these defined spaces allows the user to step into a different frame of mind based on location in the room.
2. Keep it fun with art, color and pillows.
Comfort and inspiration combine in pillows that pop with color and pattern, and art that brings out creativity. A space comes alive when thought-provoking art enters the mix and helps blur the lines between “home” and “office” space.
3. Mix and match old and new items.
Bring in personal, family items that have a history, with more modern items that are part of an office environment. It gives the home office warmth, depth and personality. Creating the right mix of old and new can be tricky, but pulling through themes such as color, pattern and shapes can make a seamless transition between the two.
4. Factor in both task and ambient lighting.
Lighting has a huge impact on how a space feels and how its inhabitants react. It affects performance and mood. Careful planning and consideration needs to be given to a lighting plan, to ensure the correct combination of general lighting (creating an inviting glow in the room) and task/accent lighting (to focus the light in work intensive areas).
5. Bring in layered patterns.
It can be intimidating to consider mixing and matching patterns and colors. But when it’s done right, the resulting dimensional, thoughtful space helps further define the personality of your business and your home space. Keep in mind that scale is critical. A thick striped drape works with a mid-sized wallpaper because of the contrasting scales. Another rule of thumb: florals and stripes always go together.
For more information, contact Teresa Stevens at 708-710-8116, Teresa.Stevensinc@
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