Styling tips for a home office that won’t spoil your interiors
In the 24/7 digital age, the traditional divisions between home and office working have long since become blurred. Many people have discovered the ease, flexibility and convenience of working from home supported by huge advances in technology which would have made this style of working unthinkable even just a few years ago.
The ongoing interiors’ love affair with all things retro from the 1960s and 70s has introduced Millenials and Post Millenials to items of furniture that they may not necessarily have grown up with. Amongst these are dressing tables, sideboards and office desks, the latter occupying a study in the 20th-century family home.
The sleek minimalist lines of these Scandinavian and Bauhaus inspired pieces are true to type, combining functionality and practicality with form and style. Endlessly useful, people are welcoming items of furniture into their home which were designed when laptops were not even a distant dream but happen to fit perfectly with the digital age and modern work trends.
Some people work from home more or less permanently, others follow a mix of part-time work at home interspersed with periods in the office. Then some are confined to home for set periods. If you need to create a small home office, then it is important to set something up that facilitates working from home so you are effective and productive. Equally, you don’t want an interiors disaster as your inheritance when you return to work. Savour our styling tips for home office design and create a permanent, stylish and usable area in your home that endures long after you return to work.
- Whether you have a small space in your home or a dedicated room, interior design does not have to be sacrificed on the altar of functionality and home organisation. Browse the furniture styling of mid last century and see how these pieces combine practicality with a quality, minimalist form to furnish your space
- Many retro desks have handy drawers to tidy away clutter and paperwork but these are often quite shallow so you will need to consider additional home office equipment such as a filing cabinet or box storage. The WOW range offers practical uber sleek storage products which will complement your design in either muted or bold colours. These are multi-use and will still be going strong long after you have returned to work. Vibrant, primary colours are another trend from yesteryear which are proving very popular in the designed home
- Follow your colour theme through to those small home office essentials such as hole punch, scissors and stapler, creating a design suite of items which will prove stylish and useful in the modern household long when home working is just a distant memory
- Use on-trend open shelving to capture any stationery and home office equipment which you can blend with decorative items. This is the perfect look to create a dedicated area within a living room when you are short on space. Seamless yet delineated, this makes the most of natural light and is certainly no compromise on style
Working from home doesn’t have to represent an interiors conflict. There are loads of on-trend ideas which will help you create a lasting and functional space within your home, complementing daily living with a style legacy long after you are back in the office.