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Décor Ideas to Support the ‘Work-from-Home-ers’!

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on January 31, 2019 at 02:12 PM

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As digitisation and telecom technology advance to enable logging in to work from remote locations, the home appears to be the most preferred work location. Not that the idea is entirely new as some businesses were always run from home, but the culture of working from home was never as popular as it is today, being as enabled by technology as it is. Though technology also enables working from your bed or couch or whichever corner of the house may be available, you do want to address work with a certain sanctity and decorum, and would like to exclusively assign it a small part of your home. Well, the internet is teeming with Home Office décor ideas for this purpose; we take a look at some interesting ones as we analyse the requirements of such a space.

Well, come to think of it, if ‘home is where the heart is’ and ‘your heart should be in your work’ then it does it definitely adds up to working from home being the key to getting the best out of yourself at work, doesn’t it? Well, not always, as many experiences speak, because home is also where all the distractions are, where ever ‘more important’ engagements would entangle you, where you’re most likely to slip loose due to an absence of controls, where you’re ‘always available’ for ‘those in need’, and where you risk being cocooned out of contact with the world out there. While these are serious issues those working from home often deal with, décor might offer some solutions to mitigate them. Assigning a part of your house, however tiny, exclusively for your work and investing in it would definitely accord it the due seriousness and focus in the eyes of everyone including yourself. Making the space comfortable and conducive for you to work will definitely enhance your productivity.

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To list the requirements, one needs a desk or worktop paired with an ergonomically matching chair, a variety of storage facilities depending on the nature of one’s work, assigned spaces for peripherals like printers, etc., extra seating space for meetings if required and ample lighting. All this can be articulated through décor that suits one’s taste, where the fact that one is at home can be highlighted or concealed as one chooses.

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One can have all of a small room or niche, as seen in this case where dark colours and a bold wallpaper highlight a corner of the home being used as an office. Do not miss the neat use of the corner by tucking in all the storage without breaking the continuity with the part that houses the work desk. Or, conversely, one can have a little corner niche like this one fitted into a large room spacious room where the concentration of storage and all other working paraphernalia in a small monochromatic corner near a large window brings the required focus.

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Single floor apartments or flats usually allow us only a small part of a room, like a dining area in this case, where the long looping storage shelves do add flavour to an otherwise simple arrangement. In the other case, a niche between the dining area and kitchen has been well used to neatly fit in two workstations along with shelving. One could even go DIY with a commercially available wall-mounted workstation as seen here (group image 1) to set up a compact work-space. 

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Does this assemblage of a multi-seater table in a green- grey surrounding theme, paired with a chest of drawers and accessorised with large floral lights and a coloured rug double up as a dining space? May be, and the bedroom looks comfortably close as well, weakening the divide between work and rest! Making your work table and dining table switch roles is a very good idea particularly if your work involves frequent meetings and multi-party inputs. This steel storage rack paired with perky green chairs around a basic table laid out on a jute mat (image 2) form an exemplar simple and pleasant set-up. Many times, in fact, your bedroom may be the only place in your home where you can afford to set up your work space and, in that respect, this wonderfully arranged L-shaped work table and ample book shelves mounted on walls next to a cosy, window-side bed look ideal and inspiring.

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Here is another comfy office where a wide window-side niche has been used to create a fixed round-about seating with throw cushions around a small table. In this white and blue-grey ensemble (group image 3), the Victorian looking floral wallpaper and moulded wood frames have been contemporised by pairing with contemporary furniture like the chairs and couch. The presence of the couch, cushions and greens on the sill add the homely aura to the office.

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A couch with throw-pillows rears its comfy head even into this office housed in a basement, which is another likely area to accommodate a home office. Notice the warmth created by the exposed brickwork finish and the yellow barrel stool adding a spot of colour. Basement offices can be styled to look purely officious as well as can be seen in this simple light cedar hued shelves and workstation, paired with an official swivel chair, fixed neatly in a warm, dark wood coloured environment (group image 10).

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Conversely, you may want your home office to look the least formal and prefer to surround it with any variety of accessories that emphasize homeliness, like the one here with quaint clip-boards, flowers and pictures. Another home office (group image 4) uses a memento collage board and baskets for storage, and yet another one (group image 5) has a profusion of delicate greens reflected in a mirror and a pet-bed in its sun-lit garden-like ambience. One may want to bring in the greens in various ways, as this (group image 6) shows a lush green turf carpet lining the floor, or have a bold green accent wall contrasting with white trims and furniture, all afresh in sunlight streaming into this designer’s home office.

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Large windows that welcome the sun can be the real protagonists lighting up the décor when the space is small, like this home office fitted into a little room, which hardly feels little thanks to the choice of colours and details in the décor. The well-thought coupling of minimal furniture with an overtly tall potted plant in this sun-lit balcony office (group image 8) makes it feel like working in a forest, doesn’t it? What about this neat arrangement in a grey balcony (group image 9) with delicate sheer curtains and perforated screen walls? Cool, I think!

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Large windows that welcome the sun can be the real protagonists lighting up the décor when the space is small, like this home office fitted into a little room, which hardly feels little thanks to the choice of colours and details in the décor. The well-thought out coupling of minimal furniture with an overtly tall potted plant in this sun-lit balcony office (group image 8) makes it feel like working in a forest, doesn’t it? What about this neat arrangement in a grey balcony (group image 9) with delicate sheer curtains and perforated screen walls? Cool, I think!

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Small spaces, and the inspiration they evoke in the user to maximise them by compensating for their tiny size with good design, seem to bring out the best in décor as seen in this charming little balcony office with wood panelling backing an otherwise white lay out and such other small home offices (group images 10,11, 12) . Sometimes, a single wall is all one has to focus on decorating to build up an aura (group images 13, 14, 15) Or, if you have the luxury of large spaces you could have this enchanting work space framed in wood panelled surrounds, facing a panoramic view of an entire forest!

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