In the last few years, more people have opted to work from home. There's more convenience, you can plan your days around the family, and you don't have to worry about the commute. The recent pandemic means people are moving into remote working, and these new ways of working will likely continue.
One of the best things about remote working is you get to choose your home office decor. This not only means that you can say goodbye to shabby office buildings, but also that you can create a separate space in your home that is dedicated to your work. It’s time to put an end to bringing your job into your bedroom or sitting with it at the kitchen table. Having a home office lets you leave work behind, giving your mental health a boost and your mind a break when it’s time to relax.
Here are some ideas to make your office a space you can’t resist being in.
Bring the outdoors into your home office
One of the biggest trends for this year has been bringing the outside in and it’s never been easier to incorporate nature into your décor. Research shows that even indirect elements of nature help to reduce stress, blood pressure and heart rate.
That’s why one of our home office decor suggestions is to go green and create a tranquil environment that enables you to get creative. The last thing you want is a cluttered workspace, so if your office is small then keep it simple with one plant and focus on your wall decor instead.
You can paint one wall green and combine photos on your white walls to keep it minimalistic while still retaining a beautiful environment. We recommend earthy green shades instead of bright colours that might distract you. Another option is a wallpapered feature wall - think botanicals,leaves and florals. Our Botanical wallpaper will make a room feel like it’s opening straight onto a rich, leafy landscape, while Yasuni brings a lush, tropical feel. Or, you might opt for the more pared-back Boreas, which has a more calming sprig design.
Decorate your office using colour
You will probably be spending a lot of time in your home office, which makes it worth incorporating elements of colour psychology into your decor. The colours around us can have an impact on our psych and different colours are often used to motivate us, calm us down or improve our focus.
For instance, did you know that blue is scientifically proven to induce a relaxed feeling in people? If you have a high-intensity job, such as a lawyer, social worker or IT manager, incorporating blue paint into your home office will provide an aspect of stress relief. Similarly, green paints are soothing and promote a healing atmosphere, making them a good choice for therapists and mental health practitioners.
On the other hand, creatives, such as journalists, graphic designers, bloggers and architects, might benefit from yellows and pinks. These colours stimulate innovation and imagination - perfect for the artistic among us. Red paints are also good for encouraging energy and boosting morale, which might be just what’s needed if you find working from home a bit of a drag.
Once you’ve decided on the colours that work for you and your needs, you can either paint the whole room or create a feature wall. You could even explore several shades of your chosen colour and enjoy all it has to offer by painting an ombre wall.
Add art to your home office walls
If you're looking for a simple solution to revamp your home office, think about filling it with art instead of getting the paintbrush out. There are so many wall paintings or photos available, just make sure yoau go for what you like instead of what you think looks good.
Canvases with inspirational quotes are ideal because they can motivate you while brightening up your walls. Or, if you want to go bold with your decor, why not opt for a wall mural? Easier to install than wallpaper and with more dynamic potential than paint, a mural could be just the thing to breathe some life into your home office. At Graham & Brown we have everything from the epic Mountain Gris mural to the quaint Deep Sky Balloon Race - what better way is there to transport yourself and really set your home office apart?
Choose dark colours for your home office
If you're not a fan of bright colours, then consider going for a sleek and sexy look with an all-black office. You can combine black paint with some statement black wallpaper to add some life to your walls, but the idea here is to keep it simple. Remember, just like the little black dress - less is more.
We hope you've found our home office decor ideas inspirational and the tips useful. Decorating can be an enjoyable experience, especially when you're able to incorporate your individual preferences and personality.
Remember, your home office should be a room you enjoy being in, so think about the colours and wallpaper styles that make you happy and don't be afraid to experiment.