Thanks to today's technology, working from your corporate headquarters is quickly becoming a thing of the past. With wireless hotspots and the ease of establishing constant connectivity, the option of working from home (or almost anywhere) is the new norm. If you're afforded the opportunity to take advantage of creating a business out of your own address, there are a few things you need to know to set yourself up for success.
From picking the perfect room in your home (natural lighting and a window-facing desk are a plus), which creates a motivational environment to décor essentials that every home office needs, we've compiled a gallery of gorgeous spaces that will make you want to work. Below find our favorite home offices that will inspire you to get to work on your own.
By injecting your own personal style into your workspace, you'll provide yourself with natural inspiration to continue doing what you love, which is hopefully your day job. In this case, Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior let her enviable straw hat collection serve as wall art in her own workspace. She also stuck with a monochrome décor theme, which translates to a calming and soothing feel in a (sometimes) stressful environment.
It's always necessary to give your eyes a break from your computer screen (or pen and paper), so it helps to choose a room with a view. By facing your desk toward the windows, you'll remember to look up—and hopefully take a necessary break—more often.
In life, it's always best to keep things light, and that is true for your home office space as well. In a room that provides exposure to natural light, the open, airy environment will keep you alert and energized. Plus, when you have a bright space, you're able to experiment with bolder pieces of décor in rich hues, which brings a big element of style without darkening the space.
One of the best accessories to adorn your home office with is a living one—in the form of a plant. Not only will potted plants (or even smaller trees) give your space with an extra boost of fresh oxygen, but any type greenery is an excellent fill-in for large open areas or an empty space that could use an extra hint of décor.
Without over-styling your office space with lots of unnecessary stuff, you'll be less likely to get distracted. This minimal design is the perfect example of projecting chic style without a ton of decor. The symmetrical velvet guest chairs provide a welcoming environment for visitors, too.
By adorning one wall with iconic or interesting wallpaper, you'll inject your workspace with a sense playfulness and fun, which often doubles as a sitting or living room in your home. And you can stay all business as the boss if you choose to position your back to it while sitting at your desk.
Dark accessories like a black desk, chairs, and even sofa (like the office space pictured) lend a sleek yet hip look to the space while at the same time making it easy to style with gold accessories or interesting art. The rich look is a playful way of being all business.
When done right, a few statement pieces will do all the talking. By letting beautiful cabinetry, a styled table, or even just the windows themselves do all the work, you can achieve serious style without all the extra "stuff."
We're all aware by now that sitting all day long is not ideal for our overall health, but sometimes it's unavoidable when you're glued to your desk all day. Fortunately, there are plenty of chic options to incorporate a standing desk into your space, and it will help you keep your well-being your top priority (as it should be).
Shop a few of our favorite office essentials that will fit into any workspace below.
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