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7 tips for creating a home office/study/workspace focused on wellbeing

Posted on by Kirsty Fletcher • 3 comments
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With a huge number of us suddenly finding ourselves working from home for the foreseeable, creating a space that enhances our productivity whilst nurturing our wellbeing has never been so important.

Like most renovation projects it’s often difficult to know where to start.

Here are my 7 tips to help you along the way.

~ Choose the right desk ~

A home office desk with storage

The most important thing to get right!

When choosing a desk make sure it has a large surface area to allow for any additional screens or keyboards as well as plenty of space for notepads etc.

There’s nothing more demotivating than a cramped desk.

I chose this gorgeous Ashwicke Desk from Garden Trading as it offered me everything I was looking for. A great surface area and storage compartments to help stay organised. It’s super easy to put together too. Literally took us 5 minutes.

~ Freshen up the walls ~

Picking the right colour for your home office is a very personal decision but this Wellbeing Colour Chart might help you decide what colour to go for.

Brown – Grounding
Green – Balancing
Blue – Clarity
Purple – Mindful
Pink – Nurturing
Orange – Joyful
Yellow – Uplifting

I’d recommend only painting one or two walls in any of these colours, leaving the remaining walls neutral. Too much of one colour can actually have an overwhelming and therefore negative effect.

~ Natural Light ~

If you can, position your desk in front of or close to a window. Natural light energises and motivates us and aids our concentration.

~ House Plants ~

It’s been scientifically proven that adding indoor plants to any workspace helps improve your sense of wellbeing and reduces stress levels.

They’ll also help hugely with the aesthetics of the space. I’m typing this surrounded by house plants and I have to say it would be a very dull and lifeless space without them.

Plants also help with our breathing, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the room all helping to boost productivity and wellbeing.

~ Stay Clutter free ~

Having a good sort out is not only therapeutic at the time but has a lasting effect for weeks after.

Other ways to stay clutter free are these wall mounted note boards and racks. Practical and look great too!

wire magazine rack

Wire Memo board

~ Natural tones ~

We all know nature is good for our mental wellbeing so even the smallest nature-inspired touches can to help to relieve stress and calm the mind.

I added natural touches in the form of these Jute (lined with leak-proof lining) plant pots and Jute Storage baskets

Small Jute plant pot

~ Height adjustable desk lamp ~

If you tend to work a lot in the evening and rely on artificial light, the big light (as Peter Kay would say!) often won’t offer you enough light to enable you to see well enough and work productively. An adjustable lamp like this from Garden Trading offers you all the extra light needed.

White desk lamp

I hope you found these tips useful and inspiring.

Whatever amount of space you have to play with, incorporating some or all of these tips will help you create a motivating and nurturing space.

Another blog you might find interesting is this one where I designed a wellbeing office at a company I used to work for. Many of the same principles apply. You can read it here.

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3 Responses

  1. Sally Palmer says:

    What paint colour is the lovely green feature wall please?

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