The last year has, for obvious reasons, seen a steep rise in the number of people working from home. Given that there was already a significant groundswell of support for the concept even before the pandemic, it will be interesting to see, going forward, how many of us end up back in an office permanently, and how many have the choice, and the intent, to stay at home. It’s hard, after all, for businesses to make the case that telecommuting doesn’t work, when we have such recent evidence for it being effective.
If there is a chance that working from home will become the norm for you, then the chances are that you will have already made some changes to your home. Going forward, it may make sense to make some more, because you’re going to have more to think about than whether your apartment offers a decent Zoom background if this becomes a permanent change. The following are just a few examples.
Interior Design Choices When Working From Home
A permanent “office” is a smart idea
One would think that the big advantage of being able to work from home is that you have a level of freedom you’d never have in the office.
You can take your work into the kitchen? Great.
You can have your dog with you all day? Nice.
All meetings are now via video chat? Cool, now you can wear shorts to work!
However, the fact that you can pick up your laptop and work where you want has its downsides, too. If all of your house is an office during working hours, it can be hard to drop that feeling when you’re off the clock. That makes relaxing tough, so setting up a desk with some office accoutrements, and making that your base, can help delineate between work and home. You can still take your laptop into the garden if the weather’s nice – it’s more a matter of having a set working space so that work doesn’t take over.
Your home doesn’t get a break from you
This sounds almost unkind, so let’s rewind a bit. If your home has carpet, it’s probably stylish and deep-piled, and it is designed to be walked on very rarely. When you’re working in an office, you’ll probably have noticed the carpet is very hard-wearing and spartan. Essentially, a lot of what you have at home is designed on the basis that you’re going to be out of the house for most of each weekday. Replacing carpets in working areas with engineered wood flooring or similar means you’ll have a hard-wearing floor that still looks stylish. It won’t wear down where the wheels of your chair come to rest, which is a bonus.
Visual distractions are … actually good
While a lot of working from home tips are about replicating your office environment as faithfully as possible at home, there should be some advantages to being able to stay home, and primary among those is being able to decorate as you wish. Some visually stimulating artwork can be useful – color theory indicates that bright yellows keep you upbeat and positive, which is helpful if you’re trying to stay focused. Design touches like this don’t necessarily work in an office full of people, because personalities and opinions clash, but if you’re working at home, then you should make your space work for you.