When you telecommute or work from home, you need a quiet space where you can retreat to, tend to projects, and accomplish your daily tasks. But it doesn’t have to look like your typical office space with blank gray walls and file cabinets. That’s the beauty of working from home! On the contrary, adding your own personality with a few charming treasures can actually increase your productivity, boost your mood, and offer inspiration throughout your day.
And since you spend a lot of time in your office, probably more than other rooms in your home, why not liven it up and make it feel more inviting? From keeping your desk tidy and clutter-free to painting a focal wall with a bright, cheery color, here are seven ways to make your home office feel more inviting. That way, you’ll actually enjoy getting your work done.
Add a Pleasing Color
Find a color scheme that is bright and inviting, making you feel energized when you enter the space. Clean white walls, earthy neutrals, and tranquil grays lend versatility to a home office, allowing you to switch out artwork, decor, and colors on the fly whenever you get bored of them. Green shades are easy on the eyes and great for focusing and revitalizing our overworked brains.
Also, if you work in a creative industry, deep plums and purples can spark the imagination. The important thing, however, is to not worry or paint a wall with what’s on-trend; just be sure the colors and theme speak to you and inspire you.
Add Your Own Personality
Speaking of inspiring colors, when it comes to choosing a theme and decorating, make sure to incorporate your own personality into your home office as well. This will keep your home office from looking sterile and empty. Roll out an area rug to ground the space and soften the overall look, which will also make it feel homey and inviting. Create a gallery wall of illustrations that inspire you or photographs of destinations where you wish to travel. Keep mementos and decorative items on your desk that bring a smile.
Also, don’t be afraid to create a theme and add personality to your home office that’s drastically different from the rest of your home’s design. In fact, a unique theme can distinguish the two separate spaces, tricking your brain into knowing when to work and when to relax, which helps to establish a healthy work-life balance.
Keep It Tidy and Organized
Having a home office that is clean and tidy is sure to make it feel more inviting. Clear off your desk at the end of each day, so that you can start with a blank slate the next. And don’t just stop at your desk. Also tidy up the files on your digital desktop and put away books or art supplies back onto their respective shelves. Also, while you want to add personality and accessorize your desk, there’s a fine line between it looking cute or cluttered. A clean desk can act as a blank canvas to start your day off right with a clear goal.
Organization is also key to keeping a home office in order too. Keep files and papers organized with a color-coded system, or try to go all-digital by scanning in everything, reducing your dependence on paper. Add a decorative filing tray to your desk or even hang it on the wall alongside a bulletin board or calendar where you can easily keep track of your agenda.
Invite a Touch of Nature
Bring a bit of nature into your home office—from greenery to critter-themed decor—to connect with the environment and make it more inviting. Add a live plant or two, like an easy-to-care-for Fiddle leaf fig tree or a Spider plant, and place them in a decorative pot on a shelf or in a basket on the floor. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can always add some faux succulents or silk flowers to your desk to give the illusion of nature.
You could even add a small water fountain for a soothing, trickling ambient noise, or use natural geodes or carved wood sculptures as bookends or accessories. Anything that brings a touch of nature and welcomes the outdoors.
Make Your Space Brighter
Good lighting can improve both your mood and energy. Draw back the curtains from nearby windows and allow in natural lighting as much as possible. Natural light makes a room feel grander, and it can also nourish the live plants you add for that touch of nature. You could also install some light sheers over the windows, which can add privacy while still letting the sun light through.
Be sure to add functional lighting pieces as well. Start with a fun, charming table lamp on your desk or workstation to cast a glow on rainy days or when you need to work later into the evenings. To avoid eye strain, keep some task lighting at the keyboard or areas where you spend a lot of time. You could even hang up some string lights or holiday lights to add a bit of personality and playfulness to your home office.
Bring Some Snacks and Water
With the start of each workday, bring some snacks and a decorative water bottle or tumbler along with you into the home office. Bring your morning coffee in a cute mug, chosen and designated specifically for your home office. Keep a snack bar in your home office and fill it with nutritious snacks like nuts, protein bars, and fresh bananas or apples. This also prevents you from wandering back to the kitchen and getting distracted by other household chores along the way.
Stream Music to Focus To
Music can have a profound effect on your overall mood and productivity level. To make your home office more inviting, get yourself some speakers and stream some upbeat tunes to help keep you focused, such as classical, binaural beats, or even an empowering film score from a favorite movie.
Disclosure: This article was written by a guest author.