If you’re keen to improve your workplace with a little TLC, you’re not alone. It’s thought that our surrounding environment can influence our productivity levels, prompting many of us, especially those working from home, to take action and tap into upcoming trends.
The non-existent commute
Working from home means no commuting. While many of us treasure the time we get back from this, it’s important to establish healthy boundaries.
Comfy clothes and a lack of formal office conduct can make us slip out of a more structured, professional setting – and while elements of both are ideal, you need to feel inspired in your workspace, otherwise, your productivity may start to flag. Keen to look for inspiration to help improve your workspace? Here are some key trends you could bear in mind.
Trend 1: A clear divide between work and home
Now that working from home is the norm for many of us, there’s an increasing risk of our work lives interfering with our personal lives. In fact, an inability to maintain a healthy work-life balance can lead to burnout, which can result in more serious problems involving our wellbeing.
To help with this, consider multifunctional furniture that allows you to switch from one to the other. Some people use boxes and drawers to physically stow their work equipment away at the end of the day, while others have containers. You might even keep your work equipment in another room to establish this boundary.
Trend 2: Decor that sparks joy
Using the Marie Kondo theory, you may find it helpful to sort through your belongings and work out whether they bring the right energy to your space. The aim is to create a workspace that feels inviting and comfortable, as opposed to cold and clinical. Considering the amount of time you spend working, it makes sense to make this space as inviting as possible. A well-lit, tastefully designed office is important to help your office feel inspirational. This can be done using tasteful lighting solutions and even be helped by positioning your desk in an area of the room that receives good natural light, such as near the window.
Trend 3: Stylish focal points
Focal points vary across spaces. For you, they might look like a cool piece of wall art, an accent wall or a stylish office chair. Not only will focal points help you feel good about the design of this space, but they can also work well as part of your background for video calls. You’d be surprised by how many colleagues comment on an interesting background on video calls.
Trend 4: Earthy tones and nature
The goal here is to give your office a calm appearance so that you don’t feel overstimulated while you work. This can be achieved with earthy tones across the space, whether through the wall colour, soft furnishings or decorations. Think rust-coloured cushions, off-white walls and beige ceramics to bring this style to life. Even better if you can add house plants, which will add to the natural feel of the space and can even help with mental health by improving your mood.
Ultimately, how you design your office space is completely in your hands. However, some of these trends might inspire you to get the most out of your office, which when you’re spending a large proportion of your week there, makes a whole lot of sense!