In Part 1 of this series, we mostly discussed how to set up the space and some basic choices. Now that you have identified the space and have a game plan regarding what you want and where it will go, we wanted to take a quick look at the room’s aesthetics. You are going to be spending about a third of your day, every day, in this room, so you want it to be both welcoming and functional.
Form for Function
When you are looking around for different office supplies, do not fall into the trap of getting something that looks really cool but that will hurt the functionality of the office. Remember, this office is still in your home, so you do want it to mesh with the overall décor of the home. It should not look like some cold cubicle that you see in a regular office setting. You can keep it professional and homey at the same time. Work your own personality into the office with some creative décor.
For instance, I am a big sports fan, so I have some memorabilia hanging up on my walls. This also kind of serves as a reminder as to why you are doing this in the first place… for the reward.
Pick the Right Color
You know all those articles that tell you that your office walls should be a neutral color so you look professional on your zoom calls? Well, forget about it. Now, I am not saying you should paint your walls electric pink, but you should choose a color that gets you excited about the day. The last thing you want to do is walk into your boring office, look around, and say, “Ugh, I am stuck in this room for another eight hours today!”
Hide When Possible
Cords are one of the atrocities and necessities of any home office. That being said, think about thin when you are purchasing your desk and doing your setup. There are ways to hide these cords and you will want to do exactly that. You can use cloth fabric cord covers or purchase a desk that has cord routing holes built right into it. Invest in some cord protectors for the floor as well so you are not tripping over the cord or getting your chair caught on it all the time. You may also want to invest in some wall tracks to hide the cords if they are running up or across the wall, from the desk to the outlet.
Light It Up
If you are going to be staring at a computer all day, you need to make sure you have enough light in the room to help prevent eye strain and headaches. Place the desk in a spot with good overhead light and consider investing in a good desk lamp.