How to Create a Stylish and Functional Home Office

Is your study or home office space looking a bit dull, or lacking creativity? Why not freshen it up? A redecorated space can help to inspire new ideas, and boost creativity.

We’re sharing some ideas to transform your work space into an organised and functional space to suit your lifestyle.

First, assess the space you have and how you will use it. Do you work from home full time? Are you creating a space for the kids to do their homework, or do you just need a small work surface to pay the bills and file them away? Next think about what you need to make the space function better? Is your current desk too small? Do you need a better storage solution? Is your chair uncomfortable or unsupportive? Or do you simply wish to make the décor more inspiring?

If you’re creating a study at home, consider incorporating some clever storage such as coordinating drawers or bookshelves to suit your scheme, and file away important documents. Perhaps you can make the most of your space by incorporating a sofa bed, so you can double as a guest room when needed.

For many of us, finding home office space is not that simple. Get creative in your home. Why not carve out a space in another area of the home that you can designate as a study nook. Maybe you have a space in the living or dining room where you can pop a small desk. If you’re loving the rustic look, our ‘Fendy’ desk shown below by d-Bodhi is the perfect choice for the home. It oozes class and style to accentuate slick minimalist interiors and rustic looking homes. Plus our ‘Fendy’ range has matching dining and occasional pieces so you can coordinate the look throughout your home.

If a clean modern look is more your style, our ‘Swivel’ desk is the one for you. This high-gloss white desk not only looks good, but it’s clever too! The shelving section spins out to give you extra work space when needed, but can be tucked back under, out of the way when not in use – perfect for small or narrow spaces.

If you’re after a dedicated space for your little one to do homework, get them excited to hit the books with a fresh new look. If you’re short on space, a small desk like the ‘Student’ desk shown below is a great option. Multi-functional storage like the ‘Cubo’ is also a good option for a kid’s room – you can fill with books, and pop a few baskets in for toys too. If space is tight, our bunk beds with workstations are great options to maximise the room you have. Our ‘Eden’, ‘Oxford’ and ‘Astro’ bunks all come with a built-in desk and clever storage.

Every office space needs a comfortable and supportive chair. With so many options available, choosing the perfect office chair can leave your head spinning! Look for one that supports your back and shoulders, and has arm rests. Or if you want your office to blend in with your décor scheme, opt for a fashionable dining chair to suit your style. Check out some of our favourite options below which are comfortable and stylish.

Now it’s time to think about the fun stuff – the décor!

Decorate your space in a way that inspires you. Play around with colour. Choose a paint colour that will get you in the right frame of mind to work. White can help to clear your mind, while soft blue is calming, and can help spark creativity. Yellow fosters optimism and positivity. A few pops of brighter colour can help to stimulate the mind, but be careful not to go overboard on colour, as this can be overwhelming or distracting.

Whenever possible, position your desk near natural light, and mix in some wood tones or plants to increase wellbeing. Personalise the room with artwork to create a positive productive zone. If your desk is facing a wall, why not hang an inspiring landscape scene above, or some motivational quote art? Or make the wall space work for you and go vertical – pin boards and pegboards are bang on trend, and can be utilised as storage space, and a place to display items that spark your creativity.

Lastly, don’t forget a few accessories to spruce up your space. Personalise your space with things that make you happy and motivated. A desk lamp is crucial when you’re working into the wee hours, plus there is a great range of stationery on the market too. Opt for matching folders or storage boxes to reduce clutter and to keep you organised.

For more inspiration, visit your local Harvey Norman store.


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