One of the many beauties of working from home (besides being able to wear your PJs to the office, of course) is the freedom to work in an environment completely different than the traditional 9 to 5 cubicle. Here are a few tips to turn your home office into a space that stimulates creative thinking within the confines of your home.
1. Set the Stage
Use a neutral paint color on the walls, such as Benjamin Moore’s “Decorator White.” Having a neutral palette on the walls allows you to add color through artwork and accessories without the room feeling so overstimulating or jarring that it’s hard to focus on the task at hand.
2. Collect Inspiration
Create an oversized mood or bulletin board to display inspiring and meaningful oddities to fuel your creative thinking. Click HERE for a tutorial on creating your own giant mood board on the cheap.
3. Liven It Up
Give the space some personality and color through artwork. Art doesn’t need to be expensive. So long as it “speaks” to you or makes you happy, it’s serving its purpose. Two great sources for looking for inexpensive pieces are Etsy and Society 6.
4. Bright Idea
Lighting can dramatically change the look and feel of a space. Make sure your office is well lit to keep you energized and engaged. Opt for a lamp with a fun shade to add a splash of color and pattern.
Make sure your space has ample storage allowing you to put away clutter that can sometimes hinder creative thinking and bog you down. Choose a wall unit such as IKEA’s Expedit that you can pair with woven baskets to add visual interest and add texture to the space. Decorative boxes such as this colorful trio from Kate Spade provide storage and add personality to the space.
6. Personal Touches
Add personal touches such as your favorite candle, a decorative paperweight, a cute coffee cup or a plant to make your space feel like your own and a place you actually enjoy being in, which will in turn make you more productive!