Working from home has never been more popular
It is estimated that there are nearly a quarter of a million more people working from home than there were 10 years ago, and with the total figure now believed to be 4.2 million, this represents roughly one in seven.
Experts agree that personalising your office space is one of the best ways to unleash creativity when you're working from home. To help you achieve the ideal work environment, Space Station has teamed up with leading interior experts to produce some top tips.
1 Choose a colour to represent you - Alexandra Thompson
It's easy to underestimate the impact that the colour of a room can have on motivation levels. Colours will boost creativity, but can also make us feel trapped between four, clinical walls.
As it's the dominant colour in nature, green evokes organic, fresh, restful emotions and helps to foster concentration. Lime green helps to create a fresh vibe, full of vitality.
Yellow is a more attention-grabbing hue - hence it being the most common highlighter colour. It catches the eye like no other colour, making people feel happy and evoking optimism.
However, bear in mind that if it’s too bright, yellow can distract and overpower your office environment - it could even create a degree of anxiety.
Accents and shades of purple are proven to stimulate the imagination. Purple or lavender tones will cross the line between warm and cool tones, helping focus and concentration. On the flip side, blue makes a room feel cooler, lulling occupants to sleep. That makes it a better bedroom colour but not suitable for an office.
2 Invest in an inviting desk - Layla Chapman of House of Sparkles
When you’re choosing the furniture for your office, focus on the type of desk that you will want to sit down and work at. Think carefully before opting for a typical pine desk - instead, go for a desk you'll feel proud of working from. A statement chair will be a good addition to this, so you won't feel like you're working in any old mundane office space. You'll need to feel motivated to work each day, so choosing your desk and chair is incredibly important.
3 Mood boards - Kate Beavis
Mood boards are a fantastic way to showcase business goals and objectives, as well as creative ideas. You can even pin up photographs of people who especially motivate you. Creating a feature mood board full of design images helps to inspire you while working too. This could either be a large magnetic board or a hand painted blackboard - simply cut out images from magazines, print off the photos - it's an endless list.
4 Bring in plants – Layla Chapman
According to research, plants help to rid the air of toxic chemicals that can cause sickness and stress. If you're after an inexpensive wellbeing boost, invest in an office plant. Flowers and plants are important for bringing texture and warmth into your working space. If you don’t fancy having to look after a plant, consider going for an artificial flower display or plant - they require no maintenance yet look effortlessly great.
Clutter is highly distracting - particularly in a working environment. Think about investing in storage boxes - these items can help you to keep your desk clean, or, if you have large objects or a high volume of items that you need to store, why not investigate self-storage options?
Information courtesy of Space Station