Office Decorating Ideas: Layout, Lighting, Plants and Space Saving Tips
by RJ Living | July 21, 2021
Our homes can now be a dynamic place to live in, showcasing the many facets of our lives in one place - eating, sleeping, lounging, and even working. Surely everyone can benefit from a great working environment and an ideal home office setup.
We’re giving you office decorating ideas on how to decorate your office space for productivity and motivation.
First is Deciding on a Home Office Layout
While it’s ideal to have a separate room for your designated office, not everyone has an extra room on hand. A wisely planned home office setup considers lighting, electrical outlets, and the overall space.
Window Views Natural light is proven to increase worker satisfaction and productivity. In a 2017 study, workers exposed to high levels of natural light in offices reported better quality sleep than workers who weren’t exposed to any natural light.
Position your desk near a large window to maximise the most out of this arrangement. Include curtains or blinds to control light and add privacy when necessary since harsh sunlight is uncomfortable especially when working long hours.
There may be times where space is limited and a home office setup is in the bedroom, to keep your relaxation space separate from your work, dividers are a great way to keep the spaces distinct from each other.
A new trend that has emerged is the Cloffice, a closet and office combined. If you’re cramped for space but need some privacy for calls and meetings in your room, all you would need is a great working desk.
If you have the area for it, the living room is ample space for having a home office. Since this is a bigger room, the layouts can be endless! Do consider how your living room is being used by yourself or your family.
Do you congregate in the living room for homework, crafts or leisure throughout the day? Since this can be quite distracting, make sure to create a space that works for you and the rest of your family. Smaller desks can be a great solution to busy living rooms, accent this with shelves and homewares that tie them to the whole look of your home.
Home Office Backdrop and Wall Art Designs
Anyone who has worked from home knows the importance of a good background. Video calls will never be the same with unique backgrounds and wall prints that show off your personality and style!
You can opt for a solid pop of colour with paint, but why not create a lively and inspiring background?
More office decorating tips on home office backgrounds:
Ensure Enough Storage Space For Your Study and Work Space At Home
While a clean and tidy workspace is the goal, sometimes daily life just takes its toll and you need some storage to keep it all clean and neat.
Desks with Drawers
Office desks with storage are essential for tackling tasks and as a hideaway for pens, laptops, and important papers.
Sideboards can be amazing for home offices too for their ample storage. The Linear Sideboard 1.2m is a compact and gorgeous piece that suits many interior styles.
Got a collection you’d like to display? Bookshelves are a great way to showcase your special pieces that make a great background too. Be it books, plates or personal photos, they’re stylish and functional.
Create a sense of lightness with wall shelves in your home office. The Hold Wall Shelf and Light Wall Shelf are great examples of quality solid wood shelving that look great with homewares on display.
Home Office Decorating Ideas
Learn how to decorate and style your office at home with colour
While home offices are practical spaces, injecting style and personality definitely keeps one motivated and inspired to go through tasks. Here are home office decorating tips when using colour!
Studies have shown that certain colours can affect the workplace. It’s proven that colour has an impact on work outcomes such as performance, productivity and creativity.
A favourite for productivity, Blue’s variety of shades can be vibrant or soothing and can have a calming influence on a hectic environment. Complement this shade with warm tones for a great mix of colours.
This vibrant hue is often associated with nature and plants, growth and renewal. For the home office, green can invite inspiration and innovation. Lighter shades or pastels of green can also have the same calming effect as blue. Green also has the added benefit of being easy on fatigued eyes.
Studies show that this vibrant hue can increase blood flow, boost heart rate, and add more brain wave activity. Perfect for work sprints!
Mostly associated with happiness and cheerfulness, the colour yellow is great for creativity, optimism and productivity.
If red is not up to your alley for a bright colour for your home office, a pink hue has energizing effects too. Use it as an accent or as a focal point in your workspace. While these colours suggest a boost in your productivity and an overall pleasant home office environment, take into consideration the colours you respond to and make you more determined to work.
Tips on Good Plants for Your Office Desk
One of the best accessories for your home office, plants are a natural de-stressor and look pretty too! The Green Building Council of Australia says that plans contribute to cleaner air, which means clearer thoughts and more productivity.
Here are some great indoor plants to add to your home office:
- Monstera Deliciosa - prefers a warm climate away from direct sunlight and they benefit from regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth.
- Devil’s Ivy - also goes by golden pothos or pothos, it’s a fast-growing and forgiving vine, that’s extremely low maintenance. They can be situated in any position in the house and have gorgeous leaves.
- Snake plant - requires little maintenance, give them water now and then and they thrive even in low sunlight.
- Rubber plant - A very trendy plant nowadays, it likes bright, indirect light with weekly watering in warmer seasons and colder seasons it can survive on monthly watering.
Home Office Decor If You’re On a Budget
Creating your dream home office can be done even if you’re on a budget. Here are some office decorating ideas for home to DIY:
- Frame photographs and hang them to create gallery walls.
- Create a vision board out of words or old magazines.
- Add a stunning lamp for better lighting and ambience.
- DIY some home decor like pegboards or use dried flowers from old bouquets for your walls.
- Get designer office furniture that can have many uses like your dining chair or dining table as a desk.
Themed Office Designs
Home offices can definitely match the rest of your home or you can also opt to go a different path than the rest of your interiors.
Modern Home Office
Showcasing sleek lines and use of metals, stone or glass, a modern home office. The Liah Office Chair in Black can be a great addition to a modern home office setup.
Minimalist Home Office
An all-white setup is ideal to create a minimalist and Scandi feel. Opt for storage pieces or desks with drawers for a tidy space.
Industrial Office Design
Create a space that’s modern yet has an organic feel with industrial-inspired elements. Darker wood tones like the Ryan office desk can be added for an industrial look.
Rustic Home Office Ideas
Create a cosy vibe and a rustic looking home office with plush rugs, solid wood desks and additional elements like rattan or wicker.
How can I make my home office look nice?
At RJ Living, create a home office layout you’ll be proud of. Being in a space to always be stimulated and inspired to accomplish your goals and tasks is possible - with the right designer office furniture as key pieces and homewares to add as accents, create a home office that will change how you work.