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Home Office Design Guide

For those who work from home in any capacity, a home office or study is one of the most important rooms in the house.

It’s vital to create an atmosphere that is conducive to work or you could end up becoming distracted and unable to complete your work to the best of your abilities.

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What artwork should you choose for a home office or study?

Having artwork or imagery in your home office or study is a fantastic idea, but it’s important that you choose wisely or it could have the wrong kind of impact and negatively affect your workflow.

Creating a productive home office

The overwhelming effect you want to produce through imagery in your home office or study is that of productivity. Naturally, you want the decor of the room to inspire you to work harder and more efficiently so you produce the best result, and artwork can have a big effect on that.

Dr Christine Buske, PhD, is a behavioural neuroscientist and she explained why this is so important: “Productivity is directly tied to your office environment. The right environment can give you a serious productivity boost, and visuals are critical. Choosing the right imagery and colour affects your mood and impacts your productivity, so choosing wisely promotes your performance.”

Dr Buske also explained how it’s essential that you find something that works for you and that everyone is different: “Your home office colour choice should be one you love, has a calming effect and you feel good around. The key is that you as the individual feel well and inspired, and nobody knows this better than you do yourself. “Likewise, avoid anything that is distracting, stressful, or makes you uncomfortable. A distracted mind is not a productive mind.”

The images and colours you choose may well also depend on the type of work that you do, so this is something else to bear in mind. We also spoke with interiors journalist Hayley Gilbert who offered this advice: “In a home office you want to be inspired so think about using something visually interesting. If you love travel, hang a montage of your dream destinations; if you finish your working day by walking the dog, choose a natural landscape. Anything that makes you excited and productive will make your working day feel more pleasurable.”

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How big is your study?

The size of your study will have an impact on the images you choose. If you only have a small home office then you need to decide whether having a large image is going to be too
distracting, and likewise, will a small image in a big room have the effect you desire?

What colours to choose for your home office

Choosing the right colours and images in your home office can have a real effect on your mindset, and therefore your productivity, when working from home. You don’t want to
choose anything that’s going to be too distracting to you, so anything too bold or busy might not be the wisest choice. Blues are said to be good for productivity, while reds are apparently distracting. However, it all depends on what works for you, so it’s worth experimenting to find the right balance.

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