Transforming a quiet corner of your house into an office is the best way to stay productive even in your own personal space. Home offices don’t have to echo the noise of the corporate world. A well-designed personal workstation can follow the efficient layout of professional offices, but it can also suit your own style of working to keep stress at bay. Balsam Hill gives you five decorating tips for a stylish yet stress-free home office:

Tip #1: Streamline Your Station

You can have office items within reach while keeping your space clutter-free. The first step towards a more productive environment is to plan the layout of the room, beginning with where you place your desk and how you arrange the items around it. As the focal point of your office, your desk should blend form with functionality. Do away with office tables that simply take up too much room but offer very little storage. Instead, have one custom-made to fit a corner to allow you to move around and maximize every inch of your office space. Arrange shelves, cabinets, and drawers according to your routine. File away folders for time-sensitive tasks in easily accessible drawers beside you. Books and other references can be placed on shelves.

Contemporary Home Office customized storage
Contemporary Home Office by New Rochelle Closet & Home Storage Designers

Tip #2: Feel at Home in a Cozy Office Chair

Don’t settle for drab swivel chairs. They not only give off an impersonal vibe with the monochromatic color scheme of gray-on-gray associated with the corporate world, but they can also induce back pain. The best part about having your own office is getting to choose a comfortable chair that also exudes character. Go for one that is ergonomic and visually appealing. A bright yellow office chair can keep the brain stimulated after a tiring day, while supporting your posture with its soft, velvety cushions. The piece also provides a magnificent pop of color against muted walls.

Contemporary Home Office neutral color palette
Contemporary Home Office by Huntington Beach Interior Designers & Decorators

Tip #3: Keep Ideas Flowing with a Vision Board

Contemporary Home Office with a vision board
Contemporary Home Office by Amsterdam Media and Bloggers Iris

Instead of staring at a blank wall, make brainstorming sessions in your home office all the more dynamic with a vision board. Pin magazine clippings, notes, photos, sketches, and even mementos on a cork board covered in dainty fabric or wallpaper, or accented by a lovely white-washed frame to let these quirky articles stand out.

How do vision boards work? These tangible ideas represent your desires. Having a vision board behind your desk allows you to step back, look at your ideas from different angles, and make them better.

As an alternative, you can also use a chalkboard as a larger-than-life memo pad. The matte surface works well as an accent wall, too.

Eclectic Home Office
Eclectic Home Office by Vancouver Interior Designers & Decorators The Cross Design

Tip #4: Spark Inspiration with Natural Light

If you’re looking for mental stimulation from your surroundings, place your office desk by a large window and welcome in the sunlight. Studies reveal that natural light from morning to afternoon helps the brain stay active and focused because your brain follows your natural circadian rhythm. This setup is ideal for people who are immersed in their artwork or writing.

Keep your furnishings to a minimum if you have chosen to work in a sunny spot. A minimalist work environment simply requires the sunshine as a signal for your brain to be more attentive.

Contemporary Home Office windows let natural lighting in
Contemporary Home Office by Other Metro Furniture and Accessories

Tip #5: Enjoy the Peace and Quiet of a Sound-Proof Home Office

sound proof home office
Modern Other by Richmond Architects & Designers Acoustical Solutions, Inc.

Home offices give you the benefit of working in a quieter environment. Ambient or background noise from crowded or open-plan offices can increase stress and aggravate stress-related conditions, such as high blood pressure, peptic ulcers, and a weak immune system. Noise pollution also affects your memory, focus, and ability to communicate.

If noise proves to be a challenge even in your home office, you can try a number of noise-reduction methods. You can simply place a large rug in the middle of your office, or hang murals to absorb ambient sounds. You can also install acoustic panels in a range of colors to suit your design aesthetic.

A home office allows you to relax while generating ideas and finishing tasks. Enjoy being productive in your own personal space with Balsam Hill’s decorating tips for a stylish and stress-free home office.

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