Impossible to work from home? Organization is the key to an effective home office design. Regardless of whether you live in a two-storey house or an apartment, there are ways to organize your home office without skimping on the aesthetic appeal! Here are 10 things to keep in mind.
1- A filing cabinet to organize your files
To keep your workplace tidy and avoid littering the house with bills, a filing cabinet is essential. Choose one with wheels! As well as being easy to move around, the cabinet can be used as an occasional table when needed.
2- A desk lamp adjusted to your needs
If your office is not located in a well-lit room, invest in a desk lamp for use at the end of the day or on grey, overcast days. A swing arm desk lamp will allow you to adjust the light as needed.
3- A comfortable, stylish office chair
Take the time to shop around for a good office chair. For a healthy back, you will need an ergonomic chair. The Montréal-based company Bluecony offers a range of attractive, modern, comfortable office chairs.
4- A desk made in Québec
When choosing your desk, make sure it matches your decorative style. The Québec company De Gaspé designs beautiful solid wood desks with clean modern lines. You can even choose the type of wood grain finish and colour.
5- A pin board for ideas and inspiration
Whether for organizing ideas or for finding inspiration, a cork board is a practical accessory for pinning inspirational pictures or phrases. It’s also a great place to post your to-do list.
6- Attractive boxes for storage
Even in this technological age, it’s impossible to get rid of all your paperwork. So instead of choosing dull brown boxes, opt for something more colourful. Although more expensive, they are far more attractive and robust.
7- A plant or flowers for embellishment
Add a splash of green to your office with a plant or a bunch of flowers. Many green plants act as air purifiers. Think mother-in-law’s tongue, Italian lords-and-ladies and aloe vera.
8- A colour scheme to enhance productivity
A number of studies show that the colour of office walls influences productivity. Blue is a calming colour that fosters communication. Green stimulates innovation and harmony, while white represents newness and purity.
9- Advice on office ergonomics
To avoid backache, wrist pain and shoulder tension, seek information on work station ergonomics. It is recommended that your chair should be positioned so that your feet rest firmly on the floor, the mouse and keyboard should be on the same level and the screen should be positioned at eye-level.
10- Room choice
The ideal place for your office setting is in a closed room with a window, away from noise. Short on space? Section off part of your living area or bedroom with a space divider.
Julia Vallelunga is the editor and founder of À la mode Montréal, one of the most popular lifestyle blogs in Québec. Passionate about decorating and travelling, she loves unearthing discoveries from here and elsewhere. In addition to decorating, Julia is also interested in entrepreneurship. She enjoys encouraging Québec creators who make beautiful things. Her current inspirations: green plants, Scandinavian style and pretty cushions!