Many of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future – and some permanently. You might be sunk on a sofa with your laptop perched on your knees, using a desk in the corner of your living room or you might be lucky enough to have a bells-and-whistles home office. Whatever your homeworking situation, it’s important to create a workspace that enhances your motivation and productivity.
We sat down with Lydia Graham from Artspace, Central Square’s interior designers and trend experts, for her tips on creating the perfect Zen space when working at home.
First and foremost, is lighting Lydia says: “The first thing to do is consider where natural light comes into your home. In the new showhome at Central Square, we positioned the desk near the full height windows in the master bedroom – lighting impacts your eyesight and ultimately, how well you can concentrate.”
The colour on your walls can affect your mood too, with certain colours creating a soothing, calm space. Lydia explains: “In the showhome, we offset the tranquil green feature wall with a soft grey colour behind the desk area to create a calming botanical feel. However, you can go as bold as you want to! Colour is a great way to influence your mood when it comes to creating a workspace, for example blush is very warm and inviting or a navy reflects creativity.”
She continues: “You can also use colour to zone off areas if you have open-plan living space. You could use bands of block colour on the walls to zone off space rather than using furniture. This will make it look like there is a divide, without using up space.”
Lydia also says you should be creative when it comes to making more room. “If you don’t have the space for a desk or want something more compact, try a floating shelf with a bar stool that can be tucked under. This works well if you want to keep your working space in the living or kitchen areas.”
“When you’re working at home, you won’t achieve the same level of mobility – and this can have a negative impact on your health. Using a floating shelf also gives you the opportunity to either stand or sit, allowing you to move around and increase your blood flow.”
Last but not least, add some greenery! “Adding plants to your workspace encourages oxygen production and subconsciously connects us to nature. In addition, they can act as an alternative divider if you don’t want to dust off the overalls and get the paintbrush out! You’ll find that it can make a big difference to the overall feel of your room – and that it makes a more enjoyable place to be.”
If you’d like to register your interest in the new homes at Central Square, or make an appointment to visit the showhome, contact JLL on 020 7087 5111.