Top trends for your 2021 home office: don’t just improve productivity and well-being, look good doing it
As the new year continues to throw curveballs our way, one thing that seems to be a constant is the number of people still working from home. Whether you’re self-employed or displaced from the office, we’re getting into the grove of longer-term work-from-home restrictions, our new “co-workers” (cue the family dog on your Zoom calls), and our new work stations.
Whether you fall into the “resigned” camp or you enjoy the flexibility of remote work, for the foreseeable future, our homes will continue to double as our office. Many of us are looking for ways to build a dedicated office space that inspires productivity and minimizes distractions. A space that is also appealing enough that we want to go and sit down every day.
If you had a home office prior to COVID, it was likely crammed in an empty corner of the spare bedroom, in the basement with little natural light or at the dining room table. Those with dedicated home offices were often entrepreneurs, who never had a corporate office or executives with larger homes and bigger budgets. But even these offices typically lacked the essentials for a long-term or permanent solution.
So how do we build an office space that feels like home but functions like work?
We spoke with local Calgary designer Rachel Borrelli of Diversa Designs to hear more about today’s home office trends. She gave us some ideas for creating the perfect functional and productive home office space. Whether it is redesigning your current home office or transitioning a new space, here are a few things to consider:
Choose a space with natural light
It’s no secret there are many benefits to natural light in office spaces. Studies have shown that when we’re exposed to plenty of sunlight and outdoor views, we’re calmer, healthier and more satisfied at work. Creating your home office in a room with plenty of natural light will provide you with all the same benefits you’d experience in the corporate office.