Whether having to do additional work from home or working from home, it never seems fun to do any work at home. At the same time, we have to get it done.
Here are some ideas to revamp your current work spaces!
Some may want to follow a minimalist style. When we want to concentrate solely on a single thing at a time, we would often want our spaces to be free from clutter – which can easily be done with having a clean table top, with simple but functional desk organisers.
One way to make our table tops look neat is to have organisers and putting things in the same place. Lifestyle shops like Muji offers a wide range of acrylic or wooden desk organisers and stationery holders that helps create a clean and clear table.
On top of that, white tables are also a way to go with minimalist theme home offices. IKEA offers customisable tables for you to match your tables to your needs – depending on the size of the table tops, table legs and even whether you want drawers or not.
Looking at chairs, you can consider getting them from IKEA‘s office section or you can also consider dining chairs or even benches for your office space – who said we can only use roller chairs for our workspaces? Other than IKEA, the Furniture Mall or IMM may also offer other alternatives (and at times, it may be cheaper when the furniture is on sale!).
While white is often the easiest way to go, it may not be the easiest to maintain. We can always look at pastel colours to adopt into our office spaces. This could include reds, yellows and blues – on the lighter and brighter side of the spectrum. This can help to make the room bright and by keeping the area neat, it will enhance the minimalist theme of the office.
One of the easiest way to follow the minimalist style is to keep as little things as possible in your work area, making it clear and neat.
A theme that has been gaining in popularity for many interior designing whether it is for homes, offices or even restaurants. Industrial chic often involves raw concrete or grey toned walls and floors, exposed wiring and even using old pipes as a way to decorate the place.
Since it has been done in homes and offices, why not try it for your own home offices?
Some ways that we can make it work is to use laminates for the floors to imitate concrete flooring. Alternatively, having grey tiles also makes it work (and it also cooling with Singapore’s hot and humid climate). We can also make use of grey paint on the wall or use wallpapers (brick-patterned or a single colour) to mimic the walls of many industrial places. Although it has been said that painting walls will make the place look fresher and lasts longer than having wallpapers pasted on the walls.
When we look at offices, we definitely need tables. While white tables are trendy right now, industrial chic often looks are darker coloured tables or they use of heavier materials like wood finishing for the tables. Another idea can be to use metal tables.
Despite industrial chic allowing one to be messy, messiness often messes with our heads making it harder to concentrate. As such, we can look at having proper storage areas – employing metal cabinets to hide away our messes can be a way. Proper storage areas should always be around for us to keep our areas neat and tidy.
Another way to emphasise on the theme, we can look at dangling lights with exposed wiring and a hanging bulb. It helps to illuminate the room but at the same time, helping the place look amazing.
If you are not up for the above suggestion, how about making your offices look chic. One way to do so can to follow a colour theme in the whole area. This could be like a nice white office area, a darker coloured area or even making use of solid colours.
On top of using colours, the furniture in these work areas are often designed with clean lines and curves. On top of that, there can be a statement piece in the office to decorate the room.
Some ways to do so can include putting a sofa in the office area to facilitate discussions going on in the office area (and at times, a good resting spot for a quick nap in the midst of work). A standing lamp can also help to highlight the uniqueness of the office space. This theme often works with furnitures that may look futuristic or to work with darker colours that helps with maintenance of the furniture.
If we are not up to keeping up with the times to make our office modern, we can always fall back on to the classic themes. This often involves sturdy looking furnitures such as a wooden study table, a large book case and a leather cushy chair behind the desk.
While these may look rather bulky and may not be ideal for the small rooms that we have here in Singapore, we can also change the layout of the room so as to accommodate this theme in our home offices.
So, these are the 4 of many ideas that we can adopt in our home offices. Hopefully these will inspire you to take a second look at your workspaces at home and give them a nice and fresh outlook!