Innovations in technology have reinforced a culture where it’s possible to work anywhere, making working from home more flexible than ever.
As a result, interior designers and decorators working with the best builders in Sydney report that the home office is often high on the list of priorities for clients and as a result, that they are increasingly on the hunt for new ideas and evaluating what works.
With the home office now considered an essential for all new houses, we have compiled a few main elements that can help create the perfect home working environment.
The chair and desk
These two basic items pretty much spell out “this is an office”. Despite all the innovations in furnishings, no modern replacement for these two traditional staples has been found. The key here is comfort and function with a good dose of style. You may want to choose an ergonomically beneficial chair for long stints at the desk, but it’s also worth remembering that you can also use something less obviously ‘office’. Office chairs don’t need to look like they came straight out of your everyday office; many homes are now opting for stylish upholstered arm chairs that fit in with the rest of the lounge room. Award winning homes aim to make the office chair (and desk) the centre of the room which can be tied in with a other elements matching the pop of colour. The chair below fits in with the blue colour scheme, yet the minor contrast captures attention. Desks range from traditional cedar with leather, earthy un-finished timber, to marble topped, to vintage industrial. The key to the right desk is that it should be sturdy and generous.
‘Focus’ can be very difficult to preserve in the late hours of the night or the early hours of the morning, but for some this is the only time to get work done. The addition of lamps in the home office has great functional benefits while also warming up the office space. Whether the lighting the home office uses is quality LED down lights above the work area, feature lamps in the background or industrial angle poise lamps for a more masculine vibe, good lighting is key to effective study and work. Studies have also shown that poor lighting may lead to unproductivity and fatigue.
Natural lighting is increasingly sought after in all areas of the luxury home, and the home office is no exception. Home builders in Sydney stress the importance of an open, lively space that makes the most of natural lighting by incorporating an array of windows or creating a conservatory effect with panelled glazing the whole way around. This is especially pleasant for the lucky ones who have an amazing view surrounding their house.
Of course all Sydney home builders need an interesting spot to store their entire book range whether it is for work, textbooks or all of your favourite reads. Bespoke bookshelves are increasing in popularity. Building companies in Sydney are using the common household ladder to create unique, sturdy bookcases. When builders create bespoke book shelves they can use a variety of shapes, sizes and storage options. Another great idea is to create a bookshelf that doubles as a chair and shelf– perfect for breaks and me time.