How to create a sanity-saving office space…

Has the coronavirus got you suddenly working from home? Home offices around the world are suddenly getting a workout amid the COVID-19 crisis.

If you previously haven’t put in much thought to the functionality of the space you’re probably now kicking yourself and wondering how you can make it a better place to work.

Never fear, we’ve got 8 tips to get you started:

1. Keep papers of sight, out of mind

Utilise drawer space and employ a chic noticeboard to prevent reminders from littering your desk space.

Invest in simple desk and drawer organisers for documents to be stored safely and securely. Use boxes and trays in a uniform hue to conceal other items and tie the look together.

home office shelves

Keep that desk as clear as possible in order to maximise productivity and minimise distractions. Picture: Getty


2. Be minimalistic

Do you really need hundreds of pens, highlighters or pencils? Store away unnecessary items and use one at a time until they need to be replaced.

Keep everyday items on top of the desk and pack away everything else. Don’t let a rogue paperclip distract you from that important task.

3. Create a study nook

Do you have a tucked-away corner in your living room?

Transform this into a study nook by adding a simple desk, and incorporate complementary items such as a clock, plant, framed pictures or a sculptural piece.

How to style a nook:

 4.. Pare back the colour palette

Having lots of colours creates visual clutter, whereas sticking to one or two accent colours to maintain consistency and create a zen look in your workspace.

When shopping for stationery and desk accessories, try opting for white, black and neutral tones or else you could stick to a few pastel shades if you prefer some colour.

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Black accents keep your look consistent. Picture: Getty


5. Accent your style

Create a chic look by adding metallic hues such as rose gold, copper or brass in small details such as paperclips, pens and desk accessories.

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A splash of metallic gold and some greenery instantly lift this study space. Picture: Three Birds Renovations


6. Vertical storage

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Lacking space in your office area? Vertical shelving increases the space in the room quickly and stylishly, while also making things easy to find.

It’s also a great way to keep your desk space clear and usable as well as keeping personal and inspirational items on display.

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Install shelving to increase desk space. Picture: Getty


7. Add some plants

Soften the mood and create a down-to-earth feel by decorating with leafy green plants, succulents and simple florals.

Additionally, these emit oxygen, fight negative energy and add a beautiful natural feel to your office.

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Beautify your workspace with indoor plants. Picture: Getty


8. Keep it consistent

Decorate your home office within the theme of your existing decor. Don’t recreate a new look for a small space.

Boho, coastal or modern eclectic styles enable great opportunities to embrace colour and patterns in your workspace through accessories and upholstery.

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Align your workspace design with the rest of your home. Picture: Getty


With a little discipline and a few touches of creativity, you can reinvent your office space and make it an interior design showpiece that exhibits your creativity and flair.

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