With the current health crisis transforming work life as we know it, your home office is probably getting a bit more attention than it’s used to. Social distancing and self-isolation measures have forced many businesses to move their operations online, and chances are that your 9-5 now takes place entirely within the confines of your house or apartment.
While no longer having to contend with a tedious commute is a definite bonus, working from home is not all sunshine and rainbows. Maintaining a semblance of professionalism when there’s no convincing reason to get out of your pyjamas isn’t easy.
How can you continue to be productive and enjoy a stress-free working day while working at home? How can you create an environment that is conducive to both efficiency and inspiration?
It is commonly accepted that our environment has a huge impact on our mindset. Aesthetics affect both our emotions and our decision-making abilities. Trying to get through work in a cramped study with little natural light, in between boxes full of clutter, is hardly going to permit top performance.
So what interior design choices can increase productivity when working remotely? How can you transform your home office into a space that encourages creativity, imagination, and satisfaction?
Here are our top tips for curating a study that will make you want knuckle down and achieve your goals.
Choose a Desk that’s Tailor Made
The desk is the focal point of the room and your chance to make a statement, setting the tone for the rest of the space. What atmosphere are you trying to create? Cosy and traditional? Or cool and contemporary?
DAVIDSON’s Wellington Desk is the epitome of airy sophistication. Its clean lined silhouette is ideal for encouraging a focused and calm mind. Ample storage allows the desk to meet all functional criteria while the high-gloss sycamore finish is hand-tinted to an impeccably smart tone of grey.
But if you’re going to get any serious work done, you need to be sitting at a desk that fulfils your needs. And no one employee is the same. We all have our own individual preferences and working styles.
Perhaps you’re an architect, for example, and need optimum surface space to spread out your drawings. Or perhaps you’re a natural minimalist, after a desk that is sleek, streamlined, and understated.
At DAVIDSON, we understand that minds function differently. To maximise your efficiency in your home office, you need a desk that is customisable to your specific requirements. We can work with you to help you assemble a workstation that meets the demands of comfort, efficiency, and, of course, design appeal.
Maybe you can’t bear to have any distractions in view? In that case, we can optimise the storage space with built-in filing drawers, flock-lined compartments for stationary, a built-in ventilated cupboard for concealing computer towers, plus cable management to keep untidy wires under control.
Or maybe you want it to fit snugly inside an alcove to make the most of a small space? Or below a window so you can enjoy a view as you work?
Our fitted furniture allows you to adapt designs to your unique interior. Unsure about what would suit your particular space? Our expert team have a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide you smoothly through the process for a stress-free experience from start to finish, including a seamless installation at the end of the project.
Keep all Untidy Wiring out of Sight
Today, almost no office is free of computers. And where you find electronic devices, you inevitably find cables. Even if you prefer to go old-school with just a paper and pen, you’re going to have a table lamp or two.
And the fact is, wiring is unattractive. No one ever looked at a mass of cables and felt aesthetically fulfilled.
A tidy desk encourages a tidy mind. Even if the rest of your tabletop is uncluttered, the effect of a streamlined work space can be ruined by a tangle of wires.
DAVIDSON’s range of writing desks can be designed with cable management solutions so you can keep that unsightly wiring out of sight, out of mind, and out of the way.
If the table is free-standing in the centre of the room, it can be created with two grommet holes with the wires fed down the pedestal leg and behind the drawers, exiting at the bottom through a small hole where they can plug into a floor socket, as demonstrated in the image below of the Eclipse Desk.
If you plan for your desk to go against a wall, the same method can be applied or you may decide you want to have a modesty panel to conceal any wires running down the back of the desk.
The Eclipse Desk finished in high gloss eucalyptus with polished nickel detailing, a leather writing top and cable management
An Efficient Working Study Needs Sufficient Storage
On the same note, you want to hide away any office clutter so that there is nothing in your line of sight when you are concentrating on a sensitive email, or joining a Zoom meeting with important clients.
Research has proven that a tidy work area encourages clarity of mind. Scientists at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute have shown that our brains respond especially well to order, while disorganisation drains our cognitive resources and ability to focus.
Designate each object in your office its own particular home. At the end of the workday, return it to this place. This way you can stay organised and when you need something in a hurry, you’ll know exactly where to look.
This is easier to do if you have plenty of storage options. Our desks offer a number of storage solutions that are just as stylish as they are functional. For example, our chest of drawers, which can be customised according to your particular needs and finished to match the desk.
The ultimate luxury office space fully tailored with a writing desk and fitted shelving, storage and panelling for a seamless aesthetic
Davidson's Fitted Design Service offers the option of a fully fitted home office, as seen above, offering fitted shelving, cupboards and panelling for the ultimate in luxury office design. Our bespoke design service offers a premium package for those looking for a totally unique study space, envisioned so as to create optimum conditions for work and aesthetics.
A Comfortable Desk Needs a Comfortable Chair
A comfortable chair that makes sitting still pleasant is a real investment. After all, you’re going to be spending a significant portion of each day seated. Let’s be honest; none of us need another excuse to settle down on the sofa.
The right chair will solve a multitude of struggles. It will reduce discomfort, promote focus and concentration, and also allow you convey your own exceptional design taste in the process.
Because chairs don’t have to be purely functional. You can find a comfortable seat that also adds elegance and sophistication to your study.
The Carlisle Desk with bespoke chair
DAVIDSON’s Elliott Chair, for example, is a highly original and eye-catching piece that will immediately elevate your study in the style stakes. Hard to imagine a more bold and daring place to sit back confidently while dialing into a conference call. The curvaceous backrest also ensures it meets all comfort requirements and back support.
Fancy something more understated? Our handsome Charlton Chair offers a more traditional profile, conveying the prestige and dignity befitting of a room designated for work. Or the highly work-friendly Morton Chair, similarly pared-back, and with a generous seat that makes it ideal for use as an office chair.
Finally, we’re convinced that the Brunswick Chair could dazzle in many home offices with its shimmering fabric from Armani Casa and alluring wing-shaped backrest.
To complete the look, you might consider adding an ottoman or a footstool, such as those featured by Lux Deco. We have our eye on the Greta Ottoman and the Colmar Stool in particular - both a delectable shade of green, which also happens to be one of interior design’s top colours for 2020.
Lux Deco also features a curated collection of DAVIDSON furniture, which can be browsed here.
Make Your Office Your Own
At the end of the day, your office should say something about who you are. It should reflect your unique personality and, most importantly, give you pleasure to be in.
This means not solely investing in functional furnishings. Allow yourself some more whimsical additions too; those decorative non-essentials that catch your eye.
The Wellington Desk finished in high gloss black lacquer with handles in brushed brass with accessories by Lux Deco
Statement or playful artwork is a good place to start, conveying something about your own taste as well as encouraging an imaginative mindset as you get down to work.
Good lighting is not only vital to prevent eye strain but also a great opportunity to express your design preferences. Our favourite lamps are by Ed Butcher, as styled on our Bracondale Desk. Or you might want to keep desk space to a maximum, opting instead for an Ed Butcher floor lamp, for the ultimate desk lighting aesthetic.
The Bracondale Desk styled with Ed Butcher Lamp and accessories by Lux Deco
A mirror is another clever way to optimise natural light in a room and make it feel bigger and more inviting. DAVIDSON’s Barclay Mirror, with its sophisticated hexagonal geometry, is a great option. Or for something a little more dramatic, there’s the Talisman, with its intriguing convex shape and ethereal glamour.
The psychological benefits of adding plants to your home office are often cited - and with good reason. Humans have an innate affinity for nature and bringing plants into our indoor spaces has a positive impact on both mental and physical well-being. Adding succulents or an orchid to your desk could be a good place to start.
A desk clock is another useful feature, or an artisan dish to hold knick-knacks. What about this hand-crafted tray by Bonadea, with its striking leopard painting?
Finally, pick out a selection of your favourite books to stack on your desk, so you can flick through them when in need of creative breakthroughs.
If you’re considering refreshing or creating a luxurious and stylish home office space and would like expert advice on choosing the right pieces for the room, or to discuss what our fitted design service may offer, contact DAVIDSON London by contacting [email protected] or calling +44(0) 207 751 5537. Our team are working extremely hard in external environments and we are fully open to business with a fully operating workshop.