Let’s face it—office design is not always the easiest thing to understand. There’s a reason that many successful interior designers have years of experience under their belt, and even more reasons why people who excel at office design usually specialize in the area. Office design is a particularly tricky type of interior design, because it’s not just about how the room looks: it’s about how the room functions as well. For many people, the design of a home office can be trickier than a business office, merely because a home office provides more opportunities for decorating and design… as well as design mistakes.
The following are the mistakes that just about everyone makes with their home office design—and how you can avoid them!
Mistake: Forgetting that the walls and flooring are important parts of interior design
Most people who design their own home office forget that it’s not just about furniture or knick-knacks on bookshelves: the walls and flooring can play a huge role in the aesthetic appeal and even ‘personality’ of an office design.
For example: An office with plain, grey walls is generally going to look rather impersonal, cold and even uninviting. But turn those grey walls into warm red walls with bronze décor accents, and you suddenly have the makings of an elegant, inviting home office.
The flooring in a home office should not be neglected, either. Plain or ugly carpet can make a room look drab or even dirty. If you are unable to replace the entire carpeting or flooring, consider bringing in room rugs to give your home office a different and better look. You can even compliment the floor with multiple rugs!
Mistake: Letting wires and cables run loose
A home office should be considered a professional—though still personal—space. Unfortunately, many people forget the most common rule of office design: never let wires and cables hang out. Not only does this increase the risk of the cables becoming tangled, it looks unprofessional and sloppy. There are many ways you can hide your wires in office design, including cable covers and boxes.
Mistake: Foregoing storage for style
Storage is important in any type of office design, but especially a home office. The key to a good home office is an insular environment that simulates that of a real business office. This not only inspires professionalism, but can increase your work productivity because you won’t feel tempted to “slack of” at home.
In terms of home office design and storage, you will want to be able to store everything (or just about everything) related to your work in your home office. This means planning and providing for enough storage in your office design to store your client paperwork or personal files and other work related items.
It doesn’t mean that you can’t store work related items in other rooms, of course: but you should strive to make your home office as professional and secure as possible.