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How to Setup Your Designer Home Office

30 January 2017

Want to learn how to create the perfect home office?

More often than not, it’s all in the easy details. From your desk type and lighting fixtures, to plants, rugs, artwork, storage and technology – the way you can setup your home office is only restricted by your imagination.

Whether you are multi-purposing your kids’ room into a serious place of productivity, or sprucing up a neglected study into a modern home office to envy, we’ve got some brilliant home office design ideas to share with you that will kick-start your interior design mojo, and no, they won’t cost you a fortune.

Here are inspiring ways to setup your home office, with ideas taken straight out of our very own display homes.

1 - Embrace natural light

Good lighting is essential and ideally, you want as much natural daylight as possible to fill your home office. Positioning your home office near windows creates an open, modern and airy space that makes it an attractive space to work in. This makes for not only an energy-saving space, but also is good for your overall health and wellbeing, helping to minimise eyestrain and see better.

This clean, modern home office near the front entry takes full advantage of natural light, creating an open, welcoming space to work in. As seen in the  Amherst Display Home in Banjup by Plunkett Homes.

2 - Minimalist & purpose

Sometimes, less is more. The old rule, “a place for everything and everything in its place” was coined to relieve stress and to think more about function and purpose of why things are where they are.

The minimalist style is all about the sleek, stylish and clean look with well defined-lines that only feature the essentials that are required to be there.

Ask yourself this, if it doesn’t serve a purpose in your home office, then is it clutter? Whether you’re effected by clutter or not, working in a clean home office without distraction and mess will improve your focus and productivity.

Don’t like clutter? Opt for a minimalist home office focused on purpose and function, where everything in the space has a reason for being there. As seen in the The Modena Display Home in Woodvale by Plunkett Homes.

3 - Accent walls & textures

An accent wall is the perfect way to break up a large room, emphasise a great architectural feature or transform an ordinary home office into something extraordinary.

An accent wall doesn’t need to be just one colour all over, you could have an accent wall that features the world map, or another large-scale poster of your choice, an accent wall with stripes, or an accent wall with New York industrial style exposed bricks.

While you’re at it, experiment with texture too – be it velvet wallpaper that you can feel under your fingertips, or adding a vintage wooden table for that warm and rustic vibe.

Create a warm and modern home office with the adding of an accent wall and textured elements, like a rustic wooden table with plush chairs. As seen in the The Southampton Display Home in Woodvale by Plunkett Homes.

4 - Create a multi-purpose workspace

For those who enjoy entertaining, or have young children, multi-purposing your activity or games-room into a home office is a smart way to utilise a space to its fullest potential.

Multipurpose spaces are very practical and functional in any home, and sometimes, all it takes is a curtain, divider screen and strategic chair and table placement to create the illusion of a little workspace in the room.

No spare room for a home office? No problem. Carve out a workspace by multi-purposing a room.  As seen in Shiraz Display Home in Millbridge by Plunkett Homes.

5 - Fun print & mix-matching

Who said the home office needs to be boring? Inject some personality into your workspace with fun prints, colourful accents and if you dare, mismatched furniture. Simple ideas like investing in floral chairs, a bright coloured rug, chevron printed cushions, a ‘loud’ painting, or reverting back to the wall accent trick will spruce up the space nicely.

When done right, a bright and playful home office can inspire creativity.

Your home office need not be void of fun. Spruce it up with pops of colour and fun prints for an enjoyable space to work in, that likely will boost your productivity even more. As seen in the Oakbella Display Home in Harrisdale by Plunkett Homes.

6. Edgy Storage

Dare to be different in your home office with unusual storage - like ladders, not-your-ordinary-bookshelves, vintage chests, crates and metal basket wall shelves.

Thinking vertical will help you with space limitations, and with incorporating the minimalist philosophy, gives you more room to showcase the antiques, travel keepsakes and favourite photographic memories that mean the most to you on display.

Showcase antiques, travel keepsakes and your favourite memories in your home office, displaying them in an edgy and cool way. As seen in the  Rushmore Display Home in Wellard by Plunkett Homes.

7. Pops of blue

It is universally said that colour can influence our moods, and when it comes to interior design, that couldn’t be truer.  With so many colours on the spectrum to choose from, you may be left wondering which hue has the most benefits, especially when it comes to your home office.

The colour blue is perhaps the most favourite of interior designers around the world to experiment with, and with so many shades that range from nautical to modern, it’s considered one of the most versatile and playful colours to decorate with.

It’s considered blue produces a calming effect for the mind and body, and will remove any pretension from formal living areas like the home office. So why not have pops of blue in your home office? Turn your home office into a space that needn’t add to your stress but rather, inspires calmness, depth and focus.

Create a calming home office to work in with pops of blue, a colour associated with depth and stability, and is considered beneficial to the mind and body. As seen in the Empire Display Home in Dayton by Plunkett Homes.

Speak to our design team about the home office for the digital age.

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