In Case You Missed It: Home Office, Balancing Comfort, Function, and Style

In Case You Missed It: Home Office, Balancing Comfort, Function, and Style

Anthony Nguyen
Mar 30, 2009

Last week, we shared our 5 tips to a perfect home office, but when it comes to fully incorporating functionality with good design, nobody does it better than the talented staff at our AT city sites. So, in case you missed it, here are a few ideas to help get that home office of yours perfected by the month's end.

Here are a few factors you might want to consider when creating your own workspace at home:

  • Color. In a traditional workplace there isn't much choice as far as color goes. But at home, you can think about what kinds of colors will inspire you to get work done. Do bright shades energize you, or do they stress you out? Do you prefer a serene all-white environment, or will an excess of white give you headaches?
  • Artwork. Hanging art in an office is difficult; you want pieces that won't be distracting, but will still inspire your own creativity. Try hanging groups of matching frames for an organized, disciplined feel. Or go with a single strong statement piece to emphasize your confidence and boldness.
  • The office chair. No matter what, a desk chair obviously has to be comfortable, but that doesn't mean you've got to sacrifice style. These days there are many good quality knockoffs of Eames-era office chairs available... craigslist is also a great source for the real thing!
  • Accent furniture. We like to have an extra comfy chair in our office; with a laptop, it's sometimes nice (and easier on the butt) to move from one seat to another in the middle of a work session. But loading up an office with comfortable furniture encourages other distractions (like napping); and if you work at home, you know that there are already plenty of these to go around. If you know you're prone to distraction, keep the accent furniture to a minimum.

It's a different take on the concept of good design, especially since we're more geared towards cord control, workplace ergonomics, and Firefox speed boosting here at Unplggd, but feel free to pitch in your own ideas below on how you would improve the "chi" of your home office.

Originally posted by Susie at AT:SF.

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