1. Sort out your sound system
It probably doesn’t come as a surprise that superior sound features highly on our home office wish list. We constantly listen to music as we work, whether it’s a playlist of chilled out beats for concentration or tuning into our favourite radio stations on the Ruark R2.
However, if you work with a desktop computer or laptop, a pair of stereo speakers is the best way to get the most out of your music throughout the day. Having won the prestigious What Hi-Fi? Award for Best Desktop Speakers six years in a row, our pick has to be the MR1 Speaker System.
Crafted for flawless sound, the MR1’s super high quality aptX Bluetooth receiver means you can stream music wirelessly without annoying cables snaking around your office. These quality stereo speakers look great on your desk too, thanks to their stylish grey fabric grilles and understated finishes, coming in a choice of Soft Grey lacquer and Rich Walnut veneer.
2. Harmonious colour choices
Bright colours might inspire creativity, but no-one wants to be saddled with a migraine by lunchtime. If you’re repainting your home office, opt for a light, neutral colour as a base that won’t give you a headache or put you straight to sleep.
From there, you can add finishing touches in accent colours that you love, from cosy throws to lay over your lap in colder months to artwork to adorn your walls. Vivid magenta is Pantone’s colour of the year and works well with neutral bases like khaki, sand, and grey, but if that’s too bold for your tastes, why not try calming blues and greens?
3. Furniture that fits
There’s nothing worse than a rickety old chair that leaves you with an aching back at the end of the day. So, opt for an ergonomic desk chair that will support you, and make sure it’s positioned so that you can plant your feet firmly on the floor and reach your keyboard easily.
To get the best setup for your needs, you may need to make a few adjustments. If you’re on the shorter side, a footstool underneath your desk will ensure you’re sat at the correct height to comfortably see your computer screen - or, if you find yourself hunching down to squint at your laptop, consider raising it up on a stand that puts the screen directly in your line of vision.
4. Act natural
Looking at blue-tinged screens all day long can disrupt your circadian rhythm, which makes it harder to stick to a healthy sleep schedule. If possible, ensure there’s a good source of natural light in your home office for maximum comfort. No windows? A high-quality desk lamp will do in a pinch. You can also install programs onto your computer or laptop that artificially mimic the way natural sunlight changes throughout the day, making your screen appear warmer as you move through the afternoon and into the evening.
In keeping with the natural theme, it’s always a good idea to place a few potted plants around your workspace. Not only do they make it look cheerier, but certain species such as golden pothos and peace lilies are excellent air purifiers.
5. Storage for days
A great home office maximises space by using clever storage systems that keep clutter at bay. If space is at a premium, opt for clever desk tidies to keep stationary neat or install shelves - the latter can also be used to display ornaments or photos, adding a touch of personality to your workspace.
Good storage is especially important if your office isn’t sectioned neatly away from the rest of your home. Being able to shut away your work things in a drawer at the end of the day helps to separate your professional life and your home life, creating a healthy balance that allows you to fully switch off when it’s time to relax.
Listen to our Work From Home Playlist for a collection of great music that’s not going to stop the work flow.