Thursday, January 19, 2017

Top Tips To Work From Home

Does it get any better than having a 20 step commute to work? Actually, some people flourish working in an office at home while others find it frustrating.  However, the trend is that each year hundred of workers move from a traditional workplace to working from their home.

Creating a home workplace is a unique decorating challenge. You want your office space to look effortlessly beautiful, but how do you accommodate less than beautiful computers and printers? If you do not have a dedicated room for your home office, it can be integrated into other rooms such as infrequently used dining rooms or spare bedrooms.  Where space is tight or awkwardly shaped, like space under the stairs or a kitchen corner, the best option may be built-in furniture. To start you should decide on the function of the space. A room that is primarily a workspace is different from one that is used only for short periods at a time.

The ergonomics of your design are important. You need to find a position for yourself that doesn't involve you stretching at awkward angles for what you need. Think about what you will be able to reach from a sitting position and what will require you to get up from your seat. Finding the right adjustable chair is essential.

Work table or desk placement will be influenced by the natural light as your screen will need to be positioned away from the window to prevent glare. Think about powering your workstation. Do you have enough plug sockets? Plan to manage your cable for safety. Do you have enough or too much light? Don't forget about task lighting. Will you need an extra phone line?

Color will also have an impact on the success of your space. Fresh or muted shades of yellow, blue, green, beiges and creams are easy on the eye and can be uplifting and conducive to work. Bold, inky colors tend to be more oppressive and less inspirational.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating the ideal space. Your choice will depend on how you plan to use the area, how much room is available and what your budget is.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2017 Color of the Year

Greenery was named by Pantone as 2017 color of the year.

It's described as a fresh, yellow-green shade that is reminiscent of the first few weeks of  spring seen in nature's trees, plants and leaves.

This annual tradition in design and home fashion presents a new trend for the interior design fan.  Do you like the color?  Do you want to bring this new tone into your home? More importantly, does the new trend color even look good with your home d├ęcor? 

If you like the color and want to bring it's zest into your home, I think bits of it can add a lot.  And you don't have to break the budget or replace what you already have.

Think of adding the new color in accessories like throw pillows, an area rug, a vase, candles, a sofa throw, table runner or table cloth and napkins, poster art, bed spread, bathroom towels with shower curtain.  I'm sure you can find many ways to bring Greenery color into your home.