While many people have returned to the office, for some, working from home has become the new norm. To make the most of your home office environment, interior design expert and Luxaflex Window Fashions ambassador, Neale Whitaker, shares his top tips.

What needs to be considered when choosing an appropriate study or office area?

When it comes to setting up your own home office, ideally, you’ll want to choose a spacious room with plenty of natural light (and a good view, in my personal opinion). This is shown to increase concentration, decrease distractions and keep you focused for longer, however, do consider how you will manage this light.

Window coverings are important for not only style purposes, but also in effectively blocking those glares to computer screens, managing temperatures and keeping you comfortable.

You may need to factor in multiple desks or workspaces, so for those without the luxury of a spare room to completely re-do, pick an area that is flexible and away from the hub of the home.

What are some key styling tips to factor in?

The style of your property is very personal and, for most of us, we want to maintain some flow throughout the home. Whilst I love the eclectic look, simple and chic is the rule when it comes to creating a sophisticated office space. I find that less clutter also makes for less distraction.

A bright room with lots of light creates a pleasant working environment, and a neutral white backdrop makes for a good starting point. It’s easy to then bring a bit of fun into the office with some colourful accessories and key pieces.

Are there any mistakes people make when designing their home office?

I don’t know whether there are mistakes as such in designing a home office space, however, I know people often don’t consider how the space will make them feel.

It’s easy to open a catalogue and simply pick out a theme to replicate. But if your space doesn’t suit that theme, it can have an unproductive and unappealing effect. An area that isn’t inviting, is too cold or simply uncomfortable will leave you seeking elsewhere to sit, defeating the purpose of the space altogether. You want to open up the space, not close it off.

Don’t forget comfortable seating. Placing a sofa or creating a window seat is a great idea as it allows you an alternative place to sit when taking calls or needing a change to your desk chair.

What would you consider as non-negotiables?

Adequate desk space and flexibility. There’s nothing worse than feeling confined or restricted in the home, so choose a desk that allows you the freedom to move comfortably. Don’t crowd the room – keep things simple and clean.

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