If you’re looking to incorporate a design-led office into your home that inspires both creativity and productivity, while also utilising space in a practical way, then Interior architect and designer Natalia Miyar can show you the way.
Small home offices, in particular, are on the rise, with serviced office provider, IWG finding that 70% of professionals work remotely at least one day a week, while 53% work remotely for at least half.
The trick is to create a flexible yet inviting home office by maximising space that may otherwise be overlooked.
These three simple steps can help you reflect your style and personality, while harnessing natural light and plants to bring the benefits of the outdoors in…
Transform awkward space into a one-of-a-kind workspace
Transform space that feels underused and make it into something both inviting and productive.
A corner in a reception room or bedroom near to a window to provide good light in a task area is ideal. Bedroom spaces can often be quieter than the general areas in the home, providing an oasis of calm.
Where space is limited, seek out areas of the home that may have been neglected, yet are ideal for a bijoux home office.
Slimline furniture can enhance the feeling of space; keep the colour palette consistent with the rest of the room so the workspace blends in with the look and feel of the room.
Bedrooms are often overlooked as a good place for a desk but can have a multi-functional purpose.
Make your workspace an enticing environment by creating an accessible layout and beautiful composition of items.
Essentials include a stylish desk lamp, inspirational artwork, a small vase of flowers or a houseplant in a beautiful pot and a favourite scented candle.
If the desk faces a wall, incorporating a mirror will increase the light and means that the desk-space can double up as both an efficient working area and a dressing table.
Maximise natural light with window desks
Make the most of natural light by placing your workspace close to a window. A double-sided table/desk by a window also gives the flexibility to look outside or into the room depending on mood.
Perspex and clear table legs ensure the look is kept clean and consistent with the glass window behind, creating a sense of space. Keep possessions on the table to a minimum, less is best in these spaces.
Natalia advises positioning desk space close to windows to encourage healthy work patterns.
Natural light is proven to boost positivity and productivity. A recent study by Cornell University found that optimising the amount of natural light in an office significantly improves health and wellness among workers, leading to increased productivity.
By incorporating plants and flowers, Natalia ensures that a space retains its freshness. She advocates indoor plants and flowers for their uplifting aesthetic value, as well as their visual connection to nature and also for their ability to purify the air.
Natalia is often inspired by nature in her work and is a strong advocate bringing the outdoors into our homes to reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought.
Select inspiring pieces to represent your design narrative
Choose a desk you love to ensure your home office represents you and feels like your very own design statement. Feature bold prints and playful chair styles to represent your style and make it a creative space in which to spend your time.
Natalia believes that workspace design is no different to anywhere else in the home and should reflect the homeowner’s personal narrative including key inspirations, favourite design pieces and meaningful possessions.
She recommends avoiding traditional office-based furniture and instead opting for pieces that represent how you wish to feel within a space.
Of course, comfort should be a priority and Natalia suggests investing in a tailored chair that both looks stylish and provides ergonomic support for the body.
This combination will provide the necessary day-to-day comfort and and ensure that it is a place you wish to return to time and time again.