OFFICE space
SA Home Owner|September 2020
OFFICE space
Three decades ago, the line between work and home was quite clear. Now, as working from home becomes the norm, creating the perfect home office is vital, writes Guinevere Davies
Guinevere Davies

There are a few elements every great working environment should have. These include, but aren’t limited to, bright light, fresh air and comfort. But if that workspace also happens to reflect your personal taste and style, you’re setting yourself up for success.

SETTING THE SCENE

When it comes to finding the perfect location to work from home, a quiet space with loads of natural light is usually best. As Daniela da Rocha of Da Rocha Interiors explains, “A work-from-home space should feel inspiring, fresh, and have as much natural light as possible.”

Audi Snÿman of Audi Snÿman Interior Design adds, “In addition to good light and furniture that supports your work process, I like to brighten up home offices with energising artworks. A recent example of customised pieces includes us framing and hanging the hand-painted pictures of a client’s children on her home office wall. However, the art on the wall doesn’t have to tell a personal story – it can just be something that moves you and inspires your productivity.”

Mobelli Furniture + Living’s Alon Sachs agrees. “Firstly, think about the space itself; a space where you can minimise distractions is essential. If you don’t have a dedicated room in your home, choose a space in a quiet area of the house and avoid high-traffic areas like the kitchen table. Try to ensure you have some natural light. Also, consider hanging artwork on your wall. Art has been proven to increase productivity and creative thinking as well as aiding an overall sense of well-being.”

Says Lisa Bergoff Grey of Innerspace Interior Design, “Every work-from-home environment should be a space you can retreat to and focus on tasks at hand, like emails, phone calls and online meetings. Realistically though, you will typically need to deal with many home distractions, noises, deliveries, pets, children’s activities and home schooling. Having a door to open and close as needed is ideal, but not always possible.”

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September 2020