If you plan on using your garden room as a home office rather than a place to relax, then you may want to do things a little differently with the interior. Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, the occasional telecommute, or simply a quiet spot for paying bills and organising your schedule, you deserve more than a metal desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. Why? An office that reflects the design and comfort of the rest of your home is a place you’ll want to work.
Here are Lazy Susan’s top tips for creating a beautiful, practical work space.
- Think about location
You’re likely to spend many hours in your garden office, so sell yourself short when it comes to space. Go for as big a garden room as your garden will allow. Get yourself a desk with a view. Also consider traffic flow and your ability to withstand distractions. Do you work best in the thick of activity close to your house, or should your office be tucked away in a quiet corner of the garden? If clients will be stopping by, a private space with easy access and ample seating is a must.
- Don’t sacrifice form for function
Your garden office should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. The furniture in a garden office should complement the rest of your home and garden and not just like any other soulless call centre style office. If your garden has a more traditional feel, then classically styled warm wood and soft, comfy chairs are ideal. A contemporary home and garden, needs a garden office that can feature more artistic pieces or modern style metal furniture.
- Choose home style accessories
Unless you’re going for a contemporary look, choose extras that enhance the comfy factor of your garden office. You have created this space to get out of working in some soulless corporate office, so why furnish it like one? There isn’t a lot of accessories that one associates with a garden office, but you can make the room interesting by buying neat modern pencil holders, trash basket and in boxes. Careful selection of accessories and furniture will benefit your garden room look.
- Invest in a great chair
You’ll spend hours with your bum parked in your office chair; so a beautiful, ergonomically-correct, comfortable seat is worth every penny.
- Flooring is key
Another key component that will help give your garden room designer appeal is flooring and adding wall to wall carpet to your garden office can make the room look inviting, while timber works well with achieving that garden feel, it can continue outside onto a patio area, plus its easy to keep clean and will wear well.
- Paint the walls
Forget that boring office beige, your garden office needs a colour that gets you motivated and brings the outside in. For some people, that’s a bright, cheery colour like orange or bright green. Others need a a more serene shade such as a more botanical green or sea blue to create just the right ambiance.
- Give yourself a room with a view
Get a garden room with big windows and position the desk where you can stare out at your perfectly manicured garden when you glance up from the computer. A window’s natural light is also ideal and one of the main advantages of working in a garden room.
- Windows need to look good too
Window treatments can really add to your garden office decorating ideas and choosing a style that is somewhat minimalist is key. Try enhancing your windows with sheers or some good quality blinds. Just be warned, after you get the ideal look on your windows, you might realize the walls are bland by comparison.
- Organise vertically and horizontally
Many garden offices aren’t swimming in square footage, so using space efficiently is vital. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get papers and office equipment off the desk, and use vertical file folders on the desk to keep important papers within arm’s reach.
- Keep your computer tidy
There’s not much you can do to beautify the computer, printer, and phone, but you can hide unsightly cords. Start by making sure your equipment is close to outlets and easy to access if you need to unplug. Encase cords on the desk in a pretty fabric cord cover like this one from Taylor Gifts, and feed the cords into a desk grommet, a plastic or metal cap that helps guide cords through a hole in the desk and hides them underneath. Tame the cord jungle on the floor with cord winders, tubing, or a wire organizer that’s attached to the desk and lifts the cords off the floor.
- There is a light and it never goes out
The ideal lighting can also help to accentuate your decorating theme as well as make your work tasks easier. Offices usually have desk lamps as lights but you also need good overhead lighting as well as some accent lights for any guest seating etc. Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Position the computer monitor so there’s no glare from a window or overhead light, and put a small lamp on the desk for task lighting.
- Accessories, accessories, accessories
Finishing touches will give your room a unique appeal so think about enhancing your garden office style.
- Don’t forget the plants
What better way to bring the garden into your garden office. They not only look good, but are proven to make us feel better both physically and mentally. Part of our human make up is to enjoy the look and presence of plants; they are aesthetically pleasing. Plants soften sterile interiors, they create a focal point and they can be used to divide areas or screen inside your garden room.
These are just a few of the tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years of being involved in garden office, but you can get many more garden room decorating ideas by looking in the home magazines and decorating books. The key is coming up with a plan for your colour palette as well as the items you will need to have in your office. Make sure you follow your plan and buy the best items and your garden room will have the feel of a sleek designer office before you know it. Home offices can be a little on the small side, but that shouldn’t stop you from keeping it stylish and organized.
About Lazy Susan
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