Across the world, people are slowly transitioning from working at an office to working remotely. And while that certainly means good news to a lot of people, we understand that some of us might find the thought daunting as well, especially if they don’t find their home a work-friendly environment.
On the flip side, some of us are also concerned that working remotely, while convenient, can encroach on our personal space and make it less relaxing. Don’t worry, we hear you. It is not impossible to achieve that balance. In fact, that’s what we are going to talk about today. In this article, we are going to share with you the most effective tips and decorative pieces that you can add to your space to make it more relaxing and work conducive at the same time. Excited? Then let’s get started.
Designate Your Spaces
One of the first things that you should do in order to attain (or reclaim) that balance is to designate specific spaces for both relaxing and working. You see, your work can easily blur the lines between your professional and personal life if you’re not careful. And it gets even blurrier when you work in your bed or meditate in front of your computer screen.
Hence, set specific spaces for each of them. Turn a corner into a home office and put together a quiet nook in your bedroom to retreat to. In fact, we definitely recommend you apply the same principles to your time management as well. Set aside time for both work and relaxation and make an effort to stick to them.
Carpets and Rugs
Anyway, now that you have separate spaces that you can work with, we can now move on to the actual decoration process. We’re going to split each topic from here on into two: for your rest space and workspace.
For your rest space, use cozier textures and patterns in warmer shades. These modern carpets will add a layer of comfort to your meditation space, bedroom floor, or even library.
For your home office, use plain yet wider area rugs. The aesthetic will rid of visual clutter and help the eyes and mind rest a bit especially on our usually cluttered home floors (hands up if you’re a parent). The wider floor area will also give the illusion of space and help you breathe and cool down even during hectic days.
Once you have the floors ready, you can now start assembling your furniture. Here are some ideas:
For Your Rest Space
Skip the uncomfortable (yet gorgeous) accent chairs. Instead, choose relaxed yet equally stylish pieces. We also recommend handcrafted furniture that uses more organic materials like wicker and wood, those that have a lot of personality and history and display impressive craftsmanship. Having these types of furniture in your sanctuary adds character and builds on that homey vibe.
For Your Home Office
We have a few tips:
- Choose your office chair conscientiously. Opt for ergonomic pieces that will prevent and relieve back pain.
- We prefer standing desks over traditional ones not only because of the health benefits of standing every once in a while but also because you can easily adjust the height of your monitor to match your eye level. This will prevent neck pain.
- Select pieces of furniture that offer additional storage. This will help you manage the organization of your office supplies. In this way, you can keep everything you want within reach, but you’re not forced to display an ugly pile of papers and clutter on top of your desk all the time which can add to work-related stress and minimize productivity levels.
Finally, you need to make sure that both rooms get the lighting that they require.
For your rest space, opt for mood lighting. Warmer and more soothing temperatures are ideal for meditating and relaxing. This is why adjustable lamps and yellowish tones are more preferred. You can also expand your lighting choices to candles. If you do choose to use candles, get aromatherapy ones. Scented candles can help relax and calm you depending on your chosen scent.
For your home office, opt for focused lighting. You need bright lighting in order to boost your energy levels. We’ve also found colder lighting temperatures to improve focus and mental clarity.
In the end, keep in mind that the technique in achieving the balance between making your home relaxing and work conducive lies in the specific designation of spaces. This will physically draw the line between your professional and personal life, and believe us, you’ll be happy that you did!