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Creating a Home Office With Intention



Working from home has become the norm for many of us these days, and it doesn’t appear to be ending any time soon. It's one of the ways our homes have changed in look, feel, and function since early 2020. So whether you’re working full time from home or just need a space for your side pursuits, it’s important to have a space you enjoy working in. 


In the spirit of setting the rest of this year up for success, here are some ways you can customize your home office with intention.



Multifunctionality

The reality is that many of us in New York don’t have an extra room to dedicate a private office. But don’t let that stop you from creating a space that still works! If you’re sharing an office with another or if you’re using part of another room as a workspace, consider how everyone’s needs will be met. 



Having a defined workspace is a very effective way of creating a mental and/or physical barrier in your home office. Invest in a room divider or shelf that can act as one, and add an area rug that delineates your space


Comfortability

Comfort is the key to working well, so invest in furniture that supports you while you work. If you're hunched on a kitchen stool or perching your laptop on your coffee table, you're probably experiencing back strain after a long workday. A comfortable chair with high backing is not only critical for your health, but for Feng Shui as it creates a supportive and protective energy. I am also a big fan of standing desks. Using a standing desk even for a couple hours a day helps energy levels, creative flow, and can make a workspace feel less stagnant.



Your seating doesn’t have to look like something straight out of an office cubicle, either. I love Poppin for all things office design. Best of all, they have a designated Working From Home Collection that can fit any style as seen in the images above.


Natural and Layered Lighting

It’s no secret that natural light in office spaces improves satisfaction in work and productivity. If you can, set up your work space by a window. Using natural light as your foundation, layer in ambient and task lighting to optimize performance and improve energy flow. 



Thoughtful integration of varied lighting is more than just “good Feng Shui” – it has a significant impact on our ability to process information and is far more comfortable than just one bright light. Circa Lighting and Rejuvenation as seen above are two of my favorite resources for brightening and accessorizing office spaces.


Add Functional Storage

Clutter does not make for a productive or Feng Shui friendly workspace. And from my experience, most people don’t need more storage, they just need smarter storage. The trend for 2024 is more wall-mounted shelves, hidden compartments, and multifunctional furniture that maximizes space while maintaining a clean style. The best part is that how you do this is personal to you.



If your office is a multifunctional space, try keeping surfaces clean at the end of your workday and over the weekend to minimize clutter and unsightly overflow.


Make Color a Forethought

Much like bedrooms, office spaces require some extra thought and consideration given the psychological impact colors can have on you. From a Feng Shui perspective, choose colors connected to Fire Element such as shades of red and orange over Water Element colors like blues and blacks. Water douses Fire, which we want for energy and creativity.



If cooler colors are more your style, try something with high saturation like Sherwin Williams’ Oceanside from their Expert Office Color Picks.




Although there is no shortage of design inspiration for the avid DIY-er online, we are happy and eager to provide our expert assistance, even remotely, for the busy professional.


 

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Whether it is directing the flow of chi through the arrangement of furnishings, design or colors; Julie and her team can help you to create the spaces that support your vision of a balanced life, rich in the areas that matter to you.


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