When working from home, it can be difficult to get in the zone of productivity, as there can be added distractions not found in a traditional office workspace. Factors such as color, lighting, layout, and organization are essential in creating a space that is not only productive but tailored to your unique personality as well. Our experts at Closet & Storage Concepts Modesto can assist with some tips and tricks to maximize your home office’s productivity potential.
The impact color has on our mood and behavior has long been studied by psychologists. Although not everyone is going to have the same reaction to a specific color, it is a worthwhile place to begin when thinking of how to best tailor your home office space.
Blues and greens are representative of nature (water, rain, sky, trees, and plants). Thus, they often evoke calmness, freshness, and serenity. Lighter tones tend to elicit more positive and upbeat emotions. On the other hand, deep blues can be associated with sadness, which is why shade and tone that fit you are important factors to consider.
Yellow, orange, and reds can appear bright, attention-grabbing, and energetic. However, for some, red can be interpreted as angry, so it’s important to choose the color that suits your unique personality. When working with these tones, darker shades can seem less harsh and elicit feelings of warmth. However, it could be best to use these as an accent, rather than primary, color to minimize potential for distraction.
Lighting & Ambiance
Ideally, your home office is in a room with windows allowing for natural light to flow in. Studies have shown exposure to natural light enhances performance, productivity, and mood. Be sure to use warm light bulbs and avoid harsh fluorescents. Install a dimmer to control how much light is needed throughout the day. Research shows people function more efficiently under dimmer light, as it creates a softer, secure, and tranquil environment to stimulate thought process and creativity.
Furniture & Layout
Ensure a minimalist, clutter-free interior design to maximize productivity and minimize potential distractions. To do this, it’s important to have furniture essential for your work and organized storage for easy access to all the tools you need for success. If possible, orient your desk toward (or near) a window for exposure to natural light and something to gaze at other than your computer screen. The 20-20-20 rule to prevent straining your eyes contests that every 20 minutes looking at a screen, you should divert your gaze to something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Artwork on opposite walls is also a way to follow the rule, as well as create a cozy home office environment. Check out our other blog for more details on office Feng Shui.
Customizing your home office space to fit your needs and preferences can make a world of difference by improving productivity and enhancing your work-life balance. Begin your custom journey by contacting Closet & Storage Concepts Modesto to schedule your free in-home consultation today!