January 15, 2017
I live in Antwerp and since space in the city is very expensive, I live in a pretty small apartment. However, when I started my business I knew I wanted to dedicate a room for my home office/workspace.
Nothing huge or too fancy, just my little area where I can create my products and work on my projects. So whether you’re running your business from home or you just want a place where you can focus and be creative, you can set up a home office that is perfect for you.
Step 1: find your space
How much space will you need? Do you need a desk to pay your bills once a month or do you need a space to get creative with paint and brushes? Some of you will have enough with a nice space in the living room while others will need a whole room. Be creative with your space. Renovating an entire room can be costly.
Step 2: choose a color scheme & lay out the room
Are you attracted to bright colours or are you more of a black & white kinda gal? Whatever tickles your fancy, before you go and rush off to your nearest paint store, take the time to create a colour scheme. Not only is it fun to do, it’s also very helpful when you go out shopping for furniture & decoration. By taking your time, you’ll know what matches with your walls. Forget ‘office beige’. You need a colour that gets your motor humming.
How to create a colour scheme? You can take all of your magazines and start creating a collage or you can use Pinterest and pin your heart out. I have prepared some colour schemes for you. Happy pinning!
I know, you just want to start painting and decorating by now but before you do, think a second about which furniture you want where in the room. If you can, give yourself a view. Position the desk so that you can stare at something more interesting than a blank wall (even if you love the colour of your wall). A window’s natural light is ideal, but if you’re in a windowless space, hang a pretty picture above the desk.
Step 3: Organize vertically and horizontally
Just like mine, many home offices are petite. So use your space wisely. Hang floating shelves on the walls to get your equipment off the desk and the floor. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, it’s smart to invest in a nice basket to tame your mail, notes and papers.
Step 4: invest in chair, choose your furniture
Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way round. Look for pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Home office furniture should be comfy and homy. Want to splurge? Be sure to check out these beautiful chairs by Hay. Want to have a nice chair but still some money in the bank? Ikea has great office solutions.
Step 5: inspire yourself
Set up an inspiration board. A piece of framed art, an inspirational quote, a special photo.. that motivates you to create and get some work done. I have a huge picture of my grandma, the woman who inspired me to set up my own business. And since I am a ‘more is more’ type of person, I also nagged my husband into hanging this beautiful pegboard for me. Here I can hang my fabrics & photos but also organize my sewing stuff and so much more. Want more tips on how to use one of these beauties? Check out French By Design.