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5 Design Tips to Elevate Your Home Office in 2022

Happy January! As we start a new year, we thought it was high time to tackle something that has become a more permanent fixture in our lives: the home office. While many of us thought we would finally return to our offices this year, it looks like we’ll actually be spending even more time working from home! If we’re home for the long haul, we’ve realized that we need a more elevated home office space and are rethinking our interiors. It’s actually at the top of the list for 2022 design trends! 

Since the WFH trend is here to stay, the Susan Currie Design team has put together e a few fancy tips to help you design the office of your dreams! 

  1. Invest in the right chair. By now, a lot of us have figured out that our pretty dining chair may not be the most comfortable chair to spend eight hours in. Find yourself a chair that offers proper lumbar support, has arm rests, and a seat height that allows your thighs to be parallel to the floor. Sitting on a hard chair can be rough on your body; opt for fabric or a resilient mesh for a combination of support and cushion.
  2. Let there be (natural) light. Does your desk get natural light during the workday? Would another part of the room be brighter? Of course, you can supplement with a task lamp but daylight has been associated with improved mood and morale, reduced eye strain, and even heightened productivity. Even with good natural lighting, adding in a task lamp can be very helpful for late afternoon work – we suggest finding something adjustable so it’ll suit a range of tasks and provide high quality light without glare. If you participate in online meetings, also consider adding a ring light, which helps highlight your face rather than the background. They’re affordable, provide a warm light, and are an easy way to help you be more video ready.
  3. Is there a mouse in your house? If you’ve been using a trackpad all this time, invest in a real mouse! It sounds like a small change, but we promise it’ll improve your work speed. You can find a wireless mouse for about $15 at places like Amazon or Office Depot and it only takes about 2 minutes to install.
  4. Office Shelfie. Do you regularly refer to books, catalogs, or printed materials as part of your work? Make room for a shelf nearby to properly house those resources. For a lot of us, a neater workspace promotes greater focus – so do what you can to give everything a proper place. It’ll also make it easier to straighten up at the end of each day.
  5. Create a happier workspace. Lastly, make sure to include a few things that will brighten your mood. Work can be stressful and overwhelming at times, so include a few reminders of how delightful life can be! Maybe it’s an art print that you love on the wall a framed photo of your pet, or your favorite scented candle. Or consider a desk plant – they help reduce stress, improve mood, and clean the air! 

Together, these little upgrades will make a big difference in your everyday work life and will help you create an office that reflects the comfort and design of the rest of your home.

How to Use Table Books as Decorations

We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But, let’s face it, covers matter. Your books may be functional, but attractive covers can also be used to decorate your space. Book covers can serve as stand-alone works of art. By rotating the books in your collection, you can achieve a variety of looks and moods, without ever spending a dime.

Here are interior design ideas that use table books as decorations.

 

displaying books face front

Show their faces. Ever noticed you are more drawn to the books in a bookstore that are displayed with their full covers? Placing attractive books in this position on your book shelves and display cases draws the eye. You can arrange them by color, season, or theme.

Create a stage. Stacking books on their side can elevate accessories so they aren’t all displayed on the same plane. Or, they can serve as a stage to display a real piece of art.

 

Displaying books on coffee table

Covers by color. What a fun “coincidence” that the colors in the fresh floral arrangement mimic the colors in the cover of the display book. Peruse your coffee table books for covers that blend with other key room accents.

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Use Gorgeous Fresh Flowers as Spring Décor

One of the simplest things you can look to for seasonal décor is a beautiful flower arrangement. Bringing nature indoors is great any time of year, but it seems especially fitting for spring.

In this design I did for an Emory residence, a potted plant with pink blossoms adds flair on a tray on the ottoman.

For more springtime inspiration, I’ve compiled some gorgeous flower arrangement ideas. Look at this eye candy:

These peach and coral blooms bring uplifting color to this arrangement of accessories. 

A vase of tulips would make a great accent in nearly any room in the house.

This purple, white and green arrangement goes nicely with a white beadboard backdrop. 

Pretty fresh flowers are perfect to use as spring decor. Which kinds of flowers do you love to decorate with? Leave a comment to let me know!

Images: 1 Interior design by Susan Currie Design; 2 via Design Sponge; 3 via Martha Stewart; 4 via HGTV.com