Décor considerations when working from home | Lifestyle – Jamaica Gleaner

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Comfort, efficiency and practicality are the first things that come to mind when designing a work-from-home (WFH) space. Striking the right balance between professional and personal décor can either make or break your WFH experience. With a degree in interior architecture, and over 25 years of experience in space planning, architectural consultation and décor, designer Michele Subaran partnered with Stationery Office Supplies Limited to share tips and tricks to achieve a practical and ergonomic workspace while maintaining aesthetic value.
Finding an area in your house that’s away from day-to-day noises is the most suitable option for people working from home. It is best to find a space that will render you free from the distractions working from home might bring or from what your neighbours might be up to. This way, you can remain alert and focused, especially during those virtual meetings.
Ensure that the area where you are working is not overly cluttered. Hoarding can make the space uncomfortable and distracting. Another thing to consider is the size of the items you include in your home office. People are often not cognisant of the items and furniture they purchase in relation to the spaces they will be placing them. It is essential to understand your furniture size in relation to the size of your space. Be sure to first evaluate the area you have and then consider getting furniture of an appropriate size that will work well for that space.
Consider the need for proper ventilation throughout the day, morning through night. Sometimes different heat factors affect homes at different times of the day, so you might have to shift based on the morning versus afternoon sun. Proper ventilation is needed to maintain good indoor air quality. This brings in fresh air and removes particulates, increasing daily productivity and health.
Choosing the right paint colour and the use of proper lighting is essential to your WFH space. While dark walls will contract a space and require artificial lighting, lighter colours will reflect more natural light and lessen your need to embellish with additional lights, reducing excessive electricity use. Darker paint is also more likely to show any defects in the wall. But if you do like a pop of colour, it’s best to use the colour on an accent wall or implement the colour in your accessories.
Investing in lower lighting can be a huge plus for your WFH office and is a great option to have in place of overhead lighting. Overhead lighting makes it harder to control unpleasant shadows that may pop up when leaning over a document on the computer.
Another tip WFH professionals should bear in mind is not to sit with their backs facing a window. The natural light from the window can cause issues during a virtual meeting as the lighting will cause you to be viewed as a silhouette, and colleagues will not see you clearly. Instead, you want to be able to look through the window versus it being behind you. This way, you can give your eyes a rest. And you can use window treatments such as blinds to control the amount of sunlight entering the room.
Having a clean, distraction-free backdrop is very important. You do not want to run the risk of a partially dressed partner, children running behind you or pets being the focal point of your virtual meeting. The right décor can minimise these distractions by using a bookshelf or an art piece as a part of your backdrop.
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