The latest home office trends for 2017 show a move towards a healthier, more productive workspace that's more focused on personal wellbeing to increase productivity. Depending on your individual needs and the needs of your business, your office space should reflect what's most important to you and your lifestyle. Just because you're working out of home doesn't mean your office should be any less of a professional workspace. At Empire Office Furniture, we recommend these top home office trends to keep you working and feeling better.
Using natural materials such as wood, plants and stone help you feel like you're surrounded by nature, which has been shown to boost productivity, health and mood and is also very popular for 2017. Even something as simple as adding a couple of plants can drastically improve the overall ambience of your home office.
Use bright colours in your home office to keep up motivation and reduce stress. If too much colour is an issue for you, try having an accent wall in a bright colour instead of the entire office. Gray is also a hot colour for this year as it is more sophisticated and modern than beige and white, and it is an easy colour to pair with any bright accent wall, such as a pop of yellow. You can also use wallpaper instead as an accent wall or to create faux brick walls that give your office a touch of class and timelessness without the high cost. Wallpaper adds not only colour but texture and pattern to create visual interest in your home office.
When looking at new furniture for your home office, invest in quality so that you won't be replacing your desk or chair every year. Not only is high quality furniture very on-trend for 2017, but it can also make a difference in your attitude towards the work you do if you're sitting at a cheap desk compared to an investment piece. Try looking for furniture that has a timeless style that you can use for many years to come.
Taking positive health measures such as using a standing desk or a rotating stool instead of a standard office chair helps to ensure neck and back issues aren't a problem. Also, using adjustable furniture contributes to having a more flexible workspace that can adapt to your needs on a daily basis. Comfort is a large determining factor in our health, both emotionally and physically, and your home office furniture should reflect this.
For 2017, minimalism is king for the home office. Having clear work surfaces with files, cables and other work implements being organised and hidden from sight. Investing in lightweight, minimalist furniture, more places for organisation, going wireless where possible and smart products that can do the job of multiple ones can all contribute to a more clean, inviting workspace that will keep your mind from getting cluttered and keep your working productively.