It should be. You are probably already aware of the fact that for many of us, our office, whether at home or at work is a place of stress. How many of us think of work as fun and relaxing?
If you are like most people, you may have been working at home lately and your experience may not have been fun or relaxing. There are many things you can do to create your perfect office space at home.
An office is not just about the stuff, such as the desk and office supplies and tools. It is about the alignment of art, science and energy to create the perfect space to support you doing what your love to do while providing a service that makes people’s lives better and getting paid generously to do it.
The first step is considering if you are doing what you are meant to be doing? Are you doing work that you love that you would be doing even if you were not getting paid for it? Does your work create expansion in others’ lives and make them better? If so, your office should be your happy place. If not, it might be worth considering how to create an office space that supports you moving in that direction over time, while effectively doing what you are doing now in the easiest way.
I learned alot about the path I was meant to be on as part of the Transformational Coaching Program with Jim Fortin (TCP) I am taking. It helped me determine how to take what I was already doing, Interior Design, and transform the work into something that supported me better.
How is your work space set up? Consider the energy flow of the room. The rules of Feng Shui, which in most cases just seem like good common sense, say not to set up your desk with your back to the door. You will never feel relaxed and happy if someone could “sneak up on you from behind”. Set up your desk so you can see the door, but are not directly in line with it. That can feel as if you are in the direct line of energy flow into the room, also not very relaxing.
Do you have a great view? Consider how you can “bring the outside in” to your office design. Make a connection to nature with your view, art, accessories or plants to feel more relaxed, happy, and connected.
Consider the colors in your space. Go for colors that you love and also that are calm and relaxing, such as blues, greens and more neutral palettes will feel better to work in. If you want to feel more stimulated all day, you could go the opposite and paint more vibrant colors in shades of red, oranges or yellows. Using the science of color will help you get your colors perfectly attuned to your fixed finishes, furniture, art and exterior views. Otherwise, your colors may be close, good enough and look nice but there will always be something a “little off” that you will not be able to put your finger on.
Consider the art of what makes a good office space. Is your furniture beautiful, comfortable and arranged in a way it is easy to move in your space and access your tools and storage? Do you have storage that can hide away most of your work products so your space feels organized and clutter free? That contributes to feeling relaxed and happy, compared to feeling cramped and not knowing where things are or seeing papers everywhere.
Is the art on your walls meaningful to you? Does it make you smile to see it? Do you even have art? What you see everyday affects your mood. Look for art, a mural or other décor that you love.
A Relaxed and Happy Office EDesign
This Edesign incorporates everything I mentioned above in a space for someone who meets regularly with clients. The desk faces the door and is offset from it. It is easy to move to the desk or chairs for clients. Ample storage exists along one wall and in a closet with mirror doors that hide away all the office clutter. The mirror doors also reflect light and the beautiful view. The décor includes a beautiful mural in calming greens, blues and purples, and custom designed fractal art to work with the mural. The décor also includes natural elements such as the outdoor view, plants, clay pottery and bird sculptures. The room is filled with calming and relaxing colors, yet is still colorful and feels happy and peaceful. The beautiful colors on the walls and floor are balanced by neutral white and gold furniture.
This space is an example of a design I created using my Aligned Design process, aligning art, science and energy together to create a perfect office space to support the client to BE their best selves, to do what they love, while helping others and getting paid well for it!
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Mary Ann, this blog post is chock full of goodness – well done!
Thank you Anne!
Such a pretty office in one of my favorite colors! And great outline for the ingredients to make an office productive and inspiring!
Thanks Janet, I knew you would like it:) We are on the same color wavelength!
I love your use of color here MaryAnn!
Thank you!! I always find this mix of colors very soothing.
Congrats on your Houzz award!! Loving the office design – the colors are wonderful!
Thanks so much on both and so glad you are enjoying the colors. Combining blues and purples together has always been a favorite of mine.
I love the idea of creating an inspiring home office! Love the colors and the artwork.
Thanks Lisa! Yes, a home office should inspire you. Love that idea. It was fun using wallpaper as an inspiration for my artwork. That was new for me but I like the wall it came out.
Aligning art, science, and energy is such a perfect way to explain the way you work with clients. You have given such great examples on how you can pull those three into one, beautiful space.
Thank you Sheri! That was my whole point of writing this article and I am so happy that came through! I appreciate this comment so much!
What a pretty office space, these are the color I love too and that accent wall is to die for!
Thank you! I love that wallpaper. It reminds me of alcohol ink art which I do and enjoy. Love the flow.
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