Whether you live in a three story house with your spouse and many children or alone in a three room apartment, when working at home the key is creating a peaceful sanctuary. Your home office should be the perfect laboratory for creative ideas, a quiet and neat place where function derives efficiency and where there are no distractions from your goals. An ideal approach to organizing your home office space is in a minimalistic manner, since minimalism is a design concept that strips things down to their bare essentials and original functions. There are numerous reasons to go for this simple design, but we will bring out some of the most important pros:
Value for money
Since minimalism requires a very simplified approach to decoration, you actually need to think in ways how to open up your home office space and not have much stuff that cannot be directly utilized. This means not buying unnecessary furniture, paintings, accessories which won’t serve a specific purpose in the space. By doing so you get to save money and keep only the objects that will help you do your work properly.
Simple color palette
Understandably, with minimalism, simplicity is the way to go when making a decision about the color pattern of the room. The key is to keep it light and simple, almost monochromatic. In most cases, neutral, gentle colors are used for wall paint, pastel shades and simple textures, so your mind won’t be confused with different color schemes. The color of the furniture should blend with the surrounding, except for a few carefully chosen objects that can break the monotony of discoloration and accentuate the space they are placed at.
Less really is more (space)
By furnishing your home office with only the most essential items required for getting the job done, you will be surprised with the amount of free space left in the room. It will allow you to move around freely, storing and organizing valuable documents and work materials will be a piece of cake and the open space will keep your mind focused on the task ahead.
Another perks is that once your current positioning gets old and boring, you can easily refresh the surrounding by simply rearranging the furniture you already have, without the need of replacing it with new one.
Let the sun shine
An important factor for making the decision where your home office will be situated is the amount of natural light. One of the key elements to creating a beautiful minimalistic design is playing with a lot of light, especially natural daylight. People need good sources of light for maintaining a sharp, motivated mindset because dark and gloomy work environment only gets you feeling tired and moody.
When thinking about lighting a room in a minimalistic manner, think of the room’s focal points and placing lights at those spots. Perhaps you won’t even need a central overhead light (like a chandelier) but can solve the lighting issue by placing one desk light at the workstation and another standing lamp besides the couch for a cooler atmosphere.
Function over fashion
Many modern design styles require household objects to be multi-purposed and packed with various content: your reclining chair may also serve as a cup holder, your table can be used as a bookshelf and your air-condition is also a picture frame for a work of art.
Minimalism help us take a step back to basics and using objects only for their primary purposes. This way you will attain perfect control over the room and how you redirect the energy inside it where you can draw a clear line between the work area and the resting area, maximizing both the use of space and your performance skills in one step.
Always in order
Organizing a minimalistic office would mean introducing a no-disturbance zone for your compact office workstation in a well-lit corner of the room. The remaining space should stay open, taking up as little space as possible so the room will be able to ‘breathe’. This allows easy access to every single corner and makes tidying and cleaning the space a fun and easy task to do.