Working it from home

The hottest interior trends are making their way into the home office and what’s more, they could actually be aiding your productivity. Abby Chinery looks at the most desirable decor trends that you should be adopting.

When it comes to creating a space for working from home which is not only stylish and harmonious, but also which supports efficient working, picking the right colours and textures is key. Here are some options.

Green

Voted Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, bright green would be the perfect hue to inject a refreshing nature-inspired feel to your home office, as opposed sterile white which has been an office favourite for some time.

The effect colours have on our mood has been well documented; the University of Texas established that certain colours, used in a work environment, can produce feelings of melancholy and depression. Green, on the other hand, has been said to promote productivity, and it works especially well in sectors where employees regularly work for lengthy periods at a time.

Raw white

There is no doubt that white is still popular for interiors. However, the distinction with this hot trend is that ‘raw’ white includes chalkier and bone- coloured whites that are far from clinical.

Having a light and airy room will improve your productivity, as exposure to bright white and daylight makes you feel more awake. According to a study by Travelodge, Britain’s workaholics prefer a neutral colour-scheme when working, making it less likely to for people to procrastinate whilst working. It is also representative of a blank canvas, allowing time to focus your mind on the task at hand without being distracted by objects and make you unfocused.

Scandinavian and Japanese design

Despite being two disparate nations, Scandinavian and Japanese designs have one thing in common: minimalism. Sometimes considered stark and cold, minimalism could however hold the key to work productivity. Reports indicate that working in a space with little interior decor will encourage your brain to perform better and therefore increase work productivity.

According to a study conducted by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, being in a room surrounded by an excess of objects within your eyeline distracts the brain, making it harder to focus on the task at hand.

Leading experts in interior design indicate that a busy and chaotic working environment can portray the disorder and confusion in your life, creating an environment that is difficult to concentrate in. Clearing your home office and creating a minimalistic space can help you to achieve success in your professional life.

Faux finishes

Marble may have reached its peak in 2016, but this trend, along with other faux finishes, hasn’t budged from our interior hotlist in 2017. Homeowners, designers and companies alike are turning to faux materials for a budget friendly design in various rooms around the home.

It is now common to see big companies using faux décor in their office design, creating a sleek and stylish look to the eye maintaining a professional minimalist design, while helping to increase work proficiency. Design ideas include the use of faux marble, artificial grass and plants. Popular communications company Skype, for example, has included a faux-lawn to its grounds to “encourage collaboration and creativity” among its employees.

Texture

As industrial designer Jinsop Lee said in his 2013 TEDX talk, great design appeals to all the senses. Following this theory, introducing various textures in the home has been on every interior designer’s agenda, particularly this year.

Occupational therapist Susan Fowler wrote: “In order for a person to enjoy and participate in activities, the right amount of sensory input needs to be provided”.

Using an eclectic mix of fabrics and materials, such as wood, could help provide stimulation when working from home as every human being needs some connection and engagement in their lives. But beware not to make your office decor overly-distracting, because having an abundance of objects surrounding you while working can lead to procrastination. Stick to Japanese-style ceramics with clean lines and artisanal wood ornaments (sparingly) to be a part of this trend.

Botanical touches

Bold botanical prints, especially of the tropical variety, create a modern twist on the traditional floral design style regularly seen throughout the spring and summer season. Bringing the outdoors ‘in’ is a highly popular interior design trend at the moment and reports suggest it could have a positive effect on your productivity whilst working.

It was concluded in an experiment conducted in 2011, led by scholars in Norway, that “indoor plants in an office can prevent fatigue during attention demanding work”. Not only that, but property experts Fast Sale Homes have said that botanical touches can also provide benefits when trying to sell a home, proving the advantageous effects they have on our psyche.