Times like this are the ultimate test of making the best out of what seems to be the worst. And this includes taking the time to reinvent your home decor. Not sure where to start? Here, some of Philadelphia’s top interior designers have offered their personal take on how to make the most of your at-home work space that favors a smooth, enjoyable transition.
Tara McGeehan, Owner at Tara Ryan Designs
"Creating a work from home space in these unexpected conditions can be a challenge, but is very important for your productivity and mental health. If possible, I recommend setting up your work station near a window. This will help you to feel less isolated and more connected. I also recommend bringing in items that you would have on your desk at work such as photos, keepsakes and a small plant to bring life and positive vibes into your new space. If your work now involves virtual meetings, consider the backdrop of what your colleagues will see and try to de-clutter the space or hang a backdrop. The more personal, bright and comfortable your space is, the more you'll enjoy spending your workday there."
Joe Berkowitz, Designer at JAB Design Group
“When setting up a WFH space, we have a handful of tips for our clients to keep them uplifted and motivated. I call them the “three L’s of WFH. The first is location. Find a spot in your home that is segregated enough for concentration but not so far removed that it is depressing. The second is light. Light is one of the greatest tools for a productive office space, and when I say light I mean natural light. It enhances the human experience and sense of time. Lastle, there’s life. Surround your new office area with things that promote a good life. Some of the items we suggest are a candle for scent, a comfortable chair to work in and a plant. Follow these suggestions and you will be well on your way to a successful WFH space.”
Rafael Novoa, Designer at Rafael Novoa Designs
“It's spring and everything is blooming, so why not bring it inside? If in the city, add an orchid or a potted spring flower and it will bring a change to your space. For corporate executives, a sit-and-stand desk can be placed on your regular office desk or on your kitchen or dining room table. Change out your pillows to bright and vibrant colors. Get some exercise and start to learn how to paint. ”
Beth-Ann Rosenbluth, Managing Director at Sargenti Architects
“Creating a WFH space that works for you will stimulate thought. It should include furniture providing both comfort and support; wall colors that exude positive energy; and enough outdoor lighting that allows one to see and focus on your home computer systems. Objects that share the area should provoke thought and encourage confidence!”
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