Metricon recently held a free online Home Office Design Trends Masterclass, explaining how to design the perfect home office and providing insights on upcoming trends. Here's my wrap up of what was discussed, so you can work in style from the comfort of your own home.

The look and feel of your home office can affect everything from your mood to your productivity, so you want to get the design right. With working-from-home becoming the norm, the pressure is on to create a zone that merges form and function. These seven workspace essentials will help you on your journey.

1. The perfect location

First assess whether you have the space at home to convert a room into a dedicated office (like a guest bedroom), or if you want to find an unused area in a living space and install a study nook there. The former gives you more room, while the latter is great if you’re tight on space.

Try to position your home office in a quiet location away from distractions and high-traffic areas. If you have clients visiting, it’s best to have your office situated at the front of the property. In an ideal world, your home office is located near a window where natural light can flood in and positively affect your mood.

A beautiful home office with plenty of natural light.

2. Feature and task lighting

A feature light in a home office can make the area feel resolved. Even if you’re working from a study nook, consider a cluster of small pendant lights in the corner above your desk. Elements like this make the zone read as less ‘office’ and keep it feeling more aligned to the home’s design aesthetic. Outside of this, task light is crucial. Consider a table lamp with a directional head, or strip lighting installed into the base of upper shelves above your desk.

3. Smart storage

Regardless of whether you opt to install custom joinery (more permanent) or a freestanding desk and shelves (more versatile), it’s wise to think about storage. You want everything within easy reach. That means shelving for books and folders, plus baskets to hold onto smaller items.

You’ll also want drawers below or beside the desk to shut away paperwork and stationery. This is crucial if your office nook is in a main living zone where you want the overall aesthetic to remain clean and harmonious.

DIY storage options at home - a bookshelf repurposed for office equipment and stationery.
More permanent, built-in joinery.

4. Personalisation

Your home office needs to reflect the person using it. This means decorating your shelves with stylish but meaningful mementoes, hanging up impactful art, and adorning the desk with your favourite indoor plants. Also don’t forget the little things like stationery. From pen holders to staplers, inboxes to sticky tape, there’s an array of designer collections on the market that are cohesive and personality-packed.

5. A sizeable desk

The right-sized desk depends on a few factors. Firstly, how many people are going to use it? If it’s a multi-user home office, you’ll need to install a desk at a minimum length of 2.5 metres. If you’re flying solo, 1.5 metres wide will do.

When it comes to desk depth, a minimum of 60cm is advised. Outside of dimensions, think about whether you’d like to spread out on an L-shaped desk or keep it more streamlined. You may also want to consider something like a stand-up desk, which is a wonderful ergonomic option. 

A long, double desk perfect for anyone working side by side.

6. A double-duty chair

Nowadays there are chairs that do double duty; they look great but also address all of your ergonomic needs. When shopping, ensure the seat is adjustable, comfortable to sit on, and supportive for your back when both feet are touching the ground.

Chairs on wheels provide more moveability but are likely to require a plastic mat underneath. Lastly, consider a chair material that speaks to the overall vibe of your home, so it won’t feel as out-of-place.

7. A feature wall

A home office complete with a feature wall and some greenery.
Think about the wall your desk is sitting against. If it’s splashed with white paint alone, there’s room for improvement (and the options are endless!). Consider an organic colour like a deep green paint instead, or apply a wallpaper design to give the study nook some personality. An entire wall of cork works well if you want to pin things to it, while a mirrored wall can make a small nook feel so much larger.

If you'd like to watch the recent Home Office Trends Masterclass to learn how to set up the perfect workspace, follow the link below.