Working from home is becoming adopted by many companies as an effective and efficient way to run a successful business or earn additional income. To ensure that a home office is conducive to work, the décor should be refreshing, comfortable and yet remain in keeping with the interior design styles within the home.
A monochrome colour scheme offers an atmosphere which provides a work style environment for focusing upon tasks with a chic and stylish appearance. Contemporary designs using clean lines with bold injection blocks of white or black are an effective way to compliment or contrast with other rooms. Roller blinds can be used as an effective window dressing, providing the optimum amount of light entering the work space, which can easily be pulled down part way to reduce intense glare on sunny days. If the room is south facing Venetian blinds may be a more beneficial and practical way to reduce glare, as the louvers can be tilted accordingly while still allowing natural light to enter the room. Both roller blinds and Venetian blinds are available in black and white to keep the monotone effect within the room.
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Many people find that having what is termed as ‘inspirational’ art works helps them to take time to reflect on their work and provide them with a whole new focus on a particular task. Inspirational art works are typically those which have scenes of nature, often with an enlightening and meaningful caption at the bottom, which are placed as a focal point on a plain wall.
A study can be less formal than a home office and traditionally lends itself to being decorated with leather chairs, polished wooden tables, informal lighting and full length deep headed curtains, held back during the day with matching tie-backs. The hallmark of this style of study is to keep the room in ‘ordered chaos’, meaning that a whole mix and match of furniture, soft furnishings and window dressings can be effectively arranged to suit individual needs and colours schemes. The days of having an open fire, are for most people long gone, however, the atmosphere and ambience of this style of traditional study can be easily replicated with thoughtful finishing touches such as family portraits or more conventional art works, reproduction style furniture, haphazardly placed piles of books or papers and the additional use of roller blinds used in conjunction with swept back curtains to provide privacy at night will create a study with all the necessities for quiet relaxation or studious work.
More contemporary houses use converted loft spaces as the ideal place for a home office or study, enabling this to have its own individual interior design style. Wooden flooring, with wooden blinds at the window are continuing to be very popular styles as these compliment any colour scheme and provide a feeling of warmth during the winter months and offer a natural coolness on hotter days. Wooden blinds are available in a variety of different colours, cheap roller blinds made from wood weave or bamboo are a cost effective and practical way to complete a stylish design concept.