Home Offices Make Major Comeback

Feel is as important as function.

As the number of companies offering their employees the option of working remotely continues to rise, so do the number of home-based small businesses. In light of those dual trends, it’s no wonder that the demand for domestic workspaces is also spiking. “The home office is becoming a heightened priority in residential home designs,” says Chestnut Hill-based interior designer Glenna Stone. “You don’t want it to scream ‘office.’ So, if you have a traditional home, it wouldn’t make sense to have a contemporary office, and vice versa.” 

Stone advises her home-office clients to ponder the following:

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Overall vibe: Do you prefer something more corporate or home-like? Modern or minimalist? Cool colors or warm? “Getting
the right feel is just as important as the functionality of the space, so you can maintain your productivity and energy, and feel good about working from home,” says Stone. 

Space: Compose a list of equipment requirements (scanner, printer, paper shredder, etc.). Any design has to accommodate larger items. 

Organization and function: Do you prefer open storage for easy access, or closed for a cleaner and clutter-free appearance? Take note of your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips. 

Seating:  Extra seating is something that’s often overlooked. “Will you have clients, employees or other professionals working in or visiting your home office?” asks Stone. Think about more than your own work chair. 

Lighting/view: Arrange furniture so you face outward and/or can see out a window. “Natural daylight with task lighting is
the best combination for productivity,” Stone says. “Try to maximize the amount of natural daylight on your work surfaces and give yourself a view.” Visit www.glennastone.com.

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