With the trend for working from home looking set to stay, creating a comfortable home office space has become a priority on a global scale. Our Design Manager, Nina Bailey is a working from home veteran, and we asked her what her top tips were for creating a motivational and inspirational space to work from and here’s what she had to say.

1. Change Things Up

Rearrange the furniture in your spare room or living area to create a new home office environment. Changing the room around can give you a fresh outlook, perhaps even putting your desk closer to the window so that you can look up to see nature and the outside world.

2. Go Green

Gather your houseplants and arrange them close to you, always keeping greenery nearby. The scent and visual impact of nature really supports our wellbeing and can help us to focus our minds on these distracting times.

3. Let It Burn

Have a burning candle close, the smell of its aroma and the natural burning flame is calming and helps relieve stress.

4. Shine In

Natural light is key, as a designer I am always working with samples and colors, so for me the perfect natural light is neutral North facing. If you are a designer too, I would recommend this type of light. If you don’t have access to that, then any natural light is always better than artificial.

5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Your surroundings are important when you are working from home. There is nothing worse than being crowded by clutter and laundry, so even if there is mess around you and you don’t have time to deal with it, put it out of sight of your working space so not to distract you and take over the space.

6. Make Your Mark

Add your own touch, as one of the best things about working from home is that you always have all of your favorite items and belongings with you. Why not use your teapot and special cup for drinking tea? Surround yourself with items that inspire you and maybe even rehang some pictures to make sure that your favorite is in view.

7. Power of Color

Color can have a huge impact on our work. Blue objects around you can help to keep you calm and focused, while yellows can help boost creativity, perhaps you could even pop into the garden and pick yourself some daffodils to keep your creativity flowing.

Whilst you are working from home our team are always on hand to help and our website offers a range of online resources such as the ability to download décor swatches for mood boards, brochures, technical documents and more! Discover a wide range of colors, woods, patterns and true-to-scale designs available in a variety of finishes, grades and thicknesses in the comfort of your own home at formica.com.

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