Mugga Way ResidenceEclectic Home Office, Sydney
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4. Good task lightingA standard ceiling light providing overall illumination is just a starting point for a home office. You also want to include task lighting for reading and other close-up work. This home office layers in a desk lamp for task lighting, a floor lamp for task and ambient lighting and natural light from the glass doors and windows. The desk and computer screen are angled so that light filters in from the side, instead of from behind or in front of the computer, helping to prevent eye strain.
Turn the power offThis is a well-worn money saving tip, but one that needs to be reiterated in a tech world where we continue to fill our homes with more and more devices. Turning off the power on computers and unplugging idle chargers is going to save on energy and electricity costs. No matter how small the savings, it all adds up in the end.
9. Organise video callsI’m sure those who have moved away from home rejoiced when Skype first came onto the scene. A good video call reminds you that you can see and hear your loved ones’ faces anytime you need to. Try to schedule the call at a regular time so that it feels more like a catch-up than just talking about how much you miss home. Wine or tea time works perfectly, depending on the time zone. You could even watch movies together! It will feel as though you never left.
5. Plan the right layoutEverything from artworks and lighting to furnishing and drapery can give your office the warmth and personality you need to make working from home a pleasure. Experiment with desk position to see what feels right. The desk positioning in this home office means that although natural light pours into the room, there’s little reflection on the computer screen. Another bonus is that the owner is facing the door – so no-one can sneak up from behind! A home office doesn’t need to be cold and clinical – it’s the perfect opportunity to unleash your creativity. Added bonus: getting dressed up for work is optional. More: Keep These Dimensions in Mind When Planning a New Home Office