The Home Office Is Here to Stay

Whenever we stage a home, we almost always stage a home office. It’s one of the most important rooms in a house these days, with so many people working at least part-time from home. In fact, according to Upwork, an estimated 32.6 million Americans will work remotely by 2025. This number equates to about 22% of the workforce!

So, what does this beautifully staged office look like? And how can you incorporate some of these interior design trends into your own work-from-home space? Read on …

Color palette: earthy neutrals

Especially when staging a home, the goal is to keep the room simple, sophisticated and chic. Neutral colors tend to have a calming effect, ideal for a space where there’s potential for stress and anxiety during the work day. 

A stylish focal point

Whether it’s a pop of patterned wallpaper, a wall painted in a darker shade or a gallery wall, keep the higher stylized points to one area so the room doesn’t look cluttered.

Biophilic design

Emphasize natural light, add small, potted plants or add a carpet that mimics patterns in nature to bring the outdoors in and capitalize on this biophilic design trend. Bonus perk of this trend? It could help you work harder! A report by Human Spaces found that biophilic design can increase productivity by 6% and creativity by up to 15%.

Meaningful minimalism

As I always tell my clients: One of the most critical aspects of preparing a home for sale is decluttering and thinning out your spaces. The same applies to a home office. A decluttered office is a happy, calm office and furniture should help reach this ideal. Consider desks with added storage, floating book shelves or a sleek media console to stow away and organize any clutter. On a related note, your desk should be as clear and clean as possible and all surfaces of an office shouldn’t be stacked high with papers or books. 

Retreat space

A productive workday is often about balance, so an office with a dedicated “retreat” space helps bring that balance to the room. Maybe there’s a quiet reading corner with a comfortable chair near the bookshelves or a meditation space intentionally placed where the natural light is the best. 

Hotelification 

The term “hotelification” refers to taking cues from the world of hotels and hospitality, creating a resort-style environment that feels like a staycation in your home. These elements could come by way of a small coffee bar, resort-like fabrics, lighting or wallpaper. 

In the end, the perfect home office space is the one that’s perfect for you! So, have fun with the design and if you’re thinking about selling your home, contact your local real estate professional, who can help you transform the room into an enticing space for potential buyers!

Andrew Manning • REALTOR® • Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties • DRE: 00941825 • 818-380-2147 • andrew@andrewmanning.com