With the last dregs of summer fading away behind us and all hopes of an Indian summer have been dashed, the cooler Autumn mornings approach with certainty. The chillier starts and earlier nights signify the return of the colder months and as the weather turns, all our thoughts to start turning to buying winter clothes and making our homes cosier! If you work from home, your office will be the place you spend most of your day (and maybe night, too!). With this in mind, it’s important that this space is inviting and warm in order to get you through the autumn and winter days – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a cold, bare space to diminish your imagination!
The materials in the space will be the biggest driving factor to changing the feel of the place and warming it up. Texture really creates layers and makes the space inviting, in turn. Introduce different fabrics such as a faux sheepskin, fleece, velvet or wool that will create interesting focal points in the room and craft that perfect cosy feeling. Painting your walls and adding a textured wallpaper can also have the same effect. Plump for soft colours such as creams, reds and purples to keep that cosy feel.
As the biggest part of the room, the furniture will have the largest impact on the feel of the space. Colours such as white will have a fresh look and can make the space feel colder if not utilised properly. Wood furniture will create the cosiest feel as it has a warmth to it, but stick to materials such as oak, pine and beech that will give that traditional look we’re used to for that homely feel to your office. Opt for an oak computer desk to really draw the attention of the room, and select a complementary book case and shelves to bring it all together. This style of furniture, together with your textures, will warm up the space and make the room feel complete.
One of the most important aspects of any room is lighting, as this will create the atmosphere and set the tone of the space. Invest in some good quality lamps that will stand the test of time and that will also look timeless in the space. Larger, traditional style lamps will create the cosiest look but it won’t matter too much if you prefer more modern styles as these can work equally as well. Choose a yellow/warm-tinged bulb on a low wattage that will create a pleasant glow to the room. You can also go for other lighting options such as string lights if these are your style. These will create a homely feel to any room, but careful they don’t make you feel too restful or you won’t get any work done!
Accessories will add the finishing touches to the space with only a few pieces needed. These can also be used to transform the space if you’re unable to change any furniture or alter the wall colours. If you have space, introducing plants will give it a natural feel, and also adds another texture in the mix. Add candles for the ultimate homely feel that will add a warmth to the room, especially your favourite fragranced candles – incense or oil burners will also have the same effect! Material accessories such as cushions, rugs and throws are the perfect last minute items and make the space comfortable and warm to work in.
Hopefully these cosy office ideas should get your creative juices flowing this autumn!