The benefits of a home office
Having an office in your house—whether or not you work from home—has many benefits. First, an office provides a designated place in your home to do work, homework, and any other tasks that require focused attention. It’s also a great place to store office and art supplies, mail, and important paperwork, and it helps keep clutter out of other areas of the home. Keep track of your schedule with an over-the-desk calendar, and separate work-related activities from the rest of the home.
Need some privacy? You’ve got an office for that. Whether you’ll be taking video calls or just need a place to shut yourself off from distractions, having a spot where you can close the door and focus will work wonders for your productivity.
How can you maximize the use of your office?
How to make your home office work for you
Your home office should be as pleasant as it is functional so that you enjoy the time you spend there! Here are some tips to make that happen.
Maximize natural lighting… or fake it
Natural lighting makes a room feel more open and even improves your mood. Maximize the natural light in your office by keeping the windows clean and by using light-colored or translucent window dressings. Small space? Opt for lighter colors on the walls and ceiling, and place a mirror across from the window.
What do you do if your office has no windows? Fake one! You can purchase a pre-made faux sunlight window, or you can DIY one. You’ll need LED strips (or a plant grow light for an even more realistic effect), an old window, frosted glass spray paint, and the curtains of your choice.
Pick the right colors
If you want your office to be a high-energy space for bold ideas and creative activity, choose colors that inspire you. Sunny yellows, deep blues, and vivid greens can do the trick, and experimenting with playful prints and textures will keep the ideas flowing.
If you prefer a calmer space for thoughtful creation and stress reduction, go with softer tones. Warm neutrals paired with strategic accent colors will work well, or you can try muted blues, tender greens, or soft blush tones.
Beyond aesthetics, your office should be a place where you can comfortably spend most of your day. That means you should consider your body’s needs when you furniture shop. Do you want a standing desk, a traditional one, or one that transitions between the two? What about an under-desk treadmill? If you’re buying a new office chair, opt for one that’s ergonomically designed to reduce spinal pains and strains, and get your hands on a wrist support for typing. Make your office as comfortable as possible by providing yourself with multiple areas to stand, sit, and work.
Ready to shop? Check out these 13 homes with offices for sale now
1. 607 Virginia Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27604 - $1,250,000
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,460 square feet
Listed by Liz Brown • Liz Brown Residential
2. 3714 Charleston Park Drive, Raleigh, NC 27604 - $425,000
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2,600 square feet
Listed by Lisa Jackson • Keller Williams Realty
3. 4732 Wooded Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 - $1,325,000
4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6,230 square feet
Listed by Glenn Kirby • Keller Williams Realty Cary
Listed by Jennifer Cain • Keller Williams Realty Cary
4. COMING SOON: 10704 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614 - $899,000
5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3,964 square feet
Listed by Judy Hart • Navigate Realty
5. 303 Dunwoody Drive, Raleigh, NC 27615 - $729,900
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,551 square feet
Listed by Chris Martin • Howard Perry & Walston Realtor
6. COMING SOON: 2508 Grant Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608 - $725,000
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1,400 square feet
Listed by Jenne Kendziora • Compass -- Raleigh
7. 1332 Hoke Landing Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 - $624,900
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 3,776 square feet
Listed by Jennifer Ravenscraft • Choice Residential Real Estate
8. COMING SOON: 6425 Northwyck Place, Raleigh, NC 27609 - $575,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,452 square feet
Listed by Hunter Cutright • EXP Realty LLC
9. 3702 Pembrook Place, Raleigh, NC 27612 - $539,000
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,256 square feet
Listed by Meg Bullard • DeRonja Real Estate
10. 121 Ryder Cup Circle, Raleigh, NC 27603 - $469,900
4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,230 square feet
Listed by Cassondra Liles • KW Realty Platinum
11. 5728 Apalachicula Drive, Raleigh, NC 27616 - $390,000
3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 1,841 square feet
Listed by Heidi Cowley • Allen Tate/Raleigh-Falls Neuse
12. 6608 Truxton Lane, Raleigh, NC 27616 - $509,900
4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, 2,800 square feet
Listed by Justin Burleson • Premier Agents Network
13. COMING SOON: 9606 Clubvalley Way, Raleigh, NC 27617 - $1,000,000
5 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, 4,350 square feet
Listed by Amy Gretenstein • Real Estate By Design
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Last updated on 13 April 2023 at 6:19PM.