Whether your workplace has gone virtual or you’re taking time to reflect on the next step of your personal or professional journey, having a space that’s comfortable, inspirational and, most importantly, yours is a must. It also helps if that space is visually appealing—not just for the impromptu videoconference, but for your own equanimity.

Here are some tips to help you brighten up your space and make working from home the best it can be. 


Vibrachrome® print of: Fishing boats at rest © Alan P. Scherer Jr.

Own Your Space
For many of us, there’s no getting around the fact that the lines between home, work and school have been blurred. But as you work to juggle all of life’s new demands, it’s important to carve out a space that’s dedicated solely to your work—whether it be an actual home office or a makeshift corner with a folding desk and chair. In the case of the latter scenario, you may want to consider a room divider, partition or temporary wall to help block out your surroundings. 

 

Out with the Old
One thing these crazy times have given us is the opportunity to reflect on what’s important and rid ourselves of things we don’t need, or, in the spirit of KonMari, the things that don’t bring us joy. When it comes to your workspace, clutter can be cause for both annoyance and distraction. As with all cleaning projects, the initial haul will likely take some time, effort and tough decision-making. But once that’s out of the way, you’ll likely only need to dedicate a few minutes at the end of each week to ensure you’re surrounding yourself with just the essentials for the next week ahead. 


Canvas Print of Flowers © Robert Dunn

Breathe New Life
The mental health benefits of nature are well documented. In the age of social distancing, bringing the outdoors in can also bring some much-needed positive energy into a less than ideal situation. Some plants, such as the snake plant, can even help purify surrounding air and remove toxins (and if you’re dealing with toxic people, get yourself a plant that can do both—like a peace lily.) This would be a great time to give your neighborhood florist a call to help you curate a selection that works for your space while supporting local business.

 

Curate Your Own Art Collection
Art is the foundation of a great interior space, and your home office is no exception. Think about the places and settings where you feel most centered, then bring those elements into your space. Not only has art been shown to have therapeutic effects, but in the age of videoconferencing, it also provides a picturesque and professional backdrop for all those virtual interactions.

You can browse tons of great images for your home office while supporting the art community on Your Art Gallery, an online platform showcasing artists of all levels. If you need help finding pieces that complement one another and your space, our curation team can help you create a cohesive set. Visit www.yourartgallery.com to learn more and find your perfect collection.