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Two Home Office Trends That Are Here to Stay

by Michael Rothstein, GRI 08/16/2021

Creating the perfect work environment at home is crucial for helping you stay productive and comfortable in your work life. Your home office also provides a perfect opportunity to design and decorate a space that’s completely your own. If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some of the top trends for home office design to help inspire you.

Turn Up the Comfort

With a home office, you have the chance to create your own workspace and make it as comfortable as you want. While not everyone has room for an entire sofa or overstuffed armchair in their home office, comfortable accents can go a long way. Try including a thick throw blanket either hanging over the back of your desk chair or on a stylish blanket ladder. You could also add coziness with a plush area rug, candles and houseplants.

Lighting also plays a huge part in the overall comfort of an interior space and is especially important for home offices. Your workspace should have ample lighting to assist you in comfortably carrying out your tasks and staying productive, but instead of bright white fluorescents opt for soft white LED smart lightbulbs. Many have multiple light settings to adjust throughout the day or to set a specific comfort level in a room. Adding multi-step bulbs to main fixtures and lamps is a simple way to indulge in the cozy office trend.

Use Your Wall Space

From storage to pure decoration, there are plenty of ways to use extra wall space in your home office efficiently. One emerging trend is decorating your walls with modern technology and practices in mind—namely video conferencing. Creating dedicated Zoom backdrops for your video calls gives you a unique opportunity to show off your personal style while in the virtual workplace. Floating shelves and bookcases with your favorite office decor and attractive trailing houseplants make a great background without causing a distraction. If you prefer a tidy look, hide your storage behind cabinet doors or curtains.

One important thing to note when creating a dedicated backdrop is to consider your lighting. As tempting as it might be to show off the beautiful view outside your window, avoid facing your webcam toward the outside unless you have another light source. Without a desk light or another option to light your face, the natural light from the window can make you nearly invisible on computer screens. Besides attractive backgrounds, dedicated lighting for video conferencing is another trend that’s likely to endure.

Many design trends come and go, but the ones that follow changes in lifestyle will stay awhile. With more and more people working from their home offices, workspace design is more popular than ever. These are the hottest trends we’re seeing in home office design that you can use as inspiration for your office setup.

About the Author

Michael Rothstein, GRI

Active in residential brokerage since 1985, Michael enjoys a loyal following of past buyers and sellers. Prior to entering brokerage, he studied culinary arts and managed restaurants in the Boston area. Born and raised in Newton, Michael is very familiar with the Greater Boston area. His seven-day-a-week commitment to his profession serves his clients and customers well. His educational background includes The Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute, The Lee Institute for Real Estate, and The Tom Hopkins and Floyd Wickman Sales Training courses. 

In recognition of his completion of the prescribed courses in real estate practice and ethics, Michael has earned the distinguished GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) designation. He continues his long-standing membership in the National Association of Realtors and is an avid fly fisherman, musician, and outdoor enthusiast. 

 Michael was recently honored by Ryan Gorman, president of Hammond’s parent company: "Congratulations! I am pleased to recognize you for being named among Realogy Brokerage Group’s Top 1,000 Sales Associates. With more than 50,000 sales associates across Realogy Brokerage Group, this outstanding accomplishment has earned you an elite standing amongst your peers. Your continued dedication to providing an unparalleled level of service to your clients, even in these unprecedented times, is an inspiration to us all.” Michael was awarded the International President's Circle Award for sales expertise, market knowledge, and dedication to clients for 2020 and 2021.