Five Ways to Make Your Home Office More Inspiring and Productive

Five ways to make your home office more inspiring and productive

how to create an inspiring office

As workweeks become more flexible, businesses become more digital, and entrepreneurs become more prominent, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point in your career you will have to work from home. And whether you have a whole room set aside for your office or just part of your home that you’ve designated as your workplace, it’s important to make sure it’s a place where you can be creative, comfortable, and most of all productive. (There’s nothing worse than trying to get a whole to-do list done when sitting in your bed in yesterday’s outfit surrounded by messy clothes and dim lights.)

In order to give you all the best tips and tricks on creating an inspiring space, we checked out the beautiful Light Rust Studio, an art and design studio that focuses on caring for the environment. Items are made using eco-friendly paper, recycled cardboard, repurposed old wood, and a whole lot of character. The owner and designer, Brittany Fabello, graduated from Monsterrat College of Art with a degree in graphic design and worked as a freelance designer right out of college. Light Rust Studio became Fabello’s creative outlet where she has united her two loves, art and design, to create products that will lighten up any space.

Here at Your Coffee Break we value simplicity and the craftsmanship behind it, so with Fabello’s creations in mind, we came up with five ways to make your home office more inspiring, productive, and naturally beautiful:

1. Take advantage of coffee cups

Not only are they great for their intended reason, but coffee cups can be repurposed in a ton of different ways. They can hold markers, pens, or even flowers and add a cute touch to your workspace. Plus, since they’re pretty small you’ll be adding a lot of fun to your desk without sacrificing your precious space. A simple black and white cup can add an earthy touch to your area while still being practical. Try using The Fresh Collective Co mug designed by Light Rust Studio.

2. Create a mood board

When you hit that midday work slump, it can be hard to get those creative juices flowing again. One great way to break through that creative block is to have your own personal mood board. Grab some cork board and a few of your beloved pictures and quotations like this “Live in the Sea” print for a space that’s calming and inspiring.

3. Fill your desk with frames

We all have those people in our lives that give us motivation and inspiration to be our absolute best. To make your space that much more personal, put up some cute frames with pictures of your loved ones so you always feel supported, even if you’re sitting alone in your home working. You can even put a quotation in a picture frame to complement your mood board and give you a daily dose of encouragement. This “Be free” print would add a natural, pretty quality to your desk.

4. Get organized

Especially when you’re working from home (where no one will yell at you for not cleaning up your space), it’s essential to keep yourself organized and accountable. Get yourself some filing cabinets or colored folders so you are always able to find whatever you need, whenever you need it.

5. Focus on lighting

It may seem silly, but having great lighting can really affect your mood while you’re working. Sitting near an open window with plenty of natural light is so much better than sitting in a semi-dark corner of your home. If natural light isn’t an option, try getting a bright lamp, so you can stay awake and happy throughout the day.

Do you have any tips on how to create an inspiring home office? Let us know in the comments below! 

Madison Feller

Madison is a student at the University of Missouri, where she studies magazine journalism, business and computer science. She is a freelance journalist and has previously written for the Columbia Missourian, Levo League, and her work has appeared in Business Insider. Follow her at @_madisonline where she regularly tweets about teen magazines and her love of red velvet cupcakes.