In these times of physical distancing, working from home has become the new norm – so we might as well do what we can to make it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
In-demand interior designer Katharine Pooley has come up with 10 practical tips for brightening the home workplace – whether that's a discrete office or the kitchen table! And the good news, according to the London-based designer who was a judge of the Best Interior Design award in the 2018 A&D Awards, is that doesn't need to cost a bundle of money.
"Make it personal", she suggests. "Add objects you associate with happy memories. Even though your are working, this is still your home. Make it feel happy." Objects could include artwork, framed photos, colourful flowers or even a jar of your favourite sweets. Other tips include adding a statement lamp on your table top or updating your screensaver to a warm and uplifting image, such as seasonal flowers.
If you're setting up a table to work from, place it in near a window or alcove, rather than up against a wall. And if you have a bit more budget, why not splash out on a more luxurious chair. "Add a sculptural desk chair for a touch of glamour," she suggests. "Fluted upholstery or metal tacking both work well."
For those with a separate office in a small room, opt for a Roman blind rather than curtains. "You want to maximise your natural light and use a large scale patterned fabric for added interest."
Katharine acknowledges that we're still grappling with new ways to work and live. "Small changes can make a big difference, so play around, have fun and see what works best with what you have." Check our more ideas for an inspiring home office at her online boutique store at www.katharinepooley.com.