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HOME STYLING


WORKING IT FROM HOME


The hottest interior trends are making their way into the home office and what’s more, they could actually be aiding your productivity. Abby Chinery looks at the most desirable decor trends that you should be adopting


hen it comes to creating a space for working from home which is not only stylish and harmonious, but also which supports efficient working, picking the right colours and textures is key. Here are some options.


W GREEN


Voted Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, bright green would be the perfect hue to inject a refreshing nature-inspired feel to your home office, as opposed sterile white which has been an office favourite for some time.


The effect colours have on our mood has been well documented; the University of Texas established that certain colours, used in a work environment, can produce feelings of melancholy and depression. Green, on the other hand, has been said to promote productivity, and it works especially well in sectors where employees regularly work for lengthy periods at a time.


RAW WHITE


There is no doubt that white is still popular for interiors. However, the distinction with this hot trend is that ‘raw’ white includes chalkier and bone- coloured whites that are far from clinical. Having a light and airy room will improve your productivity, as exposure to bright white and daylight makes you feel more awake. According to a study by Travelodge, Britain’s workaholics prefer a neutral colour-scheme when working, making it less likely to for people to procrastinate whilst working. It is also representative of a blank canvas, allowing time to focus your mind on the task at hand without being distracted by objects and make you unfocused.


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to work productivity. Reports indicate that working in a space with little interior decor will encourage your brain to perform better and therefore increase work productivity.


According to a study conducted by the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, being in a room surrounded by an excess of objects within your eyeline distracts the brain, making it harder to focus on the task at hand.


Leading experts in interior design indicate that a busy and chaotic working environment can portray the disorder and confusion in your life, creating an environment that is difficult to concentrate in. Clearing your home office and creating


a minimalistic space can help you to achieve success in your professional life.


FAUX FINISHES


Marble may have reached its peak in 2016, but this trend, along with other faux finishes, hasn’t budged from our interior hotlist in 2017. Homeowners, designers and companies alike are turning to faux materials for a budget friendly design in various rooms around the home. It is now common to see big companies using faux décor in their office design, creating a sleek and stylish look to the eye maintaining a professional minimalist design, while helping to increase work proficiency. Design ideas include the use


september/october 2017


SCANDINAVIAN AND JAPANESE DESIGN Despite being two disparate nations, Scandinavian and Japanese designs have one thing in common: minimalism. Sometimes considered stark and cold, minimalism could however hold the key


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