Workplace That Feels Like Home
Written by
Helen Bradford
April 2019
Written by
Helen Bradford
April 2019

Given the amount of time an average adult now spends at work, it’s safe to say that offices have become our second homes. This has prompted architects and interior designers to move away from the sterile and impersonal office look toward a more inviting and cozy workplace.

What’s great about this shift in office design is that that you don’t need to be a professional decorator to give our workspace a warm and homey makeover. Here are some simple solutions that will make your office look and feel like home away from home.

Personalized desk

If you work at a desk, the first thing you need to do to make your office feel homier is to add a personal touch to your workspace. There are countless ways to personalize your desk, but before you start piling on nostalgic knick-knack you need to make sure your desk is free of clutter.

Once you’ve thrown out old documents and organized your stationery, you can start decorating your desk with items that remind you of your life at home. This can be anything from your favorite books and a table lamp you brought from home to that mug you always drink your coffee from on weekends and some textured wallpaper for your desk drawers.

Comfy chair

Using a comfortable chair at work is not only hugely important for the sake of your health, but it’s also a great way to make your office feel more familiar and homelike. If bringing in your own chair goes against the company’s policy you can always talk to the HR and explain that your current chair is causing you back problems which has started to affect your productivity. Trust me – they’ll be more than happy to allow you to bring any chair you like if you tell this will help you work more efficiently.

When choosing an office chair, don’t just focus on design and color. You need to make sure the chair provides sufficient lumbar support and is fully adjustable. The office chair should have an ergonomic design to help increase mobility with minimal effort and encourage good posture.

Snacks on deck

What better way to help you get through the long days at work than keeping a stash of your favorite snacks nearby? Having a favorite snack in the middle of a stressful work day can instantly boost your mood and make your work environment feel like home – even if it’s just for a short while.

Keep in mind though that stocking up on potato chips and candy bars is probably not the best idea. High salt and sugar content in these snacks encourage water retention and will make you sluggish and tired, so steer clear of convenience food and fill you snack drawer at work with equally tasty yet healthier options that will give you the energy boost you need to make it through your day.

Some of the finger-licking healthy snacks you can bring to work include dried fruits and nuts, home trail mix, baby carrots, dark chocolate, raw veggies with hummus, and leftovers from your favorite home-cooked meal.

Your favorite beverage

What would a day at work look like without coffee? A nightmare, if you ask me! The warm, rich flavor of freshly made coffee and that welcoming aroma reminiscent of lazy days at home is enough to give any office environment more welcoming and inviting.

But not just any coffee will do. If you really want to feel like home at your workplace, it’s a good idea to invest in a high-quality coffee-machine like the ones found at Lavazza Office Coffee. The state-of-the-art machines will make your whole office smell like an authentic Italian coffee shop at the touch of a button. An easy-to-use corporate coffee machine will save you the hassle of measuring individual coffee cups and cleaning the portafilter every time you make a brew.

Natural light

You wouldn’t pick a house with no natural light, would you? The orientation of the house in relation to the sunlight is one of the top concerns of residential architects - and for a good reason too: natural light is an instant mood booster that stimulates the production of ‘feel good’ chemicals called endorphins. Natural light will give you office a sensation of warmth and will instantly turn a cold and impersonal workspace into a cozy and welcoming one.

But that’s not all. Working under natural light is also a health issue. Research has shown that exposure to natural light boost productivity at work and improves sleep quality of office workers. In fact, those who work in windowless offices scored lower on quality of life measures, experienced more sleep disturbances, and had an abnormal circadian rhythm. Lack of natural light at work can also compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to airborne diseases such as the common cold and the flu.

Colors & textures

If you want to transform your workspace into a second home, you should pay special attention to the color and materials you choose for your office décor.  The best solutions for cramped offices are neutral pastel colors that create the appearance of a more open space.

If your manager’s not on board with painting the entire office your favorite color, you can always add pops of pastel colors to your own workspace to make it feel more spacious and comfortable. Décor details in mellow hues will help you feel more relaxed at work and make your workplace feel more tranquil and serene.

When it comes to materials and textures, pick wood décor details to give your office a warm, rustic feel. You can also throw a chunky knitted throw over your office chair and hang some jute rope shelves to add  texture and dimension to your plain office walls.

Indoor plants

You’ve probably noticed how a single plant can almost instantly freshen up any space and make it homier. Whether it’s your bedroom, living room, or your place of work, an indoor plant can work wonders for your mood and motivation.  

Since most people associate plants with the peacefulness of nature, surrounding yourself with indoor plants in your office can help you cope with work-related stress. Not only will indoor plants boost your mood and make you more productive at work, but they’ll also purify the stale air in your office, reduce extra humidity, and help with noise reduction.

The best indoor plants for your office include devil’s ivy, aglaonema, ficus benjamina, bromeliads, philodendron, peace lily, dracaena, and different species of cacti. Devil’s ivy can thrive in almost any office conditions, grows very quickly, and has been cited by NASA's Clean Air Study for its air purifying qualities.

Aglaonema and ficus benjamina remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from air, while exotic-looking bromeliads are a great choice if you want to add a splash of color to your workspace. Both philodendron and peace lily are low-maintenance plants ideal for inexperienced growers and busy office workers, while dracaena is one of the most effective indoor plants for air purification. Cacti can thrive with little water, which makes them a great choice for office workers looking for durable plants that will last a long time.

Family photos

This is an obvious one: decorating your workplace with photos of your loved ones is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to make your office feel like home. Don’t be afraid to think beyond the regular desk frames and get creative with your family photo display. Your co-workers won’t mind and you’ll feel more comfortable and cozy when surrounded by photos of those closest to you.

Whether it’s an old, black-and-white picture of your parents or grandparents, your wedding photos, or portraits of your children, family photos are one of the best ways to personalize your office without making you look unprofessional. Pick a stylish photo display that give your office space a more inviting look and make you feel like you’re working from the comfort of your home.  

The smell of home

A scent diffuser is a quick and inexpensive way to create a warm and welcoming environment at work. If you work in an open-space office you first need to make sure that all of your colleagues are on board with the idea of a scented workplace. Once everyone’s agreed that covering up those unpleasant office odors with a scent diffuser is a smart investment, you can start shopping around for the perfect scent.

Keep in mind that certain scents can give you a headache so choose warm fragrances that will make your office feel like a cozy family home without being overpowering. The best office-friendly scents include jasmine, lily, rosemary, geranium, citrus, and bergamot.

Fun & games

‘Fun’ is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about office life. But working in an office doesn’t have to be mind-numbing and tedious. If you want your workplace to feel like home, you should take the time out of every day to unwind and have some fun with your colleagues. Not only will having fun at work make you feel more comfortable, but it will also keep you motivated and help you stay productive all day long.

One way to bring more fun into your office life is to talk to your manager about creating a fun chill-out zone in your office that the whole team will enjoy. Setting up a chill-out area with board games, books, magazines, big-screen TV, computer games, and anything else you like will instantly revamp your work environment and help everyone keep their cool during those super-busy days when work stress reaches a boiling point.

 There you have it! You don’t need to break your budget to make your workplace feel like home. Make a statement by personalizing your desk, bring in a comfortable chair, keep your favorite snacks at arm’s length, and invest in a quality coffee machine. Green up your space with indoor plants and don’t forget to let in some natural light to help you stay productive throughout the day.  Last but not least, surround yourself with family photos, soft colors, cozy textures, and homey scents and don’t forget to have some fun during lunch break.

Let's be friends

The Women Behind She Writes

388 articles
12 articles

Featured Members (7)

123 articles
379 articles
54 articles
60 articles

Featured Groups (7)

Trending Articles

  • Turn Your Blog into a Book
  • Determining If You Need Sensitivity Readers
  • The Girl in Hemingway's Studio
  • The Karma Book Club: A Romantic Comedy (Club Series 2)...
  • The Beauty of Memoir
  • R.F. Kuang on Writer's Block, Reading & a...

No comments yet