A Haven for Productivity

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At the beginning of the pandemic, many office professionals retreated to their homes and settled into an uncomfortable chair with a laptop on their dining table. As the days passed, people soon realized the need for an actual office at home – a quiet, practical space with a comfortable chair, desk and other necessities that create a good working environment. The design industry has seen increased demand for creating stylish productivity havens in their client’s homes whether it be in new construction or retrofitting existing spaces.

This clean and minimal office, a recent Premier Group design, can be achieved with the right technology foundation concepted and built-in from the beginning. Photo: Jamie Anderson

A well-designed home office starts with a good foundation, which according to Jason Barth, principal of Premier Group, is your network. A fully functional and reliable office includes systems built in that maximize connection while minimizing obtrusiveness. “With a solid network foundation, work will flow uninterrupted and additional automation can be incorporated to maximize comfort,” says Barth. Shades, lighting and audio can all be fully integrated and controlled via app for the ultimate in convenience.

An office with built-in bookcases creates a visually interesting backdrop for video conferencing, as well as a cozy library feeling. Design: Everything Home; Photo: Sarah Shields

A professional designer will work with you to create the best environment for your home office. They help with traditional tasks like paint selection and furniture layout, and also consider angles and lighting that are important in the age of video conferencing. “Uncomfortable glares and messy Zoom backgrounds are common pitfalls that most homeowners overlook. An appropriate video backdrop is essential when working with an important client,” says Wendy Langston of Everything Home. A designer is a valuable resource not only for space planning and sourcing furniture, but they can also help with styling and choosing art and accessories.

Since the boom in home office projects, showrooms and experts at the Indiana Design Center have been helping residents revamp their spaces with the utmost form and functionality. Connect with a professional to best understand the possibilities of your space and seek out inspiration and products within the IDC shops and showrooms.

To enlist the help of a professional, schedule a complimentary 50-minute Designer on Call appointment at the Indiana Design Center.