Home Offices That Inspire More Than Just Hard Work
As we turn our attention to our well-being at home, it’s impossible to overlook new needs for the increasing number of people who are working from home. In 2020, office workers took video calls from their dining tables, from makeshift workspaces in spare bedrooms, from unfinished basements, and from their living room couches. Trend casting conducted by our Marvin Design Lab, also showed that home workers gravitate toward 3- or 4-season porches, rooms with large sliding glass doors, or other well-lit spaces. Basements, closets, and bedrooms are areas many retreat to temporarily to focus on work, but they don’t inspire us or feed our senses.
The home office of 2021 is an opportunity to step up the inspiration factor with an emphasis on spaces that encourage calm and focus, that use natural materials, nature-inspired patterns, and light-reflecting paint to create the zen needed to tackle those spreadsheets. Architects, designers, and builders will include more dedicated office spaces than before, and they’ll make them well-lit, well-insulated (think double or triple pane windows to block out unwelcome noise), and designed for both well-being and the ideal Zoom background.