It’s still the beginning of the new year and if you are anything like me, you have a long list of things you want to accomplish this year. This can be problematic if you don’t have a space to spread out and focus on the work you want to do. This is why I am writing about these incredibly helpful design tips for a his and hers home office. Whether your home office is a little cut-out nook in the kitchen, or an entire room, planning a home office takes a little bit of prep and a lot of flexibility, especially if you are sharing your space with your hubby. I will walk you through some of the questions I ask my clients before we jump into designing a his and her office space, in hopes that it will help you avoid arguments with your spouse and result in a fantastic home office. So get out your pen and paper and let’s get started.
Office Space Mini-Questionnaire
1. What is the overall goal of this space?
2. What do I need to accomplish in this space?
3. How many people will need work stations in the home office?
4. Do I need additional seating areas for others?
5. What are my storage needs?
6. How do I want to feel while I am in the space?
7. How much room do I need to spread out my projects?
8. What colors would I love to have in this room?
9. What colors would I hate to have in this room?
As if figuring out what your style is, now we have to consider your hubby’s style too? Is this even possible? Well, yes it is, and from my experience with my clients, you just might find out that you and your spouse have more in common that you thought. But in all honesty, planning a shared office space for you and your hubby can be fun! So let’s get started, shall we?
TIPS to planning a great office space for you and your husband
1. Separately, each of you write down your individual answers to the above questions then share them once you have answered the questions individually.
2. Listen to and respect each other’s preferences and styles and find a way to mesh them.
3. Don’t take a hard stance on all of the design elements, only the ones that mean the most to you or will most impact your comfort level.
4. Pick colors that aren’t trendy, but true to both of your personalities. I recommend neutral colors (which can be anything, really), but colors that won’t interfere with the productivity of the space. Greys, mochas, even black and whites are a good idea for wall colors. If you want a punch of color, do it in a way that can be removed if your tastes change – like in artwork, accessories, lamps. Rugs are also a fun way to incorporate color, but they can be a pricey thing to rotate, so I recommend picking one that won’t break the bank if you decide you want a new one in three years.
Yes it is possible to have a special design that reflects both of your interests and personality. Compromise and communication are key. I love helping couples figure out their styles and create a layout that seamlessly blends both styles, so if you need help, be sure to contact me.