By now, after six months of working from home, hopefully you’ve upgraded from a temporary home office to a more permanent set-up. But even if you’ve created a comfortable workspace, it can still feel a little bleak. Long days at your home office can start to feel like you’re living at work. Add to that the stress of the outside world—and no wonder so many of us are struggling!
That’s why—aside from the basics of a good home office desk, office chair, and other home office essentials—we’re big believers in infusing your workspace with small moments of joy. Things that make you pause, smile, breathe deeply, and find a little slice of peace in the midst of the craziness of life.
We asked a handful of our designers how they’re bringing moments of joy into their WFH spaces. Keep scrolling to get their best tips and peek inside their stylish workspaces!
Get Intentional With Your Workspace
Rather than being at the mercy of your own creativity or focus, create a space that fosters those things. By creating an intentional workspace (rather than bouncing from your sofa to the dining room table to your bed) you’ll have a space that tells your brain it’s time to work—whether or not you’re feeling particularly creative or focused at the moment. And, designing it in a way that will make you feel happy and inspired will make you want to spend your days there.
“I think it’s incredibly important to have a goal for your workspace. I can be pretty freeform in terms of where I work—at the coffee table, on the sofa, or even at the kitchen table. I’m more at the mercy of my creativity and when it strikes than anything else. However, cultivating a calming and inspiring space to nurture creativity definitely helps. My main goal with my workspace was to feel happy and inspired simply by sitting at my desk—despite whatever work stresses may be unfolding. There is such intention in curating a space for a specific purpose. There’s something almost ritualistic to it—which I love.” – Karina L, Modsy Designer
“I’m living tiny in a camper that my husband and I have renovated, and everything has to have multiple uses. My work area doubles as our dining space, extra kitchen prep area, and storage cabinet! I have to make the most of my small workspace, but to make it feel more inspirational and personalized I like to keep plants nearby, along with my essential oils so that everything always smells wonderful and I feel rejuvenated! My diffuser is on top while I keep my oils below along with extra books and even more things in the cabinets below. The table leaves fold down if necessary to provide more room and hide our open storage below. I’m also within arms reach of my coffee maker, which is always a plus!” –Victoria M, Modsy Designer
“I wanted a girly office that would display my favorite things. I used an acrylic desk and two Louis Ghost chairs to keep the room open since it is pretty small.” –Tais K, Modsy Designer
Surround Yourself with Things That You Love
Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and inspired—whether that’s travel-inspired decor, a favorite piece of artwork, books for when your brain needs a break, or fun little objects that make you smile—bring it into your workspace. Not only will these things add some fun and inspiration to the daily grind, they’ll also help motivate you on the difficult days!
“The thing I miss most right now is traveling, so I’ve made a point to fill my wall and desk with things that bring me joy and feed my wanderlust. I also always have inspirational quotes and a collection of my favorite poetry books on hand by my desk—and, of course, some plants!” – Katherine T, Modsy Designer
“I wanted to create a gallery wall that screams Kelly! I love art history, B&W movies, and London. With my cathedral ceilings, I needed Modsy to help create the layout. I’ve collected these pieces for years (some I purchased in London) and wanted to place them all together for a unique look. It’s displayed right over my desk and it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.” –Kelly W, Modsy Designer
“I’ve packed my small but mighty workspace with a few pieces of art and decor that make me smile. One of my favorites is an analogue clock with a design by Piero Fornasetti. I’ve found it to be surprisingly useful, as I can keep track of time the old fashioned way, instead of checking my phone and constantly being distracted by all those notifications.” –Madeline W, Modsy Designer
Get Happy With Some Houseplants
Plants make you happier—plain and simple. Whether it’s the vibrant greens enlivening the space or the knowledge that there’s another living thing nearby, styling with indoor plants can have a really positive impact on your mental health. Plus, certain varieties help purify the air and up the oxygen levels in the room. Needless to say, we could probably all benefit from some plants in our workspaces!
“My desk is in front of a window, so I’m able to have a bunch of plants around when I work. I’m inspired most by nature!” –Peter C, Modsy Designer
I’ve been quarantining in my childhood home while I prepare for a larger move in a couple of months. Being limited in what I can change in this room, I’ve focused on using small pieces to bring joy to my workspace. I’m a full-fledged plant mom and have built up a corner jungle surrounding my desk, as well as introducing photos of loved ones and items that mean a lot to me. Even if I don’t feel completely at home in this room, I’ve done what I can to feel happy, at peace, and motivated to work each day! –Becky S, Modsy Designer
Give Your Eyes a Break
Computer fatigue and eye strain are very real—especially now, when we’re working virtually and even meetings are computer-based. So, give yourself breaks throughout the day to step away from your screen, whether that’s indulging in a hobby mid-day or going on a walk. Having beautiful artwork above your desk or flowers next to your computer also gives your eyes something other than your computer to focus on in the midst of working. You might also want to consider blue light glasses to help with eye strain!
“Taking a break to arrange flowers in the midst of my workday brings me so much joy. And I always keep essential oils on my desk. I made a blend to help with headaches and computer fatigue, because that’s a real thing, as we all know. Having flowers on my desk gives me the best view ever and helps with eye strain from the computer screen. So much color and inspiration from flowers keeps me going as a designer.” –Cassandra W, Modsy Designer
Find Joy Wherever You Can
We don’t all have the luxury of creating a beautiful workspace that’s all our own, full of things that we love. For some of us, workdays are peppered with checking in on kids distance learning or sharing a space with a partner and overhearing their end of a video call. But even if your WFH situation feels a bit chaotic, we encourage you to find joy where you can. Whether that’s having photos of loved ones near your computer, appreciating good natural lighting in your workspace, or choosing to view being interrupted by your kids as an opportunity for a quick screen break instead of an annoyance, we can all find a bit of extra joy in the everyday if you look in the right places!
“My workspace is in the middle of my living/dining room so it’s important to me that it stays orderly but is personalized and fits within my decor scheme. I’ve added joy here with layered photos of my loved ones, an heirloom porcelain shoe from my grandma, and fresh flowers from the local farmer’s market.” –Rebecca S, Modsy Designer
“Because my husband is using our office and all three of our kids are home, my best workspace has proven to be in the kitchen. From here, I can answer my kids’ questions and keep on an eye on them while I still am able to work with good light and quick access to my coffee maker. I use oversized coffee table books to prop up my computer. It helps that they’re full of inspiration if I’m feeling stuck on something with work. The whole setup is easy to put away when I’m done with work. There seems to always be a toy our three-year-old deposits with me while he’s playing and those little trinkets always bring me a smile.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer
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