Visionary Architecture: The Rise of Multi-Use Spaces

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This pandemic has forced the majority of us to use our homes differently. Whether that’s working from home, doing at-home exercises in place of the gym, or home-schooling the kids – all of us are spending more time in our homes. Consequently, this has prompted many of us to re-think our interior designs. 

There’s a percentage of us lucky enough to have homes with studies where we can set up at-home offices or spare rooms to bundle away gym equipment. However, for those who don’t have that luxury, multi-use areas are becoming increasingly common. 

Whether that’s transforming your living room into an office by day, and back into a hub of tranquillity by evening, or just making the most out of storage-saving furniture, there are lots to consider as you design your multi-use room. 

From layouts to lights, to views….it all leads back to this question: how can I best design this space to balance pragmatism, aesthetics, and mental health and well-being?

Let’s find out…

 

Layouts

If you don’t have an entire room that you can designate to your at-home office, you’ll need to carefully select a space that can double-up as your workspace. 

If you’re short on space, cue the corner desk. 

As its name so aptly suggests, these desks sit snugly in the corner of the room. As such, they leave free loads of space, making them a more space-efficient option than a regular desk. You can even build in storage above your desk to ensure your files, folders, stationery, etc., stay neatly tidied away in one compacted space. 

Or, let’s say, you want to transform your kitchen, dining space, living room, etc. from your office back to its intended purpose. You can do so without leaving a trace of your workspace behind. Just pick furniture that makes the transition easy – for instance, an understated table and slim, foldable chairs. You can easily and quickly put these out for a desk chair and back again.  

 

Lighting

Once you know which room you’ll do most of your work in, you can adjust the lighting accordingly. When it comes to working on a laptop for hours on end, adequate lighting should not be underestimated. It can have a direct effect on your productivity and reduce the likelihood of eye strain and headaches. 

For focus-intensive tasks, ensure you have a dedicated light source like a desk lamp. We recommend using an adjustable desk lamp so that you can shine light exactly where you need it.

 

View

Do any of the windows in your property look out onto a nice view?

If so, try and prioritize that space for your desk. If not (or if that isn’t possible), decorate the wall you’re facing with whatever brings a smile to your face. This could be photos of family and friends, artwork, retro posters, you name it – create a view that makes you feel happy and productive.

 

To learn more, and find out how we can help, please feel free to get in touch.

 

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