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Talking Workspace Contemporary Style

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Since computer desks come in a number of sizes, ranging from compact to executive, you can design your new home office around any space that is available. Whether you will have an entire room at your disposal, a niche off a hallway or a corner of the family room, you can have a contemporary style home office or workspace that is practical, functional and inspirational.

First Things First

Decide where you will put your home office or workspace.

Make a list of office furniture you would like to have in the space, such as a computer desk, filing cabinet and office chair.

How many people and are they right-handed or left-handed? If you’re designing a home office or workspace that is going to be shared, a desk like the Bestar Executive U-Shape Wood Office Set could be the perfect solution when addressing handedness and two people sharing.

Prepping for Your Home Office

The contemporary home office blends the functionality of a business office with the warm ambiance of your home. Because the color palette for a contemporary style home office can be neutral or bold or anything in between, and the lines of contemporary home office furniture are sleek, smart and functional, the result can be a pleasant work environment with a modern, upbeat look.

If you have a choice, select a hardwood or laminate floor in a light to medium wood finish. This type of flooring will also add to your contemporary design. Use it as a “foil” or backdrop for an area rug in bright colors with a geometric pattern.

Accessorizing Your Home Office

Take some time to consider what kind of window treatment you would like for your home office. Especially if it has its own room, the curtains or other type of window treatment you select should pull all of the other décor elements in the space together so that it is visually cohesive.

If your home office is part of another room, you may wish to differentiate it from the rest of the area by an area rug or decorative room divider.

Shed some light. A mix of contemporary task lighting such as a desk lamp and/or a floor lamp combined with some kind of ambient lighting like a flush mount ceiling fixture will provide a good balance for when you’re working at your desk or your getting something from the bookcase or file cabinet. design of your modern office.

A wall clock or a desk clock is a must-have item to keep you track and on time.

Don’t forget to hang some pictures on the wall that will not only give your home office a finished look, but ones that will also provide inspiration. For that special touch that will make the space unique to you, place framed photographs of family and friends on the computer desk and the shelves of the bookcase.

Designing a Workspace that Works

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Even if you bought a computer desk just as someplace to put the computer or you only use your “home office” when you have to pay the bills, having an organized workspace that is functional and attractive is important. It’s even more important if you have your own home business or you work from home on a regular basis. A successful workspace meets all of your needs; is comfortable and ergonomic; and includes environmental considerations like any potential noise factor, sufficient lighting and power sources. Revamping your current work area or designing an efficient place to work is not hard.

First, decide where your home office will be. If you have a spare room that isn’t currently being used for anything other than storage, clearing it out would be a good place to start. If your workspace must be integrated into another room like the family room, rec room or living room, consider ways to reduce background noise like using partitions or a decorative screen to create a sense of privacy. The computer desk itself can be used as a “divider.” A stand alone L-shape desk can be used to define the perimeters of a home office in a multipurpose room by placing one side of the L against a wall.

If you’re really pressed for space, how about the corner of one of the rooms of your home? Planning a workspace around a corner computer desk, is not only a space-saving solution, but geographically speaking it will be out of the way of the television or other distractions. Particularly if you have a home-based business, take inventory of the office equipment and furniture pieces you will need. The focus of the home office and how much furniture and equipment you require will have a direct bearing on where you set up your workspace.

Once you know where your home office is going to be located, you can start planning out the space. If you will need to see clients or business associates, you will want your home office to be professional looking, yet be a comfortable and welcoming place. Consider purchasing a side chair for visitors that matches your office chair, or if there is room, a small sofa. Especially if you’re sharing the room, make your work area your own by painting the wall or walls a color that is pleasing to you. Lighter colors are better color choices since they are generally more soothing and conducive to a work environment.

Now you’re ready to incorporate other organizational office-related furniture and accessories such as a file cabinet, bookshelves and a paper tray or letter caddy. Having someplace to put things will keep your workspace efficient and appealing. Go up rather than out. Add a hutch to your desk or a tall (vertical) shelving unit. Building up will utilize wall rather than floor space.

The final step is to accessorize your workspace. Decorate the walls with pictures, posters or photographs that will inspire you. Personalize your desk with one or two family photos. In addition to natural light and overhead lighting, make sure your purchase a desk lamp: you’ll not only be able to see the task at hand, but a good one will give your workspace that stylish finishing touch.

Computers in the Kitchen?

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

A stove, sink, microwave, and fridge are definite must-haves in a kitchen. But a computer…well, that’s just crazy talk!

Bago Luma Serving StationWhile adding a computer to your kitchen design, whether new or reno, might sound a bit odd, consider this: professional chefs and restaurateurs have actually been using computers in the kitchen for several years now. In a residential setting, they can be just as valuable for anything from meal planning to a place where young children can use the computer while you’re preparing dinner.

People have many reasons for wanting a computer in the kitchen. One of the driving forces behind designing computer-friendly kitchens is contractors who are building homes with multi-purpose rooms in response to consumer demand – gone is the “formal” living room reserved only for guests. Another reason computers are appearing more and more in kitchens is multi-tasking. It allows you to keep an eye on the stove while checking your email, watching an online news story or supervising a child’s computer time, whether for homework or for fun.

  • Everyone today is aware of privacy and online security issues; children, especially young ones, should be supervised when surfing the net.
  • Not just for meal planning or looking up recipes, a computer can also be used to create grocery or inventory lists, convert measurements and watch videos of how to cook certain foods.
  • It makes placing online grocery orders easier.
  • A computer in the kitchen creates a natural gathering place for family members to plan an outing, buy movie tickets online or to have a video conference with the grandparents.
  • You will have music wherever you go. A kitchen computer is a handy source of music to cook by.

The Antique Black Computer Armoire ideal for a kitchen that is also used as the main dining area
Will it be a computer station for the kids so you can supervise their homework and/or internet usage? Then you will want the computer to be in your line of sight rather than behind you when you’re standing at the sink or stove.

If you like a dedicated recipe station and a place to plan meals, perhaps it would be best to put the computer at the end of the counter or on the kitchen island where you do most of your food prep.

Give some thought to traffic flow. Whether the workstation is a built-in or a freestanding unit like a computer desk or a computer armoire, you will want to be able to sit and work at the computer without blocking the “kitchen triangle” (pathway from the sink to the stove to the refrigerator), as well as any entrances.

Your computer desk or workstation will need to be situated near a power source.

Work out your electrical wiring/power source needs. Even if you plan on using a laptop, it will eventually need to be recharged at some point. 

The width of the computer area should be at least 24 inches. If you would like your kitchen computer station to include space for spreading out papers or homework, or room for friends to gather around the screen, double the width, from 42 to 48 inches. 

Whether it’s a built-in or freestanding unit, you probably will want under-desk storage for any computer hardware you would like to hide away. Make sure any cabinetry, computer desk CPU compartment or enclosed area provides adequate ventilation. 

Don’t forget to include some kind of wire management system. You want easy access but without the clutter. 

Especially in a kitchen environment, include a dedicated slide-out keyboard tray in your computer setup. When not in use, you can retract the keyboard tray, protecting it from any potential mishaps.

Shelves above the computer desk or workspace are a must-have for office supplies, a choice selection of cookbook faves and peripherals like a printer or fax machine.
If you’re designing a built-in computer station, don’t forget to shed some light on the subject. Under-cabinet task lighting is the perfect solution, freeing up workspace while make the most of the light source. 

The same goes for any computer desk or computer armoire you are adding to your kitchen. Make sure you select a good desk lamp that will let you work comfortably at the computer.

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