Creating a Balanced Live/Work Space

LIVE smarter | 2021-07-19

It has long been held that good design is linked to physical and emotional health, and the following ideas are great solutions for designing healthy interiors that offer a balanced live/work space.

Layout: Balance Privacy and Space

To create a space in harmony with itself, distinct areas should account for separate needs. There should be a clear division between workspace and living space, such that you have both privacy to concentrate and an open-concept, seamless interior in which to connect with family and friends. To do this, you could consider a compact work station tucked neatly into the corner of a room that leaves the majority of the room accessible.

Form: Ergonomics

Just as its important to create two distinct areas within the same space, it is equally as important to pay attention to how you work. It’s best to avoid working from your bed or couch, but you can invest even further by outfitting your workspace with an ergonomic office chair, keyboard and mouse, or even a standing desk to keep your posture healthy. The appropriate furniture will allow you to subconsciously settle into the right frame of mind.

Aesthetic: Visually Pleasing

Over time, work brings stress and mental exhaustion. That, coupled with the fact that we are spending more time at home, leaves few avenues for healing. The right design can work wonders in alleviating tension. Specifically, colour therapy, that has been proven to create interiors and moods that are happier, stronger and more productive. Paint with light, pleasing tones or warmer, more comfortable colours, and décor that keeps the eye interested, are principles that stave away negative emotion.

Habit: Stay Organized

Organization is one of the most important ways to keep a healthy balance within a live/work space—and it encompasses many aspects. First, a fixed schedule: pace yourself by not overworking, and set deadlines to have a clearer picture of what your day is going to look like. Then, for the sake of creativity and efficiency, keep your space clear of clutter so that your work doesn’t physically spill over into the living area. In doing this, you can maintain a clear distinction between work and living, from times of day to spatial boundaries.

Function: Equipment

Giving consideration to the equipment you need is the next step to organization. Speed, efficiency and mindfulness are critical when designing a balanced work/life space. You should only purchase and keep equipment you will use on a daily basis to avoid unnecessary clutter, and to further streamline how you operate, you could invest in wireless technologies that allow you to work flexibly. Pay careful mind and make informed decisions to keep your workspace as minimal as possible, so that there is less distraction and more opportunity for focus.