The office, whether at home or in a designated work location, needs to strike the perfect balance between personality and practicality, in order to be an effective workspace. You need to put the emphasis on structure, organisation and functionality, but you don’t necessarily have to forfeit the fashion aspect to do so.
In recent years, the growing popularity of contemporary style has resulted in more and more people feeling at home in ultra-modern minimalist settings.
This particular motif works especially well in offices because it provides both aesthetic and pragmatic appeal. Clean cut lines, monochromatic designs, and plenty of organisation and storage kept behind closed doors make the minimalist office a perfect fit for most.
Even if you have a home office that is a bit on the snug side, you don’t have to go for the cosy, busy and cluttered look so many associate with working from home. Banish the piles of paper and keep the mismatched patterns at bay with a smart and sophisticated minimalist style. Here is Piranha's top tips!
Colours and Blank Canvases
For many, the concept of a minimalist office will conjure ideas of black and white monochromatic designs and the odd flash of metallic greys. You don’t have to keep it textbook plain with minimalism though.
Take a look at your office and think of it as a blank canvas. White walls are great for statement art pieces, and painting a vibrant colour on one feature wall can lift the whole room. If you prefer the black and white look, of course, you can inject a bit of colour with vibrant accessories. A bright red vase or a desk accessory set in fresh green will give the room just enough of a pop.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Part of the minimalist motif is that everything is kept out of sight and out of mind. The characteristic clean lines and clear surfaces are only possible when the clutter is well-organised, kept in designated spaces inside drawers and behind closed doors.
Of course, during the day, you will need to have various papers and gadgets strewn across surfaces as part of your daily doings. For the most part though, you will want to keep everything in its proper place, out of sight and out of mind so it doesn’t interfere with the minimalist concept.
Productivity, Practicality and Personality
These three elements work together to create the perfect office environment, whatever the design. For a minimalist office though, you need to ensure productivity and practicality by choosing the right pieces for the space, both in terms of furniture and technology.
You will need these practical items to fit the main aesthetic though, and the best way to go about that is to find items in modern materials. For example, your high-tech wizardry can be locked up tight behind a closed cupboard door, with just your neatly folded laptop or desktop sat on your black glass desk. Glass adds personality, and ties in well with the theme, plus our black glass computer desk adds an element of practicality when it comes to streamlining and giving everything a proper place.
The easiest way to go about designing and decorating your minimalist home office is to remember that less IS more. Key pieces of multipurpose furniture, simple colour combinations, and minimal furnishings or accessories will keep your workspace productive and efficient, but still comfortable and personal.
Take a look at our range of products to find the right building blocks for your minimalist office design.