Here at Topology HQ we know that working from home can be difficult. To many it’s idealised – oh the joy of not having to get on the train during rush hour or replying to those mid-morning emails in your pyjamas. But working from home can actually become extremely challenging after a while. Think about it logically – you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t meet colleagues and get social interaction, there’s no need for you to leave the house or even get dressed. It can become depressing and demotivating. That’s why we’ve created a new office with the concept of wellbeing in mind. Thing lots of plants, stimulating wall decor and plenty of light sources. Scroll on down to see the results…

The Before : How The Previous Tenants Had It
The After Shots…

Filling your walls with creative objects like inspiring magazines, wall art or plants can boost concentration simply by looking at them. We’ve opted for magazine racks and peg boards around the room and filled them with different items. Avoid anything on the walls that’s stagnant or stationary in appearance (e.g. a still life photo) as this can be counterproductive as it doesn’t promote energising or uplifting thoughts. Instead opt for art work etc that represents kinetic energy (e.g. water flowing, a person dancing etc). 

The blinds are from Bloc Blinds and we opted for ‘wide stripe transparent cream‘. They are absolutely wonderful and we’ve even chosen them for the bedroom too! They’re super easy to install and really well priced. We opted for transparent blinds as we still wanted a bit of light to come through but enough prvacy so people can’t see in. 

Try and keep desk clutter to a mimimum. A clean desk promotes clarity of thought, boosts concentration and can help you generally be more productive. We used hairpin legs from Cult Living to create a bespoke L shape desk unit that fit the shape of the room. By making our own using MDF and these legs, it cost less than £100. 
The paint colour used in this shot is called ‘Victorian Tapestry‘ by Valspar. The wooden unit is one of our favourite pieces from Maisons Du Monde, which we’ve listed below. It’s a wonderfully rich walnut colour to counteract the oak floor. 
When designing an office the inclusion of plants not only makes a space feel less cluttered but also helps detoxify the air and de-stress you. The subliminal sight of plants make you feel connected with nature and calms you down. In a space where you work, try and include more plants to reap the benefits.
When designing an office the inclusion of plants not only makes a space feel less cluttered but also helps detoxify the air and de-stress you. The subliminal sight of plants make you feel connected with nature and calms you down. In a space where you work, try and include more plants to reap the benefits.

Top Office Choices

LSA Carafe Set


Next Jute Rug

Zuiver At Cuckooland Wall Light

Maisons Du Monde Bookshelf

Transparent Cream Blinds

Zuiver Cuckooland Peg Board

Cult Furniture Hairpin Legs

So next time you’re feeling like you’re unproductive at home, think about the ways in which you can enhance your workstation be it a corner of a dining table or a whole room. When designing with wellbeing in mind, you’ll be suprised at how making a better home can make a better you. 


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