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In-home office? Ensure your privacy

In-home office? Ensure your privacy

These days, so many people work freelance, remotely from a private space that ideally allows them to write, study, keep archives, or meet with collaborators and clients; this often requires an in-home office. The space can be comfortable even in smaller dimensions. The right furnishing, lighting, sober color palette, mixed with acute organization is enough. Soundproofing the walls is another essential element when considering privacy and surrounding noise.

It’s important to select a style that respects the office’s use, whether it be a photography studio, an architect’s or engineer’s office, a doctor’s private studio, a tutor’s classroom, a musical lab, recording studio, or any other. Here the best furnishing choices are functional, with set uses. A desk, comfortable chair, bookshelves for organizing documents and archives, drawers to help maintain order, and curtains to provide the right filtered light while working.

The decorative aspects of an in-home office should also be selected with care, including carpets, pillows, accessories, frames and photography/art. Materials necessary for soundproofing the space, eliminating stressors and distractions, are essential. There are numerous alternatives, but two stand out for their effectiveness. One is opaque, made with drywall and fiberglass panels, and the other transparent, made of sound-proof glass. (Created in collaboration with our Design Partner Saint-Gobain).

To better understand the best choice, you must first evaluate the needs of those working within the office.

The opaque solution works for those who need heightened privacy, as well as the need to hang shelves and other objects, albeit heavy ones, within their space (every double wall can handle up to 60 kg.). This kind of wall is perfect for isolating disturbing noise not only from the outside, but for those who have small children in their home; the Habito Forte panels are crumble-resistant. The second solution  ensures soundproofing and luminosity; it guarantees aesthetic impact. Two glass panels are connected by an invisible sheet of noise-reducing film; SGG Stadip Silence stops sound without sacrificing the elegance, and safety, of glass walls.

Of course, you cannot forget noise coming from below and above your home; the best solution is a thin felt “sub-flooring” (for example, Fonas 2.8 Bituver, Saint-Gobain Isover). A lighter version (weber.plan light, Saint-Gobain Weber) can be placed throughout the entire property, including the study.

After having chosen the right sound-proofing material for walls and even flooring, one cannot forget the right color palette. Concentration and tranquility require light, uniform colors (white, beige, pastels) for both the walls and furnishing. These colors increase the luminosity of a room. On the other hand, spaces like recording studios need colors like red, yellow, or even black to stimulate creativity. Doctor’s offices should use white, easily combined with any kind of furniture, and other professionals are free to follow their own tastes, seeing as their surroundings will reflect their productivity!

Pubblicato il 05 September 2018