Live-Work Lofts: Creating a Balanced Work Space

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Live-Work Lofts: Creating a Balanced Work Space

Staff Writer · Dec 9, 2009

If you need to be near your home while working, live work lofts can be the best decision for housing. It can also save you money if you must have a professional office space, yet can only afford one rent. The only real challenge of this work space is finding a real balance to make sure that your comfort and productivity are perfectly in sync.

Decor that Separates Work from Home

One way that you can achieve a balanced work space is in how you decorate the place. You must designate separate spaces to your personal life and to your work life. While you can bring the work over to the sofa for a more relaxing feel, you need to at least set up barriers. Create a full office in one corner of the room, and keep it for work. Don’t allow personal things to pile up in that space. It should always be kept clean and ready for a meeting.

When choosing colors for the live work loft, pick the colors that inspire and energize you. While relaxation colors are typically targeted for a bedroom, if your loft is one big space, you may need to avoid them. Go with your favorite colors and decorate with them in a professional way. Wooden furniture against painted walls with a chair to match the wall coloring is a way that some opt to go. It depends on your needs and budget.

Partitions may be the best thing that ever happened to live-work lofts. Even if your loft is just one big, open space, you can give the space a feel of separateness and privacy with partitions. You may opt to go with fancy Oriental ones or simply opt for ones that imitate the walls already in your loft. There should be a partitioned space for your work. Another should be for your relaxation. There should be one for your sleeping area. Another one should also be in place for the kitchen area. This really helps with creating a sense of balance and professionalism to your loft home.

Don’t Let Customers See a Personal Style that Is Contrary to Professional

When you have a live work loft, your personal space automatically needs to be a bit more professional. That’s the catch of choosing this lifestyle. If you are bringing clients in your home, it needs to look like a representation of what you want the world to think and know about you. More personal and bold things that can flank the homes of many would be out of place in a live work loft. While you should never mask yourself in your own home, it’s worth paying extra attention to the fact that people will observe the space in a professional environment.

Make Things Neat, Rather than Cluttered or Tacky

Keeping things clean at home also becomes more important when you are striving to create a balanced work space. Making it a habit of always picking up after yourself can make sure embarrassing apologies for the mess never occur. That’s simply unprofessional, and clients should be brought into an environment that is uplifting. Dirtiness will repel clients and customers faster than many other things.

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