Bring Form and Function Together with Pieces that Inspire You

Pulling together a creative space for a home office begins with introspection. What will the space be used for? What colors inspire you? What’s necessary, and what’s not?

While there are no hard and fast rules in interior design, Jenny Guza from O.P. Jenkins Furniture and Design says there are standard guidelines that everyone should consider. One essential guideline, she says, is to focus on function.

“If you can’t live or work in your space, it’s not designed well,” she says. “In an office space, I think feng shui is useful. It’s about bringing the right energy into the room. For example, if your back is to an opening, you’ll be worried about what’s behind you, and you can’t focus. Putting your back to a wall helps put your worries aside.”

Scale and balance also play a primary role. What looks good in a furniture store may not work in that tiny office off the kitchen, so it’s wise to assess the size of the space and bring a rough sketch with the dimensions along while shopping. Layer textures and colors to bring depth to the room, and finally, declutter unnecessary items to create space for new ideas to flourish.

“Clutter can bring negative energy,” Jenny says. “There is something to having a decluttered, organized space.”

For those who struggle to nail down what they need or want, hiring an interior designer is the best avenue.

“For me, it’s something that’s just there. Once I have an inspiration I can pull it together. I see the finished product before it’s done,” Jenny, who has more than 20 years of experience, says. “Part of my job is to listen to what people want and then give them the room they want. It’s personal and individualized. Your space is what brings you joy, happiness and peace. We find the right pieces to do that.”