Reflect on your study

Reflect on your study

Flip open any home interior magazine and you'll easily find lavish spreads that tell you how to create your very own dream bedroom, bathroom, kitchen or recreation den.

Studies, however, are often sidelined, and on the rare occasions that they do make an appearance, you get the sense that there seems to be an unspoken rule dictating that they should be solitary spaces designed to minimise distractions.

This, according to Bu Shukun, design director of Architology, is a huge misconception. "Many people have fixed notions of a study space, that the room must be closed off and kept clean and quiet so that they can concentrate."

Instead of creating a productive work environment at home, they end up doing the opposite, he says. "Some have created home studies that are worse-off than their actual dreaded company office. Many Singaporeans dread working from home not because they don't want to, but because their home study is often worse-off, poorly designated with added dwelling distractions and functions."

That said, the growing number of Singaporeans taking the plunge to start their own businesses - often from home - has led to more attention being placed on the design of one's study or home office.

This is not surprising given that they are often used to receive clients and vendors. The key is to create an inviting space that maintains a sense of professionalism.

When interior designer Alvin Kwan of Homme Space converted one level of his two-storey home into an office, he took the opportunity to install some of his favourite vintage lamps that he had collected over the years in his work area.

An avid art collector, he bought art pieces, such as a wire-mesh sculpture by Rainer Lagemann, for his office.

This emphasis on design was not solely for aesthetic reasons, he tells BT: "I didn't want the place looking like an office. Also, through my work space, I wanted to show customers what kind of a designer I am."

He adds that as a business owner, if one is planning to invite clients to the home for meetings, it is advisable to think of the impression given.

A home office that looks too casual might lead a client to question the legitimacy of your company and have second thoughts about signing a deal with you, he says.

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