I did a Google image search on this.
I eliminated those that had the following:
- More than one chair (sometimes, two is a crowd)
- Brightly-painted walls or noisy-looking wallpaper
- Nice desk but no computer. Antique typewriters are pretty, but not much fun to work with. I need my wine-ravaged laptop with its external keyboard and the new huge monitor my husband bought me for Mother’s Day (taking pity on his near-sighted wife).
- Furniture that looked too ornate (expensive and a bitch to dust)
- Low or sloping ceilings. I like to have plenty of head room.
- Cramped work-space with inadequate storage
- A cold, clinical feel with too much space. It needs to be an inviting space, with warmth and personality. It needs to communicate this as well as its purpose.
There were other disqualifiers, but these are the biggies.
I made another list, though, in answer to the question I posed as the title to this blog post.
That list was a lot longer. But if I had to limit myself to seven things my “dream office” had to have, they would be the following:
- Only one chair at the workstation (table or desk). This is not a social space. I’m not saying visitor’s aren’t allowed (I’m a wife and mother, after all, and I love my family dearly), but when I’m writing, I’d rather not feel the presence of someone who might want me to interact. It’s distracting. Oddly enough, though, I don’t mind at all if another area of the office has a pair of comfy chairs for conversations with my husband.
- A comfy work chair and a nice big monitor (i.e., the one my husband bought me for Mother’s Day).
- Enough open storage – bookcases and cubbies – for books, etc. Also, the workstation should be close enough to the bookcases to access them easily and comfortably (i.e., without having to get out of my comfy chair).
- A desk or table with enough work space – not a tiny delicate thing with barely enough room for my computer and a cup of coffee.
- Enough light but not too much. The windows would have one covering to diffuse bright sunlight and another covering to completely block it out, depending on my mood and lighting needs.
- An eye-friendly palette of colors – nothing too dramatic or distracting. I don’t want everything in black and white. Nor do I want pastels or sherbet colors. There will be red – but the walls won’t be painted in that color. I don’t want everything in white or in black or in monochrome anything. I need color, but not so much that I feel overwhelmed by it.
- A coffee station and fully-stocked beer-and-water fridge.
There are so many other things that come to mind. My list had 18 things, ranging in importance from the ergonomics of my workstation to little wish-list things like a squishy carpet or rug underfoot and soundproof walls. And I’ll probably think of more.
What about you? What comes to mind for you when you think “dream office”?
I’ll admit I only did a Google image search because I like to make my computer’s wallpaper look at least sorta like the way I imagine my own dream office.
I haven’t found a picture that really captures everything, but I’ve found interesting photos that I’ve made my desktop wallpaper, and when I look at them, I feel drawn to my virtual writing office, even when the real thing is still just a corner of our living room.
It’s a psychological thing. This week’s virtual unreality looks amazing on my new monitor.
Do you have ideas for a future office or writing room? Or have you been slowly making your own little corner more writer-friendly? Whatever you do to make your writing space the way you want or at least need it to be, I’d love to read about it in the comment section below. Share your thoughts, if you would, please.
I have this crazy idea of one day turning our deck into a two-level four-season porch and turning the lower level into a writing room overlooking our little lake in the back. It might never happen, but it could. I’m filing it away.
Take care, all you wonderful people who’ve read this far, and have a great week! 🙂