For many homeowners, vacation funds and travel budgets are being redirected into renovations. The projects showing up on our Instagram feeds are expanding beyond remodelling outdated bathrooms and kitchens, into add-ons like built-in bookcases and banquettes, tricked out patios and decks, and elaborate home gyms and kids’ playrooms.
The most commonly added element: a home workspace — and depending on the size of your family, sometimes several. Many of us scrambled last summer to pull together the necessary elements to work and learn from home: proper desks, ergonomically-supportive chairs, laptops stands and computer monitors.
Now, we’re now fleshing out those spaces with decorative touches to ensure that working from home doesn’t start to feel like living at work (and to make the wall behind the workspace Zoom camera-ready). No one wants a home office that looks like an office. But a home office with a gallery wall of inspiring art, aesthetically-pleasing-yet-functional task lighting and file storage, enveloped in homey colours and fabrics? It’s the 2021 real estate essential.