Recent findings from Infrastructure Australia outlined a number of trends to emerge from the spread of Covid-19 that are here to stay in 2021. Perhaps the most pertinent one – beyond the increase in people moving from cities to both coastal and country towns in regional Australia – is the number of people working from home.
Despite much of Australia resuming a greater degree of normalcy than the rest of the western world, more Australians than ever before want to continue working from home in the wake of the pandemic, according to a survey by The University of Sydney Business School, and it’s likely that a daily commute and five-day working week in an office will remain a thing of the past for many of us.
While there are benefits a-plenty to working from home, new research from Nespresso reported that more than three in four Aussies (77 per cent) indicated a routine was essential to their home-working set-up.
With the New Year fast approaching, we spoke to renowned Interior Stylist and Nespresso ambassador Steve Cordony for his take on what working-from-home trends 2021 will bring.
Separate office spaces
“This year, we saw the biggest shift in working from home, and a lot of people worked from makeshift areas at home,” Steve says. “In 2021, there’ll be a huge focus on setting up designated work areas or rooms for the home office, and for new home designs – it will be at the fore of architecture plans.
“It’s important we establish these separate spaces so we can step away from the work zone and enjoy more quality breaks.”
A focus on everyday rituals
“Given the shift to working from home, everyday rituals like having your morning coffee, gym sessions and eating out will shift to inside the home,” the stylist predicts.
“Create your own little café at home with a premium coffee machine (such as the Nespresso Vertuo, for example!), set up a home gym for ease and efficiency, and focus on cooking and entertaining at home.”
Storage and organisation
Home storage and clever organisation solutions will be key in 2021 to a productive home workspace. “Setting up work zones with mobile or static storage solutions, and compartmentalising personal and work life, will dominate the way we style and design our homes with organisational storage,” Steve says.
Room with a view
“Bring the outdoors in by situating your desk and ergonomic office chair close to a natural light source or window with a view,” he recommends. “Natural light is best for working during the day, and task lighting or warm-tone overhead lighting for the evening.”