When it comes to designing a functional and fashionable workspace, Sonja Rasula is something of an expert. Owner and designer of The Unique Space – a hip, downtown Los Angeles office, event, and collaborative space – she knows more than a thing or two about putting together a practical and stylish work environment. She chimes in to share her expertise as we break down some basic tips for creating your own workspace or office.
You may not realize it, but chances are you spend more time at work than you do at home. If you happen to be one of the many people who work from home or remotely, even to some degree, the lines between your home design and your “workspace” can easily blur. While you may be tempted to do the bulk of your work from bed, keep in mind that creating a proper workspace, whether it be at home or in an office, can actually make a huge impact on your productivity and efficiency. What’s more, a well-designed space that triggers creativity can do wonders for your mood and enjoyment of your work.
“Cold, sterile, thoughtless environments won’t inspire creativity, productivity, or innovation,” Sonja explains. “The best office spaces are ones that have taken into consideration all the small details from a design perspective, down to the wastebasket and the sign on the door.”
Needless to say, a beautiful workspace design is worth doing and it’s worth doing right. Sonja Rasula’s Unique Space is an ideal example of workplace decor and design done well. Using her design as a springboard, here are a few tips and tricks for creating the perfect work environment for your business.
Naturally, your office or workspace should allow you to actually get work done. So while it may seem obvious, it’s worth mentioning that you should consider all the (sometimes boring) details that will come up. Things like where outlets are placed, and where you’ll place larger equipment, like copiers or printers, are pretty essential to your set up. Consider also how to optimize the space to include assets you regularly use. For example, if you like to do your brainstorming on a whiteboard, be sure to map that out in your design.
Think about needs like a fridge, coffee maker, or microwave for the breakroom. And naturally, you should consider the functional attributes of any office furniture, like desks, cabinets or shelves. Think about all these things you really need to make your workspace actually “work” and make those details a priority.
Make it Unique
One major takeaway from The Unique Space’s interior design is that it is indeed unique. Sonja mixes furniture styles and decor aesthetics to ensure that, while the space is functional, it’s far from feeling corporate or bland. Embracing the industrial feel of her building, Sonja maintains a minimal aesthetic, allowing the exposed brick walls to play a part in the overall mood. She incorporates industrial light fixtures but also mixes in mid-century and clean modern styles. There’s also a nice blend of both new and thrifted furniture throughout the space, adding a fun, trendy feel.
“I wanted to create a space that felt like home, so inviting, comfortable, warm and inspirational.” Sonja shares in regards to her goals for The Unique Space. “It needed to be both fashion-forward and chic but very functional, and I think we’ve achieved that.”
Don’t be afraid to bring in various textures to your workspace. Sonja pairs boho rugs with her Liam Leather Loveseat, and adds mixed-metals, various wicker chairs, wood elements, and streamlined appliances to The Unique Space. There is also a fair amount of plant-life, adding in a dash of natural greenery to the look. The dimension this assortment of textures brings to the design lends warmth and an element of comfort. Sonja creates nooks within her office that are more akin to “livingspaces,” which helps to balance the industrial feel of the building and makes it a more comfortable place to collaborate.
Keep it Light, Keep it Creative
Just because business needs to get done, doesn’t mean your design should be all business. We love how Sonja has brought in pops of color to the walls through various artwork and wallpapers. Just like any good gallery wall, the clusters of colorful artwork serve as beautiful focal points, breaking up the mostly white walls. Among the artwork, there are a good amount typographical quotes, all aimed at bringing inspiration and humor into the space. Sometimes reminders like these can really make a difference in one’s daily nine to five!
Little decor details like the jars of arrows on the stove or the stacks of vintage suitcases add a delightfully quirky charm, while the abundance of natural light also helps create a positive, inviting place to get work done.
When we asked Sonja her number one tip for designing a workspace, she advises not to “worry about what others do, and/or what is popular and trendy. This is the time to truly let you be you.” As you design your own workspace, be sure to keep that advice and these three main concepts in mind, and you’ll totally be in business, so to speak! 😉