The rise of flexible working and working from home has become increasingly popular in recent years, even more so in light of the recent pandemic. Many people have found themselves trying to create a productive workspace at home, but it can be challenging to separate work and personal life when both happen under the same roof. However, with this new way of working comes the opportunity to create a space that works for you and your lifestyle. One way to do this is by investing in and creating a coffee corner at home, where you can treat yourself to a delicious brew.
Not only can having a coffee corner at home bring a touch of luxury to your day, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health and productivity. Studies by the Mental Health Foundation have shown that taking mindful breaks can reduce stress and improve your overall work quality. By treating yourself to a coffee break and investing in a coffee corner, you can take a step back from work and take care of your mental health at the same time.
We’ve teamed up with our pals at River Island to share our top 4 tips for creating the perfect coffee corner at home. From choosing the right equipment to curating your space with stylish details, we’ve got you covered. So, grab a brew and let’s get started!
Space Zoning and Making a Space Work For You
You don't need a lot of space to create the perfect coffee corner at home. It's all about making the most of what you have and creating a space that works for you. A spare countertop, a shelf, a small table, a wall indentation - whether you have a large or small space, there are endless opportunities to create a coffee corner which suits your taste and style. Whether this is a nook in your kitchen, a dedicated area in your living room, or even a space in your bedroom - the key is to find a space that you can make your own and that is easily accessible.
Once you've found your space, it's time to start zoning it. This means defining the area and making it distinct from the rest of your home. You can do this with a rug, a piece of furniture, or even a shelf. The idea is to create a boundary that separates your coffee corner from the rest of your home.
When choosing a space, it's important to make sure it works for you. Think about what you need from your coffee corner. Do you need a lot of storage space for your coffee equipment? Do you want it to be close to a window for natural light? Do you want a comfortable chair to sit in while you enjoy your coffee? By considering your needs, you can make sure your coffee corner is tailored to you and your lifestyle.
With a little bit of thought and planning, you can create a coffee corner in any space that works for you.
Getting The Right Equipment
Once you've found the perfect space, it's time to think about the equipment you'll need to create the best coffee at home. If you're just getting started, it's important to invest in equipment that is easy to use and accessible for great tasting coffee. That's why we recommend the Sage Creatista® Plus Pod Machine. This sleek and stylish pod machine gives you the ability to create barista-style coffees at home with just the push of a button. Even if you have little experience brewing coffee at home, this machine makes it simple to get great tasting coffee every time.
When it comes to choosing your coffee cups and crockery, it's important to choose items that spark joy. While opting for cups and crockery that fit with your personal style is important, research by Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped has also shown that heavier vessels can enhance the sensory experience of drinking coffee - improving your lil’ pick-me-up.
One of our top picks is Aska coffee mugs by Vaunt Design - with a textured finish on the exterior and matte charcoal tones running throughout, they’re an absolute treat to hold as well as look at. Neutral tones and clean lines are the basis of Scandinavian decor, so they’re also perfect for a lil’ Scandi moment!
Remember, the right equipment can make all the difference in creating the perfect coffee corner at home. Not only will it enhance your coffee experience, but it will also add a touch of style and sophistication to your space.
Details, Details, Details
Now that you've designated a space in your home for your coffee corner and have the right equipment, it's time to get personal. A coffee break should be a treat, not a task. This is why creating a stylish and inviting coffee corner is important for enhancing your overall coffee experience. It's not just about the quality of the coffee, but also about the atmosphere and the vibe you create around it.
It's important to create a cohesive design scheme that is both functional and visually pleasing. Start by selecting furniture and accessories that fit the space and make you feel at ease. A comfortable chair to kick back in is always a great addition (keep that office chair away and at your desk!).
Adding personal touches to your coffee corner can also make it feel more unique and inviting. Books based around your hobbies can be a great way to enjoy your break and relax. Adding your favourite artworks or photographs can also bring a sense of comfort and familiarity to the space. Additional lighting can be used to set the mood and create a desired ambiance.
Choose items that reflect your personal style and consider incorporating materials like wood, metal, or glass to create a sleek and modern look. For a more rustic or bohemian vibe, consider using natural materials like woven baskets or rattan furniture.
Adding houseplants to your space is always a winner in our book, the star of the show being Peace Lilies. They’re low maintenance and don’t require much light to thrive, not to mention that they look great too!
Ultimately, the key to creating a great coffee corner is to make it a space that you want to spend time in. It should be a place where you can relax and unwind. Don’t be afraid to get creative with this and experiment - gradually adding in and removing objects until you feel the balance is just right. It’s ALL about details!
Curate Your Space
While it’s important to decorate with details to add a personal touch to your space, this can all very quickly become overwhelming. Your coffee corner should be a space where you can feel relaxed and inspired. Keeping your coffee corner clutter-free is an essential step in creating a peaceful and enjoyable space. As the saying goes: "tidy space, tidy mind."
Adding in some stylish storage solutions is a great way to keep your coffee corner organised and clutter-free while maintaining the vibe you have carefully created. Glass jars to store your coffee pods, matching containers and crockery, bottles to decant your favourite syrups into. All of these are some easy yet effective ways to keep your space organised to your personal style.
Another important aspect of keeping your coffee corner clutter-free is to make sure that everything has its place. This means that after using your coffee equipment, you should clean it and put it back in its designated spot. This will help you avoid clutter and maintain a sense of order.
By creating a clutter-free coffee corner, you'll be able to fully enjoy your coffee experience and feel more relaxed and inspired. If it doesn't spark joy, get rid of it.
The rise of flexible working and working from home means that our homes are becoming the new office spaces. As a result, it's important now more than ever to create a space in your home that you can escape to for a break and to recharge. A coffee corner at home can provide just that. Not only does it allow you to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee whenever you like, but it also provides an opportunity to create a space that you truly love spending time in. Whether it's a small nook or a dedicated corner, your coffee corner can be tailored to your preferences and style.
We hope that these top tips have inspired you to create a coffee corner that works for you, whether you have a small or large space and budget. Remember, the key is to make your coffee corner an inviting and enjoyable space to visit, a place to take a break and relax.
Our speciality coffee pods, which are 100% compostable, are roasted, packed and shipped by our wonderful team in the Midlands. They’re also available via subscriptions, and will be delivered straight to your door at a frequency that suits you - ensuring you never run out of your favourite coffee.
So why not treat yourself today, and start creating your own coffee corner at home? Visit our online store for all your coffee brewing needs, and be sure to tag us on Instagram @bemoreBEAR to show us how you've transformed your coffee corner into a stylish and inviting space. We can’t wait to see!