How to Decorate your Home Office Space

Having an office at home will save you time, and make you more comfortable. But, if you want the best possible home office, there are certain things you'll need to do first...
How to Decorate your Home Office Space

Last update: 05 January, 2019

Having a home office is more common than you might think. The business world has gone through some tough times over the last 10 years.

As a result, more and more people are finding job opportunities that allow them to work from home.

Working from home has its advantages and disadvantages. Being distracted from your work, going back and forth to the fridge, having friends around during work hours… These are just some of the disadvantages of working from home.

On the other hand, some of the most notable advantages are having the freedom to manage your own time, and not having your boss constantly looking over your shoulder.

To be more productive in your work and make the most of your time, you need to have the right work environment. This can be impossible if your home is on the small side.

Don"t let the size of your home stop you from having a great work environment.

In this article, you"ll find tips and advice on how to create the perfect home office space.

Where should you create your home office?

The most common choice is to turn an entire room into office space. However, not everyone has a spare room that they can simply turn into a workspace.

Over the last few years, we have seen that almost any small space or forgotten corner can be transformed into an inspiring office space.

If your house is a little on the small side, you can create your office in:

  • The living room.
  • The kitchen: if you want to set up your home office here, you"ll need to think about when people are likely to be cooking, as you might need to stop working at these times. If you live with other people, you"ll need to be clear about when your working hours are.
  • The attic.
  • Your bedroom.
You can turn almost any small space or forgotten corner into a home office.

The best thing to do is use things like folding screens, shelves or other pieces of furniture to separate your home office from the rest of the room.

This will help you avoid distractions such as the fridge, bed, television, etc.

Specific furniture

Just because your office is in your house, that doesn"t mean it"s any less important than if it was in a company building, or that it should be informal.

Offices are, and should be, a place of work, inspiration and productivity. So, no matter how small it is, you shouldn"t neglect this space.

In order to create a practical home office, you need to incorporate specially designed office furniture into your work space.

  • The chair: this is essential, as you"ll probably spend a lot of time sitting down. Choose a comfortable chair that doesn"t break the bank. 

Many people also incorporate a second seating option into their office space, where they can sit, relax, or do something that doesn"t require a table, like reading.

This could be something like a small sofa or a pouffe. This is a good idea if your home office is in its own separate room and there"s plenty of space.

Furnish your home office with real office furniture.

  • Table: only you really know what your job consists of, whether you need a large or small table and how much space you have to work with.

There are lots of different types of tables that you can use as a desk. Look for one that suits your needs and your office space.

One alternative is to make your own table from a wooden board and sawhorses.

You"ll also need to think about the height of your table, as it needs to work with the height of your chair. You need to be comfortable.

As for the rest of the furniture, it"s important that it"s practical and functional, and that it also reflects your personality. 

Forget the typical, brown furniture you find in traditional offices. Use your creativity and imagination and create a space that you"ll really enjoy working in.

Home offices: creating the right environment

Whether it"s for studying or for work, you need the right environment to get your work done.

Your productivity levels and the final results depend not just on how much effort you put in, but also on how comfortable you feel in your work environment.

So, it"s essential to have certain decorative elements to inspire you and help convey feelings of peace and tranquillity.

Decorative elements:

  • Natural light: creating your office space close to a window to allow in plenty of natural light is fundamental if you want to work effectively.

Obviously, in winter, the number of hours of natural light is significantly reduced, so its important to have a good desk lamp too.

  • Plants/flowers: incorporate natural elements into your home office space. Plants and/or flowers will help to create a peaceful and tranquil environment. Even if you use artificial flowers, these are a great way to decorate your home.
  • Candles/incense: smells are also important. There"s nothing better than having an office that smells great.
  • Planner: it"s important to be organized in your work, and even more so if your office is in your home. A planner will help you to organize everything you have to do, and not miss your targets.
  • Chalkboard or cork board: these will help you to stay inspired. They"ll also bring a modern and practical touch to your office.
Having a chalkboard wall in your home office will help inspire you.

  • Office materials: pens, folders, colored pencils, etc.
  • Motivational quotes: choose a quote that inspires you.

Hang your life"s motto on the wall, where it"s always in sight and will remind you of where you want to go.

  • Water: it might seem trivial, but trust us on this one. Having a thermos of tea or a bottle of water in your office will stop you from going back and forth to the kitchen. It"s great for your health and for your productivity levels.

Obviously, this doesn"t mean that you can never get up out of your seat and take a short break, as long as you don"t get distracted.

Conclusion

When it comes to creating a home office, it"s important that you feel happy, and can work comfortably. It"s also essential to create a modern and chic office space that reflects your personality, while also making sure that it is practical and functional.

To do this, you should choose the office style you like best. The style will dictate the color pallet, furniture and decorations in your office.

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