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Decorating a home office

Decorating a home office

decorating a home office

If you’re going to be working from home, even if it’s just some of the time, it’s important to have your own office space, decorated and organised in the way that works best for you.

Not having a designated space can mean being easily distracted and getting in other people’s way around the house. If you don’t think carefully about your home office decoration, you may find that your work space even becomes demotivating.

Remember that the right décor will help you feel inspired in your work and contribute to your enjoyment of working from home.

When it comes to decorating a home office, there are a number of issues to think about. You need to be comfortable but also to make sure your space makes you feel in the work mood. It is also worth considering whether you may invite clients to your home office. If it’s too homely and cosy, potential customers may not get a professional impression of you.

At the same time, if you go too professional, you may wonder why you are bothering to work from home in the first place.  You need to strike the right balance between professionalism and comfort.

You may also want your office decoration to reflect the type of industry that you work in. For example, if you work in a creative role, your home office should give a flavour of that. This should make you feel more inspired and create the right impression for anyone who visits your workplace.

Choosing your home office decoration

Because you’re the boss and you can choose whatever décor you like, you can really get creative. Unlike some corporate offices, you don’t need to limit yourself to matching, functional office-style furniture. You could decide, for example, to go for a vintage look with an old writer’s bureau and bookcases. Alternatively, you might prefer a more contemporary style, with white accessories and a feature wall.

There are lots of different techniques you can use to create the perfect home office decoration. You’ll need to think about issues such as lighting, space, furniture, equipment and more.

Sometimes, for whatever reason, it may not be practical to paint or wallpaper the walls. How then to give your home office a dash of individuality? 

Popular ideas include replacing the curtains, putting framed photos, prints or paintings up around the room. A somewhat niftier suggestion is to put down a colourful, vibrant rug. See the photo below to see how such a simple idea can have a marked effect on the home office ambience.

home office rug

To get started thinking about decorating a home office, consider the type of work that you do and what this entails. For example, think about what kind of equipment you will need and where it will be best-placed.  Think about lighting too as this can have a massive impact on your mood, concentration and well-being.

Obviously, your budget will also be important. There is still lots you can do when it comes to decorating a home office, even on a low budget. You just need to be creative!

Check these related pages:

Home office design
Home office colour schemes
Deciding on home office furniture
Home office lighting

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