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Decorate Your Home Office

Aug 17, 2007
Home offices are becoming more and more popular as the work at home population continues to increase. With the advent of the internet this is becoming even more so, as more people decide to quit the commute and daily grind of the 9-5, for the comfort of their own homes.

With this new found freedom comes the necessity to create a work space at your own home. The effectiveness of your home job will depend on the quality of your home office. After all, you will need space to do your job!

When planning to decorate a room as a home office, take careful thought. There are many aspects to be considered including storage, work space, lighting and textiles.

Color

Try to create a calm atmosphere. Using colors such as neutral and earthy green tones give an indoor/outdoor feel. Blending carpet and wall colors give an overall feeling of space, which can then be extended when choosing the materials for your office furniture and textiles.

Storage

You will be surprised how much storage you can fit into a small room if planned sensibly. Overhead storage, corner storage and shelving create a great office feel and will give that much sought after minimal look. Recessed cupboards built into a room maximise space and can blend into a room if they are chosen in the correct materials.

Desks

Desks do not have to be bog standard wooden style. On the market are stylish chrome, glass, beech and tubular steel models. Chose a desk that suits your needs and theme. If you're creating a loft feel theme for example chrome and glass will give a spacious look. You want to be comfortable whilst working and avoid back strain if possible, so ensure your chair gives lower back support.

Lighting

Try to have as much natural light as possible in your workspace. Desk lamps can be practical but ensure they are adjustable. Overhead lighting and spotlights are available in many funky styles.

Flooring

Wooden or laminate flooring are popular choices for home offices due to their hard wearing properties. They create that clean line look and make those trips in your office chair much easier. Avoid carpet if possible as dust will gather and be circulated around the room which may cause damage to your home computer.

Finishing touches

Purchase finishing items like office filing, trendy storage boxes, a clock etc. to achieve your overall look. A potted plant can look great and give a little life to your new home office.

Now that you have made significant changes and improved your work space, enjoy your new surroundings!
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