How to Create the Perfect Home Office

how to style a home office

Whether you work from home or just want to create a work space in your home, creating a home office is a great idea. A home office needs to work for you, so thinking about things both aesthetically and strategically is important. Here are some top tips to help you create the perfect home office:

Be practical

There are so many things people want to include in their home office that a common mistake a lot of people make is cramming too much furniture into a small space. Although you might need a desk and some draws, is a printer, photo copier and shredder essential? If they’re taking up too much space, it’s time to cut back. Think about the equipment you really need and then see how much space you have left for extras. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time in there, it needs to be a space where you can work in peace and not feel cramped.

Ensure it’s well lit

There is nothing worse than trying to write a 3000 word report at 11pm in a poorly lit room. Make sure that you have adequate bright lighting in the room so that you don’t over strain your eyes by staring at a screen for too long in the dark. These floor and table lamps from Scotlight Direct offer a great solution as they provide lots of lighting and come in a variety of different styles and colours.

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Go for neutrals 

Whilst bright and out there interior design is really on trend, neutral colours are advised in a work space. If the home office is going to be your main office it needs to feel separate from the rest of your home so that your brain understands that’s where you go to work and not to chill. Using a peaceful and neutral colour scheme of creams will help to keep the room light and airy and help you to separate your work and home life easily. Over bearing designs can easily lead to distraction.

Enjoy it

That said you do need to enjoy your office if you’re planning on spending a lot of time there. Be economical with space so that you don’t feel enclosed and surrounded by equipment and decorate it like you would a workspace in an office environment. Little things like having a few plants on the windowsill or a cactus on your desk will help to make it feel like somewhere you enjoy spending your time.

how to style a home office

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1 Comment

  1. Rebecca
    21st January 2016 / 11:35 am

    Absolutely brilliant and insightful post. It will help anyone transforming his home into office. I loved the space utilization, white chairs and tables, red cabinets. I would also love to have a classic floor lamp in my office room like here.

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