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Make Your Home Office a Design Pleaser

Make Your Home Office a Design Pleaser

You want your home office to work for you, a truly functional place where you can get your work done without much interruption. Your office may be a place where you sequester yourself after a long day at work or it may serve as the main space where you conduct your business.

Besides its functionality, a home office can and should look good, offering a design that is both pleasing and relaxing. So, if you are planning a home office, the following should be considered.

1. Choose a prime location. The last thing you want is to tuck your office in an out-of-the-way place. Unless, of course, you prefer to ensconce yourself where it is absolutely quiet. If you plan to welcome visitors, such as clients, then you want an office that is roomy, bright and comfortable. No corner of the basement washroom for you: a first floor office with direct access to outside is in order here.

2. Add in personality. Another thing that you do not need is an office that shouts “utilitarian” as you design it. That means finding furniture that is both comfortable and pleasing to the eye. Yes, avoid replicating the dull furniture at your office. Instead, invest in a desk, comfortable chairs, a couch, tables, and shelves that reflect your personality.

3. Let the light in. You may find that you work just as well in an office that has little natural light as one that has artificial light. But, consider your surroundings and ask yourself the following question: do I really want to look at my neighbor’s shed all day? Choose an office location that pleases you, one with enough lighting to keep it bright and cheery. You can also add to the room’s vigor by painting one or more walls a bright color or laying down an expressive area rug to give the room some drama.

4. Get yourself organized. To make the best of a limited area, you need to lay out the office so that it is functional an aesthetically pleasing. This can be a bit of a challenge especially if your room is small or the space that you need may grow. Shelving that is placed on the wall above equipment or furnishings, makes use of otherwise dead area. On your desk, align everything within arm’s reach including the printer, your computer and your basket of papers. If you can do without a phone, then do so — a smartphone takes up less room and goes wherever you go.

5. Make it your own. No office is truly your own without making it a place where you can showcase artwork, hang a mirror, display your knick knacks and so forth. Given that this is your office, you have much leeway here, even if clients stop by. It is important that your office be a place that you want to use not simply because you must, rather because you want to.

Home Office Considerations

Invest in a good set of shear curtains — what you want to bring in the light while also keeping prying eyes out of the office. If crime is a concern, invest in window locks and a security system to protect your valuables.

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