Since you spend most of your day in your home office, you should pay special attention to how you decorate it. This can be tricky as you will have to decorate according to the feel you would like to create. It may be a bit challenging not to fall into the trap of creating a homey environment, but it is important as you may end up creating a space that only leads to distractions.
The first step in decorating your home office is to identify the feel you would like it to have. You will want to achieve a balance. The decor should not be too homey or too professional. Opt instead to achieve a functional look and feel that will promote efficiency and organization. Here are number of ways you can decorate your office to give it that official business look and feel you desire.
1. Home Library
The use of a library space in your home office will help to create an air of business, calm, quiet and productivity. It also signifies a place for resting and hiding away while you do some reading.
The design can be simple yet effective. You do not need to create a large area for your books. Wall mounted shelves can be used to save on floor space. Keep your books neat and tidy so it does not take away from the look and feel of the office.
2. Use furniture that has simple design lines and sufficient storage space. You need to avoid stuff strewn all over the office and creating clutter. Furniture should have clean lines with little or no ornamentation. Storage is important as your office should be orderly. You should be able to go to work without having to rummage through tons of paper and clutter.
Your furniture selection can be based on a theme such as vintage, contemporary or modern contemporary. This instantly gives the room its own character and flair.
3. Your office space should also have ample lighting. Lighting helps to promote efficiency and productivity. Paint the space in light bright colors that will reflect light. If the natural or installed lighting is insufficient use additional lighting from lamps as well as reflective objects as a part of the decor. The light color of the walls also serve to create a balance with the darker furniture.
4. A stylish area rug adds a nice touch of comfort to an office space. Area rugs also interject a sense of warmth and interest underfoot. To help you choose an area rug, there are various online stores that let you see collection details. With a laptop or iPad you can virtually visualise what the rug will look like while you are in the actual room.
5. Use sculptures and other unique objects that complement the decor to add interest. Your office should be decorated in such a manner that the eyes never tire of looking around. The eye should also be able to discover something new each time it goes on a journey around the room.
4. Use one or two potted plants to help soften the room. Plants are amazing. They add a touch of class to any space, creating interest while it caresses the eye and help those within your office to relax.
Sharon Padilla contributed this guest post. She is a freelance interior design writer and her articles mainly appear on design blogs.