Not everyone has the luxury of loads of space, and many people don’t actually want or need it. In fact, most of the time all you need is for your current space to be more useful and purposeful.
Your home office specifically needs to be an efficient, productive, and inspiring space. But how can you have a fully dedicated home office even if you do not have a fully dedicated room for it?
These 7 home office decorating tips will help you get the home office you need with the space you have.
Home Office Decorating Tips #1: Delineate your office space.
How you are currently using rooms in your home? What you can change or make compromises to accommodate the home office you need? Do you have an unused or underused room? If not, then you will have to share a space.
To delineate a dedicated home office in a shared space:
- Use area rug(s)
- Use furniture as dividers – in a bedroom, place the desk flush with the footboard (or end of the bed if there is no footboard). And everything beyond that point is office related only. In an open space family room, a long console table behind a floating sofa could double as a desk.
- Use fabric – a good choice in a bedroom where things are meant to be soft and comfy anyway. Mount your fabric of choice to rods with ring clips so that it can easily be opened or closed. Or just use holdbacks or tiebacks to drape it when you want it out of the way.
Home Office Decorating Tips #2: Start with the necessities.
If you have a big corner desk that houses everything you might think you’ll ever need, but it’s a bit much for what you actually use, consider downsizing to something more space saving that still meets all your needs. Or what about that wall of empty bookcases; perhaps it’s time to part with those and free up some space?
Home Office Decorating Tips #3:
Add some personality – YOURS!
Think about all the little things you use every day like:
- your pencil cup – use a small vase instead
- lighting – turn off the overhead light and add a small embellished lamp to your desk
- clean the air – add a plant or fresh flowers
- use decorative items to incorporate the things you love
Home Office Decorating Tips # 4:
Try to position your workspace so that there are NO doors or windows at your back. If you can’t avoid it, strategically place a mirror where you CAN see them. It’s not just good Feng Shui, there is a certain level of tension and unrest when you can’t see what’s coming at you.
Home Office Decorating Tips #5:
When using a shared space, DO NOT cross the line. Keep things in their respective areas as much as possible; when you love your space it’s easier to do, especially if you make it a point to put things where they belong at the end of your workday.
Home Office Decorating Tips #6:
Pay attention to color and pattern. Color and pattern affect our moods, thoughts, and productivity so avoid anything too jarring, aggressive, or overly busy. Use strong colors and patterns as accents, perhaps as the upholstery on your desk chair for example.
Home Office Decorating Tips #7:
Enjoy your new space. Don’t think you have to wait until you are “done” to use your office space. Sometimes the best way to know if something is working for you is to try it, use it, change it, and repeat.
As always, my last and most important tip… have fun and Enjoy the process!