Best Decorating Tips for Your Home Office
With so many people telecommuting, working at home or simply seeking a quiet space to pay bills or catch up on social networking, having a functional home office is imperative. When setting up a home office you should consider your needs, budget and tastes. You not only need a space that is organized and enhances productivity, you also want a pleasing design that blends with the rest of your home decor.
Determine the Location
Do you have a dedicated room for a home office?
Most of us end up incorporating our home office into another space like a basement or spare bedroom.
You can even set up an office up in your garage or in a backyard storage shed (provided you have adequate insulation and the ability to heat and cool the space).
Once you have determined where your home office will be located, you can get down to furnishing and accessorizing the space.
Pick a Color Scheme
If you are color-challenged or just pressed for time, make a trip to your local home improvement center and head straight for the paint department for color inspiration. Not only do they have racks and racks of paint color chips to tempt you, many paint manufacturers also offer cards with images of completed room color schemes.
These idea cards include all the paint colors necessary to achieve a specific look. This no hassle color coordination is a huge time saver and gives you options you may never have considered.
Just remember most colors will probably more intense on your wall than the paint chip indicates. To play it safe, once you find a color you love, go a shade lighter to avoid overpowering your home office.
Save Money With Secondhand Furniture
Furnishing your home office typically takes up the biggest part of your budget. Keep expenditures to a minimum by checking out second-hand office furniture sources.
The first pieces of furniture you should purchase are your desk and office chair. These are the two most critical components of a home office. You can purchase secondary pieces as you go along.
Shopping for separate office furniture pieces may sound like a difficult task, but there are a few tips that can make these important purchases relatively easy. Don’t worry about finding exact matches in color and finish. The main goal is to purchase pieces with complementary lines and styling.
Your other major concern should be quality and durability. Solid hardwoods or metal are your best bet. You may be able to save money with a particleboard desk, but it will not stand up to constant use and frequent moves.
Your chair selection is extremely important. It should be comfortable and ergonomically designed to take care of your spine, lower back and legs. You can find good deals on used, upscale desk chairs – but always test them out before purchasing. Remember, your office chair is an investment in your health and productivity. Don’t skimp too much on this purchase.
Where to Look for Previously Owned Office Furniture
There are many places you can go in search of gently owned office furniture. Check out this list for ideas:
Where to Look
What You'll Find
Used Office Furniture Store
Usually a large selection but you will pay a bit more.
A company that has closed an office and will sell it’s furniture inventory to the public. to the public
Sometimes you can locate quality office furniture.
Check local paper and item listings to find what you need.
Excellent source for used office furniture.
eBay and craigslist
Lots of office furniture. Check often because good buys go fast.
Create Unique Office Storage
Many of us with home offices often struggle to come up with extra storage space. If you don't have space on the floor, consider going up. New or vintage shelves, medicine cabinets or baskets can be affixed to your wall for additional storage that doesn’t eat into valuable square footage.
Convert a small closet into a “supply room”. Remove the door or bi-folds and install several tiers of sturdy shelving across the entire width to hold all the office supplies you don’t use every day. If you’re lucky enough to have an electrical outlet in the closet, think about relocating your wireless printer and fax machine to the closet as well!
Use Upcycled Desk Organizers
If you’ve shopped for desk accessories lately, you know they can be pretty ugly and uninspiring. Taking items designed for another purpose and giving them a new life will inject some needed personality into the space!
Upcycle anything from baskets, small vases, tea cups, floral frogs, vintage jars, small dishes and even old furniture springs as a home for your pencils, paperwork, paper clips, notes, stamps and spare change. You can even use an old napkin holder as a mail caddy!
Choose Accessories Carefully
Here again, you can use your imagination and choose items that speak to you. Travel souvenirs, your vintage camera collection or a grandma’s silver tea service will add a touch of individuality to your office – it also makes it feel more like an extension of your home, rather than a utilitarian space. Avoid too much clutter – edit your accessories and showcase a few of your favorites in a special spot.
Incoporate Wall Art
Art is a suitable addition to your home office. Like accessories, it personalizes the space. Whether it’s your photography, paintings or a few vintage reproduction posters, artwork adds color and interest to vertical surfaces.
Don’t forget a note or bulletin board can serve a dual purpose. You can post important reminders and use it to display photos or pieces of special ephemera.
Cute Home Office Ideas!
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