If you have a working space in your home, then you’ll love these decorating ideas for your home office. Whatever the size of your office, it’s a great idea to minimize the cost of decorating it. Here are some tips for what you will need and the things you can do without to create a space you can be proud of.
Decorating Ideas for Your Home Office
Whether you’ll be meeting clients physically or virtually, the ideas below will give you a start on decorating your home office with ease.
Paint is a great place to start with decorating the walls in your office. A simple change in wall color can drastically change the look and feel of a room, especially one you’ll be working in.
A plain color is often the best option for a home office, but you can also get pretty creative. If you want a soft feel, go for something neutral but warm, like a deep cream. Looking for something that goes with everything, a cool gray would be a good option.
While you’re on the walls, don’t forget to add a few pieces of decor like pictures, quotes, wall stickers, or the like.
To start with, make sure you have a functional desk with the perfect amount of space you need for a computer and any other accessories. Ikea, Walmart, and online for sale sites are great options for finding a variety of inexpensive options.
If necessary, add extra sitting space apart from your desk. In addition, here are a few other tips for incorporating furniture in your office:
- Coordinate your furniture so that desks match meeting tables, bookshelves, and storage units.
- If your furniture is dark in color, paint your walls in light colors.
- Select a bright color to paint a feature wall to add impact and interest to your work area.
- Choose inspiring artwork for the walls. You may even take pictures and frame things that relate to your business. But remember to add color and interest not only for your customers but also for yourself.
- Keep cables to equipment neat with cable ties and cable trays.
- Remove and reduce clutter, and don’t use the office to store home things.
- Keep paperwork under control. Use a filing system that best suits your needs.
- Add a desk lamp to provide extra lighting.
Depending on how much you will be keeping in your office, you’ll want to make sure you have ample storage. To start with, look around your home for things you can refurbish and reuse. If you have old furniture pieces, consider breaking them down and turning them into something functional for your office.
Plastic boxes with front openings and roller wheels are ideal. You can push them under places and stack them on top of each other while still accessing the contents. These are rather expensive, and if you don’t need constant access to your things, use cardboard boxes.
The floor is often one of the least decorated office spaces. If you have a carpet area, consider adding an additional throw-rug. For hardwood floors, you can do the same thing but consider using a few more in areas that will have lots of traffic. You can also maximize floor space by adding things like a floor lamp, a potted plant, or a stylish piece of floor art.
Brighten up your office area with some brightly-colored accessories. To save a few extra dollars, go for plastic accessories as these tend to be cheaper. Faux flowers are another inexpensive route to decorate with flowers.
For that professional look, coordinate all your furniture and accessories. Furniture for your office does not have to be expensive, but it has to look right for your office. Contemporary furniture with clean lines in timber or laminate will fit most offices. Your comfort is also important; therefore, spend a little more on a good ergonomic chair that is comfortable and adjusts to your needs.
When decorating your home office, be sure to set a budget and try not to go over. Check local yard sales, online for sale groups, thrift stores, and antique shops for pieces that you can use. You may be surprised by what you find! Good luck with your office decorating!