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If you work from home like I do, you know that it’s important to have an office where you can be as productive as possible. Your office should be functional but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be in style.
Here are some tips to help you make your office fashionable as well as functional, without spending a lot!
If you are going for the sophisticated office look in a spacious room then it is a good idea to ensure all paperwork is hidden away. This can be achieved by having cupboards and cabinets to organize everything in. Neutral colors do really well at keeping rooms looking bright and airy. Also, having chunky, dark wood furniture or an antique desk will add an air of masculinity and elegance.
Many of us don’t have the room to have our own office at home, so often times people convert their attic into the perfect place to work hard. If your office is in the attic, it is important to ensure the room looks bright as this enhances the size of it. Painting the walls white will keep the feeling of claustrophobia at bay. Everything should be light and bright including furniture, rugs, pictures, curtains, etc. Use mirrors to make the room feel even bigger. Also consider having built in shelving rather than bulky furniture.
Some of the best looking offices are full of antique furniture. Shop around for a dark antique desk which will contrast superbly with white walls and give your office a guaranteed of looking sophistication. It is important to be comfortable in your office as well as enjoying working in there.
Some people love an all white office as this makes them feel awake and alert – which is important if you need to concentrate on work! By employing the use of open shelving, ensures the room looks clear and tidy, it also makes your desk free of any paperwork. It is recommended that your desk is placed near to a window to allow for natural light to illuminate the entire workspace.
Many home offices are also used for children to do their homework in – if that is the case, it is important to inject some color into the surroundings. By teaming bright colors with bold patterns, you will get the perfect modern look. Minimalist furniture will also keep the room looking fresh and will be ideal for both children and adults alike. Places like Target are a great place to find accessories and furniture for this type of office.
Vintage is en vogue at the moment so if you have a passion for things for yesteryear, this is the time to redo your office. Team lots of traditional prints with black & white photographs and retro accessories. Look for simple and classically styled furniture to make the room look sophisticated, warm and a great place to let the mind work its magic. It is also a good idea to add some colored cushions to the room as this will inject a little color. Check out your local thrift store or Salvation Army for unique pieces to work with this style.
Monochrome style offices have been popular for a few years now – adding a unique looking desk with a stainless steel chair will give you the perfect monochrome office. Add some distinctive artwork on the walls and you are ready to go! Look at places like Overstock and Amazon for peices to fit this style.
No matter what style you decide on, it’s important to remember when designing your home office that you add your personality and taste into it. In order to enjoy being in there, you need to like the room. Don’t worry as much about what the latest style is as long as YOU like it! That is the most important part.