Making the Most of a Home Office

If you work from home, it's important that you have a comfortable, inviting and inspiring space to work in. We bring you some top tips to help you achieve just that.

Although you want to create an atmosphere you can work in, you don't want your home to feel like an office. That's why it's really important create a distinction between your workspace and the rest of your home.

One great way to do this is with your décor: simply paint, furnish and style your home office in a completely different way to your living areas. A minimalist look is a great choice to create a space that helps you keep a clear, focused mind, and will be an effective contrast to an otherwise homely house.

Since you're going to be spending a lot of time in there, make sure your home office is as clean and beneficial to your health as possible. Laminate flooring is a great alternative to carpets as you can easily sweet away the dust, dirt and pet hair that's a nightmare to get out of carpets. If you use a paper shredder, laminate flooring is a real essential and will make clearing up all that paper dust much easier.

Make sure your home office is a space you feel happy to be in. Ensure your window lets maximum light in by going for light-coloured blinds over dark and dingy curtains. You could use a mirror to bounce daylight or artificial light around the room.

Decorate with the right colours: while white will help you think clearly, sunshine shades of yellow and burnt orange will lift your spirits and make the room seem warmer.

Of course it's important to have a comfortable and supportive office chair, with the desk and computer at the right height, but don't overlook the importance of a 'break out' space too.

A sofa, armchair or even a beanbag will give you somewhere to go to get away from the glare of the computer screen. Why not turn this area into a ideas space: hang some inspirational images or quotes on the wall, or put up a whiteboard to brainstorm on?

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