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Decorating a Home Office

Home offices are becoming more important in today’s home. Whether the home office is used for organizing family finances, homework, or if it serves as an actual work station for a family member, it’s become less a choice and more of a necessity.

Use the following tips to create a personalized workspace that suits everyone in the family’s needs.

Function

Function seems like an obvious consideration when designing and styling a home office but many people just throw a desk in a room and forget what the room will actually be used for. Take the time to think about how the room will be used, what accessories are needed, is there an internet or a phone connection, will file storage be necessary. Look at all regular and semi-regular uses of the home office before purchasing and organizing furniture.

Multiple Users and Uses

This plays into the function a little bit but before decorating consider who will be using the home office and how it will be used. If there are a couple children that will be using it for homework then each should have their own work station. If an adult will also be using the area it’s probably not a bad idea for an additional work station to be added. Consider a cluster of desks in the middle of the room with shared office equipment in the middle. This creates some family bonding and gives everyone their own space.

Color

One of the first considerations when decorating any room is color. Learn how to create a mood with color and use this knowledge to enhance the home office workspace.

Furniture

When buying furniture for your home office, spend a little extra to get quality furniture that will last a long time and withstand any hardships it encounters. Home offices were once considered an afterthought but as they’ve gained prominence the furniture that graces them has become more important.

Lighting

Lighting is one area of interior decorating that tends to get overlooked or isn’t well thought out. But a home office needs good lighting for obvious reasons. If possible select a room with plenty ambient light and then add task lighting where necessary. A standard overhead light in a small bedroom just doesn’t suffice and can cause eye strain. Likewise, bulbs that are too harsh and bright can cause eye strain so use lights specifically designed for desks and task lighting.

In addition to the above tips for creating a perfect home office make sure you eliminate any distractions that will draw people away from their work but add the little amenities that will make the room more enjoyable.

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