Functional Chic: How to Decorate Your Home Office

Amber Clark

Sep 20, 2016

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Functional Chic: How to Decorate Your Home Office

An office is one of the most important rooms in any home — especially for those who rely on getting work done in there. And, like any part of a home, the office should be decorated well, with a balance of function and aesthetics that improves productivity and feels nice to be in. If your home office doesn't quite meet that standard, here are four ways to decorate so it will.

Improve Lighting

Good lighting is crucial for staying focused and working productively. If your office is dim and you're having trouble seeing, improve your lighting. You can start by opening windows and doors to let natural light in or investing in lamps with natural light bulbs. You can even add a decorative touch with your choices. Don't just buy a standard light; purchase one with an elegantly designed lampshade to add character to your workspace, as well.

Go Ergonomic

You should never work at an uncomfortable desk or chair. Doing so will kill your productivity and inspiration and leave you feeling stiff and sore. It's much better to utilize furniture and equipment that fit your body. Heather Rees, a writer for Lifehack, suggests making these ergonomic changes:

  • Set up a computer station with the monitor 24-36 inches away from your eyes.
  • The top of the monitor should be at or below eye-level.
  • Purchase a chair that reclines and sit in a slightly reclined chair posture.
  • Keep your feet on the floor or on a foot rest.

Jazz up the area with colored pillows for your chair (which can increase comfort) and cool ergonomic items like your mouse and keyboard.

Paint the Walls

Color has an undeniable effect on our mood. This means that choosing the right color for your home office is crucial. To pick the best one, decide what kind of atmosphere you'd like. Do you want one that's tranquil? Exciting? Dramatic? If you're not sure, look at magazines and blogs for inspiration. How you feel while looking at room colors in pictures is a good way to judge how you'd feel with those colors in your own office. If you'd rather stick with proven facts: psychology studies have found that blue is the most productive color and is aesthetically pleasing to many people, so it would be a perfect choice.

Update Storage

Keeping your workspace clean and organized does wonders for productivity. Not only does it make working easier, it also improves focus and creativity. After all, no one likes clutter anyway. To keep things tidy, update your storage with filing cabinets, floating shelves, and desk drawer dividers. For some fun storage ideas that are also decorative: use mason jars as cubbies for pens and pencils, hang baskets to hold papers, store office supplies in colorful shoeboxes, and set up a vibrant labeling system for everything. When it comes to storage, the design options are endless.

Decorating your home office doesn't have to be difficult. With these four tips, you can easily make your office functional and well-designed for your personal tastes. So that you work better – and feel better – while inside.

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