Design tips for your home office

Whether you’re starting your own home-based business or have the opportunity to work from home a couple of days a week, you’ll want a base of operations. From a desk in a corner to a dedicated room, there are a number of design tips that can help boost your productivity.

If your office space is in your bedroom or the living room, create boundaries between work and living areas. A folding screen or ceiling-mounted curtains can close off the space, while an area rug in a different color can define the work zone. In a very tiny room, just turning on the desk lamp can be a visual cue that “work is in session.”

Speaking of a desk lamp, exposure to light can boost your mood and energy levels, so find ways to the let the light in! Whether it’s natural light flooding through a window, plenty of bright overhead lights or a well-placed task light, don’t skip this critical element.

If you’re fortunate enough to have an entire room for your office, built-in cabinets can help to maximize the space. In this case, the base of the desk includes file drawers, and a bank of cabinets on the back wall holds books, supplies, mementos and more. The base of the bookcase offers even more “closed door” storage.

Don’t forget the importance of color and decor in making your office an enjoyable space–nobody wants to sit in a dark, boring corner all day! Even if you’re using second-hand furniture or accessories, you can dress them up with paint or fabric.