Are you looking to spruce up your home office? DIY projects, a new desk setup or simply some fresh décor can help give your workspace an uplift. Creating the perfect environment for productivity and comfort is crucial in any home office – and it doesn’t have to be difficult! Read on for some simple tips on how to get started with creating a space that works best for you.
You’ve just seen your dream realize before your very eyes. You’ve established your much desired Home Business. You’re really excited! In this post, you’ll find really useful tips for home office decorating.
You’re launching ‘doing your own thing’, working for yourself, rather than working for a ‘boss’, no longer doing the JOB (‘just over broke’) thing.
You’ve had a great idea for a while and you’ve done your research and planning, or you’ve diligently checked out business opportunities and chosen the one you’re going to go with.
Did you know that a new small business is established every 11 seconds, and the Home Office sector is by far the largest growth sector?
As the number of people working from home grows, the Home Office has become an important functional space whether you live in a palatial home or even a tiny apartment. Yes, during the Covid pandemic period (unfortunately still), the number of home-office workers has naturally increased considerably.
Home Office Decorating Ideas For Creating Qualified Work
Now, let’s make sure that you set up your own home office for absolute best results, wherever you are, that:
• gives you a place that’s a joy to work in
• has great comfort and supportive working conditions
• positions you to achieve a fabulous and abundant income-producing business of your very own.
1- Your Home Office – A Designated Room Of Its Own
Ideally, it’s best if you can dedicate an entire room in your home as your Home Office. This is particularly important if you’re going to create the most conducive and ‘right’ atmosphere for productive working, successfully associate that space solely with your business activities, and achieve and project a sense of professionalism.
It’s also vital if you’re going to have clients, suppliers, or sub-contractors visit.
The best location in a home is a room right next to the front door so that you have a clear view of the front door entry area of your home when visitors arrive, and you can welcome and usher them in upon arrival. (You may have noticed that most new home designs have this as a feature these days).
This location makes it easier also to close off, or partition off, from the rest of your home.
Keep your Home Office contained and separate if you can. Don’t confuse it with the rest of your home. It’s more professional if you can divide the home office space and its activity from the rest of your home.
It’s preferable not to have your clients having to be ushered in through your home, and encroaching upon, or climbing over, personal home spaces you share with other family members, en route (sometimes perhaps even long and circuitous) to your Home Office.
If this is the only location you can find in your home, then perhaps a separate entry is something you may want to consider for home office decorating.
If you’re not able to dedicate a separate room for your Home Office decorating – that’s OK, just find a space in a room where you can locate the best space for your working Home Office.
Designating and sectioning off a part of your living room would work just as well. Perhaps a corner of the dining room or a guest room would work best for you.
You can use a decorative screen or partition to great effect to define the area. It’s best to find a space that is out of the main thoroughfare of the rest of your home.
It’s best to select a room that isn’t cluttered as your aim is to create the atmosphere, ‘look and feel of a successful, purposeful, thriving Business Home Office.
• A stairway landing – if you have a large enough space. In some homes, the area at the top of the staircase may have space also as the hallway leads to the bedrooms. In some modern home designs, this area is expanded and often called the Parent’s Retreat – could also be used.
• Convert a closet – that you can install a desk within its walls and outfit with electrical points, with doors that can open up your home office area or close it away out of view.
• A loft or attic – you could use these spaces effectively for your Home Office.
• A room over a garage – ideal as it’s away from the main home activity areas, & with a bit of ingenuity & a little elbow grease, you could create a wonderful creative entryway to this Home Office over your garage.
Once you have picked your location, you can then go about getting the right atmosphere and mood, and the best layout and placement of your home office decorating just right.
3- Colors For Home Office Decoration
Let your imagination go dreaming and imagine the color you would love to be surrounded by as you work each day to make your Home Business a real success – colors that inspire you, energize you, focus you, relax you, and make you feel good.
Is it a flowing medley of the colors from the rest of your home, or a variation of those colors, or a contrast with real purpose and statement?
Is there a color or color combination that you’ve thought about for your Home Business stationery that can carry through to your Home Office and still blend in with the rest of your home?
Blue or turquoise is great for business and superb for concentration and focus. Home office space must be comfortable.
4- How Should Be Your Home Office Layout?
Let’s have a look at the layout of your Home Office. The best approach is to define areas within your room into zones – Look at how you will want to use this room for your activities.
• An area for your desk and work area with computer and printer.
• An area for a meeting table and chairs.
• An area for filing cabinets, bookshelves, etc.
Position of Your Desk For Home Office Decorating
Your desk is best positioned in the corner of the room furthest away from and looking on to the doorway. This gives you a position of strength, looking on and into your office and onto your doorway.
A small conference table for meetings, if you’re going to have clients or visitors – located as close to the door as possible is best.
So this becomes your meeting area – as soon as your visitors arrive, and they don’t have to cross your room and perhaps see computer cables, overlook files and paperwork on your desk, etc. Be professional and exude an air of professionalism.
Filing Cabinets and Storage
Filing cabinets – best to keep to 2 drawers preferably or 3 drawers, unless you have a faraway dark corner to place a 4 drawer that won’t overshadow or overpower the room. Filing cabinets can also be used to divide the room into areas. Or against walls.
Lighting For Home Office
Make sure that you take good care of your eyes with good quality lighting.
5- De-cluttering – Less is ‘more’ in a Home Office
Remember, de-cluttering is one of our favorite subjects. If you follow Law Of Attraction principles, you will know that by creating space, you create a place for great new positive things to come in. It’s also relevant regarding the business philosophy of doing less for receiving more.
Great tip : you have a superb opportunity to set up your Home Office right from scratch – only have what you need. Get rid of stuff you don’t need, multiples of items, and so forth.
Another great tip : when doing a spring clean – remove everything from your office and take the opportunity for a big throw-out – only return things to your office that you absolutely need.
If you can, file away older files that you may need for a while to refer back to (examples of your work, history, etc) in storage boxes or a filing cabinet in a corner of your garage.
Hard floor surfaces – best for office area, especially under the desk and where your chair rolls back & forth.
Here’s a tip : when considering how you would protect your floorboards from your office chair rolling back and forth all day, you may go to a local hardware store outlet and found/bought clear plastic film used for curtain backing to place on the floor where the chair rolls back and forth to protect the floorboards.
It has a static/cling adhering quality that is clean and with no residue rather than a sticky permanent adhering that leaves a permanent residue.
Make sure that your floor is perfectly cleaned, let it dry. Then cut the clear film to size and place it on the floor. It will lay cozily flat on the floor and not move around, almost like having static magnetized qualities, without any adhering or adhesive residues. It will stay flat, but peel up easily without leaving any marks or residue at all.
You can still decorate/dress up and define an area with a rug – perhaps under the meeting table or if you have a couple of chairs arranged for a meeting space.
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