More and more people are working from home, both full-time and part-time, that’s why a free sofa spot and a laptop won’t cut it for today’s home office. If you are remodeling your house and have a room to spare, designing a home office will not only make your life much easier, but it will also increase the value of the property in the case of selling. One of the biggest advantages of a home office is that you have the freedom to decorate it as you wish. However, you should still make it functional and productive. Here are some tips that should help you with that.

Start with colors

Think that color psychology is nothing more than a big hoax? Think again. Colors can impact our emotional responses and physical reactions in many ways. In the office, it is imperative to include colors that increase energy levels and improve productivity. Green, as nature’s neutral, is always a good choice because it fosters concentration. Yellow is attention-grabbing and it evokes optimism. Red, when used in accents, produces excitement. Purple shades stimulate the imagination. Combine your wishes with this info, and you’ll get the perfect home office.

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Let enough light in

If you were planning on using a windowless room for your home office, don’t. The lack of natural light can impact your mood and productivity, and what’s the point of a home office if it doesn’t inspire you to work? Various studies pointed out the importance of natural light for workplace performance; so, if you can, expand your window even more and use sheer curtains or none at all. You will not only boost your energy, but also save electricity.

Take care of the artificial light

Of course, the sunlight will not always be enough for your workplace endeavors, especially if you prefer working in the evening. The most suitable replacement are full-spectrum lightbulbs, but you can dodge this sizeable investment by layering different lighting solutions, ranging from floor and table lamps to wall lamps and ceiling fixtures.

Set up a workplace station

The most important part of your home office is the workplace station, so make sure you give it the consideration it deserves. First of all, ask yourself how many hours you’ll be working a day? If it is more than just a couple (two, three) hours, you might want to go for both standing and regular desk. Yes, prolonged sitting can be very dangerous (even with an ergonomic chair), but standing has its downsides too, back pain, sore feet, leg swelling, varicose veins and muscle fatigue. Fortunately, these problems can be easily addressed with the use of resilient and comfortable anti fatigue mats that provide comfort and relief.

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Include storage solutions

What’s an office without storage? You’re right, just a room, and usually a very messy one too. Since home offices usually aren’t swimming in square footage you will have to use that space efficiently. Vertical file folders on the desk should be enough to store important papers within your reach. A nice woven basket is a place to tame your notes and papers, while wooden and metal cube storages make a great substitute for bookshelves. Floating shelves are excellent space-savers and are easy to install.

Finish up with homey accessories

Finally, if there is one thing that makes a home office different than a regular company office, that is the word “home”. There is no need to blend the design of an office to the design of the rest of your home, but you can add some homey elements that make you feel pleasant and comfortable. That can be houseplants, pretty mugs, decorative baskets, candles, inspirational prints on the wall, etc.

Home offices make working from home more bearable. Nicely designed home offices make working from home a pleasure. If you prefer the latter statement, use these tips to style up your home office.

Published by Emma Lawson