If you're planning on renovating and redecorating your office, storage is your first priority. With so many papers, books and supplies to store, be sure to accommodate it all with shelves, drawers and cabinets. Once you have that under control, find a desk that's stocked with everything you need: plenty of surface space, deep drawers and a high-quality material. Finally, take the time to personalize your workspace with plenty of photographs and interesting knickknacks.
Your home office layout should serve your workflow and overall creative process. Set up crucial electronics and equipment within easy reach; computer monitors should be positioned so there is no glare, and lamps should be placed strategically around the entire room so there is as much light as possible (proper lighting is crucial for avoiding eye strain).
Your work area should also be ergonomically sound. Given that you will spend countless hours in your desk chair, it should have a comfortable cushion, lumbar support and the ability to swivel and roll so you can easily reach items instead of straining for them. Your chair should also have adjustable arm rests that allow for your shoulders to stay relaxed and elbows bent at 90 degrees. As for your keyboard, you want the “B” key be directly centered in front of you.
Make sure to give yourself a view. If you have a window in your space, set up your desk so you can look out of it. If not, put up an inspiring gallery wall or an unique wall hanging to set your gaze on when taking breaks. If you’ll be having clients in your home office, make sure there is ample - and comfortable! - seating options that are conducive to productive meetings.
Home office organization is key, especially with all the bills, mail and statements you receive and keep throughout the year. The best way to store your papers is by investing in a filing cabinet. A rolling cabinet can help with convenience, or splurge on a more permanent, lockable one if you have a lot of sensitive documents. Be sure to label and color code so that everything is easy to find. With shelves and cabinets, built-ins are your best options. Built-in shelves are an elegant way to store your book collection while drawers with tray organizers keep track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters, tape and calculators.
When looking for home office decorating ideas, always think in terms of inspiration; your work area should be functional but also reflective of the things that motivate you. While a home office is a conventionally formal space, you can definitely branch out with your decor. Paint the room colors that energize you or paint patterns or stripes on the wall for variation. Globes, maps and clocks are always go-to pieces, as are table lamps and vases.
To give your work area a personalized touch, bring in framed family photographs and travel souvenirs you've picked up along the way. For those must-have accessories, like pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders, try to find bright, vibrant patterns to add a pop of color or even novelty pieces that will make you smile every time you look at them. Keep track of key tasks with a bulletin board, chalkboard or whiteboard; they're great for reminders and can also be used to hang funky pictures or cool drawings.