Create Your Perfect Home Office

If you work from home, you know how wonderful it can be. No sitting in traffic while commuting, no fussy office wardrobe and no interruptions from colleagues on the way to the breakroom. Yet sometimes you may find it difficult to stay focused and productive at home. The key is having a good workspace. The dining room table is fine for kids doing homework, but as a professional you need something better.

Location

As with any real estate decision, the most important aspect is location. You may be able to get by with commandeering a portion of your master suite. Some floor plans include a nook or seating area that is set apart from the restful, intimate bedroom space. Ideally, however, your office will be a room of its own. Convert an attic or basement if necessary. This separation is essential in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Décor

Create a business-like tone that will put you in an industrious frame of mind. Furnish the room with a desk, chair and bookshelf, ergonomically arranged for your comfort and efficiency. Add artwork that is unique and personal but still professional. Rather than family pictures, display personal prints customized to fit your space perfectly. Warm up the office with cheerful but soothing paint colors and a high-quality area rug. If clients will see the office, you will need guest chairs and a small side table. Complete your accessorizing efforts with thriving houseplants.

Lighting

Good lighting is indispensable to a good work space. Natural light is best, but artificial will do as long as you have the proper levels. Dimly lit spaces lead to eye strain, fatigue and headaches. Harsh fluorescent lighting can cause migraines. Proper lighting can improve your mood during the workday. Install full-spectrum daylight bulbs in overhead fixtures for proper ambient lighting. Once your furniture is in place, augment with task lighting as needed, being sure to avoid glare on your computer screen. With the right lighting, you can design a bright and cheery office that will make you smile each morning.

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