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 an efficient 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 the 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."
And while we're talking about 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 light will surely help you perform your tasks better.
If you're fortunate enough to have an entire room for your office, like this Canyon Creek Custom Cabinetry one here, 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. Fresh flowers or house plants helps bring the outdoors in and will no doubt elevate your working mood.