How To Decorate Your Home Office Like A Boss

Home Office

No matter if the home office is simply a place to organise your paperwork, or will be the base of your new company, you can achieve the best layout and style with a little bit of forward planning.  After all, you are the boss.

Budget

Work out how much you can afford.  You will need to buy the basics, a desk, some lighting, stationary, maybe even a new laptop and printer.  You may need some extra specialized equipment for your business.  Make sure you have enough money and do not cut corners on the things you need, in favour of a fancy design.

Space

You have to be canny when organising your space.You may be restricted to a corner of a room, or maybe you have managed to free up a bedroom or an attic for your new office space. Draw up a floor plan and take some measurements.

Design

Now the fun bit.  What sort of look do you want in your office?  You want the area to be an inspiring place to work.  A great place for inspiration is the internet, try Pintrest or Houzz for contemporary modern styling ideas.

Colours

What colours do you want on the wall?  For example, corporate offices will have light bright colours ; they will also usually  have some inspiring frames on the wall.  A design company may have more unusual prints but if you’re on a tight budget, you could try an abstract style poster print in a clip frame.  Colours have a direct effect on your moods- bright colours can invigorate or light colours can create the feeling of extra space and have a calming effect.

Lighting

Do you have access to a window in your room?  You can choose some professional blinds over curtains to help with the sun or maybe you would like some extra large floor lamps, or  spotlights.  Consider installing a large skylight to make the most of the natural daylight,   but at the very least make sure that you have adequate lighting, such as desk lamps near the place where you are working.

Storage

Invest in matching storage cabinets/ cabinet files, or give a lick of paint to existing ones.  Utilise a bookcase or get shelves on the wall.  Arrange box files on shelves, and have everything matching and to hand.  You need to get rid of all clutter, and planning storage is the best way to do this. 

Furniture

What sort of boss are you going to be?  Are you going for the corporate boss look with the oak and glass dining table that can double up as a boardroom table, or maybe something simple like metal chairs that can be folded away to help with space issues?  You could get a nice leather swivel chair for the Alan Sugar look too.

Plants

Plants are a great addition to any office.  They promote clean air. They also fight fatigue, stress, dry throat and headache.  Choose a plant that will match your new office style.

Power up

Make sure that you have enough power points in the room.  If any of your sockets are malfunctioning, get a qualified electrician in to have a look at them.  Invest in some power leads for hard to reach corners if your working space is a little small.

Whichever look you go for, choose colours, fabrics and designs which inspire you to be the best boss that you can be!   If you have any more design tips for the perfect home office, share in comments below.