April 30th, 2015

A New Home Office with Style on a Budget


Do you work from home, or just want a place to stay organized? Design a home office that inspires productivity. A new home office can be more than just a utilitarian space. It can be a creative expression of your personality and style. But there’s no need to spend a fortune to set it up. Just think a little outside the box!

Here are five ways to get big style in your new home office (on a budget).

1. Select a color scheme you love
Why be safe and boring? Your home office can show off your creative flair. What colors do you love? What colors make you happy? If you don’t love being in your office, you’ll be less productive and less likely to keep your space organized. For a starting point, try an inspiration piece to define your color scheme, like a rug, curtains, throw pillow, accessories or a patterned notebook. Then, choose a color from your inspiration piece to paint the walls. White can be a nice neutral backdrop, but experiment with color too. Colorful walls can unify all the elements in your space.

2. Shop secondhand
Traditional office furniture can lack personality, so try shopping for new-to-you items in unexpected places. Secondhand stores can be a great opportunity to find creative, out-of-the-box pieces that will serve your needs, keep you on budget and punch up personal style, all at the same time.

3. Add comfortable seating
If you have space for more furniture, why not add additional comfortable seating? This gives visitors, friends or clients a designated place to sit. Plus, comfy seating gives your home office less of a traditional “office” vibe, letting you relax as you work.

4. Consider lots of storage
A home office will be hardworking, but there’s no need to resort to boring storage or the expected metal file cabinets to keep your room organized. Add a variety of attractive storage options to keep papers and various office supplies organized and easy to locate. Shelving units can hold notebooks, baskets, printers, books and covered storage boxes. IKEA has great flat drawer storage systems that work well for organizing small office supplies, paper and projects. Painted or wood file cabinets and file boxes can help you stay on top of important documents. Or, stash away office supplies using freestanding dressers and cabinets you might already have at home.

5. Make it inspiring

Add accessories, artwork or inspirational items to help motivate you to reach goals and dream big! Make copies of photos, frame inspiring artwork and pin motivational quotes to a cork board. Bring in elements that transform your new home office from a work space into a place of inspiration.

What design elements would you want in a new home office?

I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Categories: Offices