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Creating Your Perfect Home Office

By Lauren Busser, The House Designers' Editorial Director

More and more people are working from home and it can be hard to live and work in the same space, which is why a home office is a popular amenity for a new homebuyer. Whether you work from home full-time or you bring your work home with you, you need a space to call your own and dedicate to work. One of the best things about having your own home office is being able to design and create a space that you will love to work in. From choosing a gorgeous desk to finding a paint color that matches your personality, we have a few tips to help you create a productive and inspiring workspace.

Restoration Hardware Mayfair Steamer Trunk Secretary

For a truly unique looking desk, take a look at the Mayfair Steamer Trunk Secretary from Restoration Hardware. Crafted by Timothy Oulton, antiques dealer and furniture maker, this oversized steamer trunk is an ingenious new take on a desk. Making it an inspiring work space for your new home office.

Let There Be Light

One of the first must-haves in an office space is light. When doing any sort of work, it should be in a well-lit space. If there are windows that allow natural light to come in then part of the work has been done for you. Even if you have plenty of natural light, you can always use some more so consider a center ceiling light and task lighting to illuminate your space effectively in the evening. Floor and desk lamps are also good options to help illuminate your office space, so consider where these will be placed when you lay out your room.

LAMPS PLUS Home Office

You need some light to work effectively in your new home office. Task lighting is particularly important and that's why we love the office gallery at LAMPS PLUS®. This particular design features the Polished Steel Swoop Desk Lamp which provides adjustable lighting with a full dimmer to let you choose just the right amount of light.

Colors that Inspire

Before you furnish your office space, consider the color of your walls. White walls can feel cold and institutional and you want your space to be inviting so that you will want to work there. Pick a color that represents your personality and unique style so that you will love spending time in your space.

Benjamin Moore Vibrant Red Home Office

There is no need for cold white walls in your home office. Pick a color that inspires you. Pictured here is the Vibrant Red Home Office from Benjamin Moore®. This palette features navajo red walls, monterey white columns, and a wenge accent. The result is a home office that is infused with character and personality.

Everything in its Place

Organization is key in a home office. Maximizing storage and places for notes is essential. You can easily turn a wall into a corkboard with cork tiles, or a chalkboard with the use of special paint. The wall can be use for notes, made into a calendar, or just used as an inspiration board for an artist. Shelving is also important so that you can keep books, office supplies and other materials off your desk but still within reach.

California Closets Home Office Solutions

Design a beautiful home office with the help of California Closets®. Their Home Office Solutions will work with your space to design an efficient and inspiring workplace.

Above all, this space is supposed to be one that you want to be in. If you don’t feel good in your home office, then take steps to redecorate and make it bright and new. When selecting pieces, make sure that you choose fixtures that are interesting — so that you will want to visit your office and hopefully be more productive as a result.

Broham Canyon House Plan Study

Take at this study from the Broham Canyon House Plan. This home office was given a personal touch in the form of the framed jerseys on the wall.