There are many home office design ideas that are both functional and beautiful. Offices need to be highly functional in order to maintain organisation and encourage high productivity. They also have to be warm and welcoming so that you actually want to spend time there.
Home offices need to both serve a purpose and also blend in as a part of your home. They are a combination of practicality and creativity. Design your home office around functionality first and then add your creative flair to make it a space you feel at home in.
If you are fortunate to have a large home office then you have a few more design choices than those who have smaller offices. You have the freedom to buy office furniture for the look as well as the functionality. While you still want to purchase a desk that offers adequate storage and surface space, you can also choose one that is a style you like. If your tastes include a large, heavy wooden desk, you have the space to accommodate it. Purchase a comfortable desk chair in a similar design to the desk you choose. If more than one family member regularly uses the desk, opt for a height adjustable chair. Filing cabinets no longer just come in dull metal finishes. You can also purchase them with rich wood finishes. If your home office is large enough, purchase a long, lower three drawer filing cabinets. The top can also be used as a table top for plants or pictures. Larger home offices allow for more wall colour options as well. You can choose from lighter neutral colours or can go with a deep rich shade for your walls. Be sure the lighting is adequate in the office to avoid eye strain. Decorate your wall with family pictures or your diplomas and credentials. Large colourful prints are also a popular choice in home offices.
Many people have smaller home offices. Small offices need to focus primarily on functionality but also offer several design ideas. Start by choosing a desk that fits your office size and will also hold all your files, documents and materials. Since you may not be able to fit an additional filing cabinet in your office, choose a desk that has a drawer that doubles as a filing cabinet, including locking mechanism. Corner desks can take up less floor space in your office and make it look larger. Choose light or neutral coloured paint for your walls since dark colours can make a small room look even smaller. You can still personalize the space with photographs, diplomas and colourful pictures.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have an entire room to dedicate to a home office. Some people have to build a work space within another room. This will often be the family room. Create an area off to one side or in a corner. There are desks on the market that fold away and close up to look similar to an armoire. These are ideal in this situation since the desk can be transformed into a piece of furniture that not only takes up less room but also blends in with the rest of the room.
The home office design idea that you ultimately choose for your home office will be a combination of your personal style and functionality. Design the office to fit both your needs and your room size. Add little personal touches to make it homier. Add adequate lighting to make reading and working easier on the eyes.