You spend hours every day working from your home office, but it's not just the place you go to get work done – it’s also where you relax and unwind after hours of taking care of business. It’s important that this space reflects your personality, reflects your sense of style and makes you feel comfortable and relaxed while you work or take time to yourself. Here are some interior design ideas to help make your home office the ideal place to spend time during the day!


Choose a style

If you’re on a tight budget, making your home office feel like an extension of your home is a great way to save money on design. But if you want to go all out and put together a truly awesome space, try choosing a style and decorating around it. The look will be more cohesive, and you’ll be less likely to change things up in a year or two. After narrowing down your style choice (and sticking with it), think about each room within your home: What kind of furniture do you need? What lighting fixtures would fit best? Will certain pieces tie into what’s already in your house? Take care with these decisions because they can make or break how beautiful—or not—your home office is!


Choose space-saving furniture

One way to maximise your home office space is to choose furniture that has multiple uses. For example, you could use a bookshelf as a credenza and desk. Or, purchase cabinets that include shelving. If you can find furniture with built-in storage options such as shelves and cabinets, it will help save you even more space in your office area. However, if you have limited home office space available, don’t go overboard – it’s better to just add one or two pieces of high quality (and highly functional) furniture than lots of smaller items that won’t hold much weight (figuratively speaking). Think sleek rather than clunky; narrow rather than deep; small rather than tall when choosing how to furnish your new home office space.


Add some wall art

What makes an office feel inviting? In a perfect world, you’d have a spacious, beautifully-designed office with enough room for all your gadgets and homey touches. But let’s face it: most of us don’t have that luxury. Fortunately, small spaces can be just as inviting—they just need a little more planning to balance function and aesthetics. So if you’re looking to add some personality to your home office (or any room in your house, really), here are some interior design ideas for small spaces that can help make every corner feel like home.


Organise your desk

A clean, organised workspace can be invigorating. If you spend a lot of time at your desk, there’s no better way to brighten up your day than to be surrounded by order and minimalism. Maximise storage by using bookshelves, credenzas or other furniture to stow away items that keeps your desk clear and creates room for things like plants and decor pieces.

As much as possible, eliminate loose papers from their file cabinets altogether: Those files should live online in Dropbox—which is easier to access from wherever you might be working. It also saves on printer ink—so consider transferring them into digital files too!


Plan your lighting

The last thing you want to do is leave your home office feeling dark and depressive. Lighting can make a big difference in how much space feels open and usable—and it’s important that you don’t take your lighting for granted. Take into account task, ambient, and accent lighting when designing your office and you’ll likely be able to develop a plan that suits all of your needs.


Keep it clean

Home offices have grown more and more popular over recent years, with people working from home for both professional and personal reasons. But if you’re working in a space that doubles as your living room or bedroom, it can be difficult to keep things clean. If you’re sharing your workspace with family members or roommates, you may want to separate it completely by using a folding door. This will allow you to keep it neat while also keeping everyone else out of your hair!


Finding new and exciting ways to decorate your home office is one of those projects that doesn’t cost much but can have a big impact on your productivity. But don’t be overwhelmed by all of these gorgeous options; follow these guidelines to create a lovely, inspiring space that you won’t get tired of after a few months. That way, you can keep your motivation up!