Home office ideas: decor tips for creating a productive work space

Increase your motivation when you're working from home with a few simple decor changes

Before lockdown, it was estimated that around 4.2 million Brits were working from home.

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That number is now much higher. And if there’s one thing that lockdown has taught us, it’s that your environment can truly make or break your productivity levels.

When you don’t have an appropriate work space it can be hard to feel motivated, and concentrating on the task at hand can be difficult.

With many of us set to take a more flexible approach to our office working pattern in the months to come, setting up a proper home office is essential!

Whether you’re looking for new home office ideas, or you just want a few budget-friendly solutions to spruce up your existing space, we’ve broken down some of our favourite home study ideas to help take your room from drab to fab!

Choose colour

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It’s easy to underestimate the impact that the colour of a room can have on motivation levels. Colourful surroundings boost creativity, but the wrong colour – like clinical white, or intense shades in a small room – can easily make us feel trapped within four walls.

As it’s the dominant colour in nature, green evokes organic, fresh, restful emotions and helps to foster concentration. Lime green in particular helps to create a fresh vibe, full of vitality.

Yellow is an attention-grabbing hue – there’s a reason it’s the most common highlighter colour – and bright shades are associated with happiness and optimism, which is great for staying positive through the working day. However, bear in mind that if it’s too bright, yellow can distract and overpower your office environment.

Purple are proven to stimulate the imagination, while softer lavender tones also bring a soothing vibe, helping promote focus and concentration.

On the flip side, blue is commonly seen as a relaxing colour when it comes to home decor. That makes it a great bedroom colour – but not ideal for an office.

And why not go one step further and choose a complementary fragrance for your home office? Check out our guide to choosing the right scent for any room.

Prioritise comfort

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There’s no point having a beautifully accessorised home office if you’re not comfortable enough to work in it!

You need to choose a desk and accompanying chair that are the perfect height, so that you don’t put strain on your neck. Consider getting a monitor that can be adjusted to make sure you’re not looking down at your laptop, and maybe even consider installing a standing desk if you struggle to sit for long periods of time.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect size desk for your space, why not make your own bespoke design? You can do this with a piece of kitchen worktop cut to size to fit along one wall. You can then put filing cabinets or shelving beneath. This can be a particularly good option for an awkward box room.

Expert tip 

‘When you’re choosing the furniture for your office, focus on the type of desk that you will want to sit down and work at. Think carefully before opting for a typical pine desk – instead, go for a desk you’ll feel proud of working from. A statement chair will be a good addition to this, so you won’t feel like you’re working in any old mundane office space. You’ll need to feel motivated to work each day, so choosing your desk and chair is incredibly important’ says Layla Chapman, Interior Designer 

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Inspire creativity

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There’s no reason why an office space should be clinical! While clutter can be distracting, carefully curated items can help to inspire you throughout the day.

Keep your favourite books, artwork and images close by – when you reach a natural dip in the day, you can reach for these instead of your phone to prevent getting sucked into an internet rabbit hole.

Expert tip 

‘Mood boards are a fantastic way to showcase business goals and objectives, as well as creative ideas. You can even pin up photographs of people who especially motivate you. Creating a feature mood board full of design images helps to inspire you while working too. This could either be a large magnetic board or a hand painted blackboard – simply cut out images from magazines, print off the photos – it’s an endless list’ says Kate Beavis, vintage expert 

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Be practical

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A good starting place when creating a great home office is finding the best position for your desk. Go ahead and make the most of a pretty view by placing your desk under the window, but make sure you have access to plug sockets

At the same time, while a beautifully curated open shelf may look great, office equipment typically isn’t so pretty, so including a few hidden storage spaces will be essential. Clutter is highly distracting – particularly in a working environment.

Think about investing in storage boxes and organising items… If you already have them, no need to buy new – simply spray paint what you already have to make them coordinate. If you’re working out of the box room, check out out guide to making smaller spaces feel bigger.

Lighting is key

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Good lighting is essential, and you ideally want as much natural light as possible. Start by positioning your desk near a window and combine this with good quality task lighting.