Decorating your home office so that it becomes an efficient as well as aesthetic place to go to every day is not that difficult. The home office decorating ideas you choose to utilize will depend upon your own tastes and subjective level of what is considered artistic, of course, but several methods are available that can be applied whether your home office is for writing, selling or creating arts and crafts.
A home office should utilize the emotional effects of color. Decorating your home office mostly in red is not a good idea because red stimulates the appetite. Many home workers already face problems with such easy access to food whenever they want, so the last thing you need is a paint scheme that makes you even hungrier. It is said that yellow is one of the best colors you can decorate with because it stimulates the creative part of the mind. Home offices populated by writers, artists and craftspeople should definitely include some yellow. My yellow comes courtesy of the flesh-colored hues of my memorabilia dedicated to The Simpsons. Your yellow could be a painted outline of a mirror on the wall or maybe you could paint your bookcases yellow. Those who tend to get a little on the manic side when they are working at home should consider decorating their home office mainly in blues as that color can help to calm you and even get you to focus on the tasks that allow you to live and work at home.
You may not think much of your windows in the home office, but they can become a distraction as well. You want to keep the world away while your work, but you don’t want to have to depend entirely upon artificial light sources. Window treatments that allow you to engage or ban the light of the sun are a good choice. This means investing in some blinds or shades that can be adjusted to allow in the light when you want it and to keep it out when you don’t. Try a combination of decorative drapes and functional blinds to create the best of both worlds as well as create a place that is nice to work in.
Placing plants inside your home office is a good decorative choice as well as a functional choice. Brightly color plants and flowers can brighten a bad mood. The oxygen level will be raised inside the home office due to the presence of plants and more oxygen is always a good thing as it can stimulate your brain to higher levels of success. Some good choices for indoor plants to provide more oxygen to your brain are going to depend on the amount of light you’ve got going on. If your home office is a very bright place, consider wax begonia, Wandering Jew and Swedish Ivy. If your home office is a bit danker, you should include a Boston fern and Prayer plant. You’ll love the reason the latter is called a Prayer plant, trust me.
Surround yourself with books. Build bookcase or install simple shelving on the wall. A home office filled with books tends to stimulate activity even if you don’t read them. I must confess that my own home office has probably 500 books at the very least. Of course, as a writer, I use every single book in my home office as well as those that won’t fit inside. No matter kind of work you do in your home office, you’ll find that just having books nearby lends it an aura that encourages doing work.
Finally: get rid of the TV unless you, like me, need background noise to work.