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Living Space: 6 smart ways to make your small home office work for you

Kelsey Mulvey, RealSimple.com on

Looking for some beautiful small home office ideas? Get in line. As more people opt to work remotely (or ditch their traditional corporate jobs to become their own bosses), it’s becoming possible to work from anywhere with a solid Wi-Fi connection. If you don’t want to drop a lot of money on a fancy co-working space — or several cups of coffee at a local cafe — a home office is the best place to set up shop, even if it’s a small home office. Hence, the need to decorate!

But this need brings a lot of questions. How do you create a space that’s designed with your professional goals in mind? How do you find the right home office organization set-up that works as hard as you do? How is it possible to stay focused when you’re working from a home that’s filled with distractions? And is it even possible to create a home office that doesn’t cramp your whole space’s interior design style? The plot thickens when you don’t have a spare room to dedicate to your home office: Is it possible to be truly productive in a closet-turned-office?

Don’t panic! We’re here to help. Whether you’re burning the midnight oil after hours or starting a new business from your humble abode, here are six small home office ideas you can bring to every space. (Yes, even yours.) Climbing the corporate ladder from home never looked so good.

1. Limit the screen time.

While there are plenty of perks to working from home — no commute or sad desk lunches, for starters — be careful of other time-sucking distractions like your television. Place your desk by a breezy, sun-drenched window. Not only is it a great spot that won’t cut into your room’s overall layout, but it will also keep you far away from the TV. Let the gorgeous view (and not the latest political pundits) inspire your work.

2. Create an organized oasis.


There’s more to your small office decor than a great desk. It’s just as important to invest in some home office organization pieces to stash important papers, pens and pencils, and those piles of USB drives.

3. Play up patterns.

Whoever said small office design ideas have to be boring. To transform the small space, office paint colors are everything: A playful print keeps the room feeling creative and inspiring, not cramped and dark.

4. Color yourself happy.


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