The ideal work space is a separate room, with a door, a window, a telephone and adequate wiring to operate a computer and whatever other equipment is necessary.
A work surface can be as simple as a sheet of plywood resting on two sawhorses. Or, you can shop at fine furniture stores for the latest in solid wood desks, bookcases and computer equipment stands.
Avoid the corporate look by mixing traditional office furniture with residential pieces, such as an upholstered occasional chair or a chest of drawers.
To make a home office inviting and user friendly, include more storage than you think you will need for books and files. Pay special attention to lighting and window coverings. You'll want to avoid sunlight shining on your computer screen by day. Shutters or window blinds will make it more pleasant to work at night.
In addition to overhead lighting, install a desk lamp and possibly a floor lamp for armchair reading.
A home office has to be functional. But it should also reflect your personality.
Choose colors you find soothing. Warm the space by putting an area rug on the floor. Hang real art on the walls. Add a few potted plants. Use attractive wicker or wire baskets to hold office supplies.
Before long, you'll have a room that makes going to work a pleasure.
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