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Home office interior design

As millions of us are now working from home, it's time to make your home office a practical and inspiring hub for your 9-5 graft

1. Location location

Spare bedrooms are the obvious spot for a home office. You don’t need masses of space and a box room can be just as effective as a large area with good planning and organisation (see point #2). If a dedicated home office isn’t an option (or if you only work from home now and again), get creative with hot desking. Kitchen tables work well, as does a corner of your bedroom, or an area of the hallway.

WORK IT OUT: Wherever you set up your work station, the key requirements are a clear, clutter-free surface, a power point or two for your equipment and good natural light

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2. Store & order

Put your home office to work with great storage – it’s the key to every smooth-running, successful business hub, even in our digital age. If space is at a premium, opt for long rows of wall-mounted shelving – but try to restrict this to a single zone so your room doesn’t feel overcrowded. Stash paperwork and documents in colour-coded boxes and files for a fuss-free, organised look. A simple set of under-desk drawers is the easiest way to clear the decks (and the mind) for a hard day’s graft ahead.

WORK IT OUT: Old school lockers are on-trend this season – so hunt down cool designs in blush pink or mustard. Or, revamp an old filing cabinet with tough, spray paint.

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3. Give it personality

Your home office shouldn’t be bland and dull just because it’s where you work. In fact, the opposite – work surroundings need to be inspiring and stimulating, not just practical. Inject a large dose of personality with cushions, artwork and accessories like you would in any other room in the house. Light aromatherapy candles with lemon, lavender, peppermint and rosemary – scents said to boost productivity and mood.

WORK IT OUT: Dare to go bolder with a wall of patterned paper. Choose big retro prints or new-season florals in a palette of metallic and earthy hues with a vibrant accent.

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4. Light up

Max out natural light as far as possible by placing your desk near or underneath a window. If you’re in a darker, north-facing space, artificial lights are key. Experts suggest layering your lighting with a good overhead light for the base (consider a shade if it gives off too much of a glare) and then add in a cool desk lamp for more focused illumination. Seek out light sources with dimmer switches as not all jobs need the same intensity of light.

WORK IT OUT: Tiny home offices need to be well-lit too. Modern, clutter-free pendants are a good idea while neat, unobtrusive wall lights won’t eat too much into your space (flexible clip-on versions are cheap and easy to install).

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