Decorating

Creating The Ideal Home Office For You

We’re all busy making improvements to our homes at the moment, aren’t we? And one room many of us are busy creating is a home office. Of course, any changes to our homes cost money. But there are ways to get the room you want and not spend too much money.

Here’s how to create the ideal home office for you (and it won’t cost the earth).

Choosing your flooring

Going for a natural flooring option is probably best, whether that’s a wooden floor or wool carpet. It not only creates a lovely, timeless look but it’s better for you and the environment. However, these can be expensive. So, if you’re going for a synthetic flooring option, make sure you go for the best laminate flooring or nylon carpet you can afford. That way it will last a long time and won’t be so quick to head to landfill.

Sourcing a desk

Buying a new desk may be high on your agenda for creating a home office. However, you could save money and be a little bit greener by buying a second-hand desk and upcycling it to your own style. Many old desks are made of wood, which is the perfect material for an upcycle. And wooden desks are often built to last.

Places such as Facebook’s Marketplace and eBay are great for finding preloved furniture. But you may have a local charity shop or junk shop that’s worth seeking out too. And social media sites such as Instagram and Pinterest are ideal for stealing a few upcycling ideas from.

Decorating the walls

Giving your walls a colourful splash of paint is the easiest and most affordable way of getting the look you want for your office. And clever tricks such as painting arches or shapes onto the wall, can create a stylish pop of colour for very little money.

However, cheap paint can be full of chemicals and eco-friendly paint can be expensive. If you’re just going for a few small blocks of colour, you can probably get away with using some pots of sample paint to keep costs down. But if you want to paint the whole wall, check with organisations that redistribute leftover paint or networks like freecycle before buying any new tins. You may get lucky and it’ll save you a few pounds.

A few finishing touches

Get your office feeling like a nice place to work by adding a few finishing touches. Plants are an inexpensive way to decorate your home office. And they can help boost your mood and the air quality too. You could go for a simple potted plant or fill a whole shelf with them!

Another good move is to make the most of functional decor. This is particularly useful when space is tight. You can buy some really attractive office accessories. You can also put less attractive items into decorative containers.  

For example, Verano Ceramics does some lovely bowls. These make great “semi-open” storage for items you need to grab regularly. There’s also a wide selection of decorative storage boxes for items you want totally hidden from everyday view.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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