Preparing to decorate your home office? There’s nothing more intimidating than stark, white walls and an empty room that needs to be filled and decorated.
Your home office is a space you’ll spend quite a bit of time in, so it needs to be a peaceful-yet-productivity inspiring room. That means free from distractions and decorated the way you envision it.
Ready to decorate your home office? Let’s get started! These steps will walk you through the process of decorating your office: Choosing a theme, preparing to decorate, collecting furnishings, and pulling it all together.
Choosing a theme
First, you’ll need to choose a theme for your home office. What scenery and color schemes make you feel peaceful and content? Use these in your office to bring familiarity into your work space and ensure you’re comfortable working there. Your office theme could be anything, but here are a few ideas for inspiration:
- Coastal or beach-inspired
- Rustic and cozy
- Sleek and modern
- Vintage and kitschy
The theme you decide on will determine the type and style of decorations and furnishings you bring into the office, so make sure you’ll be able to collect the items you want within your theme before deciding on it!
Preparing to decorate your home office
If your home office is not already empty, clear it out. If you’re planning on painting, now is the time to do it! We recommend using accent pieces to stamp a signature color around the room and leaving the walls neutral – this way, you can switch up the theme of the room without having to re-paint.
Start planning out the items you’ll need to bring the office’s theme to life and places you might be able to find them. This will be hugely helpful in the next step. Do plenty of research online to find light fixtures, average prices on furniture, and any items in specific shades of color that may be difficult to find in-store. Draft up an informal layout of the office and the way you’d like to organize and place your furnishings.
Now, it’s time to collect the items you’ll be furnishing the office with. Start at yard sales, local thrift shops, and online marketplaces like eBay and Amazon to try to find your items at a considerable discount. Browsing this way will also lead you to a few unexpected items that might be perfect for your space.
Make sure to create a budget for yourself and stick to it – it’s easy to lose track of expenses when you want to decorate your home office in a specific theme. If you have a clear budget to stick to, you can mentally deduct expenses as you go and know when you’re getting close to the cut-off.
Pulling it together
Once you’ve purchased the items you’ll be furnishing the office with, it’s time to pull it all together. This can be the most intimidating part – nailing pictures to the wall and placing heavy furniture without being certain you want them in that spot. This is where the mock-up you created in step 2 will come in handy! Remember, nothing is permanent, and you can re-arrange your items until you feel satisfied with the way your office looks.
We wish you luck as you decorate your home office!