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A home office, from floors to accessories, can feel like a welcoming workspace

June 24, 2013

Hardwood FloorsHome offices don't have to be boring. By incorporating the best design elements from other parts of one's house, such asĀ Anderson's Cimarron collection, a work station that has coordinated home furnishings can make a smooth transition from the rest of the dwelling.

There's no reason why home offices can't be decorated to reflect the personality of those who use them by adding favorite colors, memorabilia, and a style of furniture that suits their business needs as well as personal taste.

Fit office to the space
According to, an office under the eaves of a renovated attic can be outfitted with a collection of cubby holes for office supplies, and a series of filing cabinets holding up the desk surface, rather than standard desk drawers.

Built-in cabinetry can be customized to fit a room design by using all the available space by building from ceiling to floor. Another good idea is to attach a vertical bulletin board the size of a full-length mirror on a side wall. That keeps the post-it notes and paperwork readily available without cluttering the space above the desk.

Mixing patterns
Choosing a selection of fabric patterns in home design often causes people to doubt their judgment about how much is too much, and that's particularly true for an area they are trying to keep "professional."

But has some simple advice for finding the right balanceĀ  - complement, not conflict. In other words, no single print should stand out as dominant over the rest when several are used.

For instance, choose one large-scale pattern and balance it with two smaller designs. Similar types of patterns - flowers, seascapes or paisleys - can offset each other in different types of fabrics for added texture.

Decorating with smaller patterns can be deceiving, because they sometimes become indistinct from a distance. Stepping away to get the full view presents a clearer picture about how it will look to someone entering the room.

Simple, but not austere
Finding features that are simple without seeming austere is another challenge in decorating a home office. Roman shades are a great example of a window treatment that has clean design lines, but ones that are softened enough to impart a comfortable atmosphere.

Using baskets for storage is another way to keep office supplies organized by using containers that are attractive as well as practical.