The home office is an important part of the home, but it’s also a space where you need to think quite differently about the design and practicality because it is so different from the rest of the home. Your home office should feel separate from the rest of your home. To create the most productive area for working from home, consider these tips and tricks.

Colors

You don’t want your home office to distract you from getting work done. Pick a color scheme that is comforting and not too bold. Avoid vibrant colors like orange, red and yellow and stick to the more natural colors. This applies not only to wall color but also to floors and artwork. A natural floor, like a hardwood, or a simple carpet is welcoming and allows you to focus on what matters. There are many flooring options that you can use, and ultimately it comes down to what will work with the rest of your room and personal preference.

Simplicity

Similar to your color choice, you want you office space to be simple in decoration. Plants and small pictures can give you that sense of comfort and simplicity, but refrain from adding distracting artwork or anything that makes noise. Most prefer a fairly empty room with only the essentials, but that depends on personal preference and the type of work you have to do.

Lighting

Lighting is critical in any room in your home, and your office space is no exception. If you can have natural sunlight then that will make a big difference in the feel of the room. If you can create a view out a window then that will also help make the room feel larger and less restricted. If you don’t have much light, then spend some time thinking about how to add light that would benefit you the most. Most choose a desk light and a corner light because it’s nicer than overhead lighting.

You have many options when creating a home office. Take a look at other designs and layouts and consider these aspects and how you want to incorporate these into your office space.