Decorating Your Home Office The Holidays

It is easy to decorate your office for the holidays when you work outside of the home. Your cubicle becomes a tiny corner of holiday cheer and you can create your own personal escape. When you transition from the corporate office to the home office, however, those opportunities for decorating become a bit more complicated. Whether it is Valentine's Day or Christmas, there are always ways that you can add some holiday cheer to your home office.

Be Realistic

The first thing to do when considering decorating your space is to be realistic. If your work area is a tiny nook in the kitchen, a full lights display with animated figures probably is not going to be a realistic option. The size and style of your decorations must match the available space and existing decor. Be realistic about how much room you have to decorate without encroaching on your needed workspace.

Coordinating

Unless your home office is in a separate area of the house with a door that shuts out the rest of the world, chances are that you are working in an area that you have carved out of another room. For example, your desk and laptop may be in an out of the way area of your bedroom or the den. If that is the case the decorations in your work nook should coordinate with the decorations in the rest of the room. If your main decor for Valentine's Day is a Victorian theme, putting bright red hearts and cartoon-like characters around your very visible work space is not going to look appropriate. Instead, choose decorations in the same Victorian theme, so that the work space blends in rather than stands out.

Types of Decorations

After you have thought about the available space and coordinating your work space decor with the rest of the room, it is time to think about what exactly you can use to decorate. Consider placing a miniature Christmas tree with small ornaments on the end of your desk or a bookcase. A plant or flowers that embrace the feel of the holiday are also great decorations. Garland, either floral or vine, can be used effectively if draped around the work area in strategic and out of the way spots. Seasonal or holiday picture frames are also great options, as they allow you to display pictures of those you love while also decorating your home office. Think small and understated for work space decorations, as they will brighten your mood with holiday cheer, but will not provide a lot of distraction while you are working.

Home Office

If you are blessed enough to have a home office that is a room dedicated entirely to your business, take advantage of decorating it during the holidays and throughout the year. Plants and flowers, colorful wall decor, and even a full size Christmas tree would be appropriate to decorate your out of the way space. Do not forget to hang a fun, decorative wreath on your office door for added decoration.

Jessica Ackerman, author and staff designer at WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, specializes in contemporary metal artwork and large wall artwork.

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