Home Office Decorating

More and more of us are turning a little-used room into a home office, and rightly so. They’re popular with buyers, especially if the room is too tiny to be a useful bedroom. A growing number of people are now working from home, so a home office will have a broad appeal.

The must-haves

• Get a phone line connected to the room to access the internet.
• Home offices benefit from clean, subdued colours to create a professional atmosphere. Pale yellow stimulates quick thinking and white always looks smart in busy areas.
• A desk and chair are obvious essentials, but include plenty of storage for files and bills. Hanging shelves, rather than a filing cabinet, will make more room for a sofa bed.
• Alternatively, look for a desk or set of shelves that converts into a bed.
• If you go for a regular desk, positioning it near the window will not only use up what is often dead space, it will also give you something to look at while giving your eyes a break from the screen.

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