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Top Tips: How to work in style from home

Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function

Your desk, shelves and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider how you work and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in furniture, and then prioritize pieces that are both beautiful and functional.

Lead Designer and Kitchen and Bath World President, Sara Bovee Hines said, “Using custom cabinetry in a home office is much like a custom closet, kitchen or bath design, where every element of your organization and style preferences can be met.”
A custom designed home office should complement other rooms in your house. If your home has traditional decor, painted furniture and soft, comfy chairs or a loveseat are ideal if you have the space. A contemporary home office can feature artistic pieces or modern metal furniture.


Paint the Walls a Color You Love

Forget “office blah”. Consider a color that inspires. For some people, that’s a bright, cheery color like yellow or lime green. Others need a more calming shade like navy or slate gray to perform. Certain colors can affect mood, Sara suggests using old tried and true paint chips to identify how you personally respond to certain colors.


Organize Vertically and Horizontally

For home offices that lack square footage, using space efficiently is important.

Custom shelves or organizers can help get papers and office equipment off the desk, while keeping important papers within arm’s reach.

Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, tame your mail, notes and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, designate one drawer for your “to-do” papers. Wooden or metal cube accent storage is also a unique alternative to use on bookshelves, since they can act as a screen to hide clutter while keeping items close and accessible.