What you always need to take into account is to ensure adequate lighting for your working area taking into account the lighting demands for every task you perform (e.g. surfing on the web, sketching, reading etc). Use natural or artificial lighting wisely. Consider using daylight bulbs when your space is totally dark (basement or attic) or you cannot have sufficient daylight. Also, if it is applicable, think about working in front of your window. This will help you having small breaks enjoying the view.
In case of little space available the home office could be located in corners never used, by installing some shelves and a desk (using awkward nooks, or when the office is a part of another room). Get rid of bulky desks and use shelves both for working and storage area. When your small working area is part of another room be consistent by following the same decorating principles. Folding screens are a very good option when you want to work isolated from other distractions in a shared room.
Another space saver is using transformable and multifunctional pieces of furniture (drop – down shelves and desk).
The storage area provided is a very important aspect. First of all you should arrange all the items you need items within sight and reach. Place frequently used items into the side of your dominant hand. Might need items can be placed at a larger distance (either in lower shelves or drawers)
If you do not need to have an office area, have furniture that keeps all your important documents in a standard place (a mail or bill station). When you cannot expand horizontally, try it vertically (shelves, peg boards). You could bring most of the office supplies in front of you using a board. Remember though, that the space should not look overcrowded.
Remember to bring your personal style into your office and boost your inspiration.
Place images, with inspiring quotes, add your own (or your loved ones’) creations onto the walls, use blackboard paint to change your background and also have a customizable background in your office.
Customizing your office’s background with chalkboard painting
Document holders as info – organizers
In order to enhance your identity in this space, you could recycle home items e.g. jars, empty cans as storing items. Going further, you could customize your equipment, for example you could use wireframe instead of a cork board so as to be able to hang items. You could also hang document holders onto the wall so as to organize visually certain pieces of information.
Last but not least, you could use neutral tones such as green and blue in order to provide a calm working environment.