When you need a home office but don’t have a spare room, convert a portion of your living area into an office. You can limit your furniture and decorating options by determining your living room and home office needs. Measure the room to see how much space you have so as to create a functional layout that ties the living room and office together. Limited space shouldn’t stop you from having the office of your dreams. Use these space saving tips to create a practical office in your living room.
Combined Spaces: Merging your Home Office
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Apply a Subtle Wall Color
Soothing colors such as soft gold and sage green will give your living room and office a warm, inviting feel. If the room is small, use a neutral wall color like beige and ivory to make it look bigger. If it is big, make it cozy by painting the walls neutral hues in dark shades. Also dress the windows to cater to your needs and decorating style.
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Buy Versatile Furniture
Your furniture must accommodate both your living room and home office needs. Choose comfy furnishings for the living area and pick a desk and chair which suit your decorating style and office needs. For example, if you have a contemporary living room, get a desk with a glass top and chrome legs to match the style.
Choose Proper Accessories
The accessories you choose for your living room and office should create a cohesive look. Connect the two spaces with identical artwork and avoid bulletin boards or anything that can make the place look too office-like. You can adorn the desk with potted plants to create an outdoorsy look. Disguise your fax machine and printer by surrounding them with beautiful home accessories. Additionally, replace your desktop with a laptop which has a low profile.
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A home office situated in the living room can be decked out to create a difference between the recreation zone and the work zone. If you want an office with a lot of privacy, use a room divider to separate the two zones. You can even use filing cabinets and office shelves as room dividers. If you have children and want to keep an eye on them as you work, place your desk in the corner with your back to the wall. Creating a multipurpose living room is easy, all you need to do is use the above space saving tips.
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