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Home Office Before and After

If you work from home and are in the process of setting up your own home office, we've got a three helpful designer tips for you.


If you are in the process of setting up an office at home, or your current work space does little to inspire you, we have a few designer tricks you can add to your arsenal to create a home office that is practical, comfortable and inspiring.

1. Let in as much natural light as possible

If you are used to working in an office environment you are used to working under fluorescent or halogen lights. Corporate organisations spend a lot of money on lighting up the work space, and for good reason. In order to reduce eye strain a home office needs plenty of light, whether artificial light or natural light.





If you're lucky enough to have large windows in your home office, use these to full advantage by fitting Roman or roll-up blinds that can be adjusted according to the amount of natural light depending on the time of day and orientation of the room.

Finishing Touches (inside Builders Warehouse) offer a Made to Measure service where you can have blinds made up to fit whatever windows you have. Made to Measure blinds are made up according to the specifications you provide and can be used to add your own personal touch to your home office. The range of Finishing Touches blinds come in a wide variety of colours and designs in the following categories: Panel Blinds Roller and Double Roller (Inclusive of block outs, day night blinds), Roman Blinds, Venetian Blinds and Vertical Blinds. See bottom of this page for current specials at Finishing Touches.

2. Incorporate textures with fabric and accessories

When you decorate your living spaces you should incorporate layers. Layering consists of adding elements that introduce colour, texture and pattern to rooms and give the space a finished look. Your home office is an extension of living spaces in your home and deserves the same treatment.

It is easy to introduce texture and pattern into a home office by using fabric and textiles. Thick floor rugs for underfoot; not only do these add texture, they also add comfort and act as soundproofing for your office space. If you have space for seating, upholstered furniture adds a personal touch as well as comfort.

3. Add personality

Yes, we know this is a home office and as such should look the part. But a few carefully chosen accessories won't clutter up the space and will definitely add personality. Choose one or two accessories that complement the furniture and decor you have selected and then add at least one plant for a touch of natural greenery.

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