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Cool Spaces for Writers: Ideas for Decorating your Home Office

on March 19, 2014

Thanks Steff for this post about putting together a cool work space at home. 

skylight office

If, like myself, you spent your childhood painting pictures on rocks for your parents for Christmas gifts, home décor can be a little lost on us. Everyone knows that a good, ol’ fashioned rock paperweight is the height of home office style, right? Maybe not, but that’s not to say you can’t get creative when decorating your home office – making it a space you really look forward to spending time knuckling down in. Here are a few helpful suggestions:

Let the Light In

Ideally, a home office should be in a comfortable sized room, with a lot of natural light and windows for air flow. Nobody can concentrate or work well in stuffy, enclosed spaces. Natural light is best as it will encourage energy: harsh lamps or dimly lit dungeons not so much. Not all of our homes look like they’ve come straight from the catalogue though, if you’re like most, you can still make the best of the space – hop online and check out feng shui tips for better energy, or move things around a few times until you have the perfect feel.

Positivity is Key

We’ve all seen them, the posters of an arbitrary landscape (almost like a computer desktop) with a superimposed grumpyquote by Gandhi or Buddha hanging on the wall of a doctor’s office or a reception somewhere. These motivational posters, albeit cliché, actually help with the mood in a space. But, the real fun in decorating is what else you can use to lift your mood while you’re stuck working. Funny posters: whether they are cartoon images, funny quotes, pictures of animals doing weird things – if they make you giggle, hang them up! Funny posters, like those available from Spencer’s, are a great way to add a break to the tedium of work; whenever you need a little laugh to de-stress, there they are!


If the space is big enough, make good use of it! Couches, cushions, beanbags: make a corner of your home office a haven. Have some incense and tea-light candles, and when work is getting you down take 15 minutes to chill and get centred. Despite the old adage, people really don’t work best under pressure – so when decorating your home office, keep in mind your state of mind and always allow for R&R.

Know your Niche

I’m pretty sure I read something once that said the key to a great home office is enjoying spending time there – maybe not a science, but seems pretty straightforward. Nobody likes the boring, clinical, white-wall version of a home office, do they? So go a little crazy with it – whatever your “thing” is, take it that extra mile. Love fishing? Having pictures sandpit desk around of you of that huge catch will inspire your work ethic. Bit of a bookworm? Have a bookshelf nearby with your favourites for a 30 minute break. The key to a great home office is comfort – you have to be happy in the space you’re in, so let your creativity do most of the work!

Check out some more home decorating ideas in these 25 Awesome Home Offices.

Decorating any space can be a tiresome exercise, and often people are left feeling a little less than satisfied – this doesn’t have to be the case. From cushions to funny posters, bookshelves to beanbags, there is lots of potential for you to have a funky, personalised office space. Take some time and feel it out, it is after all your home office: you need to be happy there! Do you have any tips for us? Anything in particular which worked well for you?


17 Responses to “Cool Spaces for Writers: Ideas for Decorating your Home Office”

  1. paula schuck says:

    Doing mine right now! Very interested in seeing some of these ideas.

  2. Ashley S says:

    I so love the sand box idea!! Very creative.

  3. Great post and love the last pic most of all. What a creative prop to put yourself somewhere else just by closing your eyes and squishing that sand between your toes.

  4. I work from my living room and could sure use a make over. Usually about this time of year I start working outside on our back deck but there is still about 3 feet of snow on it.

  5. Well now having my desk in a sandbox is an interesting idea. I would need one of those lamps that imitates sunlight to go with it, though.

  6. The sand box is too funny! I wish I had an office to worry about decorating.

  7. Sarah Bailey says:

    Wow those are some amazing spaces – I love that sandbox! Fantastic x

  8. lawna says:

    I spend so much time at my desk, I probably should think about fixing it up. The space is very small, but I think a candle and desk fan would do me good.

  9. Amy Ditmore says:

    I so need a good work space. I took over our garage since it’s too short for our vehicles to fit in, so I’m hoping I can make it just right for me, and double as a play room for my toddler!

  10. Angie B. says:

    I agree with the light thing. We’re actually about to start a huge project in the next few months to turn our attic into our master bedroom. We want to put sky lights in. The sandbox thing…no way, It might be enjoyable while sitting there but how on earth would you keep the sand from getting all over your house when you got up from your desk?

  11. Veronica Lee says:

    The sandbox idea is interesting! Right now,we don’t nearly have enough rooms but I sure will keep these tips in mind when my son goes to college and I can have his room. Can’t wait!

  12. Alicia Morris says:

    Great ideas we are doing a room for me to work I but can’t put a sky lights in but we would like to put a bigger window in for better light , but the sand I don’t think I would do that I might stick my feet in it and find a lizerd my grand son is allways letting them in ,

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