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The style of your home of­fice will de­pend on the na­ture of your work but Jenny Wil­liams from Cre­ative Style says there are still some basics com­mon to most workspaces.

“It de­pends on who’s us­ing the space and what they’re do­ing there, but gen­er­ally it’s a sta­ble sur­face to work on, com­fort­able seat­ing, suf­fi­cient stor­age and ef­fec­tive light­ing and power,” Jenny says.

Given you’ll be spend­ing most of your week­day wak­ing hours there, she says it’s im­por­tant that you go with a de­sign and colour that of­fers some in­spi­ra­tion.

“If this is not pos­si­ble, try to in­cor­po­rate smaller el­e­ments that you love, such as art­work and dec­o­ra­tive ac­ces­sories in your colours and style,” she says. “Even a vase of your favourite flow­ers will make the space more ap­peal­ing.”

Jenny says avoid fill­ing the space with pa­per­work and files — and es­sen­tially mak­ing the of­fice an eyesore.

“Easy-to-ac­cess stor­age cab­i­nets with solid doors or draw­ers is the key here,” Jenny says. “If you know you’re un­tidy, avoid open shelves.”

This study space in the Em­pire MkII de­sign by All­cas­tle Homes gets the basics right with good light, a solid desk and ac­cess to power points.

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