How to Create an Eclectic Home Office

In most families, the home office plays a wide variety of roles. If you work from home, it is your 9am-to-5pm place of business; for others, it's a place to pay the bills, go through mail or store important documents. For kids, it's a homework spot, or maybe the place to play hours and hours of computer games. It can be a library, a sitting room or just a quiet place for taking good naps. If space is limited, it can be paired with a guest room or added into the nook of any bedroom, living room or kitchen. There are many options, so determine what's best for your family. 

 

If you're planning on renovating and redecorating your office, storage is your No. 1 priority. With so many papers, books and supplies to store, be sure to accommodate it all with shelves, drawers, and cabinets galore. Once you have that under control, find a desk that's stocked with everything you need: plenty of surface space, deep drawers and a high-quality material. Finally, take the time to personalize your room with plenty of photographs and interesting knickknacks. 

Color.Any color works with the eclectic design concept. What is important is to select one main color and then use an accent color to keep harmony within the space. 

Light.The lighting fixtures you choose should all be in the same style and you don't want clashing styles. You do want to make sure you have the right type of lighting for your work.

Flooring. The flooring can by any style - hardwood, carpet or tiling. You want to be sure though that the flooring you select will not break your budget and is easy to maintain. Keep in mind that if you change the flooring in your home office, that you have the correct castors on your home office chair or are using a chairmat to protect your floor. With this design style you don't want busy or loud patterns to take away from the clean lines you are creating. Lighter colored flooring will help keep your home office bright and spacious looking.

Furniture. Eclectic is not about a mish-mash of furniture pieces but pieces that are similar in style but may be a little more unique in design. Also keep in mind the size of your furnishings; you don't want dainty sized furniture and large, heavy pieces in the same space. Furniture should have clean lines and very little in the way of decorative features. Keeping to the same color families with your furniture will help with the look of minimalism.

Decorations. Traditionally, an office is formal and laden with woodwork, but that doesn't mean you can't branch out on your eclectic decor. Globes, maps and clocks are always go-to decorations, as are table lamps and vases. To add a personalized touch, bring in framed family photographs and little travel souvenirs you've picked up along the way. For those must-have accessories, like pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders, try to find bright, vibrant patterns to add a touch of color. Keep track of key tasks with a bulletin board, chalkboard or white board; they're great for reminders and can also be used to hang funky pictures or cool drawings.  Your accessories also include window coverings, so your blinds or curtains should tie in with the other elements. The window coverings can be an easy way to bring in an accent color that doesn't have to be permanent.