Little Office, Big Design: Turn Your Small Home Office Into A Lovely Workspace By Avoiding Common Decorating Myths

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If your home office is short on space, you may feel as if you are limited when it comes to decorating ideas. However, by avoiding some common small-room decorating myths, you can have a lovely home office that's big on design.

Myth #1: You can't use large furniture in a small office

When it comes to shopping for furniture for a small home office, most people walk past the large desks and look for the smallest desk they can find in order to save space. They have probably heard the myth about avoiding large furniture for a small room. Often, the opposite is true.

Proportion is critical in a well-balanced room. For instance, a few larger scale pieces of furniture in a small room can create the illusion of a bigger space. Focus on a few main pieces rather than on several small items.

When shopping for office furniture for your small home office, choose a large desk and chair. Placed in the center of the room, the desk and chair can be a great focal point that makes a dramatic impact on the size of the room.

The same is true for bookcases. Instead of a several smaller bookcases, purchase a tall one that is floor-to-ceiling in size. This will help to create the illusion of additional height in the room.

Myth #2: You can't use large fabric prints in a small office

If you are drawn to large fabric prints, don't avoid them because your home office space is small. Again, proportion is the key. Choose one or two bold patterns you love and use them wisely. Choose from large floral, check, and geometric prints.

For example, place a fabric chair in a geometric design with a matching ottoman in the corner of your office. It can pull double duty as a decorative item as well as a functional spot to relax or read.

Don't be afraid to use large fabric prints when shopping for window treatments. A curtain topper in a large floral print will contrast well with your fabric chair in a geometric print.

Myth #3: You can't use bold colors in a small office 

Don't fall prey to the myth that you can only use neutral colors in a small office. With a little creativity, any color can work. The key is to make sure the color pattern in your small office is cohesive.

One way to do this is to make sure you use a similar color pathway when choosing paint for the walls and your decorative items. For instance, if you paint the walls coral, you may want to use a bouquet of mixed silk flowers for decorative purposes on your desk. Include one or two coral flowers in the mix to pull out the color of the walls.

Take the wall color into consideration when selecting your other fabric pieces. Just a hint of the wall color in a fabric design is all you need to pull the room together nicely.

It's not the amount of office space you have, but how you decorate it that makes an office lovely. Debunking the common small-room decorating myths will have you on your way to designing a great home office you will be proud to call your own. You can also consult furniture stores like Desks, Inc.

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