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Kelly McGrath

How To Create The Perfect Office Space

08/17/2016 0 Comments

I spend a lot of time sitting at a desk. Between working my 9-5 job as an interior designer and the after work hours working on my blog, it is important for me to have a good office space. While I could easily set up shop on the couch in the living room, I find that I am the most productive behind a desk. With more and more people starting to work either part time or full time from home, the need for a separate office space has become more relevant than ever. Whether you have a separate room in your home to name as your office space, or a tiny corner in your bedroom like I have, here are a few simple ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your office and yourself.

Natural Light

Whether you’re a blogger, photographer, accountant, etc., natural light is a must when setting up your home office. Not only does it improve your mood and productivity, but natural light can also improve your sleep quality. Try situating your desk facing a window with lots of sun exposure. If possible, set up your office in a Southern facing room. Remember that every home is different, so take note of where the light is coming from in your particular space. It’s so important to take advantage of it!

Designate Your Space

If you are living in a smaller apartment or creating an office area within a larger room, it is important to distinguish your office space. A simple way to achieve this is with an accent wall covered in paint, wallpaper, or chalk paint. Accent walls are a great way to create the allusion that your new set up was meant to be an office space. Choose an accent color and use accessories to tie it in with the rest of your room.


As with any design, making the most of your storage space can be tricky. Utilize the space above your desk with stylish shelving like these sleek black and gold as seen on www.homeyohmy.com. Coordinating storage and file boxes to keep things cohesive. If you’re low on storage space, be sure to purchase a desk with drawers. The more organized your office space, the more productive you can be. Paperwork piles up, and it is best to keep yourself ahead of the clutter with proper organization.

The Perfect Desk Chair

This is where you may have to search a little bit in order to find the perfect blend of style and comfort. Do not sacrifice your comfort in this department! You spend a lot of time sitting, and nothing is worse than a nagging back ache disrupting your productivity. Consider using a more plush, upholstered chair to bring an added layer of style and comfort to your office. If you aren’t looking to spend a fortune, be sure to shop around your local HomeGoods or Target stores for cute, affordable options. Always make sure to measure your desk height first and buy the appropriate height.

Fun Accents

The best part about designing any space is personalizing it to fit your style. That means adding all of those tiny details that bring a room to the next level. This is where you get to have the most fun! Create a gallery wall behind your desk to display inspiring photos or quotes. Add a pop of color with a fresh bouquet of flowers in your favorite vases. Fill your office with all of the things that inspire you and make you happy. If there is one area of your home that should be filled with inspiration, this would be it!

xx Kelly


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    Jasmine S.


    Thanks for this post!! I’m an accountant by day and food blogger by night and am currently working on my little office at home! I love the hanging bookshelf – it’s a great way to add more storage with less clutter.

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      Yes!! So glad you liked it! I know that when I started seriously blogging that I wanted to do a post like this. Working in interior design by day also made me a little biased towards a design post 🙂 When you finish up your office you’ll have to send me a photo!

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        Jasmine S.


        I will!

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