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Top tips for your home office

Samantha Gibson by Samantha Gibson

Whether your home office is a dedicated room or a corner of a bedroom, it needs to fulfil three basic functions: be practical, a place you can be productive, and somewhere that makes you feel happy to spend time there.

Liz’s space

As part of our LifeStyles series, author, TV presenter and entrepreneur Liz Earle styled a home office that promotes happiness and mindful reflection. Liz brought the outside in with Delizia Taupe, a botanical-inspired Roman blind and a plethora of verdant plants.

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Slot in slats

Liz chose Faux Wood blinds to control the light in the botanical-inspired home office she styled. Shutters work in the same way. These crisp white shutters make this desk a joy to work at and ensure that glare doesn’t impact on productivity. Choose a hidden tilt rod for a neat and tidy finish.

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Multi-functional spaces

Liz showed us how to make an office a multi-functional space, with clever storage and room to take a step away from your desk.  And with space at a premium, lots of our home offices need to work hard to earn their keep. But even if you can only spare a sliver of a bedroom, living room, or a landing, there’s often still room for a workspace. Choose a slim-line desk and make your scheme cohesive and stylish with a Roman blind, like this one called Shibori Aquamarine.

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Metallic touches

Metallic accents catch the light, and in Liz’s styled space, she chose brass. In this one, Kelis Copper Vertical blinds and touches of the shade on the shelving unit mean this moody space doesn’t feel gloomy. Photos and favourite ornaments and artwork are the finishing touch.

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Clutter-free for a clear mind

Liz is a massive advocate of keeping your desk clutter-free for a clear mind. That’s why this clever mid-century shelving unit is so great. There are drawers and cupboards for unsightly things, and shelves for ornaments and things you need to hand. Liz also suggested using voile curtains to screen larger expanses of shelves in an office to keep clutter at bay.

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