Lots of homes now feature a home office. Whether you actually run a business from home or just need a space to pay bills and use the computer, you can incorporate style and function into the space.

Creating the perfect work space for you will ensure that you actually use it and that, if you have clients coming over, it will impress their socks off.

The Basics

First things first – some basic things to consider when planning your home office interior design is function. You must answer the following question beforehand.

What will the room be used for? Will it double as a guest bedroom? Will the kids be using it to do homework or play video games?

Deciding on the activities which will take place in the room will give you and idea in terms of its layout and arrangement as well as spacing and accommodating size.

Conduit material neatly hides power cords and wiring. Also, electrical outlets and telephone jacks should be sufficient and in the right places. Cords connecting your computer and its components should be a good length. These are some aspects of functionality.

The Color Scheme

Depending on what you will be using the home office to do, you will want to choose the right color scheme. Using the office to manage the household like paying bills and keeping up with correspondences requires a lively, upbeat color.

Light yellow, greens and blues will do the trick. Also recommended are fun wallpaper prints. Serious business however, requires neutrals or bright colors which are motivating without being overwhelming.

If you need a calming retreat then consider sea foam green, a pale blue or taupe as these are not distracting. Neutral colors are very adaptive to the change in climate. They keep you cool in the summer and exude warmth in the winter.

Furniture that Fits

Furniture for your home office should fit into your budget. It should also take into account the permanency of the space. For instance, if you are a renter then it makes no sense to invest in lots of built-ins while a home-owner may opt for durable less portable pieces.

The functionality of the room dictates the type of furniture you select. An example is if you are going to have clients then you will need additional seating for them. Also, if you plan on reading a lot then you will require bookshelves and a reading chair with adequate task lighting.

Choosing a desk chair is an essential element to the room as it can cause damage if you select a chair that is not ergonomically correct. Swivel chairs are highly recommended as they provide ample opportunity to move about freely.

Final Touches

Opt for organizational accessories such as a whiteboard or blackboard, baskets, items to place papers, books and office supplies. Home office interior design is not just about promoting optimal productivity and functionality, it's also about style.

It's still home so add accessories which reflects that homey feeling. Art, plants, family photos and collectibles should not be overlooked. Being practical, functional and reflecting your personality are the essentials in home office interior design. The key is to find the right balance in making your space personable yet professional.