Designing your home office can be a little tricky because you have to maintain a functional space in which you can work while making sure it's a cozy and inspirational room you want to spend time in. A good home office is a carefully appointed room which mixes your personal space with your professional persona, and each element should be selected to enhance your productivity in the comfort of your own home.

The colors and the lighting set the tone of the room. Select a wall color that works for you - there is no need to go with "office beige" in your own space. If bright orange or lime green gets your creative juices flowing, go with that. Make sure the room is bright enough for you to do all the different tasks you need to accomplish during a day. Most people prefer a nice strong overhead light and a smaller desk lamp (and if the room has plenty of windows, all the better), but if you prefer to work in a cozy and dark environment, consider a ceiling fixture with a dimmer and put several smaller lamps and/or wall sconces around the room.

A nature photography wallpaper dominating one wall of your office can be a relaxing decoration and a perfect backdrop for a sitting area where you can meet with clients. Researchers have found that nature images have lots of benefits, and even just looking at a scene from nature can help restore mental clarity, reduce stress and increase well being. All are things we need in a home office!

Put up your favorite wall decor - artwork like your own photographs, your children's drawings, a MiroFramed wallpaper lithograph, an inherited tapestry, an antique mirror, a framed piece of vintage upholstery fabric - whatever inspires you. They can provide a much needed break from work, and relaxing your brain for a little bit usually results in coming up with new ideas and solutions.

Wall quotes provide instant inspiration and boost your spirits. There are many ready-made ones saying things like: "Do something creative every day" and "To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act", but if you have a favorite saying you can't find, get it made. Many of the wall decal companies offer custom work at very reasonable prices.

Wall fountains are great in a home office. The sound of moving water is not only soothing - it provides many benefits. Remember a few years back when negative ions were talked about everywhere? The craze may be over, but the ions and their health benefits are still there. Moving water releases negative ions into the air (regardless of whether it's a huge waterfall, a rushing river, breaking ocean waves, a babbling brook or an indoor fountain) which when inhaled, they help increase the body's levels of serotonin, which in turn reduces stress, fatigue and depression and boosts energy.

Being your own boss can be both rewarding and stressful, and you need a working space that supports you both emotionally and physically. Don't settle for a desk in the corner of a room or a converted closet. Make your home office a place where you can close the door and shield yourself from distractions, and at the same time a room you love. As your business grows, you'll be spending a lot of time in it!