How to Create a Chic and Functional Office in Your Apartment

Whether you run your own business or work for a company remotely, having a functional home office is essential for success. Just because your office needs to be functional, however, doesn't mean it can't be chic. Here are a few smart tips for creating a home office that's the best of both worlds.

  • Create a private workspace. Even if you don't have an entire room to use as your office, you should still have a designated space that is just for working. Invest in a full-sized desk, a compact folding desk that tucks away when not in use, or even a kitchen table that can be used for work.
  • Take advantage of natural light. If possible, maximize your home's natural light to keep you focused on work. Arrange your desk near a window, and use sheer curtains to let in as much light as possible.
  • Corral all clutter. It's unrealistic to think that your workspace won't become cluttered, so create storage spaces that will help you to keep it all organized. Invest in attractive trays, cups for pens and pencils, and a separate file cabinet if you need one.
  • Decorate with inspirational quotes. Frame print-outs of your favorite inspirational quotes to keep you motivated while working. Create a gallery wall or simply prop a few up on the edge of your desk.
  • Add some greenery. Freshen up the air and add a pop of color with a plant or two. Try a healing aloe plant, some easy-care cacti, or a colorful orchid.

Essentials for a Home Office [The Every Girl]
17 Surprising Home Office Ideas [Real Simple]
5 Mistakes Everybody Makes Decorating Their Home Office [Apartment Therapy]