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7 Home Office Updates for Under P5,000

Discover how to improve your personal working space on a limited budget

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

What's not to love about working from home? For one, you can spend less time stuck in notorious Manila traffic and more time doing the things that you actually want to do! You can see your family and friends more often and focus on the interests that are not related to work. You can even read more books, pick up a new hobby, and finally achieve the coveted work-life balance.
If you would like to create an organized home office that will allow you to be efficient and productive, here are a few interesting ideas that you should consider:

Start with the right location

Before anything else, you should find the perfect spot for your home office. It should be a cozy corner that has natural light and ideal ventilation. It should also be quiet enough for you to be able to work in peace.

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Work on an accent wall

If you don't have an extra room that you can use as a home office, one corner will be enough!

Separate the corner from other areas by creating an accent wall. You can paint one wall or put up wallpaper on one wall. You can also hang up a framed piece of art

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Opt for a white space

We're dreaming of a white... home office? Yes, you read that right! A predominantly white home office looks clean and streamlined. You may consider investing in white walls, floors, furniture, and furnishings.

RL Tip: Complement white design elements with bleached wood details!

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Install wall shelves

If your home office is too small, you can install wall shelves to make room for important things! A few wall shelves will serve functional and decorative purposes. It will help you organize your belongings and make the area look more interesting.

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Cover an entire wall with shelves

If two or three wall shelves are not enough, you can put up shelves on an entire wall. Instead of using paint, wallpaper, or artwork, this is also another way to create an accent wall.

RL Tip: For a seamless look, you should paint the shelves white!

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Choose antique furniture or decor

Add charm and character to your home office with a vintage piece! Look for an old floor lamp or a rustic wooden chair at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales.

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Reupholster old office chairs

To furnish his own home office, former Real Living creative director Gwyn Guanzon transformed basic chairs with floral fabric! You can also use unique patterns for your own office chair.

RL Tip: If you don't want to pay for reupholstery, you should drape a nice shawl on your chair. Top it with a beautiful pillow to complete the look.

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