Infographic: How to design the ideal home office

Becoming more productive and creative can be as simple as getting a brighter desk lamp, painting your walls and adjusting your thermostat.

Thirty million U.S. employees work from home at least once a week, an infographic from OKA Direct and BlueGlass says, and that number is expected to rise 63 percent by 2018.

If you’re one of those 30 million telecommuters, you know that working from home can involve a lot of distractions. There’s the ringing doorbell, family members peeking their heads into your office and all that food tempting you from the kitchen.

Just as organizations redesign their workplaces to help employees be more productive, you can make similar changes to your home office.

The infographic provides tips for designing a space that will keep you productive, focused and inspired. Here are a few:

1. Get a powerful desk lamp. Brighter lighting can increase productivity by 8 percent.

2. Paint your walls. Blue and green are linked to higher productivity, and yellow stimulates creativity. White, gray and beige are the least motivating colors.

3. Play some tunes. Listening to music for 15 to 30 minutes can improve concentration.

4. Turn up the heat. The optimal workplace temperature is around 70 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit.

See the infographic below for more tips, and please share your advice for creating an inspiring, productivity-inducing home office in the comments section.

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