Color and Consolidation
Next up is color. You shouldn't paint your office in drab gray or black nor should it be too gaudy. You want to be comfortable, but not too agitated or depressed. Neutral colors work best. But, if you really want to add some personality to your walls, add artwork. Buy that artist that you admire so much. Just think of it as a business expense.
Plants also are wonderful additions to home offices. They, too, will add color and personality to your space. When they bloom, it's like adding a whole different element to the room.
While you may not think of storage as an "design element", it's actually a very critical part of your home-office interior design plan. Now, when I refer to storage, I don't mean the metal filing cabinet with the key hanging from it. No. Storage can be anything: a built-in wall unit, unique shelving or even your own creation. Be artistic. It's your space. Really make it your own. Just do account for storage. A cluttered desk and work area is very distracting and will affect your work output. Another item that can greatly reduce clutter is a multifunction printer. As a home office worker, you have necessities: printer, fax and copier. Yet, these can come in one neat package. And, nowadays, these printers can be some really striking machines.
For more information on what should be in a home office, read 10 Essential Items in a Telecommuting Home Office by S.A. Coggins.