In the modern world whether you work from home or not, having an office in your house is becoming increasingly essential.

We all have paperwork to do, emails to check and spreadsheets to create, and it’s beneficial to have a clearly defined office space in order to separate your work time from the places you relax.

But it’s also very important to make sure your office works for you and suits the way you work.

If you’re a writer, surrounding yourself with books will provide inspiration when writers block sets in, and just because we can now Google just about anything, doesn’t mean your office shouldn’t be equipped with reference books, a good Oxford Dictionary and an encyclopedia.

The Starbay revolving bookcase from Barker and Stonehouse is beautifully handmade in solid rosewood and provides three levels of storage to accommodate all manner of reference books and literature.

And the geniuses at Starbay have also created the Rodrigues secretaire/laptop desk, with slide out trays on both sides and in the centre panel to ensure to maximise your desk space even in a small office.

For a traditional office chair look no further than the Varick Office Chair in distressed fudge coloured leather. The Varick’s retro styling, comfortable seat and metal swivel base make it an easy executive decision in the style stakes.

But just because your office is ‘fit for purpose’ that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t reflect the same style as the rest of your home.

For instance, if you’re a fan of the shabby chic trend, carry it through into your office with white painted office furniture and soft colours. The Simply Chic bookshelf from Barker and Stonehouse, made from Indonesian mahogany with a gently distressed off-white painted finish is perfect for a shabby chic style office.

And who says an office chair must be stiff backed and rigid? The Shakespeare writers chair, with its fluid lines and duck down feather cushions in loose linen covers is ideal for reading, relaxing and creative thinking. We’re not saying it’ll help you write the next Romeo and Juliet, but it will provide maximum comfort to help the flow of ideas.

If your style of work leans more towards hot-desking, an island desk, such as the Cattelan Italia Island – a contemporary style of desk with a stainless steel base and wooden top in either canaletto walnut (as shown) or wenge finish – might be the right option for you.

So however you decide to furnish and decorate your office space, just remember to make it work for you, and for your home.

All of the products are from Barker and Stonehouse (www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk) and you can follow us at www.facebook.com/barkerandstonehouse.