One of the great joys of being freelance is getting to decide what your desk looks like.
Whether you work from home, a coworking space, shared office or the back seat of a 1963 Ford Falcon, you are in charge of decorating the place where you graft.
Conventional offices tend to have rules: a small cactus is fine, or a comedy postcard about the working week not working, perhaps even a few Polaroids to reassure you that you were happy once. But that's about it. Otherwise it's beige walls and paltry pot plants as far as the eye can see, which is usually to the photocopier.
As humans, we are biologically programmed to seek out what we find aesthetically pleasing. This is why Angelina Jolie is a famous film star and the blobfish is a ridiculed sea monster.
Beauty nourishes the soul, and your soul is never more deprived than after nine hours in your desk chair.
These five fabulous workspaces offer space, light and colour for workspace inspiration, and are enough to make you hand in your notice.
1. For ultra minimalists
This super-sleek set up doesn't do distractions. No BBC Radio 6 or anything. It's just you and the screen, baby. And a giant letter 'e'.
2. For nature lovers
Natural light: check. Plants: check. Neutral colour palette and plenty of wood: check, check. For those who can't take time to get outside (that's anyone who has just gone freelance, then) this airy workspace brings the outdoors in.
3. For innovators
Why have your desk space against the wall? Who said that you have to do that? You're freelance, you type to the beat of your own drum. A desk in the middle of the room is ideal for anyone who thinks outside the box, but inside the sitting room.
4. For coworkers
Natural light: check. Plants: che... wait a minute... This isn't a desk space for people who love nature! Right, it's actually for TWO people who love it. If you have employees working out of your home office or studio then this layout is perfect. Note the difference in chair styles/sizes to show them who's boss.
5. For the seriously space deprived
Foldaway desks are more of a wall feature than a desk space but they are perfect if space is at a premium. What's more, they can be folded up when the day is done – ideal if you want to keep your home and work life separate. Just add a stool.