See the "The Home Office" in our gallery to keep things compact and portable. A friend's design firm turned an old armoire into a mini home office, fitting it out with shelves, cubbies, and drawers. The doors keep it discreet.
(( shelves for computer area )) Small areas are unique decorating tasks, must make use of all available areas / surfaces, and this is a marvelous example of how to do so. Minimal color contrasts also tend to give us a feeling of tranquility and space.
Desks from IKEA line one entire wall of the living room and create a much-needed home office area. But all work and no play makes us dull. When guests visit, the desks can be cleared to create an instant buffet and bar area. Talk about a party-ready pad!