Having a home office can is your isolated workspace, but you don’t want this seemingly pleasant area to feel like a cube farm. It can be challenging to achieve a cozy yet functional workspace in your home. Hopefully, these design ideas along with some tips and tricks will help you create the ideal home office that makes you feel both productive and stylish.
1. Color Coordination
Color coordination can really pull together the pieces that make up your office. It separates your home office from the rest of the room, but will still help to make everything feel uniform. You can choose to go with one shade or a monochromatic look, which several hues of the same color for a unique experience.
2. Make an Accent Wall
Add a splash of color to an accent wall to make your home office more inviting. In a blank white room, there’s nothing to engage your mind. A bright color, however, will invigorate the mind and keep you active in your work.
3. Create Drama
By decorating your office in a way that makes you feel like the boss, you’ll want to take charge of your work. Add drama with dark colors and an impressive shelf to store your books and materials.
4. Make It Accessible
Rolling chairs aren’t the only way to access the different parts of your office. Consider filing cabinets with wheels, drawers that slide out, and work surfaces that can be elevated if you choose to stand while you work.
If you don’t want to make your home office stand out too much, you can always go for the minimalist look. A simple chair in an intimate, small space with simple accessories eliminates the distractions around you so that you can focus on work. This look is ideal for transforming a tiny area like a closet into a home office.
6. Storage with Style
Cabinets and drawers don’t have to look like cabinets and drawers. Create a unique geometric shape with your storage options so that you can have everything on hand without it being so obvious. It keeps your items organized and the floor clean.
7. Go Traditional
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with going the traditional route of creating a home office for yourself. Tall bookshelves to the ceiling and a lovely desk facing the window could be precisely what you need to get your work done.
8. Take Advantage of Texture
Adding a wood panel to a wall can split the room up and create texture where you never expected. Choosing wood provides a natural material to the room with differences in the wood itself that can be pleasing to the eye.
9. Include a Glass Wall
Create a barrier to noise without cutting out the visuals of the surrounding room. Being separated from the rest of the home can make you feel isolated, so leave the means to continue interacting with the rest of it. Keep the rest of the decor minimal to go with this new glass wall.
10. Change the Layout
Using your storage furniture, layout the shape of the room. You can utilize the furniture to separate your workspace from the rest of the room so that you can keep everything contained. Stick to short, flat pieces because tall storage furniture can feel imposing and isolating.
11. Wheel It
Choose a swivel chair that is easy to get out of and won’t scuff up your floors. No more twisting your back to get other items around the room, and if you’ve left something on another table, just wheel yourself over there.
12. Pendant Lights
Having good lighting can make all the difference in the room, and if you want something minimalist and romantic, then pendant lights are a good choice. Hanging several can illuminate your whole desk, so there are no dark spots.
13. The Secret’s in the Soundproof
If you have kids at home, you have an idea of how noisy they can be no matter what time of day or night. Adding some simple soundproofing to just one wall will keep the noise out, allowing you to concentrate much better on your work.
14. Adjustable Shelves
Your activities throughout each workday are going to change, and what you have in your office is going to change, too. If you’re feeling in a different mood, why not have adjustable shelves to keep your things handy? You can do this by installing a simple pegboard that you can attach small shelves for your decor items. Other versions of bulletin boards or chalkboards are also available.
15. Lounge Around
During a long day of work, sometimes you just need a siesta. Forget about hauling yourself to your bed to catch a nap; instead, keep a lounge chair in your home office for a quick power nap. It will leave you refreshed and provide you with the means to give your back a rest after sitting in a chair for several hours.
16. Combining Spaces
If you have a small house, you can always combine your home office with your living room or bedroom. Use the back of your desk to serve as a wall to attach your television since mounting it will free floor space. When you need a break, you don’t have to go far to catch a few minutes of your favorite TV show.
17. Lighten Up
Do you want an easy and cost-effective way to light up your home office? Consider adding LED lighting to your shelves or desk. They’re simple to attach and remove. Besides, many LED lighting have color-changing options that are fun, and you won’t break your wallet getting a few.
18. Breathe Better with Plants
Having some green in your workspace not only adds color but can also be beneficial for your health. During the day, plants are photosynthesizing, removing carbon dioxide from the air, and releasing oxygen. It’s essentially an all-natural air purifier for your home office.
19. Even More Green Spaces
Why stick with one plant when you could have an entire yard? Place your home office in front of a large window that looks into your yard or garden. Alternatively, you could bring a nature-themed mural inside to bring some of Mother Nature indoors with you. Include hanging plants as well as potted options with some colorful flowers for an enchanting look. Catcus plants like Aloe does not require a lot of sunlight or water if you don’t have a green thumb.
20. Show Off Your Prized Possessions
Adding a wall of shelves to place your achievements, trophies, or awards can be a real motivational tool. Work can be stressful and boring, but by having your favorite things on display will remind you of everything you’ve accomplished up to this point.
21. It Takes Two
Just because you have a home office doesn’t mean that you have to work alone. Add another chair to your workspace so that another person can work alongside you, whether it’s separate or on the same project.
22. Make a Personal Gallery
Create a wall with your favorite art pieces on it. Art is inspirational, so having these pieces near you could spark some creativity in your work. On the other hand, it could just be a funny picture that makes you laugh every now and again. Either way, it makes your home office a personal workspace.
23. A Unique Desk Chair
Spice up the room by finding a unique work chair that stands out. It could be a strange shape or a lovely color. Just be sure that whatever you pick, it’s also very comfortable to sit on.
24. Get Ready For Compliments
Bring stunning shades together on opposite sides of the color wheel to create a statement room. These are called complementary colors. Examples include blue and orange or red and green. The bright, vibrant shades will definitely make things pop and stand out more, and it will make your workspace look fun and inviting.
25. Create a Cohesive Theme
Match the office furniture you have in the room to other pieces, such as the wall color or the texture of the floor. You want everything to tie together so that it feels like an official workspace. Take the plunge and you will love the end result.
26. Books Galore
If you’ve got many books, then get extend your shelves to keep it all organized. Having open storage is better than having to throw them all into boxes to take up space in your basement. It doesn’t hurt to show off just how many books you have, especially in your home office.
27. Go All Out
Instead of contrasting pieces or only matching with one aspect of your room, you could make it all blend. Match your work furniture with the color of the wall, and paint your shelves the same shade, too. Don’t be afraid to create your home office in an open part of your house.
28. A Splash of Color
If your office is mostly white, you can spruce it up with some trims of color. Pain the inner edges of your shelves and the area under your desk. Find some other decor pieces to add that have this same tone, too. It will make your home office look radiant, and prevent it from being too dull.
29. High and Mighty
If you don’t have the space for storage around your desk, consider adding a high shelf to keep some of your things for you. All you’d need is a plank of wood cut to the width of the home office and then appropriately attached to the walls.
30. Work in the Bedroom
Do you live in a studio? Why not use the back shelf on the headboard of your desk as a workspace? Again, this is an excellent idea for those who don’t have much room in their homes. If you love tiny living, this is a perfect way to maximize the use of your square footage.
31. Just Brick
Exposed brick has an authentic feel of working. From rustic to industrial, you can make this workspace your own. If you want some color, paint the brick. It’s easy to add some hooks to hang up other decorations and dress up the walls.
32. More Texture
Texture has been discussed before, but why not cover all of your office walls in it? Pinstripes, plaid, whatever tickles your fancy that isn’t too distracting. Adding a little busy-ness to the look of a room can keep your mind active while you work.
33. Wooden Wall
If you have some leftover wood from making your floors, add it to your wall as a backsplash behind your desk. It will tie the room together, and may even add a little soundproofing if it’s thick enough. This design is ideal if you like a rustic chic look.
34. Custom Storage
Buying storage units to add to your office is good, but creating your own from scratch to work with your workspace will indeed make it yours. Perhaps kitchen cupboards might even work above your workspace. It doesn’t hurt to experiment to see what will work in your home office.
35. Love an L-Shaped Desk
Nothing quite says your the boss like an L-shaped desk. Besides, it provides you with a lot of space if you’re a very busy person with lots of paperwork. Having an L-shaped desk means that you can also move around within your home office especially if you have a large window nearby and need to avoid the glare.
36. Adding Decals
Adhesive decals are easy to put up on walls and they come in a plethora of styles and themes. From butterflies and birds to whimsical swirls or symbols of city life, decals can really transform any home office. Breathe a little life into your workspace with decals.
37. Extended Desk
A desk that wraps around the wall not only gives you ample room to complete your work, but it doubles as extra surface space for another part of your home. The extra-long desk will also draw the two rooms together so that it feels like one cohesive space.
38. Overlapping Layers
Instead of everything being set on their own plane, eating up space, overlap the layers to create a geometric mishmash of storage, desk, and shelves. This kind of layout will draw the eyes all over the room while still keeping your belongings on hand.
39. Double the Workspace
If you’re sharing a home office with another person, account for all the space you’ll need, as well as the different storage and workspace needs of the individual. This concept allows both of you to work together in the same space without crowding each other for light or supplies. Keep things white makes it appear sleek and clean, too.
40. To Wood or Not to Wood
Instead of just wood paneling, an wooden accent wall will invoke a sense of authority and professionalism like this one seen here. Cover the wall from the floor to the ceiling and add a few small plants to keep the “nature” theme going. Throw in a red chair for some extra boss-like flair.