Home Office Decor – Working from home has become more than a trend. Hard-working people the world over try to find the best way to accommodate a creative and inspiring working environment in their homes. We’ve gathered 30 creative home office ideas to help inspire yours.
Home offices with an elegant atmosphere are a sum of all their functional and decorative elements. Stylish solutions for a productive home working environment can be found in creative details such as custom-built shelves, a comfortable chair or potted plants.
Whether you will be working from a spacious home office or a desk nook, the essence of your work remains the same. So why not indulge in a sleek home office design that will not only tell your personal story, but help you add more to it?
Here are 24 creative home office ideas to inspire you
- 1 Get Organized
- 2 Focus on the View
- 3 Build It In
- 4 Float Your Desk
- 5 Double It Up
- 6 Check Your Lighting
- 7 Pay Attention to Ergonomics
- 8 Stay Inspired
- 9 Coordinate Your Patterns
- 10 Stick with Sets
- 11 Infuse with Inspiration
- 12 Pick Accessories that Pop
- 13 Keep the Backdrop White
- 14 Add a Statement Chair
- 15 Paint Your Bookshelves
- 16 Make Walls Work Harder
- 17 Use Natural Elements
- 18 Color Block Your Books
- 19 Incorporate Plenty of Storage
- 20 Choose A Neutral
- 21 Accent With Personal Items
- 22 Bring In The Outdoors
- 23 Create Focus Areas
Most of us are guilty as charged: Clutter accumulates throughout the year, be it unfiled paperwork, fabric samples, or dried-out pens. Before anything else, sweep your space clean, and start fresh. After getting rid of excess clutter, find an organizing system that works for you. Make sure that everything is accounted for like bills, important paperwork, magazines, and office supplies. Store each item in its appropriate bin, box, container, or tray.
Focus on the View
There’s nothing more uninspiring than staring at a white wall all day. Is there room to rearrange the furniture for your desk to face a window? If there isn’t, consider artwork or even a mirror to hang above your desk and reflect the window behind you. Just make sure to hang it high enough so that you don’t end up staring at yourself all day long.
Build It In
Not everyone has the luxury of having a full room dedicated to a home office. When dealing with a workspace in an open space, sometimes the best solution is to create a desk space within a built-in storage wall to keep clutter at bay. Another solution is to take over a small closet or cupboard space that you can hide away when not in use.
Float Your Desk
Does your work involve a lot of client visits at home? Or maybe you like having your husband or kids pop in and chat while you work? If so, consider floating your desk in the middle of the room and adding in one or two guest chairs. This layout is much more sociable and open.
If you have the space, installing bookshelves behind your desk is possibly one of the most practical changes you can make in your home office. Think about it: A quick roll around and you have access to all your important files.
Double It Up
When creating an office space for both you and your significant other, creating continuity helps keep a sense of order in the space. Try to match desks, chairs, and lamps, and keep individual clutter tucked away. An extra-long table can easily fit two workspaces without taking up as much space as two bulky desks.
Check Your Lighting
“Turn on the light, or you’ll hurt your eyes,” said every mother in the world. We all know the importance of adequate lighting in a workspace. During the day, you’ll want your computer screen facing away from a window to avoid the daylight glare. At night, make sure you have a good task lamp so you can burn the midnight oil while keeping your eyesight in check.
Pay Attention to Ergonomics
There are a few guidelines to follow when it comes to posture and ergonomics—and that applies to your home office as much as your work desk. Your chair should provide adequate back support to allow you to keep your back and shoulders straight. Your feet should be flat on the floor. Your elbows should be at a 90-degree bend and align with your hands on the keyboard (anything less can strain your wrists). Your eyes should level with the top third of the screen, and don’t forget to take occasional breaks.
If you work in a creative field (and if you’re working from home, chances are you do), you know the importance of finding inspiration on a daily basis. Surround yourself with objects and images that get your creative juices flowing.
We often favor our common living spaces when it comes to buying art: the entrance hall, the living room, and the dining room get priority treatment, often because that’s where the art will be seen the most. But if you’re going to start spending more time in your home office, make a point to start an art collection for your workspace. It’s the perfect room to experiment with edgier and more affordable art.
Coordinate Your Patterns
Sometimes it takes a polished, professional-looking space to feel motivated. The coordinating (but not matchy-matchy) patterns on the window treatment and chair in this Dering Hall office designed by Sara Gilbane Interiors does the trick.
Stick with Sets
Don’t underestimate the power of a coordinating office accessories ($6 and up, westelm.com) to keep your space organized and streamlined. This white lacquered set looks clean and modern.
Infuse with Inspiration
Pick Accessories that Pop
Metallics like gold, brass and silver have a way of instantly elevating a space, without being too distracting. Even better: This swivel lamp ($129, cb2.com) will make sure you never have to strain your eyes to see.
Keep the Backdrop White
If your style changes faster than your computer background, keep your space all white. You can switch in new pillows, patterns and accent colors as you desire, as proven by this Dering Hall office designed by Jen Talbot Design.
Add a Statement Chair
Even if everything in your office is cookie cutter and traditional, all it takes is a bold chair to totally transform the vibe — as seen here in an office from Dering Hall and designed by Studio Gild.
Paint Your Bookshelves
Who says books are boring? Not us — and certainly not this office (from Dering Hall and designed by Lisa Gutow Design) which features a lime green bookshelf backdrop.
Make Walls Work Harder
So you don’t have a dedicated room for a study. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. This minimalistic desk takes up hardly any wall space and still offers three shelves worth of storage.
Use Natural Elements
If you’re easily stressed out, muted accessories from nature will create a serene and peaceful ambiance. This office, from Dering Hall and designed by Terri Ricci Interiors, takes advantage of natural wood and white walls.
Color Block Your Books
Instead of picking out bright artwork or accessories, Ashley Campbell Interior Design gave this Dering Hall office life by grouping like-colored books together and stacking them against a black backdrop. Genius
Incorporate Plenty of Storage
Keeping an office organized can be a struggle for many. Especially, if you’re someone who has a tendency to become buried under an unruly desk, so it’s crucial to incorporate plenty of storage solutions into your design. Coleccionista bookcase by Boca do Lobo is an incredible design solution for home offices, specially for those who look for storage solutions.
Choose A Neutral
One of the fundamental insights of color theory is that the colors that are chosen to decorate a space can have a strong impact on our moods. Since an office space is a place that you want to be able to stay focused, it can be useful to set big punches of color — and the emotional responses they bring — aside. Instead, focus on choosing a largely neutral color palette that will allow you to put the bulk of your attention on the task at hand.
Accent With Personal Items
As much as it’s important to be able to focus within your office, it’s also important to create a space in which you’ll be happy spending time. Don’t forget to incorporate a few decor elements and pieces of wall art that highlight your personal tastes.
Bring In The Outdoors
The presence of natural light in professional spaces has an overwhelmingly positive impact on employee productivity and morale. It only makes sense that these concepts would easily translate to the home office environment as well, so find a way to incorporate the outdoors and whenever possible, make windows an integral part of your design.
Create Focus Areas
As you envision the design for your home office, make sure to take into consideration all of the activities you’ll complete in the space. More than likely, you’ll need to incorporate a desk to use while tackling paperwork. But to complete a wide variety of tasks, separate focus areas can be useful.
In addition to your main workspace, think about incorporating an additional seating area for holding discussions or meeting with clients.