Winter is just around the corner. And for many of us that means there are also plenty of snow days on the horizon! If that sounds familiar to you, then you’re probably gearing up your home office for some WFH days. And if you’re in a snow-free zone, you’re likely still finding yourself working from home a tad more during this busy time of year.
Either way, working from home can be a challenge, regardless of the season, if your home office isn’t set up to inspire you to do your best work. Make the days cooped up more productive with a home office you love spending time in. Keeping the coming winter months in mind, cozying up your home (and office) is essential. To inspire and help you with an instant winter update, here are three home office ideas for a cozy and productive workspace.
Home Office Idea #1: The Chic Retreat
Traditional with a touch of glam, this office is equal parts practical and inspiring. The dark walls give it a moody vibe, while the crisp notes of white help to brighten it up. To offset the high-contrast palette, a traditional warm-hued rug provides a colorful counterpoint and adds to the cozy atmosphere. HEre’s how to get the look of this chic home office idea.Shop This Room
Dark walls. Be it black, slate grey, or charcoal, dark-painted walls in the home office are far from oppressive. They can add a sophisticated and cozy vibe and amplify natural light streaming into the room.
Tailored designs. Think beyond style and focus on mixing in furniture and accents with bold clean lines. Here, the clean-lined desk and chair and minimal light fixtures with an industrial-chic vibe do it just right.
A luxurious patterned rug. Pick one with a warm palette for a foundation that cozies up the room from the ground up with color and contrast.
Gold and Lucite accents. Accents in these materials will elevate and bring an inspiring, luxe touch to an otherwise practical workspace.
Light fabrics. The best way to offset a dark room is to bring in furnishings in light fabrics, so whether it’s a white office chair, a soft throw, or black-and-white photos, add them into your home office decor. It will open up the room that much more.
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A cozy home office that feels like a library and den. Everything is stylishly streamlined to help you focus but it’s also visually soothing when you need a quick work break.
Home Office Idea #2: The Hygge Hideaway
Inspired by the Scandinavian winter tradition of hygge, which embraces the beauty of coziness and pared-down simplicity, this home office idea combines warmth and minimal designs with lots of cozy layers and textures.Shop This Room
Crisp, white walls. Lighten and brighten is a common theme in hygge, so interiors that capture this notion often have airy white walls. Start here as the foundation for your home office cocoon!
Minimalist designs. From white furniture to midcentury-style pieces, stay true to the theme with Scandinavian-inspired furnishings. Look for slender forms and open bases, which will further add to the overall minimalist vibe.
Warm neutrals and light wood. To keep the white walls from appearing too stark, mix in accents and touches of warm neutrals, such as a beige rug and a foggy-gray sheepskin, which make for cozy foundations. You’ll also want to keep to raw and light-hued woods when it comes to furnishings, which will pair perfectly with the white walls.
Natural textures. In line with hygge’s appreciation for all things nature, accents in natural materials are a definite must. Think woven baskets and rope planters and raw wood picture frames, all of which provide a sense of warm comfort.
Plenty of plants. You can’t have a space that embraces hygge fully without some vibrant greenery and plants! It’ll bring a lively atmosphere to your workspace.
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A calming workspace that feels like an escape from the rest of your home. Here, it’s all about an uncluttered home office that inspires clear thinking, productive work, and creative ideas.
Idea #3: The Eclectic Escape
Modern and eclectic, this home office space puts inspiration first and is all about letting your creativity and personality come out. It’s fun, it’s artsy, and it’s got a little edge. If you’re more productive when you have lots of things going on at once, this home office approach is all about keeping you stimulated and busy!Shop This Room
Bold-colored walls. Instead of high-contrast wall colors, like black or white, paint your home office in a color that reflects your personal style and aesthetic. Be it a deep green or a calming blue, it’s about what inspires you or sets your mind at ease when you work.
Modern designs. It’s all about an eclectic furniture mix here, with a combination of modern designs and eclectic accents. Consider pieces that have a mid-century slant, like a bold clean-lined desk and a curvy chair with splayed legs.
Gallery wall. Turn a wall into an inspiration board of your favorite artworks. Mix together prints and paintings you love along with photographs, both professional and personal. Think of this as the main visual showcase of your personality and style.
Earthy materials. Wood, leather, metal, marble… the eclectic home office look here combines a mix of these materials that lend a sumptuous and earthy note. Try mixing them in with small accents made of these materials to start.
Patterns! The eclectic home office all about color and pattern. Don’t be afraid to throw an abstract or geometric rug into the mix. It’ll punch up your gallery wall of eclectic art.
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A space that shows off your unique personality and is all about the mix. Nothing says cozy like a space that’s personal and feels 100% you, so bring in objects and items that inspire you!