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How to Bring Joy into Your WFH Set-Up – Inspiration From Modsy Designers

By now, after six months of working from home, hopefully you’ve upgraded from a temporary home office to a more permanent set-up. But even if you’ve created a comfortable workspace, it can still feel a little bleak. Long days at your home office can start to feel like you’re living at work. Add to that the stress of the outside world—and no wonder so many of us are struggling!

That’s why—aside from the basics of a good home office desk, office chair, and other home office essentials—we’re big believers in infusing your workspace with small moments of joy. Things that make you pause, smile, breathe deeply, and find a little slice of peace in the midst of the craziness of life.

We asked a handful of our designers how they’re bringing moments of joy into their WFH spaces. Keep scrolling to get their best tips and peek inside their stylish workspaces!

Get Intentional With Your Workspace

Rather than being at the mercy of your own creativity or focus, create a space that fosters those things. By creating an intentional workspace (rather than bouncing from your sofa to the dining room table to your bed) you’ll have a space that tells your brain it’s time to work—whether or not you’re feeling particularly creative or focused at the moment. And, designing it in a way that will make you feel happy and inspired will make you want to spend your days there.

“I think it’s incredibly important to have a goal for your workspace. I can be pretty freeform in terms of where I work—at the coffee table, on the sofa, or even at the kitchen table. I’m more at the mercy of my creativity and when it strikes than anything else. However, cultivating a calming and inspiring space to nurture creativity definitely helps. My main goal with my workspace was to feel happy and inspired simply by sitting at my desk—despite whatever work stresses may be unfolding. There is such intention in curating a space for a specific purpose. There’s something almost ritualistic to it—which I love.” – Karina L, Modsy Designer

“I’m living tiny in a camper that my husband and I have renovated, and everything has to have multiple uses. My work area doubles as our dining space, extra kitchen prep area, and storage cabinet! I have to make the most of my small workspace, but to make it feel more inspirational and personalized I like to keep plants nearby, along with my essential oils so that everything always smells wonderful and I feel rejuvenated! My diffuser is on top while I keep my oils below along with extra books and even more things in the cabinets below. The table leaves fold down if necessary to provide more room and hide our open storage below. I’m also within arms reach of my coffee maker, which is always a plus!”  –Victoria M, Modsy Designer

WFH Joy“I wanted a girly office that would display my favorite things. I used an acrylic desk and two Louis Ghost chairs to keep the room open since it is pretty small.” –Tais K, Modsy Designer

Surround Yourself with Things That You Love

Whatever it is that makes you feel happy and inspired—whether that’s travel-inspired decor, a favorite piece of artwork, books for when your brain needs a break, or fun little objects that make you smile—bring it into your workspace. Not only will these things add some fun and inspiration to the daily grind, they’ll also help motivate you on the difficult days!

WFH Joy“The thing I miss most right now is traveling, so I’ve made a point to fill my wall and desk with things that bring me joy and feed my wanderlust. I also always have inspirational quotes and a collection of my favorite poetry books on hand by my desk—and, of course, some plants!” – Katherine T, Modsy Designer

“I wanted to create a gallery wall that screams Kelly! I love art history, B&W movies, and London. With my cathedral ceilings, I needed Modsy to help create the layout. I’ve collected these pieces for years (some I purchased in London) and wanted to place them all together for a unique look. It’s displayed right over my desk and it brings a smile to my face every time I look at it.”   –Kelly W, Modsy Designer

“I’ve packed my small but mighty workspace with a few pieces of art and decor that make me smile. One of my favorites is an analogue clock with a design by Piero Fornasetti. I’ve found it to be surprisingly useful, as I can keep track of time the old fashioned way, instead of checking my phone and constantly being distracted by all those notifications.” –Madeline W, Modsy Designer

Get Happy With Some Houseplants

Plants make you happier—plain and simple. Whether it’s the vibrant greens enlivening the space or the knowledge that there’s another living thing nearby, styling with indoor plants can have a really positive impact on your mental health. Plus, certain varieties help purify the air and up the oxygen levels in the room. Needless to say, we could probably all benefit from some plants in our workspaces!

“My desk is in front of a window, so I’m able to have a bunch of plants around when I work. I’m inspired most by nature!” –Peter C, Modsy Designer

WFH JoyI’ve been quarantining in my childhood home while I prepare for a larger move in a couple of months. Being limited in what I can change in this room, I’ve focused on using small pieces to bring joy to my workspace. I’m a full-fledged plant mom and have built up a corner jungle surrounding my desk, as well as introducing photos of loved ones and items that mean a lot to me. Even if I don’t feel completely at home in this room, I’ve done what I can to feel happy, at peace, and motivated to work each day! –Becky S, Modsy Designer

Give Your Eyes a Break

Computer fatigue and eye strain are very real—especially now, when we’re working virtually and even meetings are computer-based. So, give yourself breaks throughout the day to step away from your screen, whether that’s indulging in a hobby mid-day or going on a walk. Having beautiful artwork above your desk or flowers next to your computer also gives your eyes something other than your computer to focus on in the midst of working. You might also want to consider blue light glasses to help with eye strain!

“Taking a break to arrange flowers in the midst of my workday brings me so much joy. And I always keep essential oils on my desk. I made a blend to help with headaches and computer fatigue, because that’s a real thing, as we all know. Having flowers on my desk gives me the best view ever and helps with eye strain from the computer screen. So much color and inspiration from flowers keeps me going as a designer.”  –Cassandra W, Modsy Designer

Find Joy Wherever You Can

We don’t all have the luxury of creating a beautiful workspace that’s all our own, full of things that we love. For some of us, workdays are peppered with checking in on kids distance learning or sharing a space with a partner and overhearing their end of a video call. But even if your WFH situation feels a bit chaotic, we encourage you to find joy where you can. Whether that’s having photos of loved ones near your computer, appreciating good natural lighting in your workspace, or choosing to view being interrupted by your kids as an opportunity for a quick screen break instead of an annoyance, we can all find a bit of extra joy in the everyday if you look in the right places!

WFH Joy“My workspace is in the middle of my living/dining room so it’s important to me that it stays orderly but is personalized and fits within my decor scheme. I’ve added joy here with layered photos of my loved ones, an heirloom porcelain shoe from my grandma, and fresh flowers from the local farmer’s market.” –Rebecca S, Modsy Designer

“Because my husband is using our office and all three of our kids are home, my best workspace has proven to be in the kitchen. From here, I can answer my kids’ questions and keep on an eye on them while I still am able to work with good light and quick access to my coffee maker. I use oversized coffee table books to prop up my computer. It helps that they’re full of inspiration if I’m feeling stuck on something with work. The whole setup is easy to put away when I’m done with work. There seems to always be a toy our three-year-old deposits with me while he’s playing and those little trinkets always bring me a smile.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Thinking of giving your WFH set-up a makeover? Get inspired by home offices of every style and find your dream home office design. Ready to make it a reality? Learn more about the ins and outs of interior design and how the process works. Modsy designers are ready to help you bring the space of your dreams to life through online interior design.

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14 Places to Put a Home Office When You Don’t Have a Spare Room

Many of us will still be working from home for the foreseeable future. And with school almost back in session—or already started for some!—many of us need workspaces for our kids, too. This can be a tall order for those who are already running at max capacity in their homes. If you don’t have spare rooms for both your own office and children’s distance learning space, you might be panicking. Where are you all going to work this fall??

Well, first off, you’re not alone. Many other people are in this boat! Secondly, we’re here to help you out. It is possible to create a home office without an extra room! In fact, we’ve rounded up our best home office design ideas for when you don’t have an extra room to spare.

You’ve got this. You can do this. Now, let’s get inspired and get to work!

Use Your Dining Room

Your dining room is a space that already has the basic office essentials of a table and chairs, making it simple to create a dining room home office design. It’s the most ergonomic set-up for a space you already have, making it perfect for a home office or homeschool station. And if you still want to be able to eat dinner at your dining room table, keep a tray or stylish storage box nearby where you can place all of your office supplies at the end of the workday—which is also a great way to help yourself create a bit of separation between work and life!

Alternately, if you have a more closed-off dining room and don’t need it for meals, consider this spare room design tip: Box up your dining room and totally transform it into a full-time office for one or two!

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Transform A Console Into A Desk

A great small home office idea is to utilize a console table as a desk in your living room or a den. Since consoles are a bit longer than the average desk, you could even put chairs at either end for a workspace for two! And they’re narrower, too, which means they take up less space. This is one of those great desk ideas for kids if you have two kids who need a study spot and don’t have extra room. Just make sure you opt for a console with a base that allows for scooting a chair in!

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Place A Desk Behind A Floating Sofa

For a really small home office set-up, place a desk behind your sofa for a home office in the living room. This makes use of the dead space behind a floating sofa and gives you a dedicated workspace. You could even flank the desk in storage boxes, baskets, or decorative filing cabinets so that you have storage space for your office supplies.

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home office without an extra roomCreate a “Cloffice”

Here’s one of our favorite working from home design tips of the moment. In a guest bedroom, or even in your own bedroom, consider emptying out the closet, taking off the doors to open it up, and transforming it into a “cloffice.” (AKA a closet office.) Just tuck a small desk inside and you have yourself a home office space! You could even hang curtains so that at the end of the work day you can pull the curtains and shut away your workspace at the end of the day. Out of sight, out of mind!

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home office without an extra roomMake Use Of An Awkward Nook

Do you have an awkward nook or random alcove somewhere in your home? Well, that just so happens to be a perfect place to tuck in a desk and create a home office space! If you have room, add a cabinet next to your desk for extra office storage.

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home office without an extra roomSwap Out Your Nightstand

Don’t be afraid to put a home office in the bedroom. If you have a bit of extra space next to your bed, swap out your nightstand for a sleek desk. It still offers all the same functionality as a nightstand—with a lamp, a clock, and a surface for your phone—but with the added benefit of an at-home workspace! This is a great option for small spaces that need a home office.

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home office without an extra roomSneak A Desk Into An Unused Corner

Many homes have them—that awkward corner that doesn’t seem to have a purpose. Well, it might just be the perfect place to tuck in a desk! By tucking this desk next to a partial wall and under a slanted ceiling, you feel tucked in and almost get a cubicle feel—in only the best ways.

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home office without an extra roomWall-Mount A Shelf

One of our favorite super small home office ideas? Use a floating, wall-mounted shelf as a desktop. It doesn’t take up any floor space, which is perfect for extra small spaces. When used in a bedroom, you could even hang a mirror above it and have it double as a vanity! Just make sure you hang a shelf that’s deep enough to hold your laptop.

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Use Your Entryway

Transform your entryway into a home office by replacing your console table with a bar-height table and use it as a standing desk! This is great if you’re tired of sitting all day—but you can also use a bar stool when you need to take a seat. Bar-height tables are great for small spaces, since they allow you to tuck storage underneath. And you can also hang a shelf above for extra storage and decor!

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home office without an extra roomTuck Your Desk Into A Hallway

Hallways tend to be unused spaces within your home—making it perfect for a small office. (Just make sure it’s a hallway that’s wide enough to still comfortably walk through with furniture.) You can even swap your chair for a stool to lessen the footprint this space takes up.

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home office without an extra roomSneak It Under The Stairs

If you have an open space under your staircase you have a perfect place for a small home office space set-up. This is actually one of our favorite home office ideas for creating a home office without an extra room. This small slice of space is just the right size for a home office nook, and the staircase angle above lends a sense of privacy.

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home office without an extra roomPlace It In A Pass-Through Space

If you have a small amount of wall space in a room—especially if it’s a pass-through space—simply add a desk! This is great for open living/dining rooms, as there’s generally some unused real estate to take advantage of. This is a good space for kiddos who you want to keep an eye on while they tackle homework.

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home office without an extra roomUtilize The Space Next To The Fireplace

For those with a fireplace in their living room, there’s often a small strip of wall that can’t be used for much. Well, this small space is the perfect spot to sneak in a small desk! We love this desk option, as the drawers give some built-in storage since there’s not much space for additional storage in this nook.

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Make Use Of A Built-In

This home office idea will take a bit more work—but the end result is totally worth it. If you have a wall of built-ins, remove one of the cabinet sections and replace it with a desk. It won’t take up any extra space in your room—and it offers plenty of storage space for office supplies and paperwork!

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7 Homeschool Design Tips To Help You Ace The 2020 School Year

For many families with kids, back to school this year looks a lot like staying at home. For those who had never planned on homeschooling, the idea of a year of distance learning is probably causing some stress and anxiety.

There’s a lot to balance when you’re both working from home full-time and acting as a teacher’s aid to help your kiddo get into the groove of a new school year from home. While we can’t take the stress away or watch the kids while you work, we can offer a bit of help with our online interior design services.

Just like with your home office set-up, the design of your homeschool space can play an important role in helping your kids do their best this year. We polled some of our designers who are also adjusting to distance learning this year, and they gave us some amazing kids workspace designs and tips for how to help you, your kids, and your home make the adjustment. Keep reading for 10 of our best homeschool design tips for setting your little one up for success at home this school year!

1. Transform Your Dining Area Into A Homeschool Space

“If you don’t have a full room to dedicate, the dining space is always a good solution since you already have a table and chair setup.” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

Your breakfast nook or dining space can be an eating area by morning and night, and a homeschool space during day. This is a great place for your kids to set up their work stations, because it already has chairs and a large workspace surface. And, continuing to use this area for morning and evening meals creates a good boundary for helping keep your home tidy (and helping keep you a bit more sane).

When creating dining room office designs, simply keep a bar cart or rolling utility cart nearby, and use that to store school items and tuck things away at the end of the school day. And since a dining space or breakfast nook is typically in the center of a home, it’s an easy space for you to keep an eye on your kids, even if you’re working in another room—and you can easily pull up a chair to help with some math problems when you’re called on for help. We love this idea because the whole set-up doesn’t cost a dime to create—it’s all stuff you have in your home already!

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“A large basket or storage container for my kids to place completed work or scratch paper helps keep clutter contained.”  – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Wherever you set up your kids’ homeschool rooms, we recommend keeping various bins and trays nearby. They’re a great place for kids to place their school work and have scratch paper. Each kid can have their own set of bins, and you could even color-code them for complete and incomplete work, crafts, and whatever other categories you want! This is a great way to keep things their homeschool classroom organized and looking streamlined for both kids and parents. Bonus tip: rolling carts and bookcases are a great place to house these organizational items, along with any other school supplies.

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips3. Create A Snack Station

“I try to keep a little bowl with healthy snacks (raisins, trail mix, etc.) and water bottles near them so they can nibble if they get hungry.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

Don’t want your kids interrupting you every 10 minutes for a snack? Set up a snack station! We love the idea of keeping healthy snacks near your kids’ homeschool rooms, so they can grab something when they’re hungry, but from a pre-approved assortment! This gives your kids a sense of independence and can be fun for them to “shop” for their own snacks. You could even add a chalkboard above the snack station to write out a general schedule for the day to keep everyone on track!

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homeschool design tips4. Give Your Kid A “Cloffice”

“The more personalized a work area is for your kid, the more important they will feel that space is. Creating a work area with a background in your home that is not distracting for your child or their classmates is also helpful.” – Jenny F, Modsy Designer

If your kid is doing distance learning, they’ll likely be on video calls much of the school day. So, setting them up in a homeschool space where the sound is insulated and the background isn’t distracting is important. Even if it’s just a small space! With that in mind, we love the idea of creating a “cloffice” for your kid (AKA a closet office).

By emptying out a closet in their room or in another room in your house, taking off the doors, and putting a desk inside, they suddenly have a cozy nook in which to work. It’s a great way to keep a desk out of the way and tucked away from the main homes activities. And it also lets your kid feel like they have a space that is all their own. Let them personalize it with artwork and even pick out some desk accessories that make them happy but aren’t distracting. (You can also check out some of our kids room design ideas for ideas on how to incorporate a desk into the rest of your kid’s bedroom!)

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homeschool design tips5. Create A Space With No Distractions

“Some of the essentials I would consider would be a dedicated desk/table area so that they have a place to ground themselves and get into “work mode”. A comfy chair or place to sit is also a must, if they are uncomfortable that is all they will be able to focus on!” – Victoria M, Modsy Designer

It’s important to give your kid a homeschool classroom desk area that is comfortable, clean, and dedicated to schoolwork. Make sure they have a comfy chair so that at least their physical comfort won’t be a distraction. To further eliminate distractions, make sure there are no TVs, handheld electronics, or toys in this area. Tucking their desk or work station into a room where they can close the door is great for older kids who need less supervision but still need help with focusing.

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homeschool design tips6. Divide One Space For Two Kids

Having two kids in one homeschool space means they can easily be a distraction to each other—but sometimes it can’t be avoided. If that’s the case, divide the homeschool room with a room divide or open bookcase like seen here. It gives them just enough separation to lessen distractions. And if you opt for an open bookcase, you also get some built-in storage for books, paper trays, or even a printer. You can keep each side matching and equal, or let each kid personalize their half.

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homeschool design tips7.Create An Arts & Crafts Zone

When homeschooling, having creative time is very important—especially for younger children. So, consider setting up a separate space in your home for art, music, and craft activities. Having a separate space will hopefully make this area feel more fun and less like work, so that it becomes a place where your child can unwind and unleash their creativity! A dining room is a great space for this, as it will give you room to supervise or help your kids.

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Shared Spaces: Tips for Designing a Home Office With Two Desks

So, you and your partner or roommate are both working from home for the foreseeable future, huh? No need to stress! While it’s definitely an adjustment to work under the same roof—especially when that’s the same roof that you eat, sleep, and relax under—you can actually create some pretty great home office designs for the two of you. But where to begin when thinking of shared home office design ideas?

Start With Function + Style

When creating a home office for two, it’s important to remember that a home office is primarily about function. So, make sure the space works for both of you and serves the needs of each person.

But it’s also worth considering style—though it’s likely that you and your new “coworker” have different design styles. While you don’t have to make your workspace into a single style or have matching desks, it helps to have a cohesive, grounding style throughout the space so that your home office doesn’t start to feel like a flea market.

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Find desks that suit each of your styles and needs—but consider investing in desks with the same finish, which will lend to a sense of cohesiveness in your space. The same goes for chairs; opt for chair that have elements that echo each other, whether that’s in the shape, style, or material. And if you truly are co-workers—whether you own a business together or just work at the same company—and want space to collaborate, be sure to work that into the design of the space.

Once you have the big pieces of home office furniture in place, you can add your own personal flair to your workspace, which will make each workstation unique to the person who uses it.

Keep reading for some at-home office ideas, along with our best tips and tricks for designing a home office for two!

home offices with two desksMake The Most of a Small Space

Just because you only have a small space to work with doesn’t mean you can’t make it a two-person home office. If you’re looking for small home office design ideas, start by placing the two desks on perpendicular walls, which is the best layout to get as much out of the space without making the room feel cluttered. And opt for desks and chairs with light, open bases. This results in less visual clutter and will make the space feel more open and airy. Get matching desks and chairs if possible—this will help a small space feel more streamlined.

And don’t be afraid to use dining chairs as office seating. You probably already have a matching set, and they’re the perfect height for an ergonomic work set-up. That way, you don’t have to buy a new office chair (which can be pricey!) that you won’t use later. (Though there are some great budget-friendly office chairs out there if you prefer a real desk chair!)

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Sit Back-to-Back

Easily distracted? Sit back-to-back with your partner, so you aren’t as tempted to distract them—or yourself—throughout the day. Doing this will also give the two of you a sense of your own workspaces. However, opting for swivel chairs let’s the two of you spin around and chat when you do need a break.

Bonus: This home office is a great example of optimizing storage within your space. Line a wall with bookcases for loads of storage for each of you that will be useful even after you go back to a real office! (We’re sure it’ll happen someday!)

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home offices with two desksConvert Your Dining Room Into a Home Office

If you don’t have a dedicated room to use as a home office, consider converting your dining room into a home office for two. With a long, rectangular table, you can sit at opposite ends of the table and each have your own workspace. This gives you a sense of separation while still being able to chat throughout the day. And even at a dining room table, don’t be afraid to hook up your monitor if needed or wheel in a file cabinet for easy access to documents. You can always tuck them away on the weekends if you want to transform your office back to a dining room and better separate yourself from work!

Shop This Lookhome offices with two desksTransform Your Dining Room Into a Collaborative Workspace

Here’s another take on a dining-room-turned-shared-office—this one geared more toward collaboration. Round and oval dining room tables are great for collaboration, since you can just slide around the table to work more closely with each other—perfect if you and your partner co-run a business or for helping kids with homework. Oval tables, like the one pictured above, are the ideal shape for offering optimal surface space for the two of you, whether you’re working separately or collaborating. And a tulip base means you have plenty of legroom too!

One more tip for dining room home office designs? Add open shelving for office supplies and inspiring personal objects, which will make this space feel more intentional rather than still feeling like a dining room that you’re just temporarily using as an office.

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home offices with two desksTuck Your Home Office Within Another Room

If you’re really short on space, simply tuck a two-person workspace into another room—whether it’s a home office in the living room, a guest bedroom, or even a large master bedroom. Rather than two desks, we recommend one long, narrow desk or even a console table. The one pictured above could certainly be for one person without feeling excessive—but setting up a workstation at each end of the table allows two people to work within the same compact space. Since there’s not a ton of surface area, this two-person desk works best if you work from a laptop versus a desktop computer.

This is also a great option when there’s just one adult working from home but you also have a kiddo who needs to work on school stuff in the same space!

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home offices with two desksCreate Two Distinct Zones

If you have the space for it, we love the idea of home offices with two desks and creating two distinct work zones. Start by setting up your desks at opposite sides and ends of the room to give each of you as much of your own space as possible. (The desks pictured are two of the best home office desks for distinct but coordinating desks within one space.) Then, add some shelving to each zone for office supplies and personal objects.

In this space, we also added a daybed, which is a great place to come together to chat over coffee when you both need a break, or for you to individually take screen breaks throughout the day. (This also allows you to double this space as a guest bedroom.)

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home offices with two desksBuild an In-Home Co-working Space

If you’re running a small business from home and have business partners or employees working from your home as well, create an in-home co-working space. By opting for a dining room table in your home office rather than multiple desks, you can fit more people into one space, while still allowing for everyone to have the workspace they need. However, this is definitely a set-up geared toward working off of laptops, as there’s no room for computer monitors here!

This is also a good option for families with older kids or adult children who are also doing school or work from home. The result is a designated office space where everyone can get in the zone!

Shop This Lookhome offices with two desksCreate a One-Wall Workzone

If you like the idea of a symmetrical and streamlined design, opt for this type of side-by-sie workspace. This is a perfect arrangement for those whose office is within a larger shared space, as the whole two-person set-up only takes up one wall of the room. With a storage cabinet between the desks, you have plenty of space between your workstations, as well as plenty of surface space on which to work with these larger home office desks!

Love these home office interior design ideas, but need to focus on creating a homeschool set-up rather than a shared home office? This layout would also be a great set-up for kids who will be homeschooling in the fall. This double desk set-tup creates a dedicated school zone, where each child has their own space but they’re close enough to each other to ask questions or collaborate. Just switch out the artwork for something more whimsical!

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12 Modern Home Office Design Ideas

Raise your hand if you’ve been unexpectedly working from home for weeks! While some people were probably prepared with beautiful home offices, many of us don’t have offices at home and are in need of some impromptu home office design ideas.

But just because we’re pulling together home office designs on the fly doesn’t mean they have to look makeshift or thrown together! With a little thought, you can make your home office both beautiful and functional. And, with all the time at home, it’s extra important to make your home office as functional as possible so life runs more smoothly. To help, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite modern home office design ideas of the month to get you inspired.

modern home office designA Workspace For Two

We love this refined mid-century modern home office design, with its natural light, neutral color palette, and pops of black. This is a great home office design for when you and a partner or roommate have to share a workspace. This interior has two desks, but since they’re across the room from each other, there’s plenty of separation for individual focus.

The open layout adds airiness and calm to this office, while the daybed and c-table offer a corner to lounge and rest when you need a break—or just give you a change of pace if you want to work away from your desk for a bit! (The daybed also lets this office space double as a guest bedroom, one of our favorite design ideas!) Adding a bookcase to office designs also offers storage space for work files and whatever else you need to keep close at hand. And adding a few plants to your office can help create a sense of calm in the midst of busy workdays!

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modern home office designMoody + Modern Office Design

Traditional and industrial elements combine in this moody modern home office. The dark color palette is a bold move—but perhaps it’s just the intensity you need to get a lot of work done! We love the look of monochromatic greys with metallic touches.

This modern office features different zones, which we really love for getting the most function out of the square footage. There’s the formal study area, with a large desk and modern office chair for when you need to focus or log onto a video call. But there’s also the sofa for when you’re casually working and want to put your feet up. And the bench in front of the window creates a nice makeshift seat for reading or taking calls. The bookcases help frame the window zone, and add storage to display decorative objects.

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modern home office designA Working Office Nook

Sometimes, you have to work with what you’ve got. And in the case of this small home office design, we turned a nook into a modern home office space. But just because your home office is small doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style, as this mid-century modern nook is proof of. This compact workspace looks nice in an open living space while also giving your office supplies a dedicated space. All in all, it’s one of our favorite living room home office ideas!

We love that this compact but functional desk adds storage above your workspace, making use of vertical space. And though visually it feels like a big piece, when it’s tucked in the corner it really doesn’t take up much square footage. Pairing the desk with a bench adds extra seating for children who want to be nearby or if you need to get away from your screen for a few minutes. It also adds a flexible, moveable seating option for whatever room this workspace is tucked in!

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modern home office designModern Home Office Blues

Many people, when they think of mid-century modern interior design, think neutrals. But we love the idea of a modern pop of light blue to add a breezy, fun feeling to an otherwise neutral office design. Plus, with the use of blue, the white elements shine even more.

We love that this modern desk has loads of built-in storage to keep clutter at bay and help you stay organized. Pairing your desk with a wall-mounted bookcase adds additional storage for your office supplies. Stash a few baskets on your shelves to keep cords and other electronics organized! But you don’t have to stop at practicality. Layering in a rug anchors the office space and adds an element of softness—plus a fun pattern that ties in with the wall color. And the mirror, while unexpected in an office, helps open up the space by reflecting light and creates intentionality in what might otherwise be an unused corner of your modern home office design.

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Bold Home Office Focus

This modern and minimal home office design makes a huge visual impact despite its small size. The statement artworks behind the desk create a focal point in the room and really sets the tone for the design. And, since they’re so large, you don’t have to add more decor to the space.

The modern glass, L-shaped desk is streamlined and helps make this small office feel larger. And floating it away from the wall gives an executive air to the design. Meanwhile, the poufs add a soft touch to the hard edges in this room. They also create a casual and versatile seating option for when you have people pop into your home office!

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Mid-Century Avocado Office

The pops of green add a lively and retro touch to the mid-century modern design of this home office. The minimal and modern desk is both sleek and practical, and the wall-mounted bookcase gives you some extra storage and display space.

Meanwhile, the iconic egg-style chair gives you a space to read and rest within your home office and makes perfect use of the corner of this room. For an added artistic element, consider propping art on your desk and leaning it against the wall—one of our favorite unexpected interior design ideas!

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modern home office designModern And Muted Home Office

This eclectic and modern home office has some seriously chill vibes. The monochromatic color scheme in olive green feels natural but adds a serene effect—perfect for keeping you on task.

And we love this rustic modern desk, with its unexpected combination of live-edge wood top and ultra-modern angular legs. Pairing it with the plush green velvet office chair adds to the eclectic and monochrome looks in a way that’s still refined. But the arched bookshelf, in a similar finish to the desk, adds an element of cohesiveness. Overall, this is a good office layout idea for inspiring productivity.

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Bright And Compact Home Office

Even if you don’t have room for a full-on home office, you can still create a chic space to designate for work. This minimal and mid-century modern style workspace is a perfect example. The neutral color scheme, with pops of brass and black for contrast, keep this space feeling clean and modern.

For small home office designs, we love opting for a bar-height desk, so you can stash a filing cabinet or other storage beneath the desk. Adding some shelves above the desk gives you a little extra room to personalize the design. And going for a floor lamp rather than a desk lamp allows you to have task lighting while keeping the desk surface free of clutter—a must-have for small home offices!

Need more home office storage ideas? Add a few baskets on the floor to give you even more stashable storage! Overall, this set-up feels casual and youthful, but still very chic. It’s great for small apartments or homes without an extra room to dedicate as an office. And, with its small footprint, it could even be tucked in or near an entryway, like it is in this space!

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modern home office designA Modern Greyscale Home Office

Strong geometric lines and a monochromatic color scheme create a dramatic minimal modern home office. We love how the rich ebony wall color allows the white and chrome desk to pop, creating beautiful contrast. And, since this approach is pretty stark, we highly recommend adding in greenery for some texture and pops of green.

Stylistically, the furniture is very streamlined, with bold angles and clean lines—giving this home office a very minimal aesthetic. But the mix of storage and decorative objects warms it up and gives the space a more personal touch.

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modern home office designGlammed-Up Mid-Century Modern Home Office

This mid-century modern home office has a touch of eclectic glam—and we absolutely love it. Glam and modern styles make a perfect pair with this desk—note the wood top and golden sawhorse legs. A sheepskin rug and gallery wall lend a hint of eclectic to this office idea, plus a little pattern and character.

Meanwhile, the layout of this home workspace gives the place a more formal air—with the floating desk and multi-functional cabinet. And, while white walls can feel stark, the warm wood tones of the furniture warm up the office design with ease. This is the perfect set-up for a pass-through space in your home!

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modern home office designModern Home Office Collaboration

Need room for two? This mid-century modern home office has you covered. This communal desk acts as a table, and putting a chair on either side allows for creative collaboration or just two workspaces for the price of one! But it’s also not so large that it would seem absurd to use it as a solo desk when needed.

A trio of wall-mounted bookcases adds lots of storage to this office. While you can utilize all of the shelves for books and decor, we like the idea of lining the bottom shelves with baskets for stashable storage that helps hide clutter! This is the perfect approach for a shared home office space when you only have room for one desk. It’s also one of our favorite office ideas for a place to work on homework with kids!

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Small Space, Big Style

Just because you don’t have a ton of room for a home office doesn’t mean you have to skimp on desk space. This mid-century inspired office has some lovely modern touches—but it’s the oversized desk that we really love. It offers so much space to work, perfect for those who need to spread out. And it also makes for a great after-hours craft table!

This is a good set-up for home office designs with slanted ceilings. Using wall-mounted shelves makes use of the one wall that is taller, giving you space to store books and decorative objects. Leaning art on your desk is perfect for when walls are too short for art while adding a pop of color and personality to your space. And tucking a petite file cabinet beneath the desk makes use of the huge under-desk space while helping keep you organized!

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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

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What a time this is for us all. In light of current world events surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many people are faced with the new reality of working from home. Working from home isn’t a new phenomenon, but with so many people taking measures to practice social distancing, it has definitely become a new part of many people’s lives.

And with many families also facing the new reality of homeschooling kids, our homes now need to function in many different ways, all at the same time.

And if you’re one of the many people able to work from home during these unprecedented times, you might find yourself in need of some home office ideas. But not everyone has a spare room that they can dedicate to a workspace. If you’ve been clocking in from your sofa, consider incorporating an office space of some sort into your living room.

To help inspire you, we’ve rounded up 10 clever ways to design a home office in your living room. Have another clever idea for creating an impromptu workspace? Tell us in the comments!

home office in living room1. Place Your Desk Behind The Sofa

Putting a desk behind your sofa is a great option if you have an open floor plan where your sofa “floats” in the middle of your room. Instead of using that space for a console table, bench, or nothing at all, have your sofa’s back and use that empty space as a home office set-up.

This is also an easy way to work in a homework station for kids, especially now that many families are working and schooling from home.

home office in living room2. Make the Most of an Unused Nook

Ever heard of the “Cloffice?” With whole households working from home, many people are turning to their closets as impromptu office spaces. You can use your closet as a quiet space to take a call, a place to take a few breaths, or even a full-fledged workspace if needed.

Here we transformed an unused nook area into a mini office set up. This is a clever hack that you can use in any awkward nook, corner, or closet in your home. Just add a desk or table, a chair, and ample lighting and you’ve got a simple office arrangement that will blend in seamlessly with your living room while taking up little space overall.

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

If you don’t need a large office set-up, consider tucking a small desk or even a cocktail table into an unused corner. This will give you an easy dedicated place to set up your laptop and get to work that isn’t the sofa.

This is a great option for busy living spaces or family rooms. You can use it as a designated homework zone for kids or set up close by to keep an eye on the action while still having a place to focus.

home office in living room4. Put Built-Ins to Work

If your living space has built-ins, consider incorporating a home office into that set-up. Consider skipping the cupboards in one of the units and install a desk instead. You could even place a desk in front of the built-ins in a pinch and use the shelving space above for extra office organization.

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

Try designing a compact office in your living room’s forgotten spaces. This could be anything from an unused corner or the space next to your sofa. The areas, which often go unused, make great spots to sneak in a workspace.

If you have a side table there currently, consider swapping it out and using that space for a desk instead. This is a great hack because you can still use the desk as a table when you’re not working, so it won’t be as disruptive to your living room’s regular functions.

home office in living room6. Make an Office Work With Your Layout

Small space or apartment living often means making the most of your limited square footage. But this can also be true of any multi-purpose space—like a living room that doubles as a home office.

Consider incorporating an office into your main seating area by pulling a desk into your current layout to a seamless live/work space. Here we placed a desk between two bookcases (normally where the credenza or TV stand would go). This preserves the current layout, adds a home office, and can still function as a stand for TV viewing when you’re ready to clock out for the day.

home office in living room8. Sneak a Desk Into a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open living space, chances are there are walls or pass-through spaces that are going under-utilized. Put these passageways to work by placing a desk there!

Try one with wall-mounted bookcases to increase your storage space as well as adding a workstation. This is also a great way to get the function of built-ins if your space doesn’t have any.

home office in living room9. Optimize Shelving As a Working Spot

If you’re particularly tight on space, skip the hassle of making room for a full desk. A compact wall shelving unit works as both a laptop workstation, a side table, and a bookcase—a triple threat!

Pull up a chair and fill your shelves with books and office materials and you’ll have an organized space that’s stylish and functional both when it’s in-use and not.

home office in living room10. Put The Space Under Your Stairs to Work

Got an open staircase? Put that awkward wedge of space to use as a home office! This is a great way to increase your home’s functionality without taking up any extra square footage (as this is a space that would likely otherwise go unused).

Place your desk on the farthest side and work additional storage under the lower clearance. You can also use this as a semi-secluded study spot for kids who are schooling from home.

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Get in the Zone With These 8 Clever Home Office Layout Ideas

These days, more people are working from home than ever before. The “gig economy” means a huge part of the workforce is freelancing instead of reporting to an office. And with the state of technology today we even have the option of having full-time remote jobs with companies all across the globe! All of this is to say that home office design is a top priority for many of us right now.

If you have an office space at home or a plan to design an office, you’ve probably thought about your style preferences—but have you considered the layout? We tend to get excited about office design and decor but office layouts are just as important to think about as you plan! While choosing between types of office designs is a great start, layouts actually impact the functionality of space and your effectiveness at work. Depending on the type of office work you do, your office layout plan might even make or break your productivity!

If you plan on coming up with your own workspace design, read on! This post will show you the importance of office planning with 10 office layout ideas to inspire you!

office layoutThe Standard Desk-Against-the-Wall Layout

Most standard office layouts feature desks against the wall, creating a solid plan for the design. A typical room has all 4 walls as potential options for desks—plan on using one as your basecamp and boom! Your office layout is up and running.

This office layout leaves room for extra seating, which is a great way to plan for guests and coworkers visiting. It even makes a nice spot for a quick power nap to get you through the workday.

This office layout is perfect if your work plan requires a traditional set-up or you want space for extra seating for guests. It’s also ideal if you plan to work on a big monitor and/or have lots of cords because this office layout lets you tuck them away between the wall and desk.

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office layoutDesk Space in an Under-Stair Nook

We love how this office layout makes use of an otherwise hard to fill space. You can make the most of an under-the-staircase space by putting storage in the smallest part under the sloped steps. Use an area rug in your plan to help create a visual “zone” and distinguish your office from the rest of the space.

An office layout like this is a perfect solution if you don’t have a spare room to turn into a dedicated workspace. It is not ideal for someone who doesn’t want to work out in the open i.e if you need to concentrate or plan to host meetings with clients/co-workers. But all in all, this office layout helps make the most of a small and/or awkward space and provides a cozy place to focus!

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office layoutL-Shaped Desk Office Layout

This is an excellent home office layout for multi-use rooms, like an office space that the whole family shares, for example. The L-shaped desk is great for maximizing the usability of the space. The desk tucks nicely into the corner and also saves floor space for other essential furniture. It’s a great multi-purpose space for busy homes!

An office layout like this is great for someone who needs a combined workspace and reading retreat. It’s also ideal for an office layout that family members or roommates will share and use for different things.

Steer clear of this office layout if you are easily distracted from work by cozy relaxation areas because it has plenty of them! It also might not be the best if you need a lot of privacy in your office layout.

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office layoutHome Office in a Pass-Through Space

If you have an open, passthrough space or hallway that can’t serve many other purposes, this office layout can make use of that empty area. It’s a good design for open floor plans or if you don’t have room for a full office. For this look, consider using a desk with closed storage, and place it against the wall so the work area stays tidy and neat (a must-have for offices on display like this).

This office layout is good for someone who works from home but has limited space. It’s also great if you need a study spot for kiddos to do homework and want it to be visible in the main part of the house.

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office layoutThe Perpendicular Desk Layout

Most office designs have a desk facing the wall—but this office layout invites you to go “off script” and turn yours perpendicular. This simple pivot totally changes the feeling of the design and how you can use the room. Not everyone likes having their back facing the open room, for one.

An office design like this also leaves more wall space open for storage and seating options. Somehow the layout creates a sense of airiness, almost like an at-home cubicle but way nicer to work in!

This is a great office layout for someone who wants their work space to feel open and unrestrained. However, it’s not the best layout choice if you get direct sunlight through your windows—you’ll have to deal with a pesky glare on your monitor all day.

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office layoutThe Executive Suite Office Layout

Letting your desk float in the middle of the room lends a more formal feel to an office layout and creates the illusion of more space in close quarters. This design also frees up more wall space for storage. Plus, you still have room for additional seats in front of the desk!

This is a great design if you have frequent meetings at home or if you need an office layout with room to consult with clients. It’s not the best choice if you work on a large monitor and have cords galore to deal with.

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office layoutDual Work and Play Office Layout

This office layout is on double duty as both home office and play space! It’s a multitasking heaven where you can keep an eye on the kids while taking care of business. You can choose to either put the desk up against a wall or float it so you’re facing into the room and can keep an eye on kiddos nearby.

To make sure this office layout can accommodate two separate areas, make sure you use light, movable pieces that can easily be rearranged. The kid’s table and stools are light enough to be moved to another space if you need to use the room for a meeting.

This office layout works best for busy parents who freelance or need a home office space where kids can hang out too. It’s not ideal if you need a private space to work where you can concentrate or if you have a tiny room that can’t fit quite so many items.

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office layoutBistro Home Office Set-Up

We love this modern office layout with a tall desk and high chair as a workstation. It’s an ideal layout for studios or loft spaces where you don’t want a bulky desk taking up half the apartment. This is a good hack for people who like the option of standing as they work but don’t own an adjustable height desk.

Plus, this office layout leaves more room for under-desk storage! It’s a perfect solution if you have a small live and workspace or if you feel more energized in an elevated seat or standing at a tall desk while you work.

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These Cozy Home Offices Are Ready For Your Winter ‘Work From Home’ Days

cozy home office ideasWinter 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.

chic home office ideasHome 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.

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chic home office ideasThe Essentials:

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.

cozy home office ideasHome 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.

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cozy home office ideasThe Essentials:

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.

eclectic home office ideasIdea #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!

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eclectic home office ideasThe Essentials:

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!

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