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My Modsy Story: How I Transformed My Home Office Into a Glam Sanctuary 

When E moved into a new house they were determined to turn a drab room into an inspiring home office that reflected their personal creativity and bold style. Knowing they needed help, E. took the plunge and started their design process with Modsy.

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Homeowner: E. (That’s right, —just E.)

Spaces: Office

My Style:  Glam Collector

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The Backstory

“When my spouse and I moved from a one-bedroom apartment in LA to a three-bedroom home in Tucson, AZ, we finally each got the chance to truly have our own space. Aside from being excited by how much more space we had—anything is big after living in a 700 square foot apartment during a global pandemic—I was excited to have a dedicated home office space. I knew I wanted my office to have a warm and luxurious feel and blend old-school glam with some funky and eclectic choices. But the office had carpet we weren’t ready to rip up, and the walls were also this neutral yellow-beige—but it really just looked like the color of nicotine-stained walls from smokers.”

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 “I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

The Design Dilemma

“I know my strengths and interior design ain’t one of them! With this in mind, I knew right away I’d need a little expert help for creating the glam office I wanted. In particular, I needed a designer to show me what I could do with color throughout the room—everything from selecting a wall color that would work with the carpeting to finding decor that would really shine in the space. I’m a writer, and I make my living telling stories on the page—and I needed help from someone who tells stories through decor.”

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The Modsy Moment

“I had no idea how the online interior design thing was going to work out. I wasn’t sure a 3D design could incorporate everything I wanted for my space, or if a stranger on the internet could find decor I loved that felt like ME. But I knew I couldn’t create what I wanted for the space alone, so I gave Modsy a try. I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.

“I just loved how my designer took my general ideas and put them to work in a design I love. She even mocked up designs using different wall colors so I could see how different options looked!  She was also able to help answer incremental questions along the way as I was debating different furniture options. I couldn’t have asked for more from the whole experience. And it’s super fun to know that everyone loves this desk I bought, too!”

“I was blown away when I first saw my designs. When I showed them to my partner, he said, ‘Dang, that’s super fancy. It looks just like you.’ And then I proceeded to copy the sharable link from my Modsy project and send my office designs to my closest friends, who all squealed with delight.”

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The Real Results

“I walk into my office every day and spend anywhere from 8-9 hours there. I just love being in the space. I’m not rich, but my glam office makes me feel super posh and luxurious. I love what I do, but I bust my butt for a living. And my designer has made the space I bust my butt in a total delight.

“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed! And our designer even incorporated my spouse’s and my widely divergent tastes to a tee. I feel like we have a real home now—not to mention some sweet rugs that really tie the room together!

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“Modsy gets a bonus six out of five stars from me, especially since my glam office coordinates with the other two rooms we had designed!”

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Buying Guide: 6 Tips for Choosing Your Perfect Desk

Whether you’re working remotely for good or not, it’s looking like many of us will still be working from home in 2021. If you haven’t taken the plunge to set up a more permanent workspace, now’s the time!

With any home office, the most important question is: What desk should I get? Makes sense, since it’s the key piece you’ll be doing all your work on. And when it comes to finding the right desk for your work needs, there are a lot of factors to consider—from storage to style to shape.

For guidance, we’re breaking it all down here for you. Read on to get step-by-step on how to choose a desk that’s right for you, your space, and your work style.

Ready to shop for a desk? Check out our roundup of the best types of desks, then get inspiration for your space in our room gallery for office design ideas!

 

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Identify how you’ll use the desk

Before you look for a desk, figure out what you’ll be using your desk for. Will you be doing a lot of creative or finance work that requires a big surface? Or do you work mostly on your laptop or computer? Start here with how you need the desk to function for you.

Read This Next: These Are The Best Desks For Working From Home

If you’re only doing computer work…

Will you be working on a laptop with a monitor or using a desktop? Naturally, laptops will require less space, so you can get away with a smaller computer desk. If you’re using a desktop or several monitors, you’ll want a longer and wider desk that allows for cord management, and maybe an evening one that comes with a keyboard tray.

If you work with lots of files and paperwork…

A spacious home office desk or one with drawers and storage might work best for you. You may also want a place to stack, arrange, and store your paperwork as well as a spot to organize writing utensils (like a drawer). You’ll also want to consider a desk height that lets you extend your arms and work comfortably.

If you need a desk for both…

You’ll want to consider desks that can accommodate all our work equipment and paperwork. The key is to edit your work material needs down to 2-3 essentials—laptop and monitor, notebooks, paperwork, and all— that you’ll keep on your desk surface. And then consider the desk size and you’ll need it from there.

 

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Will it be a communal workspace?

A collaborative workspace means a larger desk. You can consider a few different approaches:

You can opt for both people to sit on the same side (so there’s enough legroom underneath for two). Or pick a desk that’s closer in proportion to a dining table, which will allow two or more people to share the work surface all around. Here, a dining table that’s not too wide is made into a collaborative desk for two, with chairs on opposite sides of the table. You can find more creative hacks with our dining room office designs.

Another option? If you have the room, you can try arranging a home office with two desks.

 

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Consider the size of your space

Once you’ve figured out how you’ll be using your desk and how many people will be working at your desk, next is figuring out how much room you have to work with.

If you have space constraints…

Maybe you only have a closet, a nook in your living room, or a tiny area next to your bed. On the contrary, you might have a large office, and it would feel odd to have a tiny desk along one wall. You want to take note of the size and nuances of your room and the exact spot for your desk. If you’re dealing with a small space, also take a look at our small home office design tips.

And don’t forget to measure and check for any physical restraints around getting a desk inside your space, such as the width and size of your doorways, stairwells, etc.

Have a sense of your desk shape

After you know the space you’re working with, think about what shape desk will fit best.

For instance, in a small office, you might want to maximize a corner space with an L-shaped desk. Or maybe you need something even more compact, like a corner desk. On the other hand, with a large office where you need lots of surface space, it may warrant a U-shape desk. Get clear on the desk shape and configuration you need, because that will also influence the other office furniture you bring into your space.

 

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Think through your storage needs

Now that you have your desk space, size, and shape figure out, it’s time to focus on storage.

To start, ask yourself if you’ll need a compact desk with separate open storage or one that lets you keep everything organized in drawers and built-in storage.

For example, with a small office, you may want to explore ladder desk options, which provide vertical storage and will help you save on horizontal and floor space. Similarly, if your office is narrow, that may call for a console-style desk, which won’t take up much width.

Read This Next: Our All-In-One Home Office Furniture Checklist

For light storage, look for a desk with…

Either no drawers or a single drawer that can hold small items like pens, notepads, mail, etc. Light storage means you’ll have to store supplies in other office furniture and accessories, such as bookshelves, cabinets, and bins. Another option is to choose a desk with enough space underneath that lets you wheel in a small filing cabinet or baskets.

For medium storage, look for a desk with…

Multiple drawers or a connected built-in file cabinet. You’ll find many larger home office desks, such as L-shaped desks, with shelving units connected to them, so it might be worth investing in a whole system if you need to spread out your work on multiple surfaces.

For heavy storage, look for a desk with…

Multiple drawers that are large and deep, as well as desks that have large file cabinets on both sides. You may even want to add open shelving additional above your desk to maximize wall space for storage. You’ll also want to choose a desk with a large surface for desktop items.

 

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Don’t forget: Ergonomics play a huge part

Now let’s consider your work style, because how you work matters when you’re choosing a desk. To start, do you like to stand or sit when you’re working?

A standing desk that can be moved up or down could be great for you if you like to stay active and not stay seated for hours on end. In the same vein, a treadmill walking desk can also be a great option. But if you love to sit and lounge while you work, make sure you get a home office desk with enough legroom to pull up a big comfy desk chair.

Read This Next: The Best Home Office Chairs

Will you need different work ‘zones’?

Do you need to swivel between monitors or have it all in front of you? Do you need different work areas, like a computer and monitor on one side and a surface for paperwork on another? Decide what’s most productive for you. Having an L-shaped or U-shaped desk can be perfect if you need to switch gears a lot for your work. Alternatively, if you want all your work and monitors in front of you, make sure you get a long enough computer desk to house it all on one surface.

What about your arms comfort?

Will you need a home office desk that’s deep enough for your arms and wrists to sit comfortably on the keyboard? A good rule of thumb is to make sure your desk isn’t so narrow that your keyboard or laptop is sitting right on the edge of your table—which will strain your arms, wrist, and neck. Also good to note: Monitors should be eye level or higher to maintain good neck posture.

How about legroom?

Will your desk chair and your legs fit comfortably underneath? If you have really long legs or like to stretch your legs while you work, you definitely want to take this into consideration—and you might even want to float your desk instead of putting it up against a wall to give your legs more room underneath.

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Keep quality and durability in mind

Finally, materials matter when choosing a home office desk. One that’s made using quality materials and well-designed is worth the investment because you’ll keep it for years to come. One that’s the right size but made with mediocre materials and design will eventually show wear and you’ll have to replace it sooner than you think.

Pay attention to high-quality materials

Solid wood, marble, and natural stone-top desks along with ones that have decorative details like carved wood, metal accents, and exotic coverings will cost more. If you need an extra durable desktop, look for office desks with a veneer wood or a highly laminated top. These are also materials that will last for a lifetime, so if you’re ready to splurge, it’s definitely worth it.

Look at the construction

If you use drawers a lot, you’ll want solidly constructed drawers with dove joinery and good rolling mechanisms. Most vintage or older desks have wood-on-wood drawers, which tend to warp and get stuck more, while newer desks come with soft closing mechanisms that prevent slamming. Either way, make sure you check out all the design elements because a table that keeps up with you and your work should always be the benchmark when choosing a desk.

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Year In Review: The 20 Best Home Office Designs of 2020

It’s time for our annual Year in Review! While 2020 didn’t turn out how any of us expected, here’s one thing that did go well: home design. At Modsy, we designed countless rooms this year—and today we want to share some of our favorite designs.

Well, suffice it to say that home offices were the spaces we didn’t know we would need at the beginning of 2020—but now hold a place in people’s homes. These spaces were one of our most popular design requests this year, with so many people trying to figure out how to incorporate a work-from-home space into their home.

From dedicated rooms to desks tucked in closets and in nooks under the stairs, we enjoyed the challenge of bringing a home office design into even the most unlikely of spaces. Today, we’re looking back on our 20 favorite home office design ideas from 2020. Perhaps you’ll find some inspiration for your own home office in the mix!

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1. Reclaimed Visionary

Whether you’re homeschooling two kids or both you and your partner are working from home, this side-by-side desk set-up offers a solid workspace with a minimal footprint! And the rustic decor adds visual interest and looks great against the shiplap walls!

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Why We Love It

With the simple desk designs, this is a perfect way to add a two-person workspace to your home when you don’t have a ton of space to spare!

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2. Contemporary Minimalist

This home office is pared down to just the basics—a simple desk, a comfortable and practical chair, and some storage space for necessities. This keeps the space organized and uncluttered. Perfect for those who like a minimalist aesthetic or for those who are easily distracted! There’s nothing here to steal your attention away from your work.

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Why We Love It

Each piece in this home office has strong silhouettes. So, while the overall design is simple, it’s definitely not boring.

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3. Urban Collector

A workspace with a view outside and plenty of natural light is the perfect way to embrace the work-from-home life. (Celebrate the fact that you didn’t have to work in a cubicle this year!) Since this is a narrower space (it’s actually a converted dining room), wall-mounted bookshelves offer plenty of space for storage and display without taking up much floor space.

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Why We Love It

The unexpected color of these walls makes this home office feel cozy and inviting.

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4. Rustic Traveller

This home office is a total power move. The large desk and wingback chair, floating in the room rather than pushed against a wall, gives off those CEO vibes. But the accent furniture, the high-contrast black and white palette, and the pop of color and pattern in the rug brings in some really fun personality to the space. (Fun fact: this office design was inspired by Kendall Jenner’s home office.)

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Why We Love It

The eclectic mix of furniture and decor styles in this space creates a home office that feels unique and personality-packed.

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5. Vintage Farmhouse

The design of a space can definitely iimpact how you feel. In this space, we harnessed feelings of empowerment—going with a rich, dark wall color and traditional executive desk for a space that feels established. We think this office could inspire confidence in just about anyone!

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Why We Love It

The dark wall color feels unexpected—but offers just the right amount of contrast to the more traditional furnishings.
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6. Modern Industrial

Don’t have spare room for a home office? Tuck one into any corner you can—like that awkward nook under the stairs! This small space is just the right size for a desk and a bit of storage. And the angle of the stairs offers a sense of privacy to the space!

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Why We Love It

A coordinating desk and storage piece lends a sense of cohesion to a small home office. (And the dark wood pops against the white walls!)

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7. Mod Enthusiast

We love this clever home office solution for those who live in small apartments. The minimal, modern desk keeps the workspace feeling visually clean. And opting for a bar-height desk not only gives you the option of using it as a standing desk, but it offers extra storage space beneath! Hanging a floating shelf above the desk and having a bookshelf nearby gives you all the storage space you need while keeping the footprint of your actual workspace to a minimum!

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Why We Love It

Opting for all-white furniture gives this workspace a clean, modern vibe which is perfect for a home office in a small apartment.

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8. Organic Modern

For a home office with a bold look, try a monochrome color palette. Earthy green walls and a mossy green velvet desk chair—combined with warm wood tones—creates a space that feels soothing and cozy.

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Why We Love It

This color scheme—a warm neutrals take on Organic Modernism in color—creates a space that’s perfect for getting in the zone!

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9. Atomic Industrial

We love this set-up for those who have a larger space to dedicate to a home office. Two separate desks give individual workspaces for focused work. But a table in the middle offers the perfect space for a shared coffee break—or for working collaboratively

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Why We Love It

Opting for matching desks and chairs when creating a home office for two is a great way to keep the look of a shared home office cohesive.

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10. Mod Visionary

Setting up two desks back to back is a great way to minimize distractions while working. But opting for swivel chairs means you can spin around and chat when you need a break! And a wall of shelves allows both people in this shared home office to show off their personalities and style (and have plenty of storage space).

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Why We Love It

The wall of shelves gives the look of a built-in, which we love. It’s the perfect way to maximize storage and bring some personality into a home office!

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11. California Modern

Whether you need a shared home office for two or just need a little extra space to spread out, this is the perfect set-up to try. It’s great for collaborating or for supervising your child’s distance learning while you work! Bonus: the dark walls and light curtains create beautiful contrast, and the colorful rug adds just the right amount of warmth to the space!

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Why We Love It

This desk has serious rustic vibes—but with legs that angle slightly outward, it has some modern flair! This space is the perfect embodiment of California Modern style.

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12. Discerning Collector

This dining room home office is brimming over with bold and dynamic style. With a wall of low shelves, you can show off your collections and sneak in some storage, while the table can transition from workspace to mealtime with ease.

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Why We Love It

The modern, minimal furniture gives this workspace for two some serious style—while the shelving on the back wall gives the opportunity to showcase collected objects, creating a workspace that feels personal.

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13. Coastal Cloffice

An office in a closet? That’s right. We call it the “cloffice” and it’s one of our favorite ways to squeeze in a home office when you don’t have extra space. Simply clear out a closet, remove the closet doors, and tuck a desk inside for the perfect little work nook!

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Why We Love It

We love when we can make use of an unexpected nook. Painting the inside of the closet a different color and hanging up some small artwork makes this space feel intentional.

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14. Industrial Visionary

Want space to both work and lounge? Consider this approach. A great desk and office chair are perfect for computer work. But when you need to do some screen-free brainstorming (or just need a break in the middle of the day) the couch and bench offer the perfect place to kick back and think or relax.

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Why We Love It

This modern home office balances work and rest, while combining the functions with beautiful and non-traditional color scheme for a home office.

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15. Rustic Minimalism

Designing a home office doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply investing in a few key pieces is all you need to create a home office that’s comfortable and inviting. This rustic desk is the perfect focal point for the space, while the bookcase adds beauty and functionality to the office.

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Why We Love It

The neutral color palette of whites, ivories, and natural wood in this Rustic Minimalist home office create a truly calming atmosphere.

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16. Boho Corner

Home offices aren’t just for the grownups! With 2020 came the idea of distance learning. And to pull this off, it really helped to give your kids a dedicated workspace! Replacing a nightstand with a small desk is the perfect way to sneak in a homeschooling zone into a kids bedroom.

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Why We Love It

This is a practical solution for adding a workspace to your kid’s bedroom. But choosing a desk or chair with some personality—like this rattan number—is the perfect way to make it feel more fun!

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17. Modern Farmhouse

The desk-as-a-nightstand approach isn’t just for kids! For small spaces, this is also a great approach for a grown-up home office. Just look for a table lamp that works for a bedside lamp and for shining light on your workspace. And save one drawer in the desk for your bedside necessities!

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Why We Love It

This is a great way to get double-duty function out of one piece of furniture and to fit a home office into a small space!

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18. Elegant Connoisseur

Want to make a big statement in your home office? Go glam. A brass buffet, floral rug, and pink velvet desk chair add a major glam factor, while the curved acrylic desk adds a dose of modern style. Recognize this savvy style? It’s our take on Kelly Kapoor’s home office for 2020. See all our designs for The Office characters.

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Why We Love It

In your face and over the top, this office was inspired by what we imagine Kelly Kapoor’s home office would look like in 2020. Check out our take on how all of our favorite Office characters would decorate their WFH set-ups in 2020.
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19. Rustic Farmhouse

If you’re looking for a home office color palette that inspires productivity, try an earthy green. It’s a color of hope, growth, freshness, and prosperity. And who doesn’t want a bit of that in their work life?? This color is saturated but easy on the eye, creating a sense of calm within this home office.

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Why We Love It

This shade of green pairs perfectly with natural, rustic wood finishes, like this desk and cabinet.

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20. Less is More Chic

This is another great example of a stylish home office for two. In a smaller space, placing the desks on perpendicular walls helps you make the most of your square footage. And a piece of large scale wall art helps create some visual space between the two workstations.

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Why We Love It

Despite being small, this space feels very stylish. The zebra-print rug and wall art offer some personality, but keeping the color scheme neutral helps the space feel more open and airy.

Want more home office inspiration? Check out our round-up of the most common home office design mistakes (and how to fix them), five layouts to set your little one up for homeschooling success, and how to bring joy into your WFH set-up!

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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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The Home Office: Here’s How The Office Characters’ Work-From-Home Set-Ups Would Look in 2020

With offices closed across the country, many of us have been working from home for months. Some of us probably miss those co-workers-turned-friends, while others of us might be quite content not running into certain people at meetings and in the break room.

All these thoughts of office politics got us thinking—how would Michael Scott and the gang be handling working from home during the Shelter in Place ordinances?? (In Michael’s case, probably not-so-gracefully.) So, we challenged our Modsy designers to imagine the work-from-home set-ups of our favorite characters from The Office!

Keep reading to see how Michael, Dwight, Jim and Pam, and Kelly would decorate their home offices in 2020!

Michael Scott’s Home Office

Imagine Michael Scott while he was still the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin, but dropped into the 2020 pandemic. There would be no more last-minute meetings in the conference room. No avoiding work by wandering out into the office and testing out a couple new “that’s what she said” jokes. No hosting birthday parties every other week. We imagine that an extended bout of working from home would take quite an emotional toll on “the world’s best boss.” But we’d bet that there are quite a few spur-of-the-moment Zoom calls happening each day…

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Michael’s Style

By 2020, Michael would have converted one of the spare bedrooms in his townhouse into a home office—gravitating toward transitional style with quirky touches. He would want his home office to feel cool—but he definitely wouldn’t be able to pull off a look that’s too edgy.

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As someone who loves to combine work and play, his workspace is completely functional but his bookcases are filled with more “fun” items than work-related supplies—including his many Dundie awards, a magic set, and a whiteboard for motivational quotes. Always a nostalgic softie at heart, he’d also bring home Pam’s painting of the office and burn Jan’s candles (much to Holly’s dismay).

In the hopes that someone (other than Dwight) would swing by for a visit, we imagine he would have a carved hand-shape chair for them to sit in—and undoubtedly laugh his head off every time someone used it. Ultimately, his home office is all about feeling approachable and casual, since he always wants to be viewed as a best friend and a boss. (For the record, we’re pretty sure he’d be the first in the office to get coronavirus.)

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The OfficeDwight Schrute’s Home Office

In 2020, Dwight wouldn’t mind working from home. In fact, he’d prefer it. The Schrutes always had superior immune systems—but there would be no point in mixing with the degenerates in the office who would just disease the rest of them. What he can’t figure out is how Jim continues to prank him, even from a distance—and now he can’t just run into Michael’s office or submit his weekly complaint with HR.

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Dwight’s Style

It’s no surprise that Dwight’s home office would have a very rustic Colonial farmhouse vibe. He was always proud of his old farmhouse and loved furniture with solid construction—specifically if it was made by the Pennsylvania Dutch!

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He would undoubtedly have a solid desk in his office, positioned in a place of power. That’s why his desk would be floating and facing out into the room, with the stone fireplace behind him, a tiger rug beneath him, and the ability to look out over his “kingdom” (aka his beet farm) and make sure Mose doesn’t get himself into trouble throughout the day. And, for moments of repose, he’d have a simple rocking chair where he could sit and dream of someday becoming regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Scranton.

A lover of all things old, he’d also have nods to the past within his office—candlesticks, tractor gears on the wall, artwork of German bridges. And, of course, he’d have a few personal objects as well, like his Harry Potter wand, his Dundie awards, and, of course, his name plaque and Dwight bobblehead, which he was sure to grab before the office shut down!

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Jim & Pam Halpert’s Home Office

Jim and Pam couldn’t be happier to be working from home together. They’re actually able to get work done without Michael constantly interrupting them—leaving much more time for scheming creative ways to prank Dwight from a distance. Plus, Pam no longer has to agonize over who left the microwave in such a mess (there’s only Jim to blame) and they also get to spend time with their children throughout the day, which they love.

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Jim & Pam’s Style

We’re pretty sure Pam would be all in with a Chip and Joanna Gaines-inspired rustic farmhouse office in 2020. So, for their work-from-home set-up, we imaging Pam would have created a crisp, bright, and happy space that’s also cozy and family-friendly.

It’s a practical space, with side-by-side desks, but designed in a way that reflects both Jim and Pam’s passions and hobbies. And, though they have matching desks, they each have a chair that suits their personality. With personal photos, some sports memorabilia, a space for painting, and even the teapot Jim gave Pam for Christmas all those years ago, this is a space that’s personal and inviting.

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Kelly Kapoor’s Home Office

Let’s be real: in 2020, Kelly Kapoor is probably long gone from Dunder Mifflin. Instead, she’s likely using her style savvy to run the influencer program at a tech fashion start-up. After all, she’s always known what’s hot.

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Kelly’s Style

Kelly is bold and fun—so it’s no surprise that her home office is a reflection of that. Would you expect anything less than a glam, chic, and bold feminine space for Dunder Mifflin’s resident Business B*tch? In 2020, Kelly would definitely still be dedicated to style, trends, and all things chic and modern. Her office is the manifestation of those things with a bold rug, pink upholstered chair, and chic acrylic desk.

With Ryan still at her beck and call, she often hosts “fashion shows at lunch” to show off her latest shopping finds and favorite trendy looks. And you know she’s the queen of Zoom happy hours!

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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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Color Coordinated: The Best Color Schemes for Home Offices

We’ve all had those days in the past couple of months—feeling endlessly distracted and having an impossible time concentrating. The deadlines don’t stop, but it feels like our focus has all but disappeared! Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. We all have those struggle days!

Did you know that color can actually play a huge role in productivity? So, when thinking of home office design ideas, it’s important to not just consider the furniture but also your office paint colors!

There are so many routes you can go with home office color schemes that will help inspire productivity. So, we’ve rounded up our 11 best home office color schemes that will get you inspired, motivated, and ready to tackle any deadline that comes your way. Keep reading to discover the best home office colors for productivity! (As a bonus, they may also give you some fun home office layout ideas!)

Green and Gold

Green is the easiest color on the eye—so it’s good for those who work long hours! It’s a color of balance, harmony, nature, and restoration. And who doesn’t need a little more of all that in their work life?? This soothing color is great for adding a natural, organic feel to your home office. And pairing it with gold, like in the office pictured above, adds fun, glam contrast to an otherwise organic office space.

How to incorporate green into your home office:

In terms of office paint colors, a soft green is one of the best office colors. So, paint the walls a soothing shade of green, and then don’t be afraid to add a monochromatic element by going for a green office chair or other piece of furniture. Add artwork, decor, or office accessories with pops of green. Perhaps opt for an area rug that features green in the color scheme. And, of course, add in some natural greenery with plants! Remember, green pairs well with natural wood tones and other earth tones, so for desks or shelving, opt for wood pieces.

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Breezy Blue

Blue is the color of intelligence, trust, logic, communication, and efficiency. So, it’s a really great color for an office space where constant focus is needed! The light blue shade pictured above is inspired by water and is super soothing—perfect for a home office. But there are so many shades of blue you can incorporate into your space! We’d just recommend avoiding cobalt or super saturated blues which can be straining to the eye, especially when looking at a screen.

How to incorporate blue into your home office:

Breezy blues pair really well with neutrals and whites, as well as wood tones—making it another one of the best office colors out there. Consider painting all the walls a pale blue to set the tone. It’s not an overpowering color, so good for an all-over wall color versus an accent wall. Then, add blue artwork, a rug with varied shades of blue, along with blue and white decor on your bookcase.

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Dark & Moody

Greys and black are serious, creating a sense of both studiousness and drama. While a color scheme of greys and blacks is rather dark and moody, it’s actually a great palette for offices where serious work takes place and you’re handling important matters!

How to incorporate dark and moody colors into your home office:

Grey and black offices can look very sleek and masculine—so they’re great for those with minimalist and modern styles, who appreciate a dose of drama. To begin with, make sure you vary the shades of grey used to create a sense of nuanced depth in the space. Grey and black need balance, otherwise you’ll create a home office that feels depressing and dull. So, add pops of white, metallic finishes, and wood for contrast. And make sure you allow plenty of natural light in your office space, along with a few plants to add a lively pop of greenery.

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Preppy Peach

Hues of pink—like a preppy peach, soft blush, or rose petal—encourage feelings of positivity and whimsy. They give off youthful and energetic vibes. This color family can evoke happiness in a space—making it great for the home office of those who do creative work.

How to incorporate peach into your home office:

A pink color palette is great for glam, mid-century, and eclectic spaces. The key to pink is using different hues of pink throughout the space to create more depth—like a mix of peach or coral with blush or millennial pink. Accent shades of pink with neutrals (especially bright whites), along with furniture that has a lighter, airier feeling. So, no dense, heavy furniture here! Pink is feminine in nature, so add florals and softer decorative elements to compliment a pink home office.

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High Contrast Black & White

Black is a color of power and formality. White embodies simplicity and light. Together? They create a look of sophistication, style, and drama. A black and white color scheme is great for a simple office with a clean aesthetic.

How to incorporate a black and white color scheme into your home office:

A black and white palette can really be used in any style of home office, and there are many ways to bring this color scheme to life. Above, we paired white furniture against a black wall—but you could also do black furniture against a white wall. Either way, it’s a wonderfully high-contrast look. (However, if you go for a black wall, consider simply doing it as an accent wall rather than painting the whole room black!) And make sure you include black and white patterns and decorative objects in the decor as well. Then, add pops of greenery to break up the monotony of a black and white palette and to add a bit of warmth to the space.

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Warm Neutrals

Warm neutrals have a naturally calming effect. And opting for neutrals with a light yellow undertone helps promote feelings of joy, warmth, and energy. We’d say those are pretty good qualities to encourage in a work environment, don’t you think? This color palette is great for quiet work where serene solitude is key.

How to incorporate warm neutrals into your home office:

A warm neutral color scheme is ideal for a minimal home office, where you want to add a touch of warmth to minimalist style. We recommend using neutral and warm materials—like birch wood, teak, honey-colored woods, and warm metals like brass and brushed bronze. Avoid harsh contrast and make sure to take advantage of natural light in your office space. With a minimalist space, it’s important to layer in textures for visual interest—like the soft, textural rug pictured above.

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Cozy Brown

Brown is a color of simplicity, trustworthiness, warmth, and earthiness. It’s a great color palette for creating a cozy space to work. It makes your home office feel grounded and secure, so you can simply focus on getting work done.

How to incorporate cozy browns into your home office:

Cozy browns are good for rustic and traditional spaces. When going for this color scheme, incorporate lots of warm woods, leather, and earthy decor. The key is to vary the brown tones—incorporating taupes, whites, dark browns, and camel browns to avoid flatness. Adding plants to a home office like this will add that complimentary pop of natural color that goes perfectly with browns. And artwork with blues and greens also help liven up the space. In addition, warm metals—like the brass lamp pictured above—complement a color palette of cozy browns.

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Earthy Green

Earthy green is a color of hope, growth, freshness, and prosperity. Sound like characteristics you’d like to incorporate into your outlook on work?? This is a great color scheme for a home office where you want to create a sense of calm but also have serious work to get done. It’s easy on the eye, and—bonus—it also creates a great backdrop for meditation and conversation.

How to incorporate earthy greens into your home office:

Earthy green is a good color for home offices with rustic, transitional, or traditional styles. This shade of green looks good with natural, rustic wood finishes and neturals. Go for an earthy green wall—then keep the rest of your space simple. Or, if you like more color, pair it with complementary colors like yellow and different shades of green.

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Sea Foam

What do you get when you mix light blue and green? Sea foam—a charming, lighthearted color. This ocean-inspired color is easy on the eye and adds a peaceful and cheery vibe to your home office. It evokes feelings of being at the beach or on the coast, which might just put you in a headspace to focus so you can chill out and relax after work! Looking for small home office design ideas? Seafoam is a perfect subtle accent color for marking off a small space for a home office within a larger room!

How to incorporate seafoam into your home office:

Seafoam is a great color for coastal and transitional spaces, since it innately has that beachy vibe. Paint an accent wall seafoam, then pair it with neutrals and other shades of blues and greens. Natural materials, like rattan, go really well with this color as well. Keep the overall palette muted and low-contrast though—otherwise the seafoam color might start to fade out and lose its impact!

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Jewel Tones

Jewel tones are richly saturated hues. Think: sapphire blue, ruby red, amethyst purple, citrine yellow, and emerald green. They’re colors that evoke energy, power, and fun. A mix of jewel tones are great for bold personalities who exude a lot of energy when working. Too many of these colors can be a lot on the eye though, making it hard to focus—so don’t overdo it for a home office!

How to incorporate jewel tones into your home office:

This color scheme works great with glam, transitional, and eclectic styles. Rather than painting your walls a bold color, add pops of jewel tones in the decor, curtains, rug, and furniture instead. Balance out the jewel tones with neutrals and greys, along with woods and metals, for a cohesive look.

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Dark Blue

Dark blue is a peaceful and imaginative color that can help reduce stress. It can also be seen as secure and serious, making it a great color for focus and serious work. But, at the same time, it has a calming effect that balances out the serious side.

How to incorporate dark blue into your home office:

We love the idea of a dark blue wall in a home office; in our opinion it’s another one of the best office colors out there, and goes with just about any style. Just make sure you balance it out with neutrals—like white, black, and grey—and don’t overload your space with other colors. But you could add variations of other shades of blue in the art and decor, along with pops of white and greenery. Dark blue is a muted but dark color, so make sure you add lots of light to your home office to balance it out—both ambient and natural.

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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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Home Office Design: 8 Ideas for Home Offices that Meet Your Style Needs

office designWith the gig economy, freelancing, and remote work on the rise, more and more people in the world are making sure they have room for an office space at home! It’s a great way to give yourself a comfortable and productive space to do business when you don’t have to travel to an office. If you are planning to set up a home office space, you might be wondering what kind of office design is best for you. Everyone has different needs for their work or business, so it’s important to consider a few key elements as you’re creating your office design.

First of all, a home office has to work for you and your needs—but no one ever said it has to be sterile and boring! In fact, a dull atmosphere might even stifle your creativity and productivity. Your office design should reflect your tastes and personal style—it should be a place where you feel relaxed, energized, balanced and happy. We are strong believers that creating a stylish and beautiful home office can do wonders for your well-being.

A great home office design will also enhance your productivity. You want to make the most of your work space, whether you’re using it to run a business, do occasional freelance work, or simply take care of bills and general household management. Your office design should be functional and conducive to your particular needs and workflow—it’s all about creating a space that serves you, whether you are running a company, setting up a studio, or doing creative work.

Don’t let a cluttered, boring or stuffy office design stifle your productivity and inspiration! The right balance of style, seating, and function in your office design can shape your mood and your attitude about work—so have fun with it! If you need a little inspo, check out these 8 home office designs that we’re considering the best of the month!

office designThe Look: Less is More Chic

This is one of our fave office designs for those who want to make a statement with their space.  We’re super into the perfect mix of curated art and eye-catching glam. It’s a high-drama look with pops of gold, lots of contrast and eclectic accessories that show off your personal tastes. This is an office design that’s not afraid to take risks—just look at all that monochrome power clashing and the curvy, white desk chair.

Eclectic room accessories are essential to this look—the variety of shapes lead the eye around the room just like a curated gallery space. And we can’t stop gushing over these fabulous marble walls! The nearly-invisible desk floating in the center is the key to pulling off this office design—but it also means your desk has zero storage space. Fear not—the display shelves can be mix-use or you can add stylish baskets and boxes to keep your office space organized with extra storage.

The stark black and white color palette perfectly contrasts with the soft marble finish. High-contrast office design like this gives off an air of refined taste and pops of gold glam add just the right amount of bling. Adding a dynamic piece of wall art as a backdrop in your home office is a killer power-move. (Bonus: it also works as a strong background for video-conferencing).

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The Look: Rustic Warmth

This office design feels cozy and rustic with all the natural wood, woven textures, and its neutral, earthy color palette. Mixing in the clean, contemporary lines of the desk, club chair, and leather pouf give the space a more tailored aesthetic. The dark wood perfectly complements the leather pouf to add balance and the brass lamp draws the eclectic mix of decor together.

Earthy, rustic elements help ground this office design while the blue-gray striped rug, accent wall, and pillow add cool tones to your world of work. And we love the convertible office layout because the space can feel slightly enclosed or you can blend it into the living area simply by turning the armchair around for additional seating—it’s an ideal office design for living-work spaces. 

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The Look: Industrial Minimalist

This dramatic look is one of our favorite office designs for maximum productivity. The furniture is pure minimalist so you don’t have to deal with any clutter while you scheme up your next business plan. And the bold but earthy color scheme is a perfect backdrop for the sharp edges and industrial vibes.

Bold colors and shapes set the stage for this work space! There’s nothing subtle about the mix of dark green, black, and natural wood accents with pops of gold to top it off. With a wall color this dark, keep the room accessories to a minimum to keep the office design from feeling too heavy. Visual tricks like the slender chair and the linework of the industrial wall art help lighten the black desk and the pale, abstract rug pattern softens the look.

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The Look: Traditionally Chic

This traditionally chic office design proves that workspaces don’t have to feel the least bit stuffy and sterile. The rug, mirror, room accessories, and dresser have a super traditional look while the desk, chair and lamp are skew more contemporary and a bit glam with pops of brass.

Traditional looks pair well with the outside world, and the lovely fresh flowers bring vibrant pops of life and color to this office design. The purple accent wall adds depth to the space and balances out the soft, mauve curtains. Instead of a stiff desk chair, we opted for this upholstered option with an extra mod form and a rolling gold base.

We picked a white desk that can function as both work area and morning prep space. The dresser does double duty as a coffee station for easy work breaks—great for a studio apartment with a tiny kitchen! The pastel color palette feels traditionally feminine and inviting and the brass accents tie classic and mod pieces together.

This office design would work perfectly in a bedroom—it can double as a work space and makeup station without crowding the room with excess furniture.

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The Look: Contemporary Minimalist

We love the organic vibes of this contemporary minimalist office design! It features tons of minimal furniture shapes, woven textures and boho vibes and it feels a little bit like a balmy, serene day at the beach.

This look is all about keeping cool, concise and compact so the furniture doesn’t overpower your small space (it would be a great idea for a studio!). The neutral and bright blue color palette is instantly inviting and works well with the mix of boho and minimalism. Using a smart, functional parsons-style desk is perfect for a college student! It’s not too bulky and the open space underneath leaves plenty of room for a closed shelf of drawers or another piece of utility furniture. Studying doesn’t feel so bad in a clean, inviting and enlivening office design like this!

If office designs need one thing, it’s definitely extra storage of all kinds. Top priority items can go on open shelves where they get attention. Woven baskets are great for crafting goods and other office supplies, and you can easily  file away documents below the desk.

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The Look: Rustic Traveler

We love the unexpected charm of this totally laid back and lovely office design! It features an awesome range of pure boho woven materials all throughout the room and the neutral and pink color palette creates a totally unique look for a workspace.

Every office design benefits from lots of natural light and placing the desk against the window means you get to enjoy a sunny work area all day—not to mention the beautiful view! Warm oranges and yellows warm up this office design and you’ll want to curl right up in the cozy hanging seating, which is sure to be a hit with company (especially kids).

Spindle desks like this crisp, white one are super on-trend in office design—and we love how seamlessly it blends into the soft, earthy palette. Hanging lighting over the desk is the perfect finishing touch—it adds a touch of drama!

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office designThe Look: Industrial Collector

This awesomely utilitarian home office might be on the small side but it doesn’t skimp on style! Industrial elements are perfect for creating functional workspaces and mod touches elevate the look. The eclectic mix of industrial, contemporary, and mid-century modern style is a great choice for a highly-visible office setup in a main living area like this.

We love the reclaimed wood and silver hardware on the elegant mid-century modern writing desk. The chair has the signature mid-century form, too, in a cool, distressed grey leather. The cool grey and black color scheme contrasts with the light wood floors and bring extra warmth to the look and pops of copper add a little refinement.

This is a great way to fit a work area into the living room without overcrowding the space. Plus, you can easily turn the desk into an impromptu bar for an easy cocktail party at a moment’s notice! We also love the adjustable or “Swing-arm” lamps—you can aim light where you need it, daytime or evening.

This office design is perfect if you have a room with an open floor plan or for parents who need to work but also watch the kids play in an open space.

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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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