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Modsy Designers Talk: The Most-Common Home Office Design Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

In the past 6+ months, we’ve helped countless customers make work-from-home spaces that are stylish and functional. And we’re not just talking formal home offices but also temporary-turned-semi-permanent spaces, dining room offices, multipurpose workspaces, and home offices with two desks.

Our expert interior designers are pros at putting together home office design ideas and creating spaces that look good and give each customer just what they need. But along the way, they’ve also seen plenty of home office mistakes that they’ve helped to remedy. Today, our designers are sharing the most common home office design mistakes they’ve seen along the way and how to fix them!

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The Mistake: Not Enough Lighting

It’s an easy mistake to make when you’re used to working in a cubicle with no windows and only fluorescent lighting as far as the eye can see. But in a home office, there’s no reason why you can’t make your lighting exactly what you need it to be!

The Fix: Layered Lighting and Good Natural Light

If possible, place your desk next to a window for a flood of natural light. That sunlight will not only light up your space but might just boost your mood, too! Then, for gloomy days (or if you aren’t able to put your desk near a window) incorporate layered lighting in your workspace. Start with a task lamp, but consider a floor lamp in the corner or an overhead pendant light for extra lighting and ambiance.

“Not having enough lighting or access to a view of the outdoors is a big mistake people make in their home offices. Good natural lighting can dramatically increase your mood and productivity. Plus, no one wants to work in a dark cave!” –Victoria M, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Cramming a Workspace into Too Small of a Space

We’re more than six months into working from home, so it’s time to graduate from your temporary workspace if you haven’t already. There’s no reason to stay crammed in a corner or at a makeshift desk!

The Fix: Give Yourself Space to Breathe

Find space in your home where you can have a more permanent workspace and some room to breathe. And invest in some real home office furniture! And set it up as if you’re going to stay a while with some personalization!

“Too many people squeeze a workspace into a tiny corner or forever use a makeshift desk. Stop that! Give yourself some space to breathe, think, and create by making your WFH set-up by a window or in a roomy area. Then, add some plants, candles, art, or whatever makes you feel inspired. Make it a dedicated space for productivity, even if it has to double as a space for eating or relaxing when you’re not working!” –Katie W, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Being Disorganized

Some people are naturally disorganized and some people simply end up that way because of how crazy life is right now. But a cluttered workspace leads to a cluttered mind!

The Fix: Using Organizational Tools

Make sure your home office has the organizational tools you need to keep things in order. Invest in a file cabinet for all your paperwork, or use memento boxes on a floating shelf or bookcase for storage of notebooks or other office supplies. Or keep a basket or two nearby to stash electronics and snacks! Essentially, give everything a place, so you don’t have to spend your precious time organizing and reorganizing. Rather, at the end of the day just take two minutes to return everything to its place so you start the next day with a tidy desk!

Need help finding the right storage solution for you? Check out our complete guide to the best storage furniture.

“I’ve seen a lot of disorganized home offices. But if your things have a designated spot, then it’s easier to work and be productive—and doesn’t require spending time cleaning up a mess of papers or playing catch up. Also, some greenery and a seasonal candle really set the work from home ambiance and lifts morale!” –Jessica M, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: A Sterile Workspace

A sterile, undecorated workspace won’t do anything to make you happy or inspired to start work each day. You’re working from home—so there’s no reason why you can’t bring some personality to your space!

The Fix: Personalizing Your Space

You spend a lot of time at your desk—so why not personalize your workspace? Bring in family photos, favorite artwork, or any other and moments of joy that will inspire you. Create a space where you enjoy spending time every day.

“Too often, people forget to personalize their space. If you don’t decorate your desk area to reflect you, you won’t enjoy sitting there every day and all day!” –Katelin S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Forgetting About Your Video Call Background

Some people do think to personalize the desk in front of them—but they totally forget to design the space behind them. But, with endless days of video calls, it’s worth it to consider the background that your co-workers are staring at during calls. You don’t want it to be distracting, but it’s also not ideal if it’s totally bare.

The Fix: A Simple But Beautiful Backdrop

Set your desk up at an angle where your face can be well lit by the natural light in the room, and supplement with a lamp or overhead light as needed. On the wall behind you, hang a simple print or painting, or a bookcase with simple but beautiful styling!

“Not taking the background into consideration, especially for video calls. You want to make sure it’s not distracting for yourself or your colleagues while you’re on the call.” –Jenny F, Modsy Designer

“Views are so, so important! Not only what you look at all day, but also what your coworkers look at in video calls behind you! I always make sure to design home offices in a way that allows my client to look out a window (if the view out there is worth it!) and has a simple yet beautiful wall behind them (make a fun accent wall back there!) to really wow their coworkers during meetings.” –Becky S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: An Uncomfortable Space

Whether it’s a desk chair that’s too hard or the wrong height, a room that’s too cold (visually or literally), or you’ve set up a replica of your cubicle at home, too many people settle for an uncomfortable home office.

The Fix: Make It Comfy and Cozy

Celebrate the fact that you aren’t working in a cubicle by painting your walls, hanging up some artwork, and investing in a comfortable chair and desk that you love. Consider layering a rug beneath your set-up and adding in a plant or two to bring some color and life to the space. Whatever it takes for a cozier, more comfortable set-up!

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“Your home doesn’t need to look like a corporate office or board room. It depends on the person, but I love an office that looks like a comfy, cozy living room. It reminds me that we all need to be comfortable and it’s reflective of the fact that we’re actually living in these spaces, too. A home office can be warm, fluffy, and an extension of the style of the rest of your home.  It doesn’t need to have a more ‘serious’ work feel.” –Michal G, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: Bad Seating

If your back hurts at the end of every workday, you’re doing something wrong. Stop ignoring ergonomics—whether that’s an uncomfortable chair, a table that’s too tall or too short for your chair, or a combination of the two.

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The Fix: Investing in an Ergonomic and Comfortable Chair

Even if you don’t have space for a formal home office, you can certainly get an ergonomic and comfortable chair to sit in each day. Find one with an adjustable height, so you can get it just right for the height of the table or desk from which you’re working. Bonus points if it has lumbar support!

“Too many people are living every day without ergonomic equipment and a comfortable chair!” –Shelly S, Modsy Designer

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The Mistake: A Distracting Space

You can’t work efficiently if you’re in a loud or cluttered space. Distractions keep us from doing our best work.

The Fix: A Quiet, Distraction-Free Work Zone

If at all possible, set up your home office in a place where you have a door you can shut. Not only is this helpful for video calls, but it will give you at least a bit of uninterrupted time to focus on work. If that’s not possible, at least make sure your area is free of clutter and as many distractions as you can cut out.

“Most people underestimate having a space that is quiet and uncluttered while working from home. Noise and too many items around are definitely distractions.” –Samara W, Modsy Designer

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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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5 Layouts To Set Your Little One Up for Homeschooling Success

There’s no doubt 2020 will be one for the books. With the pandemic, WFH has become the new normal and so has remote learning given school closures. All of which has turned our homes into offices, classrooms, gyms, you name it.

It’s not surprising then that many parents are struggling to balance working from home and homeschooling their kids. One major pain point we’ve been hearing from parents is figuring out how to make space in the home to do it all, especially when this might continue throughout the entire school year. It’s essentially moving the classroom into your home, which is no simple task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help with our best homeschool design tips and layout ideas.

Just like a home office, setting up your space with a homeschooling area will help keep school and home life separate for you and your kids—whether it’s getting creative with desk ideas for kids or designating a room that’s a full workspace for them. If you don’t have a separate room, don’t fret. With some simple layout adjustments, you can still carve out a great at-home study for your kids within your living spaces.

For some guidance, we’ve rounded up five room setups that make for perfect homeschool layouts. Read on to see the layouts and get our tips for working the ideas into your home.

homeschool layouts1. The Open Work Station

In terms of living room design ideas, a window nook is always a bonus. In this typical living room layout, a long bench for extra seating is replaced with a slim desk for a window nook workspace. The final set up makes for a perfect spot for homeschooling, video-chatting for remote lessons, and everyday studying.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Long slender desks. The addition of one or two longs desks fills out the nook without taking up extra floor space in the rest of the living room. If you have more than one child, this setup gives all your kids ample room to “go to school” comfortable side-by-side.

Under table storage. Sneak in a filing cabinet for compact organization under the tables. It can be used for everything from crayons to notebooks to books. The best part is that it tucks away nicely without taking up room in your living space.

A stylish study chair. Think of your desk chair here as part of your living room seating. When not used for the office area, it can be turned around and pulled into the living space as extra seating.

homeschool layouts2. Partition Off An Office Corner

If you don’t have a window nook in your living room, there are still many ways you can divide up your space to include a homeschooling workspace. In this mixed-use room, a floating bookcase separates the living area from the office, resulting in a seamless and functional layout. (Check out this post on how to float furniture for more tips on this essential layout hack!)

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The Key Layout Elements:

A low bookshelf. This is the most essential decor piece in this layout since it separates the functions of your space. Choose one that’s not too tall but provides you with lots of open storage. Ideally, one with cubbies will give you room to store living room essentials, like remotes and smart devices as well as extra school items for the kids.

Streamlined desk. WIth any designated office area, you’ll want to anchor it with a modern desk that does it all. That means one with a deep drawer that provides you with lots of storage for your kid’s school supplies, notebooks, laptop, iPad, etc.

Thin area rug. One way to set off your work area is to ground it with a rug. Not only will it add soft padding for your office chair, but it will also make the office corner feel like it’s own space. It’s ideal to go with a flatweave or a thin area rug and don’t forget rug pads to hold it in place!

homeschool layouts3. The Communal Classroom

As we demand so much more out of our homes these days, the dining room is one space that sees the most action. Now, it’s the dining room home office, where in addition to a gathering spot for meals, it’s also a convenient place for spreading homeschooling the kids.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Communal dining table. A large dining table that lets you and your kids spread out their homework is key. Being seated at a big table and doing work actually brings a classroom vibe to homeschooling. A table cloth will also help keep everything neat and easy to tidy up.

A credenza for them. Rather than an elegant sideboard, a functional one with stylish storage is great for all the little school things your kids have. One with cubbies will give you extra storage for school supplies while remaining stylish looking in the space.

Organize a school corner.  Instead of staging your sideboard or credenza with formal accents, transform it for homeschooling. Hang up a map or alphabet chart, add a globe to the surface, and line up all of your kid’s books.

4. Set Up A Hallway Study Zone

If the living room and dining space don’t work for homeschooling, set up a work area for two in a narrow hallway. Think of it as an alternative to your console table. The best part is that it can still function as a display and catchall spot when this space isn’t used for studying or homework.

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The Key Layout Elements:

Open-base desks. Since this work zone is in a high-traffic hallway, choose one or two desks with a more airy look. Desks with open bases and a slender, streamlined top will help keep the workspace from feeling in the way.

Chic wall sconces. Sconces make for lighting that doesn’t take up desk or floor space. Hang a matching pair above your desk to add stylish lighting for both the work area and the hallway.

Educational gallery wall. Create a mini gallery wall above your work zone with art that mixes education and style. Think world maps, scientific animal prints, ephemera art, biology charts.

homeschool layouts5. The Integrated Live-Work Space

For those who have a standard rectangular or square living room layout, you can easily rearrange one wall to incorporate a workspace for homeschooling that’s in line with the rest of your decor. Rather than section off your office area, this is all about integrating it into your room.

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The Key Layout Elements:

A modern desk. A Mid-Century desk is always a great versatile option when you’re trying to complement existing decor. The modern aesthetic works with a range of decor and they’re streamlined in design and size, so they’ll fit neatly in with most living room layouts.

Mid-Century office chair. Pick a seat, maybe one of castors, that matches your desk. Just like your desk, a Mid-Century style chair is a chic, compact, and complementary choice for any living room decor.

Ladder bookcase. To give your work area both presence and practical storage, a ladder bookcase will do the trick. It has an open feel that blends nicely with an open living room layout, and it will also add storage for school items and books while taking up minimal floor space.

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Announcing the Modsy WFH Glow Up Giveaway!

Who’s ready to upgrade their work-from-home set-up?? Here we are, six months into the shut-downs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us have been unexpectedly working from home this whole time, with no end in sight.

While some people already had great home offices to work in, making the transition easier, many of us had to create home offices on the fly—at dining room tables, in closets, or tucked into living rooms or bedrooms. Some households even had to design shared home offices or kids’ homeschool workspaces. (Did you ever think you’d be gearing up for a year of distance learning??) To say it’s been a challenge is an understatement.

It can be challenging to make your home function for so many people in so many different ways. If you’re tired of your WFH set-up or need help creating an inspirational workspace, you’re in luck!

Glow Up GiveawayModsy To The Rescue: The WFH Glow Up Giveaway

Today, we’re launching the Modsy WFH Glow Up Giveaway! Through this contest, one lucky winner will receive a home office makeover! The winner will get $1,000 toward a home office makeover, including a free Premium Modsy design package.

How To Enter

Entering the Modsy WFH Glow Up giveaway is easy. All you have to do is snap a picture or take a video of your current workspace and post it to your Instagram feed or Twitter using the hashtag #ModsyWFHGlowUp. The contest runs from September 1 to September 22, and one winner will be selected at random. Review the full giveaway terms and conditions here.

So, what are you waiting for? Snap some pics and enter!

Get Inspired

Need some WFH inspiration in the meantime? Head over to our home office design ideas page for some of our favorite home office designs!

And here’s some more good news: even if you don’t win, we can still help you create the home office of your dreams. With a Modsy design package, you’ll have a dedicated designer who will help you create a WFH set-up that perfectly suits your space and style.

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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!

Shop This Lookhomeschool design tips2. Use Bins To Organize School Work

“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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My Modsy Story: How We Found the Time for Design

This busy couple struggled to balance career, family, and designing a new home. Fortunately, they found help in the nick of time.

Customer Story

 

Homeowners: Nate and Helen, Software Engineer and Director of Product Strategy

Location: Moraga, CA

Rooms: Living Room and Home Office

Their Style: Reclaimed Visionary

Customer StoryThe Backstory

Shortly after our son was born we decided to move into a new home. He was only 3 weeks old at the time, so it was a challenging move, as I’m sure any new parent can understand. Still, between feedings, diaper changes, and zero sleep, my husband and I were determined to make our first home feel special for ourselves and our baby boy. Of course, making our house feel both cozy and functional became even more critical once shelter in place happened, and we found ourselves home 24/7!

The Design Dilemma

Juggling new parenthood and work meant that we had zero time to do anything, let alone design our new house. We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours. My home office was still totally empty and desperately needed help. Meanwhile, our living room felt too impersonal. We needed it to feel relaxed and tranquil to help us handle the stress of our hectic dual role as parents and professionals, especially when the world outside was so intense.

We were just so busy with our careers and the baby that we hardly had time to unpack! We were living out of boxes in a space that didn’t feel like ours.

Customer StoryThe Modsy Moment

I’d heard about Modsy through a friend who also works in tech, and the name stuck with me. After we moved and I realized we desperately needed some remote interior design help with minimal hassle, we decided to sign up and give Modsy a try. We were a little nervous when at first because we’d used another online design service that neither of us really loved. Still, we decided to move forward anyway because we definitely needed the help.

Customer StoryHow Modsy Helped Helen and Nate

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window. It was honestly so refreshing to see a design neither of us could have imagined. Plus, being able to see our room online in 3D helped so much. The reality is, if we didn’t use Modsy, we would haven’t gotten past the decorating phase of selecting the bare essentials. Their designs really brought the space to life and made us feel safe and confident in making purchases online. This was great because neither of us had the time or ability to go out and purchase home goods between work, the baby, and quarantine.

When we saw our designs, we were so impressed. All the worries we had from our last online design experience went right out the window.

The Real Results

It’s safe to say that after working with Modsy we finally feel at home in our home. Honestly, I know it sounds silly, but that’s the best way to describe it, especially now that our new furniture has arrived. The space is so open and minimal. It feels relaxing and uncomplicated, which is the perfect counterpoint to our sometimes complicated and hectic lives. It makes us happy to spend so much time here and raise our new baby in such a beautiful and serene space.

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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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Lemon Stripes X Modsy: Julia’s New Home Office Reveal

When Lemon Stirpes blogger Julia moved into her new home she knew exactly where her office would go. She just needed a little help putting it together.

 

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Homeowner: Julia of Lemon Stripes

Location: Stamford, CT

Room: Home Office

Her Style: Chic Collector

The Backstory

When Julia, of Lemon Stripes, and her husband were looking for a new home, she says that she immediately fell in love with the sun-drenched room off the front entrance of the house that is now their home. She knew that if they ended up with that house, that that little room, separated by French doors, would be her office. “It was a perfect size—and the light! Oh the light,” she says.

The Design Dilemma

Well, they did get that house, and Julia started out strong with decorating her home office. She found a few key pieces she wanted to include, as well as a few pieces she already had but didn’t know what to do from there.

“The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

“I picked out this pretty blue rug and show-stopping coral grasscloth wallpaper pretty quickly, but then I felt totally stuck,” Julia says. “The room is long and very thin, so laying it out felt like a major challenge and I didn’t know how to fit my large filing cabinet into it.”

The Modsy Moment

Julia and her husband had worked with Modsy before, on their family room design a few months prior. So, when she told us about her layout dilemma, we were happy to help again! She sent us photos of the space, along with her design preferences.

“My designer came back with different layout options and two totally different designs using the furniture that I already had. Ultimately, I chose the layout with my desk in the middle because this position makes me feel like such a boss!” Julia says.

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As she said above, one of the designs we gave her included “floating” her desk in the middle of the space. Pulling it away from the walls, especially in such a long and narrow space, felt like the right move—and gave her those boss-lady vibes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,”

We wanted to keep her necessary paperwork within reach, so we tucked her file credenza behind the desk—which also created a perfect surface for propping her inspiration board and a plant! We also added shelving in her office, where she could display some of her favorite objects and store some additional organizational boxes.

“I love that they added bookshelves so I can display photos and some of the pieces I inherited from my grandmother in the room that I spend most of my day in,” says Julia.

And, since Julia had already picked out a stunning, textural wallpaper, we wanted to make sure that nothing took away from that. We also used that wallpaper as the foundation of the color palette and kept everything else more neutral and bright.

“I decided not to hang a lot of artwork in here. Instead, I’m treating the wallpaper like art and keep it really simple,” says Julia. “I tend to go overboard on wall art and then regret it so, for now, it’s staying this way and it feels very calm and serene without too much going on.”

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day!”

And, of course, you can’t forget the large mirror! It’s not only perfect for selfies that show off Julia’s stunning outfits, but it helps reflect light and make the small space feel larger.

“This is the most ‘me’ room of all time. It is bright and cheerful and truly makes me motivated to work hard every day,” says Julia. “Before the space was done, I would find myself working from the kitchen counter or the living room couch quite often, but now I get excited to ‘go to work’ with my mug of tea and spend all day in this beautiful office. The finishing touches pulled it together and made it mine.”

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Two’s Company: Designing a Shared Home Office for Two

If you’re working from home, and there’s also someone else under the same roof working from home, setting up workspaces can be…challenging. Whether it’s a partner or a roommate, setting up a shared home office requires a great deal of creativity—especially if you don’t have room for two totally different workspaces.

Today, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite home office ideas. We’re unpacking various ways to create a shared home office, from home office design ideas to our favorite home office layout ideas and design approaches, along with hard-working furniture to add into your space.

Sharing Is Caring

In this shared home office design, there’s space for two people, but each person has their own zoned space. Having the two desks back-to-back rather than facing each other adds a layer of separation—but in a way that still makes it easy to collaborate or chat throughout the day, simply by spinning around in your swivel chair. A full wall of open shelving means there’s enough space for two people’s stuff, where each person can showcase their own books and decor. Though, with shelving that spans a whole wall, it’s nice if there’s some style overlap or a shared style so the shelf styling doesn’t feel too eclectic.

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Wide Open Spaces

This is a dream home office scenario. If you have a large, open space that you’re able to repurpose into a shared home office design—whether a finished garage, a family room, or a large spare bedroom—consider this approach. Since you have space to spread out, put each desk against a different wall, and separate them with some shelving so that each person feels like they have their own zone.

But anchor the space with a table in the center of the room to give you a common area. This is the perfect place to collaborate on a project, enjoy some mid-morning coffee, or even set your kids up with an art project as you finish your daily video calls. And adding a rug beneath the table and a pendant light above it is a great way to make this a destination in the room rather than just a random floating table. Since this space is so large, we also painted an accent wall to help make it feel more dramatic, purposeful and designed.

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Small Space, Big Style

If you’re looking for small home office design ideas, consider this approach. This shared home office design takes the idea from the previous office but is significantly pared down. This home office is small—closer to the size of a small spare bedroom—but it’s designed with the same logic. You have two desks on perpendicular walls, with a piece of large-scale art between them to give a moment of visual pause to separate the two workspaces, rather than just having one work surface lead to the next.

Wall-mounted bookshelves are great for a space that’s more long and narrow. They give you storage space and help make the most of the square footage while giving you peace of mind knowing the shelves are secured against the wall.

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Modern Modalities

Had to convert your dining room into a shared home office? Embrace it! This design offers a fun way for two people to work together on one table. This dining room table is actually an oval, not round—which is a great shape for a shared workspace, as it helps you designate your two spaces and gives you more surface area than a round or rectangular table. And a pedestal base will give you both more leg room!

Adding in open shelving gives you office storage and organization space—along with surface area to showcase personal and collected objects. The addition of shelves will also make this more of a distinct office space rather than it constantly feeling like a dining room in limbo.

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(Leg) Room For Two

If you have to establish a home office in the living room, this design is worth considering. Rather than two separate desks, you again have a shared table—but in a totally different style than the previous home office. Placing a rectangular table against the wall gives you more space in the center of the room. And opting for an extra-long table like this one means you each have enough space to spread out—including enough leg room.

Hanging artwork above the length of the table and making sure your desk and chairs coordinate with the overall style of the rest of the space will make your workspace feel both district within the room and cohesive with the space.

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What Dreams Are Made Of

Can you say shared home office #goals? This space is a shared home office dream scenario. To begin with, you each have your own zone, with a half of the room to yourself. But then there’s a common space with the daybed sofa, which helps ground the space and offers additional seating. (Opting for a daybed also allows this space to double as a guest room.)

We love that this room is curated with the same design principles and styles throughout, but that each workspace has its own personality. On the right, the desk is mid-century, on the left it’s more industrial and transitional—but since they have the same finish and are both no-frills styles, they work together seamlessly.

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Everyday I’m Side-Hustling

With a drafting table on the left and a more traditional desk on the right, this set-up is perfect for one perfect who has a full-time job and a side hustle and has to constantly switch gears. But it’s also a great shared home office design. The table on the left allows for one person to work on either side, but the secondary desk allows for one of you to shift to a separate workstation when your tasks for the day demand something different.

Having that extra work surface is also good if you have kids who frequent your home office, as the left-hand desk gives them a surface to draw or play as you work! This is definitely a home office design that’s flexible and reflective of the realities and needs of the everyday.

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Room To Grow

If you’re growing a small business from your home office—whether it’s just you or you have a small team that’s also working from your house—this is a great set-up to consider. It’s great for a collaborative workspace and for hosting client meetings.

While the layout is reminiscent of a traditional conference room, the style is anything but boring. It has a contemporary industrial style, with a hint of glam coming through in the chairs, and the funky bookcases add some visual intrigue. The glass tabletop is also durable and surprisingly easy to clean—just bust out the Windex! But, when designing this type of shared workspace with a large, rectangular table, symmetry is important. Because of this, we opted for matching chairs all around and bookcases flanking the window.

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A Coordinated Effort

This shared home office office design is a great approach to consider if you already had a home office set-up but now need to make space for two of you. This wall-mounted desk and shelving unit is clearly the anchor of the space, and offers plenty of space for storage and organization. Floating the second desk at an angle in the middle of the space may seem odd—but it actually works in this type of set-up, with the other desk against the wall.

Opting for matching desk chairs and a secondary desk in white to coordinate with the existing workspace makes this set-up feel intentional rather than an afterthought. Keeping the overall color palette black and white also helps the space maintain a sense of unity.

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Stunning Symmetry

This two-person workspace is a long, symmetrical set-up featuring two matching desks placed side-by-side with a common storage unit in the middle. This is an ideal layout for when you have another purpose for a room, as a whole wall designated to a workspace, but the other side of the room is wide open and could feature a guest bed or seating area.

The two pieces of coordinating wall art solidify that this is two workspaces within one room and create distinct zones despite the desks being side by side. A large area rug in the center—even in a room that is carpeted—helps connect the two halves of the room together and creates a central focal point for the space.

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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.

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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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