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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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10 Ways to Make a Home Office in Your Living Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

home office in living room3. Consider a Mini Work Desk

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

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

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

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

home office in living room5. Maximize Forgotten Spaces

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Modern Office Design: 7 Ways to Design a Sleek Home Office Space

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Home office design is all the rage these days as more and more people have remote jobs and need to get work done at home. Even if you don’t work from home, work responsibilities and small meetings often spill over into home office work. It’s important to have an office space dedicated to productivity so you can focus and get stuff done!

If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, make the most of it by creating a comfortable workspace. We think modern is a great style for home office design because it’s streamlined and designed to be functional at its core. There are many different ways to bring “Modern” style to life that still reflect your needs and taste in design trends. Read on for 7 modern home office design ideas we love, from big to small.

modern office1. Modern Rustic Office

This modern rustic office design has an earthy vibe with a warm, neutral palette to encourage focus and energy. The statement-on-statement rug and desk create an office space that’s bold and elegant. Overall the vibe is great for getting work done and hosting a small meeting or two throughout the day.

And we think that burl wood desk is to die for—check out the minimal shape/structure combined with luxe material. The woven credenza adds lots of storage and even more style and the leather armchairs are extra comfy and sure to impress any company you meet with.

2. Bright and Cheery Office

Offices don’t have to be dark and stuffy to ensure you have a productive day at work! This bright and cheery office has a modern design with a coastal undertone. The natural, light neutrals balance the room and lots of texture keeps it from looking too flat.

Plus, it has plants galore! This is great for offices as greenery inspires productivity and helps you feel calm and happy. The office also features lots of storage with a desk, bookcase and credenza. Overall, it features simple design trends for a fresh and inspiring space to work.

mid-century modern home office3. Modern and Bold Office

This home office space is designed to show off your tastes! The shelving unit is full of collected treasures, art and books, creating a dramatic look. The room features eclectic design trends but the overall style is cohesive and discerning.

We love the white Eames lounge chair—it makes a perfect mid-century modern reading nook in the corner. The dark wall color helps unify the space and keep it from feeling too cluttered. And the natural wood furniture warms up the modern office design and adds an earthy element, which helps to balance out the stark, modern vibe of other furniture pieces.

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4. Home Office For Two

This home office for two is a great layout if you co-run a business or both you and your partner work from home. It’s one of the best modern offices to make collaborating easy with this side-by-side desk vs. two separate desks.

And the swivel chairs make for easy collaboration—the adjustable height is perfect if you have multiple guests coming and going. The coordinated art helps unify design but still keeps each workspace unique and the graphic black and white scheme feels modern and inspiring.

5. The Work + Lounge Office Space

This stunning office design is a work/lounge combo (because breaks are important to staying productive). The space has plenty of comfortable seating options that encourage you to step away from the screen and chill out. The back wall features bookcases for displaying favorite treasures and books. And the bench and sofa offer two comfy spots to kick back and think, invite company to hang out on, or just take a break.

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6. Eclectic and Modern Workspace

This eclectic and modern home office makes the most of a room’s quirky features! The built-in nook in the back corner is the perfect place to snuggle in a desk and built-in shelves above it offer lots of extra storage space.

The chaise lounge makes a dreamy relaxation spot, which is great if you need to sneak in a power nap between work sessions. And we love the fresh and inspiring neutral color palette—it feels on-trend but won’t ever look dated.

7. Simple Styling Office Nook

Sometimes a simple space is all you need. This office has a straightforward desk and chair with no frills. The desk has a little bit of storage and the wall-mounted shelves keep essentials in reach.

You can prop a piece of art on your desk and tuck in a few accessories and plants to keep the space feeling like “you.” And the cowhide rug helps define the office “zone.” Even if you have a full room available, you can tuck an office like this into a living room or even create an office in your bedroom without taking up too much space.

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Layout Guide: 2 Ideas for this Industrial Modern Home Office

In our Layout Guides series, you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. This week we take on the challenge of creating two very different home office layouts to put this small space to work.

The Space: A small, square home office

The Style: Industrial Minimal

The Challenge: Designing a fully functional and stylish home office layout in a very small space.

Whether you work from home full-time or just need a smart, stylish space to get work done on occasion, it’s important to have a home office layout design that meets all your workspace needs!

It’s easy to turn a small space into an optimum productivity zone, but what that actually looks like can be very different for different people. Your office design really depends on what your needs are and how you plan to use the space. We cooked up 2 layouts to give you 2 examples of very different ways to design this small home office space. Check it out and see which one works for you.

Layout Idea #1: The Executive Suite Home Office

Our first office layout is sharp, sleek, and cool—perfect for maximum productivity. The room has a minimal sleek design with a neutral color palette to keep it fresh, bright, and airy. Pops of contrast throughout help keep it from feeling bland, like the dark shelves, chair, and lamp. And the wood credenza and chair help warm everything up.

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The key elements:

Floating Desk. Floating the desk in the center of the room is a total power move! Be your own CEO when you’re working from home—your desk doesn’t have to be pushed against the wall. The open flow in your office layout is great if you meet with clients/need a more conversational layout. Plus, it leaves even more wall space for extra storage.

Lots of storage. The credenza and bookcase offer lots of storage, which is crucial for an office layout. Nothing puts a damper on productivity like clutter! We like a mix of closed and open storage so you can display significant items and tuck the rest out of sight.

Extra seating. We tucked in a bench against the wall for extra seating that isn’t obtrusive—just pull it into the room when you have guests. A pouf is also a great way to have a little backup seating on hand, and it also doubles as a footrest.

Will this home office layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Like a clean, minimalist design that looks sleek, serious and professional.
  • Need plenty of extra seating for entertaining clients or guests.
  • Want lots of storage to make sure the office is always clutter-free.
  • Love the powerful perch of a floating desk and a full 360-degree view of the room.

 

Layout Idea #2: The Cozy Productivity Zone

Office layout design #2 is all about creating an inviting space for creativity and concentration. The design is industrial and minimal but leans toward the cozy and cool side. It features a high contrast palette composed of an even mix of neutral tones and various blues. This is definitely a space for getting in the zone and accomplishing things. It stays stylish with industrial light fixtures, sleek furniture, and pops of comfort throughout.

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The key elements:

Desk against the wall. The desk up against the wall serves as a dedicated, productive workspace with zero distractions. This is a great office layout if you work on a monitor and have lots of cords. We included a gallery wall above the desk to offer some inspiration while you work—and you can also enjoy the view out the window.

Reading nook. A cozy reading nook is a great idea for a home office! When you need to step away from the computer, kick back in the chair, have a coffee, and read while you recharge. The pouf makes a great footrest and can also double as an extra seat.

Cozy design. This room has a super cozy design that’s ready to help you get down to business. The dark accent wall adds an enveloping feeling so your mind doesn’t wander. And it also ties in the dark frames of the windows. We added in layered textiles, like the curtains and rug, along with woven textures like the basket, pouf, and pillow, for ultimate cozy warmth. And you can’t go wrong with plants! They make you happy, freshen the air and add color to your space.

Will this layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Prefer a dedicated workspace to get in the zone with no distractions.
  • Work on a monitor or have a lot of computer/electronic cords.
  • Want a space that helps hone your focus.
  • Love a cool, contrasting color palette and a cozy and serene space
  • Need a space like a reading nook for relaxing and recharging away from your desk.

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