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12 Modern Home Office Design Ideas

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

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

modern home office designA Workspace For Two

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

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

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modern home office designMoody + Modern Office Design

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

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

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modern home office designA Working Office Nook

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

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

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modern home office designModern Home Office Blues

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

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

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Bold Home Office Focus

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

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

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Mid-Century Avocado Office

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

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

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modern home office designModern And Muted Home Office

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

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

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Bright And Compact Home Office

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

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

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

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modern home office designA Modern Greyscale Home Office

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

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

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

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

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

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modern home office designModern Home Office Collaboration

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

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

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Small Space, Big Style

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

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

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11 Ideas for When Your Home Office is also Your Guest Room

What do you do when you need a home office and a guest room but don’t have room for both? This is a common quandary when it comes to home design—especially these days with more people than ever needing to work from home! It’s rare that we have enough space at home to have a dedicated guest room AND a room for a home office, but if you have one spare room in your house you can try to make it work for both!

However, multi-purpose spaces are always tricky. Whether you are making a guest room double as an office or trying to fit an office into your actual bedroom, you want enough space to make it feel comfortable for both sleeping and working. The good news is that with some clever design tricks, you can have a functional and stylish room that works as both. Here are 11 ways to create an office and guest room layout in your home.

1. Put a Writing Desk In Your Guest Room

This office and guest room layout features a full bedroom setup: a queen bed with two nightstands for full functionality. The arrangement leaves room for a full-size desk, also. It’s a great setup for a work-from-home situation where you need an office space in your guest room or your own bedroom. It’s also a great option for hosting guests who need to work while they stay over.

The mirror above the desk adds function as it can double as a vanity. This layout works in a small space as the desk is up against the wall so it doesn’t impede the room. The desk is the same in style/colors as other pieces so it’s cohesive and feels part of the style and room’s overall look.

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office and guest room layout2. Style a Working-Meets-Lounge Space

We love how this room feels like a lounge or makeshift living room! The daybed acts as a sofa and doubles as a guest bedroom with a casual feel. Adding a reading chair in corner aids in this look and also adds function—you can work from there as well as the desk.

This look works great with a writing desk like this that’s smaller but stylish. A office and guest room layout like this could be great for a small apartment where you need a multifunctional space. The desk doesn’t take up much space or overpower the room. It still feels casual and open and there are multiple areas to relax or work from without overcrowding the space!

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office and guest room layout3. Replace Your Nightstand

A great idea for a smaller master or guest bedroom is to skip the nightstand have a desk do double-duty. We chose a desk that is small but stylish so it works as both a nightstand and workspace. (Feeling creative? Here are 8 more nightstand alternative ideas).

The color palette really pulls this room together. The blonde wood desk sports a mid-century modern form and doesn’t add visual weight to the green, white and neutral color palette. This look works in a variety of spaces, especially if you don’t need a huge desk.

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office and guest room layout4. Open Your Space Up With a Desk Area

This setup is ideal for larger guest bedrooms. The work area has lots of space for a desk, storage, and filing so you can use it as a spare desk for working from home or even as your main home office.

We added a chair in the nook to provide extra office seating for conversation or working in an alternate location in room. The layout works because this space is so big it allows for a larger work area. Plus, having the desk/work area situated across from bed makes it feel separate.

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office and guest room layout5. Know You Can Have It All

Nothing is lacking in this space! It features a full bed setup with nightstands, a large working desk, a floor mirror, and even a dresser for extra storage. This is an awesome setup for long term guests or working from home situations—there’s lots of space so you don’t have to worry about competing functions.

The room still offers space to walk around the bed so you don’t have to feel boxed into a cramped space or layout. And smart lighting options like the sconces and desk lamp as well as modern furniture help keep the space feeling open.

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office and guest room layout6. Convert a Closet Space

Sometimes you have to get clever with your space to make a home office design work for you! This office in the guest room layout cleverly uses a funky nook space, but you can also use a converted closet space for an office. Stylistically, a few decorative touches like wallpaper and a hanging lamphelp define it so your mini office feels like its own “space within a space.”

This layout is great for someone who is tight on space and has an awkward nook or unused closet that can be converted for usable space. It’s also great if you like a desk that’s not set out in the wide-open—you can tuck away and hide things a bit. The key to making this layout work is to keep the nook sophisticated in style and cohesive with the rest of the room so it doesn’t end up feeling like a cluttered corner.

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7. Go Vertical!

We really dig this chic office-meets-mini guest room space—it’s great for urban dwellers or tiny living. The daybed is compact as well as the desk so it accomplishes a lot without taking up a lot of room. The daybed could also function as sofa during the day if you like a chill spot to work.

This whole setup would fit in a small room and is super multifunctional. The vertical desk maximizes storage and function in a tall but small space and it’s an ideal solution if you don’t need a ton of surface space to work.

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8. Work, Lounge, and Sleep!

Watch out work-from-homers—this space is a triple threat! It combines a workspace, day-time living lounge, and sleep area for guests with plenty of room to spare! The desk has its own area, which makes it easy to concentrate and be separate from the rest of the room. The lounge area is big—there’s plenty of room to spread out on the floor, relax, listen to music, collaborate, etc. And the sofa pulls out to a queen bed so you can easily host overnight guests when needed.

This is perfect for those who have an occasional guest and don’t need to use the bed often. It’s also fantastic for those who want different options for where to work within the room. Just be sure you have the space for this—it’s essential to have a larger room to make a sofa bed work.

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9. Work in Chic Style

This room works well for folks who need an occasional workspace versus an everyday dedicated office. Instead of a proper desk, this room makes use of a floating shelve to serve as a clever desk hack. Just note: it’s not a huge workspace, more of a makeshift desk for short bursts of time. You could add a few baskets underneath for storage but overall it just acts as a stylish addition to a small space.

A desk like this could be used for vanity as well with a mirror placed above it. You can also use it as a shelf when not used as a desk, and since it’s floating it doesn’t take up much floor space!

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10. Work in Sunshine

If you enjoy working in natural light, you’ll love this open workspace in the bedroom. The daybed acts as both a bed and lounge and is low enough that it doesn’t block any light from the windows. It could be used for working, collaboration, etc. The desk is cohesive and stays in style with the space so it feels like it’s part of the room instead of a sad office corner. It’s also on the small side and makes a good writing desk or a temporary work station.

You can enjoy the views out the window or take cat-nap on daybed! This is a good layout for guests who need to use a desk while they stay over or for those who don’t mind sharing a small space.

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11. Let Creativity Flow

This office and guest room layout option offers a stylish blend of comfort and functionality. The bed is the focal point but the desk is a stylish addition to space—it adds practicality and makes good use of wall space. The look works best with a desk that is long but not deep—perfect for a wall space work area.

Placing a shelf above the desk and baskets on the floor add extra storage and an easy place for decor. And the arrangement is ideal because you can look out the window and enjoy scenery while you work. This layout would be great for art projects or working from home in a creative and inspiring space! It feels whimsical and youthful so you can let your imagination run wild.

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