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.
A 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!
Moody + 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.
A 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!
Modern 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.
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!
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!
Modern 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.
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!
A 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.
Glammed-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!
Modern 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!
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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