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

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

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

1. Reclaimed Visionary

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

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Why We Love It

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

2. Contemporary Minimalist

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

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Why We Love It

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

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3. Urban Collector

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

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Why We Love It

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

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4. Rustic Traveller

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

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Why We Love It

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

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5. Vintage Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

6. Modern Industrial

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

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Why We Love It

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

7. Mod Enthusiast

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

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Why We Love It

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

8. Organic Modern

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

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Why We Love It

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

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9. Atomic Industrial

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

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Why We Love It

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

10. Mod Visionary

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

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Why We Love It

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

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11. California Modern

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

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Why We Love It

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

12. Discerning Collector

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

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Why We Love It

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

13. Coastal Cloffice

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

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Why We Love It

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

14. Industrial Visionary

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

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Why We Love It

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

15. Rustic Minimalism

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

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Why We Love It

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

16. Boho Corner

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

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Why We Love It

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

17. Modern Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

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18. Elegant Connoisseur

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

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Why We Love It

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

19. Rustic Farmhouse

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

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Why We Love It

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

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20. Less is More Chic

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

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Why We Love It

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

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

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  1. Keith says:

    This was a great article. I especially loved the examples of two desks in one office. My associate pastor and I share an office!

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