Make Your Office You:
Home Office Decor Ideas
There are many elements to consider when designing a home office space. Of course, you want to decorate it in a way that is both professional and personal—but with so many components to consider, it can be tough to know where to start. Here are some ideas to inspire your perfect home office.
Pull From Different Rooms
Don't be limited by the word "office" when selecting furniture pieces. You're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, so, for example, a comfortable armchair can work great as a primary desk chair. Find pieces that are appealing and speak to you, no matter what category they “normally” belong in.
Go for High Design, Even on a Small Scale
A small space doesn't have to be boring. Find unique, architecturally interesting pieces that provide both style and function, while keeping a low spatial profile. Learn more about how to make the most of a small home office with these small office ideas.
Location, Location, Location
Give yourself something to look at—for example, position your desk in front of a window with an amazing view. Then, by keeping larger elements dark and lower, and lighter toned elements higher, it will draw the eye up to the window or a featured piece of art.
Coordinate Colors for Eye-Catching Impact
Make a dramatic statement with matching metals and colors, like a brushed silver chair and desk legs with art in similar silver tones. Striking, yet flexible desk lighting gives it even more flair.
Play with Silhouettes
Experiment with both contrasting and coordinated shapes. Strong square lines in a desk and wall art, for example, can be offset and softened by curved lines of hanging pendants, chairs or other features.
Achieve a natural, understated look by coordinating wood tones and keeping a sleek, minimalist style. Leave the bulky pieces behind and instead choose a desk with slender legs and a few small drawers.
Consider adding an inspiration board to your office. Whether on the wall, a white board or a cork board, an inspiration board can be a daily reminder of what your goals are and what you want to achieve, whether personally or for a project.
Find Flexible Furniture
Don't need a workspace all the time? Consider pieces that can be put away when not in use, like a desk with a tray that folds down flat. Also, fill your workspace with things that inspire you, everything from books and tools to toys and games.
Work Within A Decorating Style
For a cohesive look, you can embrace a design aesthetic that appeals to you and work within that structure. For example, the simple, clean and interesting lines of mid-century modern design work well in an home office setting.
Let the Light Shine In
When you need a desk but don't want to block the light or a view, keep it minimal. Choose furniture pieces with bright metals to reflect and enhance the natural light, and a glass top lets your gaze pass right through to the focus beyond.
Try Out Contemporary Classics
If you like the look of antiques but not their lack of modern functionality, embrace updated versions of traditional styles. Shaker and Arts & Crafts designs, for example, are easily adapted to more contemporary versions. Don't forget floor coverings - natural materials like sisal add texture and warmth and stand up well to foot traffic.
Emphasize By Coordinating Contrasts
Juxtapose natural materials like wood and leather with metal to make an impact. Darker grain lines in a wooden desk are emphasized by matte black metal trim. Similarly, the smoothness of metal contrasts with the rustic leather of a reimagined traditional desk chair.