This past year has brought significant changes to our lives and many of us have been working from home for several months. As a result, we’ve learned how to participate in virtual meetings and use zoom filters! Most of us don’t miss the long commute times, but working from home can be challenging. There are any number of situations you may be in, from feeling isolated to navigating working while taking care of children and trying to help them with their schoolwork. I hope these ideas for designing a home office will help you create a productive and life giving space that brings you peace and joy.
In the past we may have had a desk or a corner in a spare bedroom to do some extra work at home when necessary. Whether you have a dedicated room for your office or need the space to do double duty, I want to share some ideas with you to help make your home office a place you will want to spend time in. This is something that you can do for yourself to make your every day life more enjoyable.
Take some time to look for design inspiration! What colors make you happy? Is there a rug or piece of artwork that you would like to plan your room around? Pinterest is always a good source for design ideas. I have boards with ideas for many styles and rooms in your home. Follow me here!
Let me walk you through my design process for this recent home office project. I created this project for the Edesign Tribe Home Office Challenge!
This space was designed for a new build that was recently completed. I looked to the homeowners design choices for inspiration. They used shades of deep blue, gray, and white in the main living areas so I continued that color palette in the home office. I chose this beautiful rug as my starting point.
Spread Color Throughout Your Space
I’ve selected artwork, lamps, and accessories that echo the navy blue found in the rug. Be sure to spread color throughout your room to keep your eye moving across the space and to create a cohesive look. For a fun focal point, I used a black and white graphic wallpaper on the wall behind the desk. I continued with accents of black in the light fixture and drapery hardware.
Use some natural wood elements to bring in warmth and texture. I’ve added a side table in an unexpected shape and a beautiful curved side chair. Create a cozy comfortable corner for yourself, perfect for taking a break after all your hard work!
Use a Variety of Light Sources
Lighting is a very important part of any room and especially in a home office. If possible, orient your workspace so that you have a view of the outdoors and the natural light. Use task lighting on your desk, add stylish lamps, and even consider a chandelier for ambiance. I’ve chosen this modern ceiling light that adds so much personality to this space.
Think Outside the Box for Storage Solutions
There are so many options for organization and storage now – way beyond the days of metal file cabinets. Instead of open shelving or bookcases, consider a piece such as this modern white chest for storing your supplies and resource materials. For me, having things tucked away feels more peaceful and helps me not get distracted!
Choose Art that Inspires and Motivates
Whether it is an encouraging quote, a painting that stirs your creativity, or photos of your family, the artwork in your office space can be a reminder of your goals and give you a lift on days that are challenging. Working from home can be great at times and seem like an impossible task at others. I hope these design ideas will help you create a space for your work that is life giving and productive. Reach out if you would like to collaborate on making your home office dreams come true or find out about the design services that I offer!