The Secrets to Creating the Ultimate Home Office
Most of us have to work for a living. And for better or worse, advances in technology have made working from home easier than ever. The ability to work comfortably from your own abode has its perks: You can sleep later, avoid commuting, hang in your sweats, and see your dog more often. But working from home also has its challenges. It’s hard to set boundaries between work and life, it can feel a bit isolated, and distractions abound. Whether you work from home full-time, just at night, or on weekends, it’s essential to make sure your environment is as conducive to productivity as possible. That means the right chair, the right desk, good lighting, and attractive office accessories to make sure the space reflects you. Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite offices and tips for how to get their stunning looks!
This beautiful office nook proves you don’t have to sacrifice style when you’re short on square footage. Turning this nook into a beautiful office space with the use of custom cabinetry is a creative way to make the most of an empty corner. The use of gorgeous wood, incorporation of a large window to flood the space with light, and smart choice of built-in shelving make this space feel well considered and stylish. The industrial task lamp is the perfect foil for the rounded, quirky desk chair. And the rug adds a dose of color and texture to the space.
If we had an office like this, we’d happily work for days on end. While the room is simple due to the use of black, white, and earthy tones, the large painting, plethora of plants, and leather materials give it a layered, textured feel. The worn chairs and antique desks are perfectly complemented by a decidedly modern coffee table and slick white floor.
This feminine office feels sophisticated and elegant, but thanks to the zebra-print details, it has a bit of edge. The large desk ensures plenty of work space, while the classic lamp provides ample lighting. Make sure your space is sufficiently lit with both natural and added light, and inject some humorous or unexpected elements into your design to keep things from getting too serious.
A contrast to the last space, this office feels cabin-like thanks to the dark, rich walls; wood accents; and painted beams. Colorful décor, such as pillows, task lighting, and artwork, playfully brightens up the space. The inclusion of a luxe leather chair gives the space a bit of a lounge vibe and provides a comfortable space for guests to sit. This type of design is perfect for those who need the workspace to be a complete escape from the rest of their home.
This large, bright office has plenty of pattern to keep the eye busy and provide a hefty dose of inspiration. Installing an accent wall of patterned wallpaper while keeping the remaining walls a soothing cream color gives the eye a place to rest. And if that doesn’t work, the comfy sofa provides a spot to kick up your feet, close your eyes, and take a well-deserved break. Keep your space visually stimulating with pattern, and if you have the room, incorporate a spot to relax, and rest your eyes.
This office, where Matthew Weiner undoubtedly wrote many of our favorite Mad Men scenes, feels more like a greenhouse or a solarium than an office. The walls of windows allow plenty of sunshine to stream in and make the fairly narrow space feel larger than it is. We love the mix of bright, modern chairs with the traditional desk and Moroccan lamps. The bookshelf at the end of the room still permits light to shine through, while giving the space a sense of scale.
At first glance, this office may feel like it’s missing something. But its beauty lies in its simplicity. Fine materials such as a grass cloth wall covering and an antique Persian rug pair perfectly with the midcentury lines of the desk and chair. The large mirror adds depth to the space while the simple white curtains offer warmth and keep the space from feeling too severe.