Home office design ideas? Yes. But, first. Telepresence, telecommuting, virtualization, mobility, and the global work market. Do these concepts sound familiar to you? In the day and age of self-employed entrepreneurs, they most certainly should. Early in 2013, Forbes reported as many as 30 million Americans were working from home at least once a week. A study by the Telework Research Network explained this number is expected to grow by 63 per cent until 2018.
It’s no wonder, then, that home office design ideas should be in high demand – the world of interior design is just another one of the many aspects of life that the increased availability of Internet access is changing. Today we bring you 17 amazing such projects, the work of some of the world’s most talented and innovative interior designers. Take your pick and get going on organizing your very own home office.
01. The Gallery Loft
This gallery-shaped loft was in dire need of a private space, for the homeowner to be able to take care of business as usual. Eric Straudmeier, the home’s designer, maintained the sleek minimalism of the space and added a separator, which does not deprive the working area of natural light. The compact desk, designed in simple lines, is in keeping with the rest of the furniture items and the theme of lines is reiterated by the zigzagged desk lamp.
02. A Diverse Color Palette
Designer Brian Patrick Flynn’s main challenge in setting up this home office design layout was two-pronged. On the one hand, he had to work with a limited amount of space. On the other, he also had to maintain the overall theme of the house, dominated by dark browns and reds, accented with orange and yellow.
Note the use of kitchen cabinetry as workspace storage room, as well as the presence of the above-mentioned colors, in the chair, upholstery, flooring, and custom-designed bulletin board.
03. Contemporary in Green
Susan Manrao, an interior designer from North Fairfax, L.A., California, wanted to turn a neutral home office that much more exciting, by adding a splash of color. So she simply reupholstered the Eames chair, to make work breaks more fun and had floating cabinets in bright green put in. This way, she was able to ensure plenty of storage space is available, but also to lend a more youthful atmosphere to the room.
04. Keepin’ it Rustic
Kevin Smith, from Newport Beach, California, aimed for timelessness, style, and a rustic vibe, when he planned a redesign for this cozy home office. The main piece of the room is the ample, bespoke wooden cabinet, which greatly contributes to the atmosphere. The seagrass wallpaper also bears mentioning, though, as does the elegant upholstery on both the desk chair and the club chairs that take care of the seating arrangements.
05. A Wall-length Desk Just for You
Forget being cramped up in a bland office. When you work from home (and also have a large enough room to afford this kind of bespoke furniture design), you can enjoy a wall-length workspace all for you.
This room was designed by Maria Toczylowski, of Beach Dwellings Design, from Avalon, New Jersey. It’s impeccably set up in terms of keeping the space organized, given that the room is positioned over a space of transit: a breezeway that connects two separate sides of the home.
06. The Artful Home Worker
The team at Coddington Design from San Francisco, California, managed to set up a contemporary home office, organized around no more than two elements, but with an overall sophisticated, contemporary look. The first piece one notices is the see-through Lucite chair, which lends the room a decidedly modern vibe, completed by the sinewy, sleek desk lamp. Meanwhile, the simple, yet delicate artwork, lend the space just enough personality to make it truly memorable.
07. The Urban Loft
S&K Interiors, from St. Louis, MO, assembled a genuine study in contrast with this urban, contemporary home office design project. The white oversized fabric curtains and exposed brick wall, the room’s main elements are almost stark in their simplicity and there’s plenty of natural lighting pouring in through the ample windows. At the same time, the colorful accents, which adorn the storage cabinet, modern white desk, and shelves, make the room interesting enough to function as a youthful working environment.
08. Transitional, yet Organized
Blanche Garcia, from Upper Montclair, NJ, worked with a homeowner who’s at home and at work a lot – which is why she wanted to keep the space organized and to avoid feeling cramped up. The designer made sure to include ample storage room in this project and enveloped the room in the rich, warm colors of dark wood. The flooring in particular works as a perfect offsetting element for the stripped brick walls.
09. Gentleman’s Agreement
Comfort and eclecticism are two stylistic themes of this home office, set up in the transitional style by Kathryn Ivey, from Washington, D.C. The cozy gentleman’s study was furnished with pieces from Pottery Barn and West Elm and it’s interesting to note how the numerous exotic design elements gathered together in the space manage to work as an ensemble.
There’s a plethora of textures and colors and the inspiration behind the project is world travel – yet the room is stylistically coherent. As far as home office design trends goes, don’t be afraid to go for eclectic and a mixture of more than one style, even if it seems like they clash at first glance.
10. It’s Black, It’s White
Sleek and contemporary – and incredibly simple. These are the main traits of this home office design, bearing the signature of Vienna, VA designer Rachel James. The walls are pure white, the furniture is minimalistic, contemporary, and black, and the flooring is a warm tone of caramel. However, it’s the details and accents, scattered among the desk, cabinets, and wall shelves, which make it memorable. The space is well-assembled precisely for the way in which it manages to blend simplicity and efficient functionality.
11. Eclectic, Eccentric, Luxurious
Set inside a house that could just as well be employed as a setting for the contemporary adaptation of The Great Gatsby, this home office designed by Ben Herzog manages to be exceptionally functional, too. The workspace, tucked into a niche between the kitchen and the home’s living room, keeps up with the home’s diverse style. Yet, at the same time, it’s private, it’s fully functional thanks to its accouterments (a custom-designed bulletin board and clever lighting), and it adds a sense of depth to the entire room.
12. Is it an Office? Is it a Closet?
Designer Luis Caceido had his work cut out for him when he took on this project. It involved setting up a workspace within a very limited space. The result is incredibly good looking. Mainly it’s due to the pop of red, provided by the contemporary geometric desk chair. It’s also functional and very economic in terms of the room it takes up. On first glance, you can’t even tell there’s a home office there. The space appears to have been initially designed to function as a closet. However, it’s got just enough storage room and desk surface to fulfill basic daily needs.
13. Graphics Galore
This very simple work-at-home space is bursting with vitality, personality, and color. The bold wide stripes on the wall in adventurous yellow are a perfect chromatic match for the complex graphic prints that sit above the desk. And we’re very keen on the trestle-like design of the desk, too. Also, the richly upholstered desk chair, with retro-chic flair to it, looks like it is comfortable enough to accommodate hours of sustained intellectual effort.
And because you also need to decorate your home office, check out our piece on Dali’s Persistence of Memory Melting Clock. You can now buy and add it to your working space. You need to know what time it is when working, right?
14. Eclectic Contemporary
Moravian star pendant? Check. Zebra print rug? Check. White curtains with gold patterning? Check? Roman shades? Check. Walls painted a glowing shade of blue? Check. Personality, zest, and a deep understanding of current eclecticism? Check, check, check.
It’s hard to believe, but all these seemingly disparate elements of style work like a charm. They come to assemble one of the boldest home office designs we’ve seen online. And it was all put together by Joni Spear, from St. Louis, Missouri. Therefore, if you’re looking for home office design ideas, be sure to put this one on your list.
15. Gray Is Not Dull
You’d think that decking a room in shades of gray and beige, with spots of yellow and brown might make for bland interior design. However, this workspace within a day area, designed by Drew and Jonathan Scott, of HGTV’s Property Brothers, proves otherwise. The room has enough retro flair to keep things interesting, thanks to the classical desk and desk chair set. To boot, the space can also serve as a space for entertaining guests. This is proven by the presence of the daybed behind the desk.
16. Time to Rock’n’Roll
The room pictured above is a boy’s room, not a home office per se, but we see no reason that it couldn’t work in the stylish bachelor pad of a twenty-something. It’s yet another interesting case of bringing together a mix of different design elements and influences. It features an Art Deco desk, a chair from the 1950s, and a mirror with a distinct industrial flavor.
17. The Contemporary Writer
Sarah Richardson, of Sarah’s House fame, put together a home office design that’s fit for the greatest novel of the 21st century. The modern writing desk, delicate fabric of the curtains and positioning by the window (which, by the way, overlooks water and greenery) make this space one that’s perfect for a literary genius. No doubt about it, Sarah is the one who can give us some great home office design tips
18. Traditional Vibes and Home Office Design Ideas
Coming to us straight from Mia Karlsson Interior Design is this gorgeous traditional home office. Here you can both work and relax. It has an enormous white bookshelf in the back that makes the room seem longer. Apart from that, it also has two leathery chairs. They invite you to grab a book and keep on reading until you forget the clock. Also, la piece the resistance, the colored wallpaper in the back which is actually silk cloth. It’s 100%, colored with saffron and bought from STARK.
19. What About a Coastal Office?
Be honest with yourself for a minute here. If you had a coastal home, would you ever want to leave it, especially early in the morning to go to work? My best guess is that you wouldn’t. Therefore, why not set up a pretty little place like this one where you can work in peace and even have some business meetings? The Aspen shelves and partitioned ceiling make the entire room look breezy and enlightened from within.
20. The Mid Century Home Office
We end our list of home office design ideas on a high note. The mid-century home office. It has a vintage teak desk which also serves as a focal point. It has a laminated countertop and all its filing cabinets were repurposed to serve as a desk as well. Apart from that, it stands right in front of the window. The great thing here is that the wallpaper matches the outside patch of nature. Therefore, it looks like you might be working in a garden.