Surprising Home Office Ideas

Green and white room with desk in front of window

Room With a View

There’s no reason a little sunlight should cramp your decorating style. Set a desk and chair in front of a window and fill an empty corner with a tall bookcase. Keep the furniture in sync with the existing pieces (here, it’s white lacquer) so it blends seamlessly with the entire look.

Armoire desk in lavender room

Double-Duty Decorating

Despite what you may think, working at a traditional desk will not make you more productive. Not only does a charming armoire act as a hefty storage cabinet for stashing china, stemware, and silverware, but it also works overtime as a desk.

Corner home office space with navy blue wall

Studying the Blues

A few key pieces (desk, chair, floating shelves) can transform a quiet sleeping space into an efficient work area. If space permits, try and keep the zones distinct from one another by setting the work area away from the bed. The trick is making sure all of the decorative elements (color palette, furniture finishes) play well together.

Kid's white, red, light blue work space

Primary Palette

Go bold. Think bright. If you want to carve out a space for your child to get homework done, keep the color scheme cool, invigorating, and fun. Add shelving and functional storage accessories that work with his or her style.

Green living room corner office space

Corner Confidential

Got a corner? Work it. Even a formal living room can accommodate a work zone. Sneak in a table, chair, and a few office accessories (task lamp, storage bins) so you have a spot to retreat to for working on an assignment, writing a letter, or reading the paper.

Desk and stool in hallway with floral-patterned wallpaper

Flower Power

There’s no sense in overlooking a space—and, yes, that includes a hallway. If you’re graced with an area that is long and not-so-narrow, then capitalize on this free territory by propping a desk and slim seat (like a stool) against a punchy printed floral wallpaper.

Desk with turquoise chair and letterpress wallpaper

Style Revival

Desperately seeking eligible nook for a few office pieces? Any inch of a living room, dining room, or den can make an adequate space for a desk and seat. If your room is neutral (wheat colored walls, exposed wood floors), then introduce a splash of color with these pieces. Here, a shot of robin’s egg blue adds an upbeat touch.

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