Carving out a dedicated spot to work at home is a good way to boost productivity and get your creative juices flowing, whether you have the luxury of an entire room complete with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or just a small nook with enough space for a laptop, a desk chair and a few essential office supplies. Whatever it is, you can make it look good with this collection of stylish home office ideas that are chock-full of smart decorating choices.
To start, consider paint — certain colors can completely change the look and feel of a home office. You can try a trendy paint color like mint green, which can add a jolt of personality to built-in cabinets. Or, paint the entire room in a moody hue to bring on the drama. Or weave a dose of luxury into your layout with removable wallpaper — you can even find peel-and-stick options like wall murals! From there, adding elements like sleek lighting, artwork and easy indoor houseplants can make all the difference. And if you're up for a good DIY, upcycled furniture is a creative way to express your personal style.
Install Mint Green Cabinets
Cabinets in an unexpected color can work wonders in a home office space, which can be designed to help boost creativity. Here, designer Susan Wintersteen of Savvy Interiors went with a cool mint green shade that serves as the perfect match for the room's crisp white walls and blonde wood flooring.
Wallpaper an Office Nook
For this delightful office nook, designer Michelle Woolley Sauter of One Coast Design relied on a bold mural wallpaper for visual appeal. "To add a touch of charm, we adorned the walls with a breathtaking mural wallpaper inspired by the vibrant culture of Charleston," Woolley Sauter says. "It's visually stunning and creates a serene and studious atmosphere perfect for learning and concentrating, with a touch of history."
Include Non-Office Elements
There's no reason why your home office shouldn't reflect your personal interests. "When you incorporate art, objects, photos and even music into your office, it helps you stay connected to who you are and feel inspired throughout the day," says designer Tiffani Baumgart.
Show Off Your Love of Travel
Yes, your office should be arranged to tackle your to-do list, but there's room to have a little fun too. The best place to start is with art that speaks to your taste. "When designing home offices, they are often part of a living space, offering flexibility for work and play," says Lathem Gordon of GordonDunning. "We wanted the client to be able to daydream a little while working, so we included a gallery wall of maps from places they had traveled."
Layer Window Treatments
A tiny, narrow office doesn't have to skimp on style. The easiest decorating choice you can make in this type of layout? Luxe-looking window treatments! "We dressed the windows with multiple layers of window treatments to allow the client to shade her eyes and monitor as the sun moves through this sunny space which has windows on three sides," says designer Caroline Kopp.
Use a Secretary Desk
If you're short on space and can't dedicate an entire room to a formal office setup, consider a secretary desk, which designer Maren Baker says can be placed right in a bedroom. "This can be closed off when not in use to go back to the calm of a primary suite," Baker says. "We hid the wireless printer in the cabinets beyond as it didn't need to be front and center."
Pick a Moody Paint Color
If your idea of the perfect office is cozy and moody, then a dark paint color is for you. Take a cue from Hattie Collins of Hattie Spark Interiors, who let Farrow & Ball's De Nimes dominate this office. "The blue really envelops you when you're in the room, and the custom goldenrod velvet sofa really shines against the blue shade"