This week we’re looking at the best home office styling ideas and how to recreate them in your own home.
I’m calling it – 2020 is the year of the home office. The global pandemic has given the world little choice but to work from home these last few months. Some of us love it, others hate it. No matter which side of the fence you fall on, I think we can all agree that when it comes to WFH we need to feel good in the space we’re in.
My WFH experience
I’ve been working from home, full-time, for the last two and a half years. So I guess I can call myself a bit of a WFH veteran. My freelance work has allowed me to work from anywhere in the world. And for the last few years, that place has been Paris.
Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all easy. The first few months took some serious getting used to. I had huge back problems from my terrible choice of office stool. I had to upgrade my internet connection. A Vitamin D deficiency got the best of me during a long winter, thanks in part to my lack of commute. And my open-plan flat meant that I was working, cooking, entertaining and relaxing in the same space making it hard to switch off from anything.
But after these intial teething problems and thanks to some nifty home office styling ideas, it all came together.
Now I can honestly say that I am so much more productive working from home – and happier!
I definitely have weeks where I miss working with colleagues – but that’s when I (used to) pop out to co-working spaces, cafes or work with friends. Of course that’s not an option right now, but it will be again one day.
Enough about me. If you’re also feeling inspired to jazz up your WFH set-up, keep scrolling to find some of the best home office styling ideas to try out.
Home Office Styling Ideas for Small Nooks
Don’t worry if you don’t have the option of a dedicated office room. Sometimes it’s more fun to make the most of a small nook in the house. Here are some wonderful examples of just that…
A sliding door can hide a multitude of sins. But with a modern study nook like this, you’ll want to keep that door open all year long…
How about making the most of that awkward-sized stair landing that often ends up as wasted space:
This small home office is hidden away behind some clever folding doors:
Home Office Rooms
Here’s some serious WFH eye candy for those who have been blessed with an entire room to dedicate to your home office.
This floating desk is everything:
Putting a desk against the wall feels intuitive for most home office spaces. But what if you try positioning it away from the wall? It creates an instant ‘boss’ vibe and can make for more interesting views:
Plus, nothing screams ‘intelligent and very serious professional’ more than the backdrop of a well-stocked bookcase on your next Zoom call:
Some functional home office styling ideas paired with light decor can turn a bland space into something inspirational:
Home Office Styling Ideas for Shared Spaces
If it’s not possible for you to find a dedicated office space in the house, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to make the most of a shared space during 9-5 hours. Here’s a look at some great home office styling ideas for shared spaces in the house (a good pair of headphones are strongly recommended).
Suddenly working from the dining table isn’t such a compromise:
Maximise that extra bedroom space with a dedicated office zone:
Ensure your home office blends seamlessly into a shared space by sticking to a unified colour and styling palette:
If you’re not the only one working from home, you’ll need a bit more desk space. Here’s how to share your office in style with a significant other, colleague or devoted pet!
A slightly longer desk makes space for a second chair and voila:
Putting two identical desks next to one another allows for more flexibility if you decide you cant work side-by-side after all:
If office space is tight for two, placing an extra desk in the middle creates two corner desks and double everyone’s space:
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