Home Office Ideas: 7 Tips for Creating Your Perfect Work Space
We've had many customers come to us asking for home office interior design help and for ideas on how to create a space that's both stylish and functional. Specifically, home office decorating ideas that feel more "home" than traditional office, while still creating a productive and practical workspace. Here's a few tips from our Decorist designers on how to easily and affordably bring form, function and fun to your home office space.
1. Don't limit yourself to "official" office furniture.
We love dining tables as desks. They offer a more substantial workspace where you can easily spread out your work stuff. The Strut Table from BluDot is a Decorist favorite (in fact, our Head of Design Services, Ashley, chose this table for her new office). Similarly, a comfortable, stylish dining chair, like this Eames-inspired sculptural chair from World Market works great at a desk. Drape a sheepskin throw (this one, from ATGStores, is our go to) for extra comfort and warmth.
2. Paint can be decorative and functional.
Consider doing one wall in whiteboard or chalkboard paint—it's a permanent (and green!) way to house your ideas and to-do lists.
3. Add a personality rug.
A rug is a great way to add color and texture to an office. We love spaces where the pop of color and personality is on the floor. It's also a great way to pull the whole room together. This Charm Wool Rug from West Elm is a favorite.
4. Light it up!
Lighting can make all the difference in an office, both aesthetically and functionally (who's productive working in the dark?). We recommend overhead lighting, as well as table or standing lamp. We recently installed this incredibly well-priced brass lotus pendant light from World Market in our new Decorist office. Gorgeous, isn't it? We're also all coveting this chic black and brass task lamp from Rejuvenation (twin shades means extra light).
5. Think outside the filing cabinet for storage.
Floating shelves are an efficient way to house items you need close at hand, without sacrificing valuable floor space. Plus, they add interest and warmth to an otherwise plain wall. Consider using a credenza to tuck away office supplies and files, stylishly.
6. Bring the outside in
Every office (and desk!) needs at least one plant—they're proven productivity boosters. They reduce stress, improve air quality, and also increase focus and efficiency. Who knew! We love a simple succulent, or a larger plant in a decorative planter.
7. Make it personal.
If there's one thing our designers all agree on, it's that your home office needs to reflect you and your style. Add personal touches—a special item you love, something you found while on vacation, a vintage find. Anything that makes your space feel uniquely yours.