Having a home office can be a fantastic alternative to going to a place of work every day, but it does not need to be boring. Making a creative home office bursting with personality will help to inspire creativity and make you more productive. If you are spending most of your workday at home, it is important to create a space that will be comfortable and enjoyable to work.
Your office space can be a full renovation in your home, but it can also be a creative addition anywhere. This can include a hallway, under your stairs, in a closet, in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, laundry room or in a spare bedroom. If you really have no additional space, just use your dining table! The idea is to get creative, but be sure you have a comfortable chair, this is key to being productive.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious, try adding candles, real or LED flameless. Diffusers also work, a home fragrance oil such as lavender will promote relaxation. You can find these anywhere online, just keyword “Aromatherapy Diffusers”. Have a look below for some fantastic ideas and be sure to let us know which one of these creative home office ideas most inspired you and why in the Comments below!
Note: Be sure to check out some other inspiring home office ideas that we have featured here on One Kindesign: 28 Dreamy home offices with libraries for creative inspiration and 25 Fabulous ideas for a home office in the bedroom.
1. A shabby-chic home office is a shared creative space for both kids and adults alike. This creative space is decorated with favorite decor items including vintage collectibles and furniture, artwork and craft projects. The wallpaper is called Cranley in the color Celadon by Cole & Son. The desk is the Alex drawer unit from IKEA. The miniature metal chairs are a decorative item from Pottery Barn. (via Simply Home Decorating)
2. If you are lacking space, transform a junk closet into a cozy home office. The 12″ wide twin flat panel masonite doors are trimmed out to look like shaker doors. Beveled mirror inserts were glued in place using mirror adhesive. The office chair was spotted on eBay. The interior of the closet is painted in Passive SW 7064 – Sherwin-Williams at 75%. (via Modern Craft Construction)
3. This stylish home office features cabinetry painted in Farrow & Ball Plummett. The noticeboards are MDF fabric-covered, made by The English Noticeboard Company. You could also mount cork to your wall and cover it with fabric to use as a message or inspiration board. The chairs are Ercol dining chairs, spray-painted in blue. (via Turner Pocock)
4. This inspiring home office in a Scandinavian home features a small wooden desk accented by an Ikea chair from the 50s — search for “vintage danish chairs” to find something similar. Clipboards are cleverly mounted to the wall to use for art inspiration or they can be used as a message center. (via Isabelle McAllister)
5. This desk is located in the living room of an 800 square foot apartment in New York. Nestled next to the living room fireplace, this convenient space also has a window on the other side of the desk, getting natural light and the summer sun. In the winter, the crackling of the fireplace can be used for warmth. The mustard yellow desk is from Pearl River Mart, while the desk chair is from Kartell. A gallery wall features things that make the homeowner smile! (via Rikki Snyder)
6. The slat wall and coordinating accessories are made by a company called StoreWALL. The chair is made in Italy by Calligaris and is available from Mr. Bar Stool. Grounding the space is a colorful area rug made with FLOR carpet tiles. On the wall, the art collection is framed band posters by Jermaine Rogers. The tabletop features a sustainable base material from Baltix with a custom design printed on top of the material. The legs are from IKEA. (via Fox Interiors)
7. A DIY desk might be the perfect fit for your home if you would like to make something unique and personal. A trip to your local hardware store or online to find the wooden Saw Horses, which can be painted in the color of your choosing. Paint a piece of raw wood to match for the top. (via Hege in France)
8. Office space can be carved out anywhere in your home where space permits. Here, open wall space was maximized to its full potential. Natural light from the window and the door is a mood booster and offers views of nature. You could copy this same look without a built-in desk by using something similar such as a secretary desk. The wall clock is an antique station clock. Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore 1/2 decorator white 1/2 linen white. (via Alice Black Interiors)
9. When creating your home office, it is important to stay on task by being organized. Wall systems such as this one from Pottery Barn can store loose papers, mail, organize your calendar and pin your favorite quotations or photos to a corkboard. (via Pottery Barn)
10. A home office space does not need to cost a lot of money if you source your furnishings at thrift stores. The desk and chair were found at an old antique store. The chair fabric was recovered using a custom print by the homeowner, which can be found here. The plant on the shelf is a ‘string of pearls’ succulent. (via Going Home To Roost)
11. A contemporary home office located in Amsterdam. If you are looking for some DIY to add to your office, try a fabric-covered bulletin or inspiration board. This will help to personalize your space and boost your creativity. This is a soft board (corkboard, foam core) covered with fabric — pin the fabric along the back first, and then tape it down. If you have a window above your desk, add foam core board cut to measure on each wall side of the window. (via Irideeen)
12. This cozy workspace features a chalkboard wall to write inspiring messages or daily reminders. The wall is simply chalkboard paint and can be tinted in any color you wish (Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams). Complimenting the chalkboard paint is a book theme wallcovering — Ex Libris 114/15029 – Fornasetti Senza Tempo – Cole & Son. The desk chair is from World Market. (via The Cross Interior Design)
13. A table on casters might be an ideal solution for your home office, especially if the room is multi-purpose. This custom work table is made with a walnut top with a paint grade base. The table measures 3′ x 6′. On the wall is a pinboard from Pottery Barn. Illuminating the pinboard are lights from Schoolhouse Electric. (via Jute Interior Design)
14. For this home office, a junk room was transformed into a space for working and crafting. If you can, try to make your office space in an area where there is natural light, it really helps to boost your mood while working from home. Add personal touches to make this space yours. (via House Nerd)
15. Bright and playful colors in your office might be just what you need to inspire your work. The chair is from Soho Concepts. The desktop material is Butcher block, with blue filing cabinets from Bisley underneath. Regina Andrew makes the lighting. (via InDesign)
16. Make your home office space feel larger by placing your desk in front of a window with a view. The natural light will increase productivity and boost your mood, while the added bonus is the view. (via Lauren Koyln for HGTV)
17. This home office invites the outdoors inside. If your home office lacks a view of nature, there are creative ways to still bring elements of nature inside. Decorate with green and brown colors that inspire nature, such as a graphic curtain. Or use plants to bring in nature, which also helps to improve indoor air quality. According to the Lung Institute, here are the top five plants for increasing oxygen in your home: Areca Palm, Snake Plant a.k.a. Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Money Plant, Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii), Chinese Evergreens. (via Rachel Simpson for HGTV)
18. This home office and creative retreat features colorful patterns for inspiration. The desk chair is a knock off of the classic Madmoiselle Chair from Kartell, which has been recovered in a custom fabric ( you can get the knock offs anywhere). The desk was custom designed and built, while the lamp is from West Elm. Floating shelves are the Ikea Lac shelving. The wallpaper is from Cole & Son.
19. A cozy nook is maximized with this sleek home office. The desk and chair of this home office were purchased through Coveted Home in Kansas City. The artwork is from award-winning Kansas City artist, Roy Inman Photographs. The table lamp is from Design Workshop. (via Katy Sullivan Designs)
20. An apartment in the Upper East Side of New York features a cozy corner of the living room carved out for a small office space. The desk was made by Katy Skelton. The wall paint color is Farrow and Ball Hague Blue. (via A. Jennison Interiors)
21. An off-the-grid home owned by Canadian designer Sarah Richardson maximizes hallway space with this cozy office space. Even if the view outside your window isn’t fabulous, having your office next to a window is always a great idea. The natural light will make your small office feel bigger. Additional lighting is supplied through overhead lighting and a table lamp. (via Stacey Branford for HGTV)
22. Try getting creative when decorating your office to keep it budget-friendly. This home office features pieces of card stock painted in different colors and attached to the wall. A similar idea is to use thin white foam core board and paint it in different colors. Attach to the wall with 3M double stick tape. It’s inspiring, colorful and uplifting. The floor is concrete and painted white. (via Phillips Collection)
23. Maximize storage space with shelving and built-ins for organization and clutter in your small office. This one features a custom built-in desk with shelving. The Eames-inspired chair was collected from a giveaway and reupholstered in white leather. Adding personality to this space is a collage of framed black and white family photos. Next to the photos is a large bull head, a DIY using foam core board and gouache paint. Grounding the space is a colorful area rug from Ikea. (via Tracey Ayton for HGTV)
24. When it comes to home office space, try to find an area in your home that is being under-utilized. This home office is tucked under the staircase and is about 6′ long. The wall color is Sherwin Williams – Tansy Green # 6424. (via Jackson Cabinetry)
25. An industrial style workspace in a small studio can inspire creativity. The trio of floating shelves is the Ribba picture rails from IKEA. The lamp is also from IKEA. Similar Creativity posters and the faux deer head sculpture can be found on Etsy. The weather wood desk is called a “beer table” in Amsterdam that is typically used for outdoors. It is painted in a light greyish hue and the legs in a darker grey. You can get this same look with salvaged/repurposed board and folding table legs. (via Vosgesparis)