For much of the nation’s history, the American Dream looked like a nice house, white picket fence, two kids, and a dog. For many people, this remains the case. However, there is an additional feature to this dream now: working from home.
These days, working from home has become more of a reality than ever before. Pandemic lockdowns gave many people the chance to fulfill their work duties without ever leaving their houses.
However, without some home office décor ideas, working from your house can be difficult. If you don’t set up a professional workspace, it’s difficult to motivate yourself to work.
To help you build the workspace you need, we’ve included six décor ideas for your home office design. Read on to find the best tips for your office!
1. Using Study Décor to Build a Busy Home Office
One of the most popular ways to start your home office is to make it look like a home study. What exactly does that look like? In a word, it looks classy.
A lot of study décor uses dimmer color schemes and comfortable furniture to create a cozy yet sophisticated look. In this section, we’ll focus more on the color and patterns you can use.
One popular method is to create a maximalist home office setting. The idea behind this scheme is to create an environment that sparks a productive mindset.
How do you do this? Many people start with using busy patterns on their walls and curtains. Likewise, these styles often work well with either bright or light colors since they help spark productivity.
It’s also a wise idea to place your study in a room with a window that receives a lot of sunlight. Natural light provides a host of psychological benefits, in addition to creating a warm and inviting look for your study.
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2. Creating a Dramatic Home Office With Dark Colors
The above home study look works best in larger, more open rooms. If you want to situate a home office in a smaller space, you find a dark room that suits your taste more.
When you consider what kind of look motivates you, what do you find? Do you find yourself bursting with energy on bright sunny days? Or, do you prefer to go into your chamber on a gloomy day and pound out work?
If it’s the latter, consider this style. The way this works is by painting each of the walls a dark color. Then, you install black, gray, or another cool color on the floor.
Giving the room a single color helps to enhance the atmosphere of the room. When rooms are dark, they help to eliminate distractions.
What about windows? Those depend on the atmosphere you want. If you want a little natural light to brighten the room, a window may be the best idea.
However, if you enjoy the darker space and don’t want any outside distractions, try a set of dark curtains. Alternatively, you can look for blinds or shades that effectively dim the room.
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3. Maximal or Minimal Furniture
Once you decorate the room with your patterns, paint, and flooring choices, the next step is to bring in the furniture. When you consider your furniture, there are two primary things to consider.
First, you want furniture whose color and style fit the rest of the office. If your office looks modern and minimalistic, it’s best not to bring in a mahogany Victorian desk.
Some things look good in many environments. For example, you can bring in a glass-top desk for either a bright or dark space.
Once you find furniture that fits your theme, consider the question: how much furniture do you need? Besides a desk and chair, are there other options you should include?
Going the minimalist route would probably include keeping filing cabinets, a table for your printer, and maybe a coffee table for your break. A more maximal style might feature lamps, plants, tables, shelves, and decorations for the walls.
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4. Built-In Shelves and Cabinets
Many people like to make their offices more comfortable since they spend so much time there. So, they also try to make the room look nice. One way they do this is by installing built-in display cases and shelves.
Your shelves can include several things, such as knick-knacks, books, photos, artwork, etc. The same goes for your display cabinets, which could have a tea set for unwinding, wine glasses, or other display pieces.
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5. Multi-Purpose Home Office Décor Ideas
If you live in a smaller home, such as a townhouse or apartment, you may not have an extra room for a home office. In that case, you’ll have to find a way to incorporate a workspace into an existing room.
Many people do this in either their living room or bedroom. One of the best ways to do this is to make the office setup multi-purpose.
For example, when you pack up your laptop for the day, your desk could become a dining table. If you have kids, they can use the desk to draw or color when you finish for the day.
You could also include filing cabinets with house decorations on top, such as a lamp or a child’s trophy. Find the balance between a set-apart office and a comfortable part of the house.
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6. Choosing an Office Chair
Lastly, make wise choices when choosing your desk chair. It’s tempting when working from home to lay in bed or on the couch, but this doesn’t help a work mindset.
Instead, find a comfortable chair that fits your office décor. Make sure it has enough back support that you can maintain a healthy seated posture throughout the day.
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Create Your Home Office Today
With these home office décor ideas, you have more resources to make your best home office. So, find the scheme and setup that works best for you. Once you have an idea for your design, start creating your office!
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- About the Author
Abigail Bassey is an interior design and lifestyle enthusiast & blogger with over 5+ years of experience in writing and editing. She takes pleasure in helping people achieve their dream homes.