June 20, 2024
65 Best Home Office Ideas for a Cool & Modern Setup

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Install Mint Green Cabinets

mint green home office

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.

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Wallpaper an Office Nook

home office with botanical wallpaper
One Coast Design Photography

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

black and white home office with gallery wall
Brittany Ambridge

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.

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Show Off Your Love of Travel

home office with framed maps on wall
Emily J Followill

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

home office with zebra print rug
Rikki Snyder

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

home office with secretary desk
Sen Creative

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.”

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Pick a Moody Paint Color

blue home office
Jacqueline Marque

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,”
Collins says. “It’s a space to retreat and get a little work done, or relax, and have a glass of wine at the end of the day.”


Hang Art Over a Bookshelf

black and white home office

You might only think of displaying framed art on top of your bookshelves to add personality to your home office. However, installing a statement piece over your bookshelf is a go-to interior design trick that’s worth trying. Along with being full of visual appeal, it’s a simple way to free up space on shelves for things like books and office essentials.


Don’t Overlook Seating

home office with brown leather seating
Laura Flippen

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Use a Dining Table as a Desk

blue and white home office

Weaving in furniture that is typically reserved for living spaces can add character to a home office layout. This spacious, picture-perfect setup benefits from a large wooden table paired with a set of acrylic chairs for a touch of glam.


Add a Hutch for Storage

home office, wood over the top shelving
Erin Feinblatt

Secure a hutch to the top of your desk, whether the shelves are used for storing supplies or displaying a chic collection of home decor. In this neutral space, designed by Hearth Homes Interiors, the warm wood desk complements the white walls and paneled ceiling.


Turn a Basement Into an Office Space

home office, basement
Sara Ligorria-Tramp

With white walls and a dark gray open beam ceiling, this basement office has an industrial feel. Move your desk into the basement, and then add an area rug, coffee table and a set of armchairs to craft a small seating area.

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Create a Monochromatic Moment

monochrome green home office
Ryan Garvin

Find a moody shade and use it on walls, trim and the ceiling like interior designer Mary Beth Christopher of MBC Interior Design does here. Striking gold lighting fixtures serve as the perfect contrast.


Bring in Pops of Color

craft room with floral wallpaper
Lauren Pressey

With white cabinets and countertops on each wall, this spacious home office is brought to life with colorful accents — a vibrant floral wallpaper, bright pink area rugs and green desk chairs.


Make a Statement with Rugs

home office, green
Molly Culver

This sophisticated office space, designed by Sarah Stacey, has calming green walls and dark wood tones. The area rug’s playful pattern and intriguing color scheme warms up the room.

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DIY a Gallery Wall

home office ideas, colorful with pink and orange
A Beautiful Mess

Here’s another example of an area rug being the defining feature of a home office, but this time with additional pops of color. From the pink office chair and orange drawers to the lively gallery wall, this home office doesn’t shy away from bright hues.

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Build a Hidden Coffee Bar

home office ideas
Christopher Dibble

You won’t have to walk to the kitchen to get your hands on a fresh cup of coffee if you set up a machine right in your home office. Put all of your essentials on a shelf, which can be easily concealed when the cabinet is closed.

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Create an Accent Wall

home office ideas
Christopher Dibble; designer: Amy Troute

Outfitting an entire room with patterned wallpaper isn’t for everyone, so sticking to just one wall can make just as much of an impact. Complete the look with a stylish accent table, daybed and floor lamp.

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Draw a Chalkboard Calendar

desk organization ideas chalkboard calendar
Victoria Pearson

Pick up some chalkboard paint and turn your monthly schedule into a chic accent wall. You may want to use small strips of wood to form straight lines, plus wooden letters to mark each day of the week.


Design a Multipurpose Space

home office ideas
Anice Hoachlander; Design: Teass \ Warren Architects

If you have a limited amount of square footage, a multipurpose layout might be for you. Simply combine your work area with your mudroom-pantry setup to make the most of your space.

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Alyssa Gautieri (she/her) is the associate lifestyle editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and interior design. Prior to joining GH in 2022, she wrote for publications including ELLE Decor, Chairish, BobVila.com, Unique Homes Magazine and LODGING Magazine, in addition to crafting product copy for home brands like BrylaneHome and VIGO Industries.

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Monique Valeris is the home design director for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital. Prior to joining GH in 2020, she was the digital editor at Elle Decor. In her current role, she explores everything from design trends and home tours to lifestyle product recommendations, including writing her monthly column, “What’s in My Cart.”


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