An important thing to remember about a home office is that you don’t need a designated room in order to create a charming, functional space. While it’s certainly nice to have, a separate room dedicated to a a home office space is not a luxury all of us can afford.
The key to making a home office work in a shared area like a living room, dining room, bedroom, or landing is to choose a cohesive color palette and select office furniture and accessories that compliment the other elements in the room.
Ready to find out how to design your own home office oasis? Read on for our seven tips and recommended products to create the workspace of your dreams.
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How to Design a Charming Organized Home Office
1. Establish a color palette based on the room’s window treatments
The teal, yellow, green, light blue, and white found in the room’s window treatments serve as a color palette for the other home office design elements. From the storage boxes to the fresh vase of flowers, the cohesive color palette helps the setup feel put together and intentional. Add the fresh white furniture and lighting options and charming doesn’t even begin to describe this office space.
2. Hang a simple, contemporary overhead light
A bright desk lamp and good overhead lighting are both essential to a functional workspace. When selecting an overhead light fixture, we recommend choosing something simple and contemporary. Not only will this option provide you with good working light, it will also blend well with any style.
3. Add DIY shelving for extra storage and organization
Wall shelving easily adds needed storage to tight spaces. Shelf styles abound as do DIY shelving tutorials. To simplify the process for you, below we’ve rounded up six of our favorite DIY shelves featured on Remodelaholic. Get your DIY on and start transforming your home office!
4. Create a design board for inspiration
We love the idea of hanging a pin board or bulletin board to display your favorite design inspiration. Not only does it help spark your creativity but it also provides a functional place to store cards, correspondence, and receipts. Pretty and functional? That’s exactly the goal you want to achieve when designing a home office.
5. Select a desk with storage and add fun desk accessories
Desk accessories like pencil cups, staplers,and file folders are super fun to buy and an easy way to change up the look and feel of your home office. And let’s not forget the importance of adding the right desk to anchor the room and give you adequate space to get your work done. Below, check out five of our favorite DIY desks featured on Remodelaholic. Which DIY desk style is your favorite?
1. Computer Desk Reveal
2. IKEA Hack: DIY Live Edge Desk with Trestle Legs
3. Simple DIY Wall Desk
4. The Lindsay Desk
5. Pottery Barn Inspired Desk Makeover
6. Choose a neutral, comfortable desk chair
Choosing a neutral desk chair ensures that you have a comfortable place to sit and work. Plus, a neutral-colored chair blends in well with the other furniture in the room. This is especially important if your workspace doubles as your living room or bedroom. A comfortable desk chair is key to a functional workspace!
7. Add a table lamp or desk lamp to complete the office space
When creating a home office you can’t have enough lighting. If you’re working in the same space for hours on end, you need to be able to adapt to the outside light as the day goes on. Don’t rely simply on an overhead light to get the job done. Invest in a bright table lamp or desk lamp to give you the light you need to type, draw, craft, or read at your desk. Now you’re ready to start creating!
Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to create your own cozy home office. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.
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