The pandemic has changed the way we work forever, and many of us are now working from home permanently. This makes having a separate home office appealing for many and essential for some. The home office can also potentially increase a property’s value, as recent trends in the real estate market show.
But a home office should never look like the real thing—an industrial or commercial space. Instead, it should complement the rest of the home’s design scheme. So skip those mesh chairs and metal desks, and create a space where you like spending time. Here are five things to think about when designing a home office.
Add A Mirror To Make The Space Feel Larger
The good thing about home offices is that, unlike a home gym, designing one of these spaces doesn’t require much square footage. You really just need room for a desk and a chair. Still, these spaces can feel cramped, especially if you work from home full time.
Installing a mirror can be an easy solution to this problem because it gives the illusion of having a larger space.
A floor mirror was used in the office of this beautiful home in Santa Monica, California. However, if you’re not into floor mirrors, a more oversized wall mirror will have the same effect. A stylish mirror can also be an alternative to art.
Install Bookshelves And Built-Ins
Need some design inspiration? The built-ins in the home office of this stunning Toronto estate are incredibly sophisticated. The white cabinetry and gold hardware give the room a classic aesthetic that won’t go out of style anytime soon. The dark marble shelves pop and elevate the overall look.
You can also combine both bookshelves and built-ins in the same room, as seen in this home office of this lovely Edwards, Colorado, home. It certainly makes this space look more interesting than using built-ins alone would.
Remember, bookshelves and built-ins aren’t just for books. You can also use them to display everything from picture frames to art, statues, and other types of decor.
Choose A Half-Circle Desk
The desk is the most important piece of home office furniture you’ll need to buy in terms of design. While most desks have a rectangle shape, a half-circle desk is a far more stylish alternative, as seen in this fabulous equestrian estate in Goleta, California. The eye is immediately drawn to the bold piece of furniture.
Half-circle desks have other advantages as well. They are generally on the larger side, so they work well in big spaces. They’re also a smart choice if you have multiple computer monitors or need to have several devices out simultaneously.
Don’t Forget A Rug
No home office is complete without a rug. They’re the cherry on top of the design sundae. Not only do rugs warm up a space and create texture, but they help define spaces within a room. We see in the home office of this wonderful Spanish-style home in the heart of Hollywood, California.
Keep in mind that rugs can also be just as practical as they are aesthetically pleasing. Rugs are a great way to prevent chairs from scratching new floors. They can also provide traction underneath a standard swivel office chair, so it doesn’t slide.
Blend Your Home Office Into Your Home
One major design mistake many people make is choosing the same furniture pieces for a home office as they would a commercial office. Your home office is still part of your home, and the room’s design should complement the rest of the furniture and decor.
This particularly applies to home offices that aren’t separate rooms, as seen at this Avon, Colorado, mountain retreat. The warm wood mid-century modern desk and chair seamlessly blend, creating a beautiful nook for productivity.