Your workspace can be full of style, but your style doesn’t have to be full of work. Get inspired by these design trends – from industrial details to outdoor scenery – for a functional, chic and totally refreshed home office.
1. Industrial Style Bookcases
If the industrial style was meant for any room, it’s the home office. No-nonsense materials, functional designs and an open-concept floor plan create a relaxed yet focused environment ideal for every type of work or study project – from solitary research to collaborative presentations. Not sure where to start? Try an industrial-style distressed metal bookcase; the minimalistic silhouette will make for crisp organization while the weathered finish adds a rustic and effortless charm.
2. Space-Saving Silhouettes
Just because your space is small, doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. Look for contemporary designs that maximize function – think drawer, shelf and surface space – while maintaining slender silhouettes.
3. Visual Inspiration
Letting your unique style shine through your home office space isn’t just good for aesthetics – it can also help to fuel your creative thinking, and there’s no better way to get that inspirational feeling than with decorative office accents that reflect your personality. To keep the creative flow going without distracting you from the work at hand (or cluttering your workspace), keep the colors bold and the designs clean and minimalistic.
4. The Architectural Study
You don’t have to be an architect to benefit from the focused designs of architectural furniture; the no-fuss, all-function craftsmanship inspired by the industrial style will help to diminish distractions, keep up productivity and get you ‘back to the drawing board’ – literally!
5. Functional Elegance
Who says a home office has to resemble a home office – or even be in one? The colors, shapes and sizes of home desks and chairs are now virtually unlimited, and so are your options for styling them. A rich wood desk and luxurious faux-leather chair, for example, will not only blend seamlessly in the corner of a traditional-style bedroom – but also bring it to life. Working never felt so elegant!
6. A Statement Lamp
Late-night projects don’t just happen: they take passion, dedication, and a lot of lighting! A necessary fixture in every type of home office, a strong table lamp is also one of the most effortless ways to balance out – or embolden! – a room’s style.
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7. The Open Air Workspace
You don’t have to leave your indoor office to get the rejuvenating benefits of a cool breeze on a warm day – simply position your desk and chair so they face a door or window that opens to a backyard or patio space. To keep your workstation in line with the breezy feel and natural scenery, opt for see-through materials, minimalistic textures and organic colors; an iron table lamp paired with a glass-and-wood desk offers just enough understated boldness to complement an open-air view while keeping you focused on the task at hand.