50 Home Offices That Maximize Creativity
Home offices are some of the most difficult spaces to design. They are hard-working and often utilitarian in function but that doesn’t mean that the design has to be, too. Your home office should be an environment that helps you do your best work. We’ve gathered some of our favorite home offices and workspaces, each one full of character and impeccably designed, to act as inspiration for the home office of your dreams. Time to get to work!
“Our old condo dining table is now my desk (far left),” says designer Francesca Albertazzi. “Many people have elements that can be used again.” Built-in cabinets and an inspiring gallery wall make the office space she shares with her husband, Sandy Blair, compact and stylish.
In this charming 550-square-foot Calgary apartment, a handsome desk and price-savvy Kijiji chair make a comfortable home office in the principal bedroom.
A vintage secretary doubles as a hardworking office space and an artful place to display treasured objets. Plus, pops of kelly green in the chair upholstery and old-fashioned lamps ooze playful personality.
The abundant natural light in this sunny home office makes it ideal when plugging away at tough tasks in this penthouse. An eclectic gallery wall and black-and-white striped rug for a hit of pattern.
You won’t believe this nook under the stairs used to be a petite powder room, so think outside the box when it comes to situating work spaces. “You couldn’t even stand up in there with the awkward ceiling height,” says designer Kris Hageland, who maximized storage and style with built-ins and a Scandi-style chair.
A hit of cobalt blue velvet on the swivel chair keeps this formal office from skewing too serious.
Green energizes office spaces. In this vibrant Montreal home, a verdant banana leaf-printed wallpaper is transportive, while mid-century modern furniture keeps the space grounded in reality. Plus, sculptural ceramic sconces create symmetry.
In this dreamy Palm Springs home, a guest bedroom is reimagined as a rustic workspace with touches of unfinished wood and wovens.
To free up space for bookshelves and a sink-in seating area, the homeowner’s desk was placed in the center of the room, which allows all eyes to be on the impactful rug and blue Saarinen Executive chair.
This luxurious guest bedroom does double duty as an office thanks to a Murphy bed hidden by custom millwork and gilded accents.
In designer Kelly Anderson’s eco-friendly home, rustic open shelving beautifully displays kitchen essentials and cookbooks, while a vintage-looking chair creates an ideal perch for catching up on emails.
Screenwriter and producer Tassie Cameron turned her shed into a cozy home office. “My shed is fairly rustic; it’s furnished with an old desk from my parents’ farmhouse, and there are some hand-me-downs and sentimental pieces, including candles, books and tchotchkes,” she says.
This innovative office nook used to be a second-floor bedroom, but simple built-ins, an understated filing cabinet and sleek desk chair make this space all business (not leisure).
Yes, you can have a workspace in your living room with a few simple updates. Opt for gilded accents, like this wire chair and vintage-inspired lamp, and invest in an artful desk that is both pretty and practical (we’re looking at you gorgeous, curved legs).
This third-floor alcove — tucked under an angular ceiling — is a cozy space for designer Tatiana Velasevic’s daughter, Gala, to get open her laptop and crack some books. Plus, a textured stool and loveseat amp up the comfort factor.
Personalizing an office space can jump start creativity and inspire problem solving. Floating open shelving creates the perfect place to display homeowner Ken Dobell’s vast collection of literature and knick knacks.
This grand home office beautifully blends old and new with traditional mouldings and an impressive desk, juxtaposed by a pair of modern, Lucite-framed chairs.
“This painted-wood library corner creates a separate, smaller space within a larger room,” says designer James Davie (pictured) of this opulent townhouse. The pale desk pops against the dark, high-gloss walnut flooring, and reading materials are within easy reach on the bookshelves.
Limed oak built-ins and contemporary furniture create a serene sanctuary to make calls, hold meetings (thanks to the extra seating) and finish up on some reading. The shelves are carefully curated so the effect is orderly and soothing.
Designer James M. Davie’s home office is full of whimsical patterns and storybook colors to help cultivate his creativity.
In a family home, having a desk in the main living space means it has to suit the space but also serve the needs of the entire family. This Marcel Breuer desk complements the Le Corbusier leather chairs, tying the whole room together.
Sometimes a home office just needs to be a quiet place to think and write. Here a slim no-frills desk is all that’s needed, while the spectacular floor-to-ceiling window gives an incredible view.
For designer Allison Willson of Sarah Richardson design, her home office is tucked into a corner in the den. A bank of wall units from Ikea provides much-needed storage while keeping things neat and tidy.
In this west coast family home, smart use of space was essential. Tucking the family computer, books and momentos into a corner in the kitchen kept things contained, and when company is over, the distressed sliding door can be moved over to hide it all.
The unusual layout of this house (the kitchen was in the middle of the house and without window) meant that the adjacent home office had to let in some natural light. The solution was this black frame window, which is oh-so-chic right now. To keep things light, a wall of subway tile and light blonde woods were used to complement the dark accents.
Condo living can be a pain when you’ve got support pillars to work around. The homeowner here decided to use the architectural details to her advantage and set up her desk behind the pillar, using it to define the space. The richly hued desk and chairs are a fun contrast to the white walls and floors.
When news of baby number three broke, plans for a self-contained office were scrapped and the office was moved to this ground-floor nook. The bamboo chair works with the warm wood of the family heirloom desk.
In a bedroom alcove, a purpose-built floating desk and offset shelves creates a vignette that is equally practical and attractive.
In this Montreal loft, the office is located right off the main entrance along a wall of the wide hallway — an ingenious use of space. The dark oak stain brings out the warmth and gives it a 1960s vibe.
For busy creatives with a lot of home-office materials — fabrics, electronics or art supplies — a large piece of furniture, like this family-heirloom French Empire armoire, can hide all the clutter and is a smart alternative to built-ins.
The ultimate in smart design, these flip-up desks are perfect for a pair of work-at-home creatives. The tops flip up to reveal a workspace underneath, allowing for post-it notes and inspiration to stay place even when the lid is down at night.
A dark hue on the walls and drapery creates a cocooning effect in this home office, which opens onto the main staircase. The dark colors define the space, making it feel separate from the rest of the house — a must when working from home.
Basement offices don’t have to be drab! A crisp white palette, brightly patterned drapes and pale green trellis patterned carpet liven it up.
With a green sea-foamy color on the walls and white French Country furniture, this home office is dreamy and romantic. A kitchen table can be a stylish alternative to a desk — especially when the design of the room calls for something with character.
This basement office makes use of the naturally darker interior with a black floor and a dramatic red-painted brick wall. The gallery-style hanging of black and white photos combines with the striped rug for a graphic one-two punch.
The desk in this lively family home does double duty on the weekends as both a work desk and a bar for parties. The clean lines of the white desk lends itself easily to both.
Designer Jean Stéphane Beauchamp wanted his office to not only be a haven for industrious behavior but also serve as inspiration for clients when he meets them. The painted brick walls provide the perfect backdrop for his collection of original art and the reupholstered antique chair.
When redesigning her basement home office, designer Sarah Hartill opted to install built-ins for best use of space. She decked it out with wireless speakers and a vintage hand-crank pencil sharpener for a fun vibe.
For the minimalists out there, a deconstructed trestle table and glass top is the ultimate in clean design. A mix of open and closed storage keeps things visually interesting.
In a large open family kitchen, a colorful rug delineates the office space, which is used by one of the homeowners during the day. The natural light from the bay window creates a dreamy spot to work.
A smart trick when faced with tight quarters is using a time-specific room for multiple purposes. In this breakfast area, only in use during meals, a grey-lavender desk fits in nicely and can be used at all other times of the day.
The recessed area around a fireplace surround can be the ideal spot for a small desk. This one was custom built for the space by the homeowners, and is a creative use of dead space. The cupboard and drawers conceal the printer, camera and other gadgets, keeping the main family room clutter-free.
In the home of jewelry designer Maryam Keyhani, a small workspace was created on the third floor (seen here beyond the staircase). The airy glass table and white tuxedo chair keep sightlines open and ensure there’s continuity to the white-on-white scheme.
Fresh flowers and pops of color go a long way in creating a workspace that inspires. A magenta desk lamp and pink glass vase with a bushel of hydrangeas tie in the playful window covering and abstract rug.
In the art studio/home office of artist and textile designer Virginia Johnson, having the ability to let her creative juices flow was essential. A large desk area and plenty of clear storage boxes help keep things open and airy. A simple white wall color lets her designs shine.
A silver 1920s army travel desk adds some polish to the simple white walls in this graphic home office.
These days, thanks to technological advancements, a big desk isn’t always necessary. This kitchen nook is all the space needed for when working on a laptop or tablet. A fun chalkboard wall keeps things family-orientated.
A tucked-away mahogany table with brass legs is just 24″ deep, but pulls out to be 48″ to serve as the home office when needed — the ideal small space solution!
Deep file drawers behind one cabinet door increases the functionality of the space without disrupting the visual flow.