42 Stylish Home Office Ideas to Make This Year Your Most Productive Yet

Whether you have a small layout or love modern design, here's how to amp up your work-from-home space.

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Michael J. Lee

Anyone can appreciate a dedicated work area to complete a to-do list, read a good book or even kickstart a passion project that's been put on the back burner for way too long. Whether that space is an entire room where you can shut the door or just a cozy small nook in the corner of a living room, there are a myriad of home office ideas that can help you maximize space without skimping on style.

Once you've nailed down exactly how you plan to use your home office, you can have fun with all kinds of design tricks. There's removable wallpaper, budget-friendly furniture, stylish color palettes — the list goes on. What's more, a home office presents the opportunity to put your favorite decorating style on full display. You can go for a sleek and modern look that's complete with a built-in cabinet and minimal accessories, or on the other end of the spectrum, you can boost your creativity with a trendy design scheme that's packed with lively hues and patterns.

If you're ready to begin designing a stylish home office, click through for some of our favorites. You're sure to find the right work-from-home setup for you.

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Christopher Dibble; designer: Amy Troute
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Create an Accent Wall

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.

RELATED: 15 Removable Wallpapers That'll Temporarily Transform Your Space (Without Damaging Your Walls)

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Anice Hoachlander; Design: Teass \ Warren Architects
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Design a Multipurpose Space

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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Kaley Elaine Photography
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Weave in a Dog Bed

Keep your eye on your dog at all times by taking your desk to the next level with a built-in bed, like Mimi Meacham of Marian Louise Designs did here.

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Mike Garten
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Hang Large-Scale Art

Bring an all-white office to life with a piece of large-scale artwork that complements your rug and desk style.

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Mike Garten; Styling by Lis Engelhart
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Paint Your Desk

Don't be so quick to toss the old desk that has been collecting dust in your attic. Turn your trash into treasure with a fresh coat of paint in a daring hue.

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Jared Smith
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Fill a Bare Wall with Plants

Free up floor space by placing small succulents on floating ledges. And if you have room, dress up your cabinet with a plant of a larger size to pull the whole look together.

RELATED: 30 Gorgeous Indoor Plants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

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Emily Gilbert
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Strive for Minimalism

Believe it or not, a minimalist interior with white and wood finishes can be full of character. Just a few thoughtful decorative accents, including artwork, can bring more style to the space.

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Mark Lund
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Design Around Blue

Whether it's a chic table lamp or desk, filling your home office with pieces in varied shades of one hue, like the blue featured here, is a creative way to experiment with color.

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Tim James
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Prop an Inspiration Board Against the Wall

While hanging an inspiration board high above a desk can be appealing, propping one against the wall can look just as good. Be sure to weave in a few inspiring photos to balance the to-do lists and other work-related materials that are pinned to the board.

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Don Freeman
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Install a Built-in

Give your home office a custom look with a built-in cabinet that suits your design style and offers all the space you need for your work must-haves.

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George Barberis
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Install a Wall-Mounted Desk

Don't be discouraged if you lack a designated room for a home office. Add a flip-down work area to just about any corner, and you'll be all set.

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Michael J Lee
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Combine Your Office and Playroom

Let the room do double duty as a weekday workspace and a weekend kids' area. Place a pair of toy baskets on an oversize rug and create workstations with built-in desks and shelving for tackling your to-do list.

RELATED: Easy Toy Storage Ideas and Tips

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Carve Out a Nook

Draw inspiration from Kaitlyn Fast and let an oversized mirror steal the show in your home office. “It reflects all the natural light we have in this room and makes it easy to switch out the decor and flowers as each new season arrives,” she says.

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Showcase Bold Accessories

One of the best ways to bring a compact office setup to life is with bold accessories. California-based party stylist Kelsey Klos went with colorful cake stands, rainbow garland, and more to show off her style.

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Embrace a Pop of Blue

Spruce up an all-white bedroom by weaving a pop of color, like a rich navy, into your closet office setup. Pull the look together with a statement piece of art.

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Courtesy of Chatbooks
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Add a Comfy Sofa

If you're working with a large space, consider incorporating a cozy sofa, as Kari Bancroft, a stay-at-home mom in South Jordan, UT, has done here. It's the perfect spot to step away from your desk, take a call, or catch up on reading.

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Put Your Office by the Stairs

Lindi Vanderschaaf and her husband, Russel, opted for an unexpected yet functional office setup — a wall next to the stairs on the first floor of their Grande Prairie, Canada, home. The wood desktop and shelving add contrast to the black-and-white color palette.

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Courtesy of Chatbooks
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Set Up a Workspace in Your Kitchen

If you're unable to dedicate an entire room to your office, carve out a space right in your kitchen. That's just what Heather Keeling of Portland, OR, did. She created a cozy, contemporary workspace with baby-blue penny tile and sleek custom shelving.

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Courtesy of Chatbooks
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Paint a Brick Wall

Baltimore is known for row homes with exposed brick walls, so Megan Leonard of the Our City Nest lifestyle brand chose to make hers the foundation of her office setup. “It provides an instant texture throughout my home that I love to pair with wood accents,” she says of the charming design.

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Courtesy of Chatbooks
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Make a Desk Out of Two Dressers

If you've struggled with how to make use of old furniture, this kid's space, designed by Sara Johnston, will inspire you. “We painted two old IKEA dressers with leftover white paint and asked a local lumber provider for the top, which just happened to be shelving cut down to this specific size,” she says.

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Mark Lund
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Go for Chalkboard Paint

Looking for an easy way to add a playful touch to your office? Consider chalkboard paint that's ideal for putting your to-do list on full display.

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Polly Wreford
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Mix Patterns

A home office is the perfect place to experiment with different patterns. Choose a few of your favorite prints for pieces like seating and window treatments, but stick to the same color family for a cohesive look.

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Try High Shelves

Don't fret if you're lacking cabinet space. Graphic designer Ashley Smith revamped her compact closet with high shelving that offers just enough room to store books and decorative accents.

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Jonathan Gooch
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Consider Colorful Accessories

If your home office features white walls, introduce color in the form of a desk chair and accessories, like pencil cups, pinboards, and small storage boxes.

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Mount Your Desk

Take a cue from Rachel Mae Smith of The Crafted Life blog and mount your desk to the wall. Enhance the low-profile look with a track shelving system and brackets spray-painted in bright hues.

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Lisa Romerein
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Introduce Wood Accessories

Warm up a neutral home office by styling a bookshelf with wooden accessories, including art and decorative boxes.

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Erika LaPresto
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Hang a Shelf Directly Above

Expand your workspace by adding a sleek wooden shelf at eye level. The rest is up to you: Display artwork, or use it as a handy storage spot for gadgets.

RELATED: 24 Easy Desk Organization Ideas

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Keys to Inspiration
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Fill Bookshelves

Keep your desk space clutter-free and store books, paperwork, and storage boxes on wooden shelves.

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RELATED: 20 Creative Bookshelf Decor Ideas That Are Full of Style

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Mike Grams
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Transform an Unused Closet

No office in your floor plan? Make your own by removing the doors of an empty closet and turning it into a cozy office space. Decorate it like you would any other room: Add wallpaper, light fixtures, and decorative touches.

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Vanessa Lentine
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Decorate with Greenery

Rely on Mother Nature to give your office new life. Scatter succulents and plants — real or fake — on shelves and reap the benefits, especially if you choose air-purifying varieties like spider and snake plants.

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