One of the benefits about having a home office is you can design a working space that’s perfect for you. You can personalize it to meet your exact needs and add more of your personality. Because having an office space you love makes working so much more enjoyable!

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Instead of traditional office furniture, you have the option to use a chic office chair or give yourself space on the wall to pin up samples and swatches. You can change the layout of the space and add in color. There are so many fun things you can do with a home office! Today I want to share 4 things to consider as you think about the design of your home office.
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The location of your home office is important for you and your clients, so I suggest putting your office in low traffic areas. Keeping your office away from the center of your home allows you to work with no distractions and creates a more serene workspace. If you’ll be having clients drop by or come over for meetings, you don’t want to have your office be in the center of your home.
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Your home office should be a comfortable, but stylish space. The two furnishings I focus on first with my clients are a chair and a desk, as they’re the focal point of the space. Selecting a chair you love that’s both comfortable and visually stunning is key. It’s a piece you’ll be sitting in every day so you want it to be comfortable.
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When you’re determining what desk you want for your office, consider how much space you’ll need and where the desk will be located. Think about if you’ll be using the desk mainly for yourself or if you need seating space for clients. You also want to take into account whether the desk will be in the center of the room or against a wall.

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Work Space

The business you’re in is another factor to keep in mind when planning your office. If you’ll be laying out plans, documents or need space to show samples and swatches, a desk with a larger top would be perfect. Or maybe instead of desk space, you need room to pin things on the wall or shelves to keep files organized or to display products.
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Style and Design

You want your office to represent you and tell the story of your work. Lighting, color, and the accessories you use are important elements to consider. Having enough lighting is key. Try to incorporate natural light as much as possible and then layer in lighting as necessary.
When you think about the color of your office, think about the ambiance you want to create. Deep, rich colors create a more professional setting, while light and bright colors are fabulous for a more artistic line of work. And of course, when selecting accessories for your space, choose items that tell your story and highlight your personality. It’s your office, so don’t be afraid to personalize it!
Your home office should be a blend of functionality and style. Though you want it to be a stylish space, it also needs to be a room where you can actually work and be comfortable in it. You want to set yourself up for success and the first step is having a killer office!
For more office design inspiration, follow me on Instagram and check out my home office Pinterest board.

Laura U

Laura Umansky is a story-teller at heart. Her unique perspective and tailored design process empower her to create singular interiors for clients all over the world.

2 thoughts on “Designing an at home office to inspire creativity

  1. Suhana Morgan on March 30, 2019 at 11:27 am Reply

    Hey Laura,
    Very fantastic article you share. The total house looks luxurious. How can I update my home furniture within a fixed budget?

    1. Laura U on April 3, 2019 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Thanks for reading, Suhana! If you’re on a budget, re-upholstering is a quick way to give your furnishings a refresh. I also recommend bringing in a statement piece to elevate your current design. You can never go wrong with a large light fixture or an interesting chair. I love beautiful pieces that are also functional, so great lighting and chairs (I have a serious chair obsession) are my go-tos.

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