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5 Home office design ideas that will refresh your job ethic

(5 min read) Wherever you may live right now, chances are you were probably home-bound for a long while. Whether if it’s due to coronavirus, some natural disaster, or riots due to some awful social injustice, a large majority of us were forced to work from home. Existing home offices were used to their maximum potential or created in the most unlikely spaces. Some of us had to adapt our bedrooms, home-gyms, and storage-rooms, others added work-desks to their bedrooms and living-rooms. All in all, it was and still is a fun experience altogether. #sarcasm

Beautiful home office design
Black and white home office. Source Decor Aid.

Needless to say, at this point, we are all sick and tired of our home-offices, laptops. We are all in dire need of something new and good. Changing ourselves takes time, laptops remain pretty much the same, but one thing we can change is our home-offices. While making this awesome list of tips and tricks we kept in mind all types of budgets, so you will surely find something that will help you freshen up your own home office.

Stylish home office design
Stylish home office. Design by Alyssa Rosenheck.

1. Walls

One of the best things you can do to make your home-office appear new and vibrant is to re-paint your walls. Choosing the right color for your home office can be a make-or-break deal and it can heavily affect your will to work in it. If you are working in a creative field you want to go for the color that will promote creativity. Red, yellow, and green will do miracles to boost your creativity. If your job requires a lot of concentration you should paint your walls black or deep-blue. Black color attracts positive energy and it never goes out of trend, so it is always a good choice, while blue works as a terrific stress reliever.

Colorful home office design that helps your creative juices flow.
Colorful home office to boost your creativity. Source Ideal Home.

Elegant home office design.
Home office with black walls.

2. Change your desk

When I say change your desk, I don’t necessarily mean that you should buy a new one. If your current desk is a quality wooden desk that fits your needs, there is no reason for you to go buy another one. However, there are many ways to change your good ole office-tool without actually changing it. First of all, you can hire a mosaic artist to do a fabulous mosaic design on your desk sides or edges or you can check out some of our gorgeous borders here at MosaicLab and change your dingy old desk yourself. Aside from mosaic, you can also go for a decoupage desk and let your local decoupage do their magic. However, I will always advise you to go for mosaic art because it is highly-durable, it never grows old and it doesn’t require any type of special maintenance. Whatever else you choose you will at least have to at least lacquer your desk from time to time.

Gorgeous mosaic art office furniture.
Mosaic artwork desk.

Colorful and creative mosaic desk.
Colorful mosaic desk.

3. Bring the outdoors inside

Add some green curtains to your office window, go for a rug with floral patterns, add a forest-scene background to your computer screen… The possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to add some plants. For example, Devil’s Ivy and Aglaonema would look great on your desk and they are easy-to-care-for. If your desk is too small and you don’t have any shelves, just put a gorgeous Ficus Benjamina or cactus on the floor and your office will look much better immediately.

Gorgeous home office plants that make a lively space.
Gorgeous home office plants.

Lush greenery make a gorgeous office space.
Home office with some lush greenery.

4. Think — Maldives, Japan, Seychelles, Alps…

Inject your favorite or your wishful-thinking destinations into your home-office. Hang a rattan chandelier on your ceiling, use a huge Triton seashell as a paper-holder, or hang a Hyottoko mask on your wall. I always thought seashore and mountain-paintings in offices looked tacky and travel-agency-ish, but if you are into that, go for it! It’s your home office, I won’t judge.

Masks and souvenirs help personalize the office.
Masks and souvenirs on office walls.

Surround your office with travel souvenirs
Favorite destinations in your office.

5. Show off your hobbies

Your hobbies are always the things you love, while your work doesn’t have to be, so make it more loveable by bringing some small portion of your hobbies into your home-office. If you are into cars, put some Oldsmobile maquettes on your shelves, if you’re into manga comics frame your favorite pages and hang them on your walls. Be careful not to go too crazy with it though, because if you add too much of your hobby into your office it could work as a distraction.

Home office for manga fans.
The home office of a manga-fan.

All in all, your office — your rules. We are just here to give you some ideas and help you cope with this current situation with some lighthearted, but constructive and colorful articles. We hope that we have managed to make this blog a safe space for you to go to whenever you need some brightness and useful tips to lighten up your day.

Clutter free home office.
Vibrant clutter-free home office. Design by Decorating Den Interiors.

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84 Comments

  1. ashley
    June 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    These are some really great tips on refreshing your home office. I especially love the one about showing off your hobbies.

  2. Neely
    June 10, 2020 at 2:34 pm — Reply

    I love how all of these look! We really need to revamp our office

  3. Stephanie
    June 10, 2020 at 2:50 pm — Reply

    That shell desk is gorgeous and I love the large world map on the wall! We did a complete redo of our office at the end of last year, who knew we would be spending so much time in here just a few months later!

  4. Aiyna
    June 10, 2020 at 2:58 pm — Reply

    All of these are so gorgeous! My favourite is the floral! Would love to do something like that when u move into a bigger space!

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Bella
    June 10, 2020 at 5:39 pm — Reply

    ahhh so many of these officers are sooooo pretty!!! I finally moved not to long ago and I finally have an office space so im glad to have a great space

  6. Jasmin Jackson
    June 10, 2020 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    I love the outdoors theme! So unique!

  7. Michael
    June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    Hahahaha! Redesigning or even simply relocating some things in the workplace really has an effect right? wierd but yeah, I feel this too.

  8. Amber Myers
    June 10, 2020 at 8:02 pm — Reply

    I love all of these. I wish I had an office. I just type from the living room couch!

  9. Serena R Hale
    June 10, 2020 at 10:25 pm — Reply

    I am all for bringing the outside inside seeing as though I cannot work outside in peace:) If they truly allow that to happen then I would be a happy camper. The bright colors on the walls would be another choice for me.

  10. Margaret
    June 10, 2020 at 11:16 pm — Reply

    What fun decor for the home office. I love all of these ideas. Those mosaic desks are crazy..wow. I can really appreciate them and the work involved in making them, but not sure I would want something like that. I’m more into simple style! 🙂

  11. Marie Phillips
    June 10, 2020 at 11:56 pm — Reply

    I love the black one with the roses at the top. So perfect!

  12. Cristina Petrini
    June 11, 2020 at 3:59 am — Reply

    What’s better than having a beautiful, tidy, design and ethical office. Great advice! ^_^

  13. Maartje van Sandwijk
    June 11, 2020 at 6:30 am — Reply

    Having a nice work space that you like the look of is so important for productivity at home!

  14. Renata Feyen
    June 11, 2020 at 6:31 am — Reply

    The one with the lush greenery would definitely be my choice 🙂

  15. Krysten Quiles
    June 11, 2020 at 7:14 am — Reply

    Ooh fun, these are lovely. We dismantled our office in favor of a book room but these would work well in there as well.

  16. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    June 11, 2020 at 7:15 am — Reply

    Beautiful office spaces! I wish mine looked like that! How inspiring it would be to work in a place that makes you feel energized. I like the one with the hanging plants. So refreshing to the eyes!

  17. Michael
    June 11, 2020 at 8:36 am — Reply

    No.3 is very witty. I would love to bring the forest inside my work place. that would be nice,

  18. Lyosha
    June 11, 2020 at 10:08 am — Reply

    great ideas! I too find myself working more productively after redecorated my work space

  19. aisasami
    June 11, 2020 at 10:17 am — Reply

    Awesome tips and advice on how to redesign your working and living spaces. I can do up to a certain point but I am hoping to redecorate my apartment.

  20. norma
    June 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm — Reply

    These designs are all bomb. I enjoyed your blog.

  21. Tara Pittman
    June 11, 2020 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    Now I am inspired to decorate my office. I really like so many of these ideas

  22. Susan
    June 11, 2020 at 3:05 pm — Reply

    Love the mosaic desk and the idea of bringing the outside indoors. You are welcome to come and resign my house anytime! Your ideas are great

  23. E. W.
    June 11, 2020 at 3:08 pm — Reply

    Wow..these ideas are much unique and attractive..love them..Thanks for sharing them…They are really very helpful for me at the time…

  24. Monica
    June 11, 2020 at 5:38 pm — Reply

    I hear you… I’m redecorating like crazy! And I must say I’m starting to like it in the process;)

  25. Krista
    June 11, 2020 at 6:05 pm — Reply

    I painted the walls in my office during the second week of quarantine. It made a huge difference on my moods while working from home. I love that you have that idea listed first!

  26. Hannah
    June 11, 2020 at 6:32 pm — Reply

    These are amazing office designs! Super chick and giving inspiration on changing my work from home office now.

  27. Lisa
    June 11, 2020 at 6:42 pm — Reply

    These are some great ideas. I love bringing the outdoors inside. It’s such an easy way to liven up any room.

  28. T.B.
    June 11, 2020 at 9:56 pm — Reply

    Wow! Absolutely love the settings! Looks so cozy and nice!

  29. Heidi
    June 11, 2020 at 11:36 pm — Reply

    I love your ideas. I’m definitely getting sick of staring at the same walls. I just painted my bedroom and my bedroom furniture. It has made a huge difference. I love being in that room now.

  30. Amanda
    June 11, 2020 at 11:42 pm — Reply

    The office with the dark walls has to be my favorite! Neat styles you’ve chosen!

  31. Haile
    June 12, 2020 at 12:35 am — Reply

    Yes! I love all the new tricks and looks for my new home!

  32. Natalia
    June 12, 2020 at 7:51 am — Reply

    I need to create my home office in the new apartment I’ve recently bought. I already love some of them, especially the last one. So cute! 🙂

  33. TM
    June 12, 2020 at 8:25 am — Reply

    These office design ideas are all so pretty! If I had an office I’ll definitely take inspiration from the photos above!

  34. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    June 12, 2020 at 8:26 am — Reply

    I have been thinking about ways to refresh my home office. I think changing the colours of the walls would be a great idea. I also like the tip about adding plants to the space.

  35. Marta
    June 12, 2020 at 9:08 am — Reply

    Love how colorfull some of them are. Lovely places to do work

  36. Cristina Petrini
    June 12, 2020 at 11:08 am — Reply

    I would very much like to refresh my office which, although at home, I would like to make more ethical and design. ^^3

  37. Monidipa
    June 12, 2020 at 11:26 am — Reply

    I love things in black. And I exactly want my office like the third picture, I will check it out with the interior decorators here.

  38. Jessica Collazo
    June 12, 2020 at 12:59 pm — Reply

    These are some excellent office ideas that everyone should have. Hay think that the more relaxed we are at our office the more productive we can be.

  39. Renee
    June 12, 2020 at 2:38 pm — Reply

    I was just reading about how to declutter your office and relieve stress. I think I’m going to combine that idea with these redecorating ideas and start fresh with a beautiful home office

  40. Sushmita
    June 12, 2020 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    This is refreshing, but I think I really like my office space to be really plain..no distractions! 😀

  41. Ana Smith
    June 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm — Reply

    Wao, I really love those hanging plants… a good idea for my home office. Thaks!

  42. michelle
    June 12, 2020 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    Wow, some of these ideas are really out there. I don’t have an office space, I like to work from the sofa! lol

  43. Latte Lindsay
    June 12, 2020 at 6:01 pm — Reply

    I would love a home office, maybe I’ll get one in my next house.

  44. Dan "Jay" Reyes
    June 12, 2020 at 6:07 pm — Reply

    These are cool home office design ideas. I especially like the numbers 3 and 5 designs 🙂

  45. Chantal
    June 12, 2020 at 6:58 pm — Reply

    These are really great tips. Especially with the quarantine, it is to time to redecorate. I am in need of a restart to my space!!!!

  46. Fatima Torres
    June 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I never think to show off hobbies in the office space. Love moving the desk around. It helps refresh the area.

  47. reece
    June 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm — Reply

    these will brighten up any room and bring the vibe up! brilliant

  48. Kristen V
    June 12, 2020 at 9:32 pm — Reply

    I love these designs! I can’t wait to redo some spaces in my home

  49. Flossie McCowald
    June 12, 2020 at 11:34 pm — Reply

    Ohhhh! I would take any of these right now!!! I spent last fall working in the living room b/c my mama was living in my home office following surgery – no sooner does she go home than this mess hits, and suddenly EVERYONE is in the living room, and my home office is still not back to a home office! All gorgeous and all VERY inspiring to me at the moment!

  50. B.D.
    June 13, 2020 at 12:54 am — Reply

    These are beautifully designed spaces. I love a white space with lots of greenery. I hope to move into a space where i can have office area. Thanks for sharing these options.

  51. Katy
    June 13, 2020 at 5:08 am — Reply

    Great tips! My favorite is number 3. Plants always give a nice touch!

  52. Lovely
    June 13, 2020 at 6:06 am — Reply

    The designs are beautiful and amazing!

    xoxo
    Lovely

  53. Jay Aguirre
    June 13, 2020 at 6:30 am — Reply

    Wow! I love the various styles that you’ve shown off. A workspace where you can focus and feel at ease is crucial to crafting a home office!

  54. Gabi
    June 13, 2020 at 6:34 am — Reply

    Wow so bright and colourful. Yellow looks like a great choice.
    So many wonderful ideas.. I would love to have an office like that..

  55. N
    June 13, 2020 at 7:04 am — Reply

    I have to admit that I LOVE the yellow office. Such bright colours can be so inspiring!

  56. Agnes
    June 13, 2020 at 7:07 am — Reply

    The working desk design looks so promising. I love how plants are incorporated in the theme.

  57. Melissa
    June 13, 2020 at 11:17 am — Reply

    All of those offices look like wonderful places to get some work done. I can’t wait to revamp our office in our home now.

  58. Jordan
    June 13, 2020 at 11:26 am — Reply

    Wow. I pretty much LOVE all of these office designs!!! For my existing office, it would be nice to bring plants in, but I think it’s too dim. Sadly, my office doesn’t get much sunlight.

  59. Nichelle
    June 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    Wow! The pic on top and the office with the black walls, I’M IN LOVE. I to want to redocorate and change my home office to look more glam. I’m looking for a new desk now. Love all your tips.

  60. YL
    June 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm — Reply

    I work from home so these home office design ideas are really fabulous! I did not know that the colour blue was a stress reliever

  61. Charlene Maugeri
    June 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm — Reply

    Whoa these are some awesome home offices! I particularly love the ones with the bright walls and lots of indoor plants!

  62. Rachel Nelson
    June 13, 2020 at 7:09 pm — Reply

    These are giving me life!

  63. Beth
    June 13, 2020 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    I love that colorful mosaic desk – it would make me happy to look at that every day.

  64. Heather
    June 13, 2020 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait until we move so I can design my office. So many great options here!

  65. Iiz
    June 13, 2020 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    Without much ado, #4 is definitely happening soon. Since we can’t travel due to the pandemic, I better enjoy and get inspired by different flags and memorabilia from those places.

  66. catherine santiago jose
    June 13, 2020 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    These are so beautiful and I admit having these designs for my office will definitely help me to boost my productivity to do my works. I love it!

  67. Maysz
    June 14, 2020 at 12:02 am — Reply

    I have plan to make my own office room and I can’t decide what’s the perfect design until I found this blog you give me a lot of idea and it sounds amazing I would love to save this post! Thanks a lot!

  68. WD
    June 14, 2020 at 12:40 am — Reply

    Wonderful designs as always you are sharing! The wall color is attractive, design of desk, wishful thinking destinations presentation every this is attractive. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

  69. Patrice
    June 14, 2020 at 3:32 am — Reply

    So many fun and inspirational photos as usual! I’ve been planning to redecorate my home office and am definitely going to add more plants and some of my favorite travel photos.

  70. BP
    June 14, 2020 at 4:12 am — Reply

    All these pictures look so cozy and comforting!

  71. Joyce
    June 14, 2020 at 4:58 am — Reply

    I am such a sucker for home office ideas on Pinterest! And this one just made my day. Love all of your ideas!!!!

  72. Nart
    June 14, 2020 at 9:36 am — Reply

    These are great ideas. I’m definitely going to apply some to my home office.

  73. Angela Cardamone
    June 14, 2020 at 10:40 am — Reply

    My home office could definitely use an overhaul!! Loving all of these ideas, appreciate the inspiration!!

  74. Laura Schwormstedt
    June 14, 2020 at 11:12 am — Reply

    My office space could really do with a refresh and I know it would also make me more productive

    Laura x

  75. joanna
    June 14, 2020 at 12:33 pm — Reply

    I have actually just designed my home office, under the stairs. As traveling is my main activity, I decorated my shelves with my collection of Lonely Planet guidebooks, some souveniers of the places I traveled to and my camera gear bag. It looks pretty cool.

  76. EY
    June 14, 2020 at 12:46 pm — Reply

    These are really a beautiful design and great tips for designing office, table, room and home.

  77. blair villanueva
    June 15, 2020 at 12:48 am — Reply

    I love adding indoor plants in my workspace and even in many parts of our home. It gives a positive vibe and making us look forward to the next vacation.

  78. brandy toenges
    June 15, 2020 at 8:50 am — Reply

    I couldnt decide which I liked best because they were all so good! I am more eclectic boho and all of these would work well with that!

  79. Sophia John
    June 16, 2020 at 5:54 am — Reply

    Great Tips!! Home office with some lush greenery is ma favourite one

  80. Hannah Marie
    June 17, 2020 at 4:43 am — Reply

    I love all the ideas! I have a very small office space so I try to make it simple and neat.

  81. Kathy Kenny Ngo
    June 18, 2020 at 8:44 am — Reply

    Bringing the outdoors in is something that I love. I have been putting plants one at a time inside our home.

  82. Jordan Campbell
    June 20, 2020 at 7:38 am — Reply

    I love all of these. I could definitely use some plants in my own office, but it’s not very light!

  83. E.
    June 20, 2020 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Totally agree..these ideas really looks so amazing and lovely…

  84. Sol Razo
    June 29, 2020 at 5:21 am — Reply

    Nice ideas! They’re very motivating, I love the lush greenery style the most

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