Home office ideas you need to know

Discover your expert-approved guide to creating a magical and modern home office in your abode.

When it comes to creating a modern home office, you’d be wise to first compile a checklist of what you need your space to do for you.

Ask yourself the relevant questions to help you narrow down your needs. Then, and only then, should you get to work creating your home office layout.

Allow your space to inspire. Picture: Getty

Here to pass on her wisdom and help you avoid a design disaster is Eclectic Creative’s interior designer and stylist, Jessica Viscarde.

Home office ideas for small spaces

“I always look at and consider all the usable space in a home area – even the awkward little nooks,” says Jessica.

“More often than not, these areas are tucked next to a kitchen or an awkward void at the entrance of the house, which serves no purpose otherwise.”

Jessica suggests looking up and utilising the vertical space above these nooks. “Include shelves if it makes sense, a floating timber table or a purpose-built desk with storage solutions.

“I often advise going custom with a home office – it gives purpose to the space, function and, more importantly, it looks as if it’s meant to be there.”

 

A home office doesn’t need to be large to have an impact. Picture: Chen Zhiyi

Home office layout ideas

What with so many sources of inspiration to look to (we’re talking Instagram, Pinterest and home improvement TV shows), we can sometimes get lost in creating a beautiful aesthetic, rather than a functional home office setup.

Jessica’s advice? “Write down a list of tasks you would like to conduct from your home office. This should help guide you in the right direction for choosing specific items to aid concentration and focus.”

Pin boards on the wall, a handy notepad and inspirational images scattered around a space all help Jessica to remain productive.

“A good light source is also a must, and any unnecessary clutter should be stored away to avoid distraction!”

This home office boasts plenty of vertical storage. Picture: Ikea

Home office furniture ideas

First thing’s first: You’ll need a desk to suit the needs of your work. Are you a digital native who hasn’t seen a peice of physical paper in years, or will you need plenty of spare space to lay out your notes?

The type of work you perform will largely determine the size of your home office desk, but whatever you choose, try and look for a make with plenty of out-of-sight storage ideas. As Jessica says, “there’s nothing more distracting than unnecessary clutter!”.

“I prefer a home office to carry the same common thread as the other spaces in your home. For instance, instead of using a stock standard (and in my opinion, ugly) four-wheel office chair, choose a beautiful and comfortable occasional chair in a textured fabric or colour that blends seamlessly with the rest of your abode.”

Form meets function in this inspired space. Picture: Getty

Home office decor ideas

So you’ve got a desk, a chair and some creative details. But what about the finishing touches that’ll really allow you to get cracking with style?

For both air quality and aesthetics, Jessica advises that you “inject some greenery on your desk or shelf by the way of an indoor plant or freshly cut flowers. And don’t forget an inspiring piece of artwork!”

“And if your space is lacking a good source of natural light, invest in a quality desk lamp or standing light.”

Clear your home office of clutter to avoid distraction. Picture: Pottery Barn

Originally published as Home office ideas by Katie Skelly. Author at realestate.com.au.

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