10 Must-Have Home Office Design Ideas

calming and relaxing art in a modern urban office
Calming and relaxing home office - artwork: mrs-badger-designs.com


Designing a home office that is both functional and stylish can be a challenge. Discover 10 must-have home office design ideas to help you create a space that is comfortable, productive, and visually appealing. From incorporating natural light to choosing the right furniture and decor, these tips will help you create a home office that meets your needs and reflects your personal style.

60 years ago there was a fad to add a small study room as part of new build houses. It is fair to say that many of these rooms never got used for this purpose. Today people are looking to create an office at home as the way we work has changed forever. With a little bit of thought you can create an office at home that will boost your productivity and create a more relaxed workspace. Minimalist monochrome or duotone to the maximalist style there is a way improve your workflow that beats the sofa or bed.

Let us look at some ideas that Mrs Badger has gathered from talking to her customers:

1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a comeback in popularity. People are making conference calls from their home office and wallpaper provides a perfect backdrop. Wallpaper is camera-friendly and the design can reflect your business. Having a pattern on the wall can add to the impression of a clean, well maintained office.

2. Go Vertical

If you want to make the most out of a small space then going upwards may be the easiest option. Not only does it give you extra storage but gives the illusion of a greater working area. Combine this with a mono or duo colour scheme to bring out the most of the area in functionality and balance.

3. Colour

The studio at Mrs Badger Designs is white with a band of yellow and dark red abstract. This colour combination produces an increase in productivity and energy. All white offices with a muted colour palette do not promote activity and are best left for areas of relaxation.

monochrome home office with duotone artwork
Small monochrome home office with duotone - artwork: mrs-badger-designs.com

4 Monochromatic

There are no rules when it comes to monochrome, if you like it, use it. Duotone, the use of two close or opposite colours works just as well. Combinations can create areas that pop energy when applied to the whole office.

5 Reinvent Small Spaces

Home offices will be on the rise in 2023 and people want their own space rather than sharing an office at home. Fit the office size to suit your needs. Sometimes a storage area can be easily converted into a functional office with minimal cost. Perhaps a closet can be utilised and when the door is shut all is sealed off from the rest of your day. Perhaps some wall paper with vertical stripes to add the illusion of height will be an easy option.

6 Story Telling

There is a lot to be said for putting your own personality into the office as it portrays you to the world. Shelves with books, ornaments, and pictures on the wall add to the welcoming setting.

home office with shelves and artwork
Small home office with shelves - artwork: mrs-badger-designs.com

7 Be Different

You may prefer to have a more informal office that does not use the “power desk” style. Some people are happier to have an office than encourages more informal discussions as it is more condusive to their style of work. Comfy chairs and wood make for the perfect “Private Club” style of office where discussions feel less informal.

8 Center Stage

If space allows and you feel the need for the “Big Boss” desk, place it in the middle of the office. It does bring benefits as discussed in 10 Ways To Increase Home Office Productivity What you need to plan is the electrical wiring route to avoid a trip hazard. Rugs can be used to cover up socket areas if they are coming through the floor.

9 Keep It Moody

Sometimes opting for a dark colour palette can make a home office more cosy and inviting. Depending on your work, video editing for example, a dark area can be crucial during this work period.

10 Light, Bright, and Airy

Some people prefer more open and bright spaces when working. They feel more alert and active. Clean lines and minimalist approach creates the mood for positivity. If there is not enough natural light then use LED downlighters to avoid glare reflecting from screens and surfaces. Placing mirrors to reflect natural daylight helps especially if people suffer with SAD (seasonal affective disorder).