7 Office Ideas for Any Space

Turn your WFH routine into a stylish one.

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If you work remotely, an inspiring home office can make all the difference for your creativity and productivity levels. Plus, it can save you from countless days working at your local cafe. At HGTV Smart Home 2017, a small space is designated as a workspace and also houses the brains of the home. I like to call it the tech closet.

Neutral Floor

Neutral Floor

The European oak plank floor with a UV urethane finish and modern rustic feel provides a neutral base and contrast for the colorful walls of this home office.

Photo by: Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Robert Peterson; Rustic White Photography

Although it’s a small space off the hallway that leads to the guest bedrooms, it’s big on storage and style.

Having a designated workspace is not only smart for tax purposes (hello, deductions!), it also helps you to mentally shift gears so you’re in work mode as soon as you step into the space. You don’t even need to have an entire room designated as your home office.

Check out these genius layouts that you can use to create an office in your home.

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Fully Functional Office

A built-in bookcase system with open and closed storage keeps the attractive home office, with desk area, fun art pieces and the tech closet, efficient and organized.

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Vintage-Inspired Art

Black-and-white wall art above the desk area depicting a vintage rotary phone and vintage camera offer whimsical contrast for the latest technology included in this home office. The black-and-white art pops against serene green walls that are reminiscent of accent colors used on the home's covered patio.

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Security Base Station

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Work Zone

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Prize Package

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Custom Storage System

A combination of open shelves and closed cabinets make the home office custom storage system with white-painted maple cabinets user-friendly and versatile.

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Pretty Pulls

Handsome modern-style flat black pulls with clean lines offer an easy way to access items inside the cabinets.

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Open Storage

The open shelves provide display storage for books, and a spot for office supplies to keep the desktop free from clutter.

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Get Projects Done

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Neutral Floor

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Fresh Air Skylight

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Thumbs Up

Modern wall art with hand gestures placed opposite the desk area add a touch of style to this attractive but also functional home office.

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Smart Climate Control

The climate-control system features five separate zones, so the home's temperature can be set precisely to ensure comfort throughout the home, eliminate hot and cold spots, and make the home more energy-efficient. Sensors live inside the return air grills in many rooms to report an accurate sense of temperature throughout the house to these navigation remote controllers (thermostats) in the home office.

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Perfect Temperatures

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Tech Closet

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User-Friendly Layout

This view from the home office looks out to the hallway off the home's foyer and great room that connects those spaces with the guest and terrace bedrooms.

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Central Location

The home office's central location off the great room and foyer makes it a convenient spot for paying bills or working on emails while staying connected with the main activity in the home.

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HGTV Smart Home 2017 has a bright small space and tons of storage. It’s a multifunctional room that also houses the home's tech closet, but the all-in-one computer with a super-wide, curved display means business.

HGTV Smart Home Interior Before and After

HGTV Smart Home Interior Before and After

Dining room at the HGTV Smart Home 2014 located in Nashville, TN

Photo by: Eric Perry

Eric Perry

Need a lot of space to spread things out while you work? Choose a room in your house that’s not used during the day and make it easily convertible to office mode. Put a printer and other supplies in a cabinet or console so you can access them easily and get to work.

Home Office for Two

Home Office for Two

A cowhide chase, industrial light and antlers are just a few details that make this home office feel masculine. A stunning wood desk for two, paired with leather armchairs and metal frames. The cool gray wall paint finishes off the design.

Photo by: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Stacy Zarin Goldberg

If you do have an extra room that can be used as a home office, try making it a warm, livable workspace with comfy seating. Bonus: If you’re feeling stressed, you can just kick your feet up for a quick snooze.

Orange Home Office With Custom Display Area

Orange Home Office With Custom Display Area

Multiple tables create a one-of-a-kind display area in this eclectic orange home office. The desk and tables are painted the same orange as the walls, creating a seamless look, while blue chairs provide nice contrast.

It’s no secret that color affects our mood. Bright hues like this one are great for keeping you creative, alert and visually designate the space for work.

Yellow Home Office Tucked in Closet

Yellow Home Office Tucked in Closet

You'll want to throw your closet doors open once you plaster the walls with sunny wallpaper, add shelving and plug in your favorite lamp. Invest in a Lucite chair to make the cozy space feel bigger.

Photo by: Virginia Bell; Edit by Virginia

Virginia Bell; Edit by Virginia

You may be thinking you have absolutely no space for a home office, but imagine your house layout for a second — is there any small closet or bookshelf you wouldn’t miss? If so, reimagine it as a work nook. Take out the bottom shelves to make a desk, stock the upper shelves with your work supplies, add some simple lighting and pull up a chair.

Modern Home Office With Wraparound Window

Modern Home Office With Wraparound Window

The home is actually engineered so as not to need a corner post. This gives the window a true “wraparound” quality.

Photo by: Richard Horn; Design By: John Bertram

Richard Horn; Design By: John Bertram

If you’re lucky enough to have a killer view, let it inspire you while you work. A desk next to a window is as good as filling your walls with inspiring quotes and photos.

Small Workspace

Small Workspace

Get creative with your space. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn finds space under the stairs to house a multipurpose workstation in this 700-square-foot Brooklyn loft.

Harry Potter references aside, the amount of space you have doesn’t matter as long as you’re willing to get creative — and that includes the wall under the stairs. Installing a sturdy shelf desk and custom, oversized corkboard adds instant value to a space that would otherwise go unused.

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