Smart and Stylish Updates For a Small Home Office

It can be hard to carve an office zone out of your living area. Check out these ideas for creating an inspiring workspace full of function, storage and style. 

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Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Before: Need Better Space Planning

Today, 50 percent of the workforce works from their home at least part of the time. Many of us know how hard it can be to carve an office zone out of our living areas. Stay tuned for some easy upgrades that will turn up the wow factor on this weary workspace.

After: High-Functioning Fashion

With just a few small projects and a little elbow grease, you can convert your cluttered work area into a curated, efficient and attractive home office.

Color Some Courage

In color theory, dark raspberry red inspires leadership, bravery and energy. A quick primer and paint job brings new life to this industrious nook.

Shine On

Brass contact paper completely transforms builder-grade shelving. Glamorous and functional don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Adding metallic accents can also help to bounce light throughout a dark corner.

Tell Me About It, Stud

It’s very valuable to spend some time finding the wall studs within your home office area. Well-anchored shelving will help you to make the best use of your vertical space, and you won't have to worry about having too much weight on the shelves.

Sweet Seat

A simple decoupage project will bring some modern charm to this chair. Just because you use something every day, doesn’t mean it has to look everyday and ordinary.  The green-marbled pattern also creates an interesting contrast with the red wall. Get step-by-step instructions on how to decoupage a wood chair >>

Fabricated Fabulousness

Gorgeous silk cloth and basic paste turn unsophisticated storage boxes into works of art.

Beautiful Boxes

Small details can have a major effect on organization spaces. These containers are now practical and pleasing to the eye.

Pegboard Possibilities

Pegboard is one of the easiest and most versatile ways to make use of hidden corners and partial walls.

Basket Case

Good things come in small storage spaces! Tiny bins and pouches store important business and index cards you don’t want to lose while you’re working.

Use It, Don't Lose It

It’s hard to use the office supplies you can’t find. Hang smaller items on the wall instead of throwing them in a drawer and forgetting where they are.

Give Them An Inch

When you ask a small space to do a big job, you need to use every inch available.

Nice Knickknacks

Open metallic shelving not only works hard, but it looks good. Personal trinkets and keepsakes will remind you of the adventures and memories you’re working so hard to create. See more of this apartment makeover >>

Printing Place

Printers and scanners are important. Be sure to create a functioning place of honor for the machines you use the most.

Touché, Maché

If you’re working on a lackluster desktop, consider a weekend paper maché project. It’s as easy as it is transformative. Rip and glue your way to a fabulous desktop surface.

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