Best of Designers' Portfolio: Home Offices

Offices are essential in today's homes. See how top designers pair color palettes and the right furnishings to create a functional home office.

John Gidding, star of HGTV's Designed to Sell, took a gentleman's approach when decorating the HGTV Dream Home 2009 study.

simple traditional iving room style

This turned leg writing desk is just the right place to write thank you notes and drift off to thoughts of a summer sail. Design by Sue Adams. Photo by Sam Gray.

Loft-Like Living Room

This multi-function workspace was designed with the entire family in mind. The kids can use it for homework and craft projects, while the parents can maintain their home offices. Design by Randy Weinstein.

home office converts easily to guest bedroom

Custom millwork turned this previously dark basement into a glamorous guest bedroom and home office that the owners love to work in. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Distressed Custom Shelves Used for Cape Cod Theme

Floor-to-ceiling custom-made shelves complete this corner of a simple, yet feminine living space. All the surfaces are painted white and distressed to carry the Cape Cod theme. Design by Luis Caicedo.

contemporary office features modular furniture

This office was designed with contrast in mind. Dark espresso wood tones in the space ground the furniture and give a substantial look. A dark gray accent wall creates a dramatic background for light drapery, chairs and artwork. Design by Ammie Kim.

charming english country study

A beamed ceiling, heavy velvet draperies hung with finials, French bergere chairs in green silk, a massive handmade desk and a Persian rug make this study a warm and functional space. Design by Jackie Glisson. Photo by Woodliff Photography.

open loft home office

This open loft space needed defined areas for working, lounging and eating. The walls were painted a neutral warm gray to provide a warm backdrop for art and a place for the eye to rest. Design by Gregory Augustine.

ultimate home office includes fireplace

A tone-on-tone neutral palette brings an organic feeling to this two-person workspace. Design by Nicole Sassaman.

built in desk with nearby sitting area

Just off the kitchen, this home office desk center has cherry cabinets to match. It is conveniently located near the relaxation of the family room and the coziness of the kitchen. Design by Lou Ann Bauer. Photo by Andrew McKinney.

space converted to home office

The custom millwork and quartz countertops have turned a previously wasted space on the landing of the stair into an office area for the owners. Design by Andreas Charalambous. Photograph by Geoffrey Hodgdon.

Murphy Bed in a Home Office

The home office and guest room combination features a desk that slides out of the way so the Murphy bed can be pulled down when guests are staying. Design by Erica Islas.

casual yet sophisticated office

Black, gold and blue colors dominate this room. The green outdoor background is visible through the Roman shades. Design by Ammie Kim.

contemporary home office has traditional appeal

The contemporary paint design on the focal wall gives this square office a lot of visual interest. The glass desk gives the illusion of more space. Design by Kim Smart.

home office delivers on style

The Eames chair was newly upholstered in green, yellow and black partly shaved cowhide. The artwork is from the series Birdman, mixed media by Mark Crisanti. Design by Jean Alan. Photo by Michael Robinson.

rich home office

Custom built-ins maximize wall space in this grand library. The coffered ceiling adds depth to the design and gives the room a cozy, classic feeling. Design by Barbara Theile. Photograph by Janet Mesic Mackie.

leather rich contemporary office

Leather isn't just for chairs anymore — this luxurious office space also features a leather-finished desk and bookcase. Design by Ammie Kim.

traditionally styled executive office

This executive office features monochromatic earth tones on the walls and a large collection of pre-Columbian antiquities that add warmth and interest. Design by Terry Dooley.

Book-Filled Home Office

The interior of this California bungalow was completely stripped to accommodate a small design company and their staff. The workspace was finished with crisp white walls and wood floors, then outfitted with a mix of modern furnishings in dark wood and white. Design by Randy Weinstein.

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