30+ Designer Offices That Work

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

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November 25, 2014
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Eclectic Craftsman Style

This sophisticated home office mixes patterns and textures to create a warm, lived-in space. A contemporary leather desk combines with a tufted chair, while built-in bookshelves provides both hidden and open storage. Graphic-patterned armchairs make for a cozy reading spot.

Sophisticated and Dreamy

The royal blue armchair sits centerstage in this French-inspired home office, offering a bright and sophisticated contrast to the neutral backdrop. The dark wooden desk anchors the room with clean lines and perfectly balances the softer shades of the white rug and windows.

Wall-to-Wall Shelves

Stained wood cabinets and shelves line the walls of this cozy library. A sleek desk keeps the classic library from being too traditional.

Dead Space Turned Workspace

Placing a built-in desk along the wall utilizes space and creates a home office space in this long hallway. A black marble countertop creates a lovely contrast against the white cabinets, and shades of blue mixed with neutrals stripe the wall adding color and a distressed look to the clean design.

Fabulously Feminine

This feminine office showcases unique office lighting and out of the ordinary color pops that make this a home office dream.

Masculine Vibes

Dark wood covers this traditional office from the hardwood floors to the ceiling paneling for an elegant and masculine feel. A round iron chandelier hangs above stately, red and white chairs accenting the traditional vibe.

Elegant and Classic

A gorgeous green desk pops in an elegant office with bright yellow walls. Traditional, gold ceiling molding and a crystal chandelier adds to the formal style of the space.

Cool Contemporary

Bold charcoal paint covers the walls, millwork, even the ceiling in this contemporary home office. Black and white draperies call attention to the tall windows, while a white lacquered desk provides a modern contrast to the walls. An animal hide rug continues the color scheme and adds a touch of whimsy.

Fun and Whimsical

A turquoise desk with a violet tufted side chair, patterned accent wall, and contemporary artwork work perfectly together to provide a sense of merriment to this home office. Especially noteworthy is the purple "bubble" chandelier that catches the eye.

Classic Traditional

Pleasing to the eye, this home office could cater to both genders. Taxidermy and mahogany bookshelves lends a more masculine vibe, while details like the traditional rug and tufted chairs offer a bit of femininity. We especially love the coffered ceiling!

Modern Rustic

A rustic wood wall and brightly colored chairs give this modern home office a playful, kid-friendly vibe. Wall-mounted lamps provide task lighting while keeping the desk space free. Glass doors and a well-placed window fill the space with light.
From: Heidi Richardson

Pink and Green Prep

Designer Jenny Tamplin designed her home office in cherry pink and green, with touches that maximize the room's light.

Sleek and Professional

Traditional furniture with modern updates gives this home office a fresh, youthful vibe. The tray ceiling adds height and depth. A gorgeous view outside the sliding glass doors provides constant inspiration and refreshing natural light.

Neutral Transitional

The tone-on-tone, neutral design scheme of this home office makes the room feel even larger than it really is. Light sources abound, including recessed lighting, track lighting, a contemporary light fixture, a table lamp and large windows. The brass and glass desk takes up minimal visual space and is a key design element in the room.


A his-and-hers workspace is not only practical, it allows each to have their own style. By creating two separate desks that connect in the corner, the couple can work together without competing for space or style.

Cozy Classic

In the home office, gorgeous wood paneling and an elaborately decorated coffered ceiling just might make it difficult to pay attention to the task at hand. Fortunately, there's also a chandelier to shed some light on the subject.

Modern Industrial

Metal bookshelves, wood paneling and a cowhide rug are just a few details that make this home office feel masculine. A unique desk pairs with a midcentury modern chair and two red leather armchairs with metal frames. Vintage car prints and cool gray wall paint finish off the stellar design.

Vibrant Eclectic

This lime-green home office features a wall-to-wall bookcase made of wood and pipe, adding industrial flair to the vibrant space. An eye-catching wire lighting fixture illuminates the eclectic room.

Modern Coastal

A beautiful brick feature wall and built-in bookshelves adds a bit of character to this modern home office. A white and navy color scheme adds depth to the space, while a gorgeous Sputnik chandelier adds a modern flair.

Bright Statement Piece

A lime green desk creates a chic, youthful feel in this contemporary meets rustic home office. Exposed brick and wood beam ceiling add an old-world feel to an otherwise modern workspace.
From: Jill Wolff

Musically Inspired

Blue walls form a cool backdrop for eclectic furnishings in this home office. Bold orange curtains frame the large window, while the zebra print armchairs and ottoman have complementary orange piping.

Small and Simple

A petite home office mixes and matches furniture and patterns for a lively eclectic look. The blue interior of the cabinets is another fun and colorful surprise.

Complementing Colors

A wooden desk with an unfinished edge is a gorgeous, natural choice for this contemporary home office. Orange found in the window treatment, chairs and bookshelf is the ideal accent color for such a warm, inviting space.
From: Amy Cuker

Minimalist Modern

Gold and brown cabinets accent the pale neutrals in this home office. A sleek chair upholstered in a black and white floral pattern and a surprise contrast to the minimalist lines of the room.

Soothing Earth Tones

The earth-toned color palette of this home office space cohesively pairs black and brown furniture pieces together to create a traditional style. A white shag rug adds a little flare to the room.

Contemporary with a View

Not only is it difficult to concentrate on one's work with this fabulous view of Boston within sight but the furnishings in this home office also reflect a calm, relaxing air. The gray desk chair and love seat complement the taupe walls and carpet, while the colorful, contemporary paintings project color and airiness simultaneously.

Pops of Color

Pops of red keep this neutral contemporary home office far from ho-hum. A red wire chandelier quirkily lights the space with the help of a red table lamp. On the built-in shelf along the back wall, red accessories pick up the red flowers in the large artwork.

Functional Contemporary

Designer Claire Paquin designed this home office to accommodate two users as well as her client's storage needs. She lined one long wall with built-in bookcases and file cabinetry, while using the other walls for built-in desks and additional cabinets. Colorful modern art and area rug complete this contemporary look.

Urban Loft

This office nook in a loft apartment is a great spot to get the job done. There's ample counter space for computers and devices -- plus large bookshelves installed above -- and even a window seat for a quick break and gaze out the window into the city.

Clean and Chic

House of Jade Interiors transformed this home office into a stunning space with stark white walls, built-in white bookshelves and a farmhouse wood desk. Burnt orange and gold accents are a nice complement to the clean color palette.

Compact Contemporary

Form meets function in this clean, modern home office. The desk provides ample space for computers, printers, papers -- anything, including art objects! Shelves display favorite and often-used books, while simple cabinets are on hand to hide items that don't need to be shown.

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