Whether by choice or necessity, working from home has become increasingly mainstream. For some people, this might mean carrying a laptop between the couch and the kitchen table, but many remote workers may prefer to gather up a few modern home office ideas and carve out a dedicated space that helps them get inspired and stay focused.
Decorating a home office doesn't have to be all-business. Instead, you can tailor your home office space (whether that's a corner of the bedroom or an entire room) to your needs, tastes, whims, and personality, using all of your self-knowledge to design a workspace that works best for only you. Here are some modern home office ideas to get you started.
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Play Up Modern Farmhouse Features
This top floor attic home office from Leanne Ford Interiors is tucked under the eaves of an old farmhouse. Ford gave the space a fresh, updated feel by using soft white paint on floors, walls, and ceilings, a pale wood waterfall edge desk, and minimal accessories.
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Blend Multiple Shades of Gray
This tranquil home office from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop is spacious and designed for comfort with a large desk and sofa. Shades of warm gray, cream-colored textiles, pale oak flooring balance dark and light tones, while a Beni Ourain-style rug and floor-to-ceiling drapes make the space feel cozy and helps control noise and light.Continue to 3 of 53 below.
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Make Room for Everyone
Some of those who work from home need modern home office ideas that create a layout fit for personal needs as well as enough space to accommodate company or client meetings. This polished home office from Martha O'Hara Interiors has a soft palette of pinks and white, with black and gold accents to keep it sharp.
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Create a Focus Zone
Working from home in a studio apartment can be just as stylish and functional as from a spacious dedicated office. The key is to divide the space into zones. This Swedish studio apartment from Fantastic Frank has a pale, neutral palette that unites the nearby sleeping, relaxation, and work areas. Open shelving allows easy access to books and supplies, but if keeping your shelves tidy and styled isn't your forte, opt for closed storage instead.Continue to 5 of 53 below.
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Warm a Space With Chocolate Brown
Blogger Niki Brantmark from My Scandinavian Home designed this chocolate brown home office by coating an accent wall in cocoa-colored paint. The warm color adds a grounding element to the room, with its Scandi-style white painted walls and floors. Brantmark chose a light oak desk with midcentury lines, an ergonomic white desk chair, and a classic black Mantis BS3 Table Lamp to create a simple, elegant modern home office fit for a design blogger.Continue to 6 of 53 below.
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Float the Desk
While your first instinct might be to push your home office desk against the wall, you can give your workspace a light and airy feel by floating the desk away from the walls. In this light and airy home office by Yael Weiss Interiors, a lucite desk has a barely there quality that keeps the focus on the light, while wire chairs and and a warm brown cowskin rug add a natural grounding element.Continue to 7 of 53 below.
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Embrace High Glam
This glamorous home office from Candace Mary Interiors has organic shapes, high attention to details, and mixed materials that create a sophisticated workspace for a polished professional.Continue to 9 of 53 below.
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Look to Scandi-Modern Design Ideas
This simple home office from Cathie Hong Interiors has a Scandi-inspired palette of white and pale wood, with plenty of file drawers, a large worktop large enough for two, and minimal decor such as a graphic wall calendar and a few hanging plants to keep it from feeling too sparse.
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Err on the Side of Sleek
For sleek modern home office ideas, look to this stylish space from Heather Hilliard Design. It ties together neutral tones, modern furnishings, black accents, abundant natural light, and a calming view.Continue to 11 of 53 below.
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This home office from Urbanology Designs is painted in an all-over shade of grayish greenish black that creates a grounding and calming feel that invites deep work and concentration. A seating area with sculptural modern furniture, a modern pendant light, and a gallery wall creates a meeting space that's fit for company.Continue to 12 of 53 below.
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Make It Comfortable
If placing your desk directly in front of the window causes eye strain or too much distraction, try floating it in the center of the room like this home office from Living With Lolo. Floor-to-ceiling drapes provide privacy and light control. A seating area with a comfortable sofa provides a place to read or relax, and a large area rug unites the space.Continue to 13 of 53 below.
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Test Out Terracotta Walls
Author of How the French Live Siham Mazouz used warm, assertive shades of pink and red to create an energizing office space in her San Francisco home, complete with terracotta half-painted walls, a midcentury modern desk, a vintage red Bukhara rug and a painting by her daughter Inès.Continue to 14 of 53 below.
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Call Dibs on a Corner Office
This home office from Jenn Pablo Studio has a built-in corner desk that provides plenty of surface area, and allows you to admire the view or face the wall when it's time to work.Continue to 15 of 53 below.
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Build Out Your Mezzanine Office Dreams
This airy home office from Emily Henderson Design is located on the mezzanine level of a spacious mountain home, with dramatic windows, wood-paneled A-frame ceilings, and furniture with simple lines and neutral tones that make working from home a dream.
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Add Asian Influences
Dabito from Old Brand New says he channeled his Asian roots as inspiration for this vibrant home office makeover that mixes an antique Chinese rug, a hand-carved elephant brought back from a trip to Bangkok, and vintage framed photos of Thai King royalty, a custom desk, and traditional palm wallpaper from Milton & King. The room has plenty of plush seating for casual meetings or work breaks, and a sleeper sofa means it can also double as a guest room.Continue to 17 of 53 below.
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Play Up the Drama
This home office from interior designer Breeze Giannasio has dark gray walls, a symmetrical desk and open shelving set-up, and a dramatic piece of art that helps the office area blend into the living room.Continue to 18 of 53 below.
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Choose the Right Curtains
While having a view to the back patio from your spacious home office might seem like a luxury, there are times when the view is a distraction, or the light from the windows can produce an unwanted glare. This home office from Jenn Pablo Studio has flowy floor-to-ceiling drapes that can be adjusted depending on the time of day, the weather, or your mood.
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Focus on the Details
This home office from Fantastic Frank has a simple black-and-white palette and an attention to design details that makes it feel polished and effortless, a perfect neutral space to get things done.Continue to 20 of 53 below.
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Transform an Alcove
The best place for a home office is wherever you can find the space. This small, stylish home office from Candace Mary Interiors is tucked into an alcove in front of a window and off of a powder room that makes bathroom breaks quick and easy.
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Highlight the Views
In this home office from NYC-based interior designer Alvin Wayne, a wood desk with simple lines and modest proportions is facing away from the bedroom looking out at the city skyline. The left wall contains a floating shelf for essentials and a bulletin board to tack up notes, while a large plant between the bed and the desk area creates a subtle sense of separation.Continue to 22 of 53 below.
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Elevate Your Zoom Background Game
This moody home office designed by Malcolm Simmons for Emily Henderson Design has a wall of built-ins behind the desk and a bold piece of framed art that creates a built-in background for all those work Zooms.Continue to 23 of 53 below.
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Compile a Giant Moodboard
The walls of this light and bright home office from Calimia Home are like a giant mood board, with photographs tacked up on every wall of the crisp all-white space.Continue to 24 of 53 below.
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Separate With a Screen
A decorative screen can play many roles in a home office, from blocking a view of something unsightly to hiding your desk set up at the end of the day if you live in a studio or small space. In this London home office design from Emilie Fournet Interiors, a three-tiered caned rattan screen with black edging and arched lines is both attractive and functional, filtering light while helping to define the space and make it a bit more private. A lightweight decorative screen is also a great idea if you need a quick Zoom backdrop and don't want to show the rest of your private space.
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Mix Modern and Traditional
This dedicated home office from Marie Flanigan Interiors has traditional details such as glass wood-framed pocket doors, a wingback style chair, and coffered ceilings, with modern touches including a clean-lined wood desk, layered area rugs, and a central pendant light that create a fresh timeless feel.
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Plant a Tree
You don't need a ton of plants to give your home office a natural boost. In this sleek black-and-white home office from Fantastic Frank, a single olive tree does the trick.Continue to 29 of 53 below.
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Embrace an Earthy, Modern Look
This spacious home office from Lindye Galloway Studio has a soft modern feel with shades of white and beige and pale and mid-toned wood finishes on the desk, floors, and shelving. Open storage along the side wall helps fill the space while providing room for file folders and decor objects, and a large pendant light creates an unexpected focal point.Continue to 30 of 53 below.
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Go for Galley Style
This galley-style home office designed by OreStudios has a clean, modern feel and a large picture window that functions as a centerpiece. A wall of shelving for books and papers keeps clutter at bay and out of view while you're working, while a swivel chair makes it easy to swing around and rest your eyes on the leafy picture window view.Continue to 31 of 53 below.
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Select a Neutral Palette
This home office set up from Leclair Decor is done in the same black and neutrals as the rest of the space. The key to keeping the wide open space looking neat as a pin? A stylish desk with plenty of built-in storage, like this one with clean lines, a black top, and cane-front storage drawers.
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Throw in an Accent Pattern
The desk in this home office from Tribe Design Group is positioned with its back to a large window. A graphic window shade in a lively pattern provides light control while making the space feel more home than office. Two dramatic tall table lamps on the credenza add an additional light source and a sculptural element.
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Stick With Simplicity
The simple home office setup in this Scandi-inspired Sunnyvale, CA home from Cathie Hong Interiors has pale gray walls, a few framed prints, a simple desk, chair, and matching bookshelf that provides open storage. Window shutters have a minimal look but offer maximum light control.
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Create an At-Home Hot Desk
This home workspace from interior designer Alvin Wayne is dressed up and ready when you need it, but fades into the background when you don't.Continue to 37 of 53 below.
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Design a Personal C-Suite
This glamorous home office from Forbes + Masters is designed for a CEO, with a vibrant color palette, textural walls and floors, and bold sculptural furnishings and accessories that mean business.Continue to 38 of 53 below.
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Style Your Shelves
This modern home office from Michelle Berwick Design has glass French doors that provide a modicum of privacy while allowing natural light to penetrate the space. A large wall styled with art and objects behind the desk creates a focal point.Continue to 40 of 53 below.
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Paint an Accent Wall
This home office from House of One has a modern green, white, and black color palette, with a bold accent wall accentuated with wainscotting.Continue to 41 of 53 below.
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Go for Grand
If working from home is a permanent condition rather than a temporary necessity, and you've got both the space and the budget, why not go all out? This suburban home office design by Maestri Studio creates a sense of grandeur with tall arched windows, a large pendant light, and floor-to-ceiling wrap-around bookcases.Continue to 42 of 53 below.
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Consider a Front Office
If your home office is located steps from the front door, consider modern home office ideas that take the view from the entryway into consideration. Doing so will ensure it looks as polished as the rest of your decor. This home office from Christina Kim Interior Design is painted in a deep eye-catching blue that contrasts with the all-white entryway. A large framed photograph on the wall is positioned so that it sits in the doorframe, giving passersby something to focus on that doesn't scream "home office."
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Brainstorm From a Window Seat
This spacious home office from Christina Kim Interior Design has a window seat that offers a place to read or take calls, a small desk with a light profile, and a standing reading lamp perched over the desk in place of a desk lamp.
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Blend Your Home Office With a Library
The whole back wall of this classically masculine home office from Maestri Studio is a dark wood built-in home library, complete with a sliding library ladder for reaching the high shelves. A large pendant light with an amber glow adds warm lighting and an unexpected focal point.Continue to 45 of 53 below.
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Try a Room Made for Two
This basement office designed by William Hunter Collective and styled by Emily Henderson Design has twin desk setups for harmonious home coworking. The matte dark grayish black paint on the ceiling creates a graphic look that also helps to hide wiring and other structural elements without losing ceiling height by installing a dropped ceiling.Continue to 47 of 53 below.
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Implement a Wall of Built-Ins
The easiest way to keep your home office clutter free is to maximize closed storage. A wall of built-in drawers and cabinets painted in an unassuming taupe makes this home office from Leanne Ford Interiors easy to keep tidy and organized, with supplies at the ready and a place to stash excess paperwork and non-essential items.Continue to 48 of 53 below.
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Design a Classic-Meets-Modern Look
This classic home office from interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home has a classically formal look, with rich gray walls, dark furniture, and comfortable seating upholstered in cognac leather that adds warmth.
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Use Vintage Furniture
This home office from Space Factory has midcentury modern furniture and lighting, and an accent wall of abstract floral wallpaper that steals the show.
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Opt for Black-Out Options
One of the best things about designing your own home office is that it allows you to mitigate some of the common annoyances of a workplace environment. In this crisp black-and-white home office from interior designer Rosanna Bassford of Eggshell Home, black-out shades can be closed when the natural light turns to a glare, or when you need to block out the world to make a deadline.
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Add a Touch of Elegance
This spacious home office from Charbonneau Interiors has soft colors, modern glam furnishings, and a large built-in display case that's lit for a close-up.
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Play With Patterns
This dedicated home office from Britt Design Studio is built along one wall of the room, with cabinets running up to the ceiling to maximize storage, and a large worktop built for two that has a colorful backsplash accent. A bold patterned window shade, a textured rug, and a pair of comfortable armchairs adds a sense of modern style.