53 Modern Home Office Ideas for a Great Home Workspace

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Design by Heather Hilliard Design / Photo by David Duncan Livingston

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

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Nicole Franzen

    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

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    Design by Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop

    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.

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    Make Room for Everyone

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    Design by Martha O'Hara Interiors / Photo by Spacecrafting Photography

    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

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    Fantastic Frank

    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.

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    Warm a Space With Chocolate Brown

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    My Scandinavian Home

    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.

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    Float the Desk

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    Design by Yael Weiss Interiors

    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.

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    Envelop the Office in Soothing Green

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    Design by Christina Kim Interior Design

    In this home office from Christina Kim Interior Design, soothing warm medium toned green paint coats the walls and built-in shelving and storage, while pale wood floors and a desk with natural caning details provides contrast.

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    Embrace High Glam

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    Design by Candace Mary Interiors / Photo by Jackie Blair

    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.

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    Look to Scandi-Modern Design Ideas

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Amber Thrane

    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

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    Design by Heather Hilliard Design / Photo by David Duncan Livingston

    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.

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    Go Dark

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    Design by Urbanology Designs / Photo by Matti Gresham Photography

    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.

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    Make It Comfortable

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    Design by Living With Lolo / Photo by Life Created

    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.

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    Test Out Terracotta Walls

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    Design and Photo by Siham Mazouz

    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.

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    Call Dibs on a Corner Office

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    Design by Jenn Pablo Studio

    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.

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    Build Out Your Mezzanine Office Dreams

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

    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

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    Old Brand New

    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.

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    Play Up the Drama

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    Design by Breeze Giannasio Interiors

    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.

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    Choose the Right Curtains

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    Design by Jenn Pablo Studio

    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

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    Fantastic Frank

    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.

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    Transform an Alcove

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    Design by Candace Mary Interiors / Photo by Martin Vecchio

    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

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    Design by Alvin Wayne

    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.

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    Elevate Your Zoom Background Game

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    Design and Photo by Malcolm Simmons for Emily Henderson Design

    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.

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    Compile a Giant Moodboard

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Jeanne Canto

    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.

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    Separate With a Screen

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    Design by Emilie Fournet Interiors / Photo by Caitlin Mogridge

    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

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    Design by Marie Flanigan Interiors / Photo by Julie Soefer

    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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    Apply an Accent Wallpaper

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    Design by Neva Interior Design / Photo by Agathe Tissier

    Modern home office ideas can blend several styles together, too. This home office from Neva Interior Design has a built-in desk with an Art Deco wallpaper accent to define the space, plus open shelving for storage and display.

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    Deck Out the Space With Midcentury Modern Furniture

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    Design by Emilie Fournet Interiors / Photo by Kasia Fizser

    This London home office from Emilie Fournet Interiors has lavender wall paint and a vintage midcentury modern modular wall unit that includes open and closed storage, warm wood accents, and authentic vintage vibes that still feel modern today.

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    Plant a Tree

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    Fantastic Frank

    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.

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    Embrace an Earthy, Modern Look

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    Design by Lindye Galloway Studio

    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.

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    Go for Galley Style

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    Design by OreStudios

    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.

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    Pick a Live Edge Desk

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Zeke Ruelas

    Dark blue wall paint, framed photos, a fiddle leaf fig tree, a patterned rug, a comfy upholstered leather desk chair and a live edge desk give this home office from Emily Henderson Design a sense of modern style and ease.

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    Select a Neutral Palette

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    Design by Leclair Decor

    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

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    Design by Tribe Design Group

    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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    Add Some Coastal Flair

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    Design by Tyler Karu

    In search of modern home office ideas that still have an air of coziness or warmth? This Maine home office designed by Tyler Karu has a breezy coastal feel, with shades of blue and white and a mix of pale and weathered wood tones.

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    Stick With Simplicity

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Christy Q. Photo

    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

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    Design by Alvin Wayne

    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.

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    Design a Personal C-Suite

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    Design by Forbes + Masters

    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.

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    Choose a Playful Yet Modern Print

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    Design by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Tramp

    This home office from Emily Henderson Design has gray-and-white plaid check wallpaper that has happy vibes while being muted enough not to be a distraction.

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    Style Your Shelves

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    Design by Michelle Berwick Design

    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.

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    Paint an Accent Wall

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    Design by House of One / Photo by Lifestyle Production Group

    This home office from House of One has a modern green, white, and black color palette, with a bold accent wall accentuated with wainscotting.

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    Go for Grand

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    Design by Maestri Studio / Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker

    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.

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    Consider a Front Office

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    Design by Christina Kim Interior Design

    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

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    Design by Christina Kim Interior Design

    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

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    Design by Maestri Studio / Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker

    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.

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    Celebrate Your Favorite Color

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    Design by JL Design / Photo by Alyssa Rosenheck

    While office buildings are designed to please everyone, you should be searching for modern home office ideas that only need to please you. This home office from JL Design is painted in a bold and assertive green that is a celebration of personal taste.

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    Try a Room Made for Two

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    Design by William Hunter Collective / Styled by Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Sara Tramp-Ligorria

    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.

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    Implement a Wall of Built-Ins

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    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.

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    Design a Classic-Meets-Modern Look

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    Design by Eggshell Home / Photo by Laura Flippen

    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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    Incorporate a Green Wall

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    A Beautiful Mess

    Who says you need to work at a tech start-up to have a monumental green wall in your office? This DIY faux living wall from A Beautiful Mess brings the outdoors in and adds an energizing feel-good vibe.

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    Use Vintage Furniture

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    Design by Space Factory / Photo by Hervé Goluza

    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

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    Design by Eggshell Home / Photo by Helynn Ospina

    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

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    Design by Charbonneau Interiors

    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

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    Design by Britt Design Studio

    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.