8 Modern Home Office Ideas

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Working from home is much more popular these days. And while for some people this might mean carrying a laptop between the couch and the kitchen table, many home workers prefer to carve out a dedicated space that helps them to get inspired and stay focused, whether that means a corner of the bedroom or an entire room.

Decorating a home office doesn't have to be all-business. Instead, you can tailor your home office space to your needs, tastes, whims, and personality, using all of your self-knowledge to design a workspace that works best for only you. Here's some modern home office inspiration to get you started.

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    Chocolate Brown Color Palette

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    My Scandinavian Home

    Sweden-based British blogger Niki Brantmark from My Scandinavian Home designed this delicious chocolate brown home office by coating an accent wall in cocoa-colored paint. The warm color adds a grounding element to the light and airy room, with its Scandi-style white painted walls and floors. Brantmark chose a light oak desk with mid-century 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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    Terracotta Walls

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    Siham Mazouz / How the French Live

    San Francisco-based blogger and author of How the French Live Siham Mazouz created a stylish and creative home office space by using warm, assertive shades of pink and red. The joyful, colorful space is complete with terracotta half-painted walls, a mid-century modern desk, a vintage red Bukhara rug and artwork by her daughter Inès.

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    Asian Influences

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    Dabito / 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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    Double Duty Office Space

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    This simple modern home office designed by Seattle-based OreStudios is built around a wall of windows that flood the space with energizing natural light. A long expansive work top that comfortably seats two is supported and separated by storage with plenty of drawer space below; the white color allows the desk to blend into the room's white walls. Royal blue velvet chairs, pretty wall sconces, and a cozy Berber rug add a plush note.

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    Modern Eclectic

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    Erin Williamson Design

    Texas-based Erin Williamson Design started the design for this sophisticated modern home office by painting the room in Farrow & Ball Pigeon. "My client is an endlessly creative individual who deserved a workspace as cool as she is," Williamson says. "We refinished the Ikea Billy bookcases in matching paint and added oversized hardware from CB2, which gave them a more architectural feel. An eclectic mix of patterns and furnishings add to the uniquely personal vibe."

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    Create a Destination

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    Erin Williamson Design

    Erin Williamson Design started by painting this room in Benjamin Moore Dragon's Breath. "I set up this small workstation in a previously unused room off the kitchen, and it's the perfect spot to send a few emails or shop for samples," Williamson says. "Dark paint feels grounded and gives this relatively petite room some weight, which makes it feel less like a pass through space and more like a destination."

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    Picture Window

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    This galley-style home office designed by OreStudios has a clean, modern feel and a pretty picture window that functions like 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 lovely view.

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    Couples Office

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    Gabriele Pizzale Design

    Gabriele Pizzale Design designed this home office "for a couple who both work from home, one pretty much exclusively and the other periodically," Pizzale says. "They wanted a professional space that they would feel apart from the rest of the home, and be very organized to ensure they stay on task," Pizzale says. "The husband that uses the office the most is a business coach, so he does a lot of video calls. He was concerned that the background be professional." She and her team chose grass cloth for the walls and a fabric valance to improve the room's acoustics, with a desk and bookshelf made from durable thermofoil, adding "an interesting light fixture to give it some personality."