Two things we’re doing a lot of right now? Working from home and scrolling Instagram. As a digital-forward business, we’re more than familiar with both and we can’t stress enough the importance of carving out a dedicated space to work. That’s why we can’t stop looking at home office decorating ideas. Whether you’ve got an extra room, a spare closet, or a quaint nook, if you’re fortunate enough to be able to work from home, why not make it a space you want to be in? Below, we’ve pulled together some current fave Instagram posts that prove any area of your home can become an inspiring workspace — assuming you have the right paint, of course.
If office furniture, cords, or desktop screens makes you cringe, then create a work station that allows you to literally shut the door and hide it all away when you’re off duty. Designer Alicia Hassen of Brooklinteriors created this sneaky space by mounting a freestanding desk and coordinating shelves inside a small closet. A closet office is also the perfect solution if you’re tight on space and Alicia made this space pop with our deep, moody green, Current Mood. And by painting the interior of the closet a darker shade than the exterior walls which are coated in Dirty Martini, Hassen added depth to the inset, making it appear more spacious.
Clear the Table
Minimalists will approve of designer Tina Rich’s mobile home office, which simply requires putting your laptop down on an existing surface. Both a small-space solution and an option for anyone with a dining room that sits empty, a dining table work area offers ample space to spread out. It’s also great if you need to share your “desk” with roommates, spouses, or children. Here, our clean hue, Fresh Kicks, along with organic textures and natural materials, adds a welcome soothing vibe. If your current dining space is a bit dark, maybe it’s time to lighten up those walls with some home office paint colors?
Decorator Cassie Horvath transformed an open room in her home into this warm and inviting office. Modern, traditional, and industrial furniture styles blend with curated decorative accessories for an exposed office space that tie in with the rest of the home. But the best trick of all is her reinvention of a blank white wall into a fabulous wood paneled backdrop. Featuring our signature paint color, Current Mood, this ingenious detail makes the entire space command attention and focus.
Laura Leigh, the fashion influencer behind the blog Louella Reese, knows just how to add the subtlest amount of color to punch up a setting while still keeping the overall mood calm. To ground all the light hues in her home office, she added a wall of board and batten, painted in Dirty Martini- a dusty green shade that’s dark enough to add contrast and structure, but light enough to match its surroundings. So if you’re looking for home office decorating ideas that add major impact, just add wood and paint!
When space is at a premium, consider transforming a nook in your home. Despite this home office being part of a larger living area, blogger Emily Counts made a corner cozy enough to feel like a private workspace. Her space-saving ideas include mounting your monitor (genius!) and looking for a tiered desk with ample storage. To keep it all feeling less workday, decorative jars hide office supplies and a cord concealer (painted in Whipped to match the wall), masks the not-so-pretty parts of tech life.
Work the Room
When working from home became a necessity, decorator and stager Jess Harrington turned this formerly small guest bedroom into a home office she adores. Look to natural nooks within a room when deciding where to place your desk. Recessed walls provide automatic privacy and can help keep you from getting distracted by home life. Good Jeans, the sophisticated blue-gray hue on the walls, is both confident and relaxed, which is exactly how we’d like to picture ourselves at work.
Do the Job
If you’re at a loss for where to start or think there’s no hope for realizing your dream home office scenario, then check out this makeover from Our Well Designed Life. What started as blasé beige walls, a sliding door closet, wall-to-wall carpeting, and basement windows became a bold, stylish workspace fit for two. The wall-length floating desk, open shelving, and high coat of Fresh Kicks, all create the illusion of more space. But it’s the paneling in Goodnight Moon and sophisticated exposed storage options, that really prove no matter the space, all you need is a little creativity and color.
Love these fresh ideas? Figure out your work-from-home palette with the Clare Color Genius. Or, check out our curated selection of paints. From soft neutrals to energizing blue-greens, or pale yellow (which is said to fuel creativity), Clare can help keep you focused on the task at home.