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Home Office Decoration Ideas

Staying motivated while working from home isn’t always easy, especially when your office also happens to be your bedroom, kitchen or living room. The best offices inspire focus, it’s a lot easier to hit your targets when your space promotes positivity. Just about everyone can benefit  from having a functional yet stylish workspace. Whether it’s to tackle a to do list, get creative or even read, the right decor can energise any ad hoc office space. Read on for our best furniture, lighting and colour picks to get  you inspired. These office design ideas will actually make you look forward to Monday mornings!

Home Office Decorating Tips

The best office transformations start with paint, for a guide to office paint ideas look here. Shop all you need to remodel your room at The Paint Shed today. With paint colours to inspire focus, inspiration and creativity from the UK’s biggest and best paint brands including Dulux Trade, Farrow & Ball and Crown Trade you are sure to find your favourite. 

We spend a third of our life at work. So we might as well like the space we work from. At the office, you’re expected to be productive, creative, and social and you should have the same expectations of your home office. The design of a space greatly affects how you feel and think in it. Certain colours will invoke specific feelings, blue for instance is great for creating a calm, welcoming environment while yellow will help inject energy into a room. When decorating your work office it is important that you consider how you want to feel in it and pick colours that reflect that, for more on the science of colour look here. 


Home Office Room Ideas

Once you have your base colours selected then imagine the overall office environment. How much space do you have to work with? A cluttered space will not inspire productivity, so you should select furniture and accessories in accordance with how much space you have and how much space you want to leave for creativity. After all a tidy space = a tidy mind, you can always add plants, stationary etc. later on. Now you have the key pieces selected, think about how you would best arrange them. Aim for the most efficient layout possible so that is easy to maintain. Drawers, shelves and other storage items will help you achieve a cohesive and well-organized space. This is key if multiple people are using the space/ the space needs to fulfill different requirements. Storage space and space dividers will allow you to easily transform the space come 5pm.

Home Office Decorating Themes

Minimalist Work Space

Minimalist workspaces are perfect for the easily distracted. Cool neutral toned walls combined with minimal furnishings is the ideal environment for anyone seeking focus and calm. White and cream walls are great for making a home office feel more spacious and open, as well helping to create a divide between your working space and your leisure space especially if the rest of your home is filled with colour. Decorate sparingly with warmed toned/wooden accessories to create the perfect cosy but understated home office.


Hygge Office

Now that we’ve entered the colder months many of us may have been tempted to work from the comfort of our beds or wrapped up on the sofa. With hygge you can the best of both worlds by combining the structure of an office with ease of working from home. The swedish art of Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life, the perfect theme for winter right? So how do you make a home office hygge? Introduce candles, blankets, plants and soft lighting to your space to aid productivity while remaining cosy and calm while you work. Just be careful you don’t get so comfortable you nap instead!

Traditional Meets Modern 

When it comes to decorating your office don't be afraid to steal decor from other rooms in the house. Mixing vintage furniture pieces with modern accessories is a great way to make your office feel warm and lived in. You want your home office to feel personal not corporate, introducing plants, rugs and mismatched chairs will help add character. Art is also great for adding interest to a space, gallery walls in particular are very on trend this year, so pick out a few of your favourite designs or memories, hang them up and get inspired. 

Home Office Furniture Ideas

Lacquered furniture

If you have a small compact home office like a converted alcove closet opt for glossy white lacquered cabinets, shelves and furniture. Similar to the maximizing effect of a mirror, the reflective surfaces will give the illusion of a larger, more open space. Adding dimension to a smaller office will help them feel like a permanent fixture of your home rather than a makeshift workspace.


Pops of colour 

Liven up your workspace with colourful furniture. If your desk and walls are lacking in personality, bright and inspiring furniture will help inspire creativity and productivity. Add pops of fun and vibrancy with primary colored lamps, stools and stationary and a graphic rug.

Upcycled Furniture

While office furniture should first and foremost be functional there’s no reason you can’t have a little fun with it. It’s in your home after all, so every furniture piece should reflect you and your personality. Personalise old, second hand and IKEA furniture to fit with your dream home office. With the right paint, sandpaper, and elbow grease, DIY home decor projects can turn humble "befores" to enviable "afters." Look here for some of our best upcycling tips. 

More Painting Tips & Advice

Whether it’s to work from home or you simply need a space for creating, reading, or writing, your home office is a place that should inspire the flow of calm and creativity. Makeshift home offices are often left forgotten, but with these home office decorating ideas your office will soon become your favourite part of your home.

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