A well designed home office will most certainly set the stage for higher productivity, but why not get creative, try incorporating a personalized library into your space. This can be a set of shelves above your desk, a built-in library with a ladder or just a single unit purchased from IKEA. You are only confined by the space that you have available and the budget that you set for yourself for this space. If you are a DIY’er, then you are only limited by your imagination and your skill set. Have a look through the collection of cozy home office spaces with integrated libraries. We hope that you will get some inspiration to design your own personal office. With varying styles, there are a lot of creative ideas, so please enjoy!
When planning your home office, the functions that are needed in this space will help to determine how much space you need. Think about the use and plan ahead. If you are needing storage, you may wish to work with a cabinet designer to custom create built-in bookcases to store your collection. You may also want a built-in desk storage system. You also want to consider lighting and electricity. Look around at the layout of your space to ensure you have the proper amount of task lighting. A central light fixture might be enough, but you may also want a desk lamp. For built-in bookcases, you may want to consider puck lights. Also, access to power outlets need to be in locations that will work for computer equipment and plug-in fixtures.
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Above: Here is the designer’s description of the home office project she worked on for her clients: “I began with choosing the perfect color for the back of the custom shelving we put into the main wall which once housed a wooden cabinet and some end tables that served as makeshift station for the printer and supplies. Teal is an exciting color, but because it is in the cool spectrum of color, is still very soothing. I wanted it to work within the space effortlessly, as opposed to being a distraction. We decided to make the desk part of the built in system, and have it function as a “partners desk” so that it could be shared if the couple wanted to work in the office in at the same time.”
Above: A palette of white, green and a hint of blue creates a stunning home office. Home offices can be tricky to style with technical details and office items to store. Try using a starting point to your design scheme, like was done in this office with the leafy area rug. Its fresh and vibrant, and adds a nod to Mother Nature. The window seat was covered with a Sunbrella velvet fabric for durability. Swivel chairs allow communication within the space. This paint color is Benjamin Moore French Canvas.
Above: A Canadian timber frame home features a home office with loft library.
Above: This modern home office features built-ins highlight with C2 Paint’s Espionage (C2_742). You can find it here.
Above: This stunning Denver, Colorado home office is 15′-7″ x 10′-9″ (built-in is 12′-0″ x 1′-6″, desk extends 6′ beyond the built-in). Notable features: For the ceiling, the designer selected two color ways of wall covering to achieve this aesthetic. Source: Harlequin Delphine Beatrice. The area rugs were selected from Pottery Barn. The chairs were sourced online from Target. The paint color on the cabinetry and desk is Kwal Fossil Dust CLW1043W, here. The flooring is solid hardwood, 5″ planks sourced from Kentwood. The light fixture was sourced from Global Views. The drapery panels were custom made from the designer’s local drapery workroom. Finally, the hardware was sourced from one of our favorites, Anthropologie!
Photo Sources: 1. Dura Supreme Cabinetry, 2. Emily A. Clark, 3. David Howell Design, 4. Domiteaux + Baggett Architects, 5. Gunkelmans Interior Design, 6. D.L. Rhein, 7. Johnston Home LLC, 8. Foley Fiore Architecture, 9. Michael Fullen Design Group, 10. Sitka Log Homes, 11. Sater Design Collection, 12. Christian Rice Architects, 13. Amie Corley Interiors, 14. Garrison Hullinger Interior Design, 15. U+B Architecture & Design, 16. Francesca Owings Interior Design, 17. Color Confidential, 18. Savoie Architects, 19. KO+KO Architects, 20. Schuyler Samperton Inteiror Design, 21. Eric Piasecki Photography, 22. Jacobsen Architecture, 23. Suzy Hoodless, 24. Thompson Custom Homes, 25. Duet Design Group, 26. South Shore Millwork, 27. Raji Radhakrishnan, 28. BHG
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