Whether you work from home or have carved out space for something you love like crafting, reading, or writing. Thus, your home office is a place that should inspire the flow of creativity. And allow you to get down to business. But often, that’s not the case. In fact, home offices can be the most neglected spaces in our homes—messy and unfriendly environments for inspiration. Thus, driving us to work anywhere but in the actual office, like the couch, or kitchen, or bed (guilty!).
To help you create and update your own inspiring space, we asked experts. Hence, from designers to bloggers and editors. Thus, for their advice on the best home office updates. And small home office ideas that will make you want to buckle down and get to work.
Breathe some life into your space, so you’ll want to stay longer. “I try to ensure a balanced home office which is practical, ergonomic, comfortable, and clean. Hence, if these elements aren’t in place I know I’ll end up working at the kitchen table! A lovely plant is said to help keep you feeling calm and clean the air—plus it looks pretty too. I like either a Snake Plant or a ZZ plant. Both look lovely, are good for cleaning the air, and are low maintenance!” — Niki Brantmark, Author and Founder of My Scandinavian Home
Your space should inspire you—and reflect your unique personality. So don’t be afraid to go all out. “We wanted to design a space that was fashionable, functional and reflected homeowner Desi Perkins’ personality. The black accent wall added some drama and depth to space. Also, we added a chandelier above the desk to add a little glitz and glamour. The wood tiled sideboard keeps space organized. Hence, serving as a storage unit for beauty products and countertop for office supplies. The functionality of the space. Hence, makes it possible for Desi to stay on top of the business side of her career. While the chic decor provides the perfect backdrop for her videos. And Instagram photos.” — Leura Fine, CEO, and Founder of Laurel & Wolf
Ground your space with a colorful area rug—for visual interest and soothing sound-absorption. “The multi-colored rug brings in other colors that accent the peach and green nicely, too. But you could also do a neutral gray rug with this color combo. Keep the furniture simple and clean to make it sleeker. And then add in some green foliage to give the room some texture!” — Joy Cho, Founder & Creative Director of Oh Joy!
Decorate with images that speak to you. Even if you’re crunching numbers all day. “Fill your office with vibrant art to energize your space and make you feel motivated. I create my own artwork and have it framed by Simply Framed, or I shop from Chairish and Society6.” — Dabito, Founder & Creative Director at Old Brand New