Feeling unmotivated by your current small home office setup? We feel you. It can be tough to get into productivity mode when you’re not totally satisfied with your immediate work environment, and that goes double when that environment just so happens to be right in the middle of your living room (or the middle of your kitchen table).
But small or not, there is so much that you can do to bring more style and functionality to your home office space. And to prove it, we’ve gathered 14 of our favorite small office looks, with plenty of inspiration for turning your WFH setup into a place where you actually want to, well, work. So whether you’ve got a designated office or just a corner of your studio apartment, here are some of the best ideas we’ve found for making your small home office all your own.
Make Use of Unused Space
If you’ve got two walls with nothing in between them, you’ve got space for a home office. Case in point: this minimalist look from Whittney Parkinson Design, which manages to turn an empty corner into a totally functional home office with the simple addition of some floating shelves and a desk.
Get Color Happy
Embrace color in your work from home space for an instant burst of joy and creativity every time you sit down at your computer. This colorful office creation from Rikki Snyder Interiors does a great job of blending together bold, bright shades, using fun accessories and art to turn an otherwise plain desk space into something so much more.
A pretty plant could be your best WFH co-worker. Plants have a proven ability to help us feel more focused and satisfied at work, with one study finding that plants improve our productivity by as much as 15%. They’re also an easy, affordable, and low-commitment way to spruce up your small home office. Some of the best office plants include aloe, snake plants, and oxalis to name a few.
Make Minimalist Magic
Easily create a cohesive space by sticking to a minimalist, modern approach, like this inviting home office from Jules Interiors. What this office lacks in square feet it more than makes up for in buttoned-up brilliance, including a limited color palette and just a few functional accessories. It’s balanced without being distracting, leaving more time to focus on the tasks at hand, and the built-in desk drawers make it easy to store away anything that doesn’t belong front and center.
Where most of us might have seen a too-narrow nook, the designers of Arbor & Co. saw an opportunity for more. We’re huge fans of this deeply-contrasted small office space, which manages to be completely separated from the rest of the home stylistically, while also blending effortlessly into its surroundings.
See if you can carve out your own little office space where you might not assume it belongs, then take a cue from Arbor & Co.’s playbook and paint it an unexpected hue to further establish it as a space all its