Work is the worst, but we bet you won’t mind getting it done if your space looked amazing. Not only are these work-ready spaces aesthetically gorgeous, but their unique designs will inspire new ideas and boost your productivity. Whether you’ve got an entire room or just a tiny corner, we’ve got inspiration for you on this list.
Be A Minimalist
Minimalism is so hot right now. Keep your desk clutter-free, add in simple furniture (like these reclaimed wood chairs and desk), keep a neutral color palette, and watch how inspired you’ll be to actually do your work. If you need to warm things up—so it doesn’t look bland and sterile—add a plant or macramé wall hanging.
Take It Black
Is this not the sexiest office you’ve ever seen? Black furniture combined with brass accents looks super sleek. Opt for a gray-black for the walls, so it doesn’t feel too dark.
Embrace your inner free spirit and decorate your office with anything that tells a story, has sentimental value to you, or that you picked up on your travels. Add in a bold, patterned rug, color on color, and some plants. Remember: More is more.
Get Creative With Space
Calling all New Yorkers (and anyone who lives in a teeny, tiny apartment)—you probably don’t have room for a formal office, so you need to get creative. Opt for small furniture, and try putting your desk up against a window in your bedroom. That way, it’s out of sight from your living room, and you at least have a view to look at to separate it from your sleeping area.
Make It Modern
Your formula for a modern office: white lacquer desk, a geometric rug, and sleek lighting. To make it a little more glam and feminine, add bold color and brass accents.
Use Open Shelving
If you can stay organized, try open shelving. It’ll help your room feel more fun, creative, and colorful. In this Boston brownstone, the kitchen pantry also houses the office, so the shelves serve double-duty.
If your work space is cool, you may be more inclined to actually use it. A vintage aluminum desk and stool create an industrial vibe in this Colorado cabin’s study. Chicken-wire bookcases add a rustic touch to the room.
To totally transport yourself somewhere way more exciting than your work, try an exotic pattern, like the black-and-white zebra motif in this Charleston home office. A rattan chandelier adds texture.
Pare way down and keep your aesthetic clean and calming. A simple Swedish desk was placed by a window with a view of the Baltic Sea in a Scandinavian home. It’s mostly neutral, but the pops of blue keep the room feeling fresh and invigorating.
Conceal Clutter With Curtains
If your clutter feeds your creativity, you don’t have to get rid of it, you just need to conceal it smartly. In a Birmingham, Alabama office, curtains soften the room and hide everyday office papers and books that are stacked up on the shelves.