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25+ Modern home office ideas for your place

By Elise Hodge

Updated: March 6th, 2022

Out with the old, in with the new! It's time to restyle your office to make it the space of your dreams.

Having a well organised and aesthetically pleasing environment can definitely improve your productivity. And with the recent increase in people working from home, it’s more important than ever to create an office space that makes you feel motivated to check off your to-do list.

I believe that creating a stylish home office starts with choosing a theme and taking inspiration from that theme. And a modern design is the perfect place to start! No matter what your style is, there are so many different modern design features that can be incorporated into your space to improve it.

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Designing a modern home office

Clean lines: Modern style is all about clean lines and a very straightforward, no fuss approach which is pretty easy to achieve for even the most novice interior stylists.

Limited colour palette: A limited colour palette helps to keep everything looking calming rather than chaotic. Choose your favourite colour, then a couple of secondary colours to complement it.

Well made furnishings: Spending a little more on your furnishings is a much better idea in the long run as they will last a lot longer than something cheap which will probably fall apart in a years time. Quality over quantity, always!

Now let’s check out 28 modern home office ideas to take some inspiration from!

1. Minimal, modern and organised

This home office is the perfect spot when working from home. I love the neutral colour palette of the white walls and timber because it means it’s a functional space that works for anyone and everyone in the family.

minimal modern home office
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2. Charcoal grey

If you love the look of black interiors but don’t want to go quite that dark then charcoal grey is a great alternative. Charcoal grey is softer than black and helps to create dimension in a space without being too dark and dismal. And if you have a lot of dark features in your office space, make sure to illuminate them with interesting lighting!

3. Creative’s retreat

This space would be perfect as a creative’s retreat. I love the quirkily painted brick wall, whimsical mobiles and beautiful timber chairs.  A pendant light, some potted plants and a few pops of colour and you have a uniquely personalised home office!

modern home office twith vintage and eclectic look
Source: Photo by Ben Ashby on Unsplash

4. Gallery wall

When in doubt, install a gallery wall! The beauty of gallery walls is that they can look however you like which means that a gallery wall will work with any style of space. I love the modern prints on the wall in this office which bring so much character and interest to the space. And the painted feature wall ensures the gallery wall is the focal point. Just add some beautiful indoor plants around and voila!

Get help creating your own gallery wall with some picture hanging help.

modern home office with deep blue feature wall
Source: Photo by Beady on Unsplash

5. LED strip lights

I love LED strip lights on a wall as it gives such a cool effect and maies an awesome modern feature for a room. Not only do they look like a work of art, but they also work so well to provide a glow of light to the office area. For a modern monochrome home office, why not display a selection of black and white books on a shelf which really help to tie the colour scheme together.

6. Minimalist haven

If you love minimalist design, then this home office would definitely be a haven for you: a minimalist haven. Minimalist design works really well with modern design as they are both typically designed by clean lines and minimal colour schemes. I love this white office space which looks so modern, classic and chic.

7. Plenty of storage

If you prefer to have everything put away, with only the most necessary items out, then adding storage is a great way to go! I love the generous shelving in this modern office space that I’m sure would fit so many things inside!

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8. Black on black

If there was a main colour for ‘modern’ then black would definitely take the cake. A black on black office space is modern, chic, timeless, classy and edgy all in one. Mix with woven storage baskets to hide away items that aren’t within the colour scheme.

9. Wood on wood

This modern home office proves that you can never have too many wooden textures. I love the wood on wood look. What a classy, modern and timeless space. See how to incorporate wood in more of your spaces with these wooden bathroom ideas and timber kitchen ideas.

minimal timber home office
Source: Photo by Denys Striyeshyn on Unsplash

10. Window bench

If you often have little ones coming into your office or just like to have somewhere comfortable to sit, then a window bench is a great idea! Ideally your window bench spans across the entirety of the wall and provides a stunning view to the outside.

11. Under stairs office

Here’s a stunningly simple modern office space that is super easy to achieve even if you don’t have room for an actual separate home office. Utilising the under-stairs space (or any similar nook you might have) is ideal. I love the vintage Mid-Century Modern chair and desk with built-in drawers. And adding a small wall sconce is a great idea to improve the lighting here.

understaffs home office
Source: Photo by Conor Sexton on Unsplash

12. Bohemian paradise

If you love modern home offices with a touch of Boho, you might like to start with a sleek black desk and simple seating. Then, add Boho touches in décor like macrame wallhangings, a framed print, and lots of beautiful indoor plants dotted around, which adds freshness and calm to any space.

13. Have a “cloffice”

If you have even less space than an under-stairs nook, you might need to get creative! Some people are opting to create a “cloffice” (clothes/office) if they have a roomy enough closet. All you need is room for a desk surface, some shelves for supplies, and a good rolling chair that you can tuck away under the desk area.

Source: Photo by Alexandru Acea on Unsplash

14. Curved desk

If you want something a little different than a regular desk, a curved desk gives you a really a large workspace to spread out. You can work on your laptop in one area whilst your books and papers are displayed ready to use on the other side.

15. Abstract design

If you’re going for modern design, don’t be afraid to add some patterns! It may be something like having your office chair upholstered in the same print that you’ve used in an artwork. When adding abstract prints and patterns, contrast them with a plain base, like a modern desk, and plenty of clean lines.

16. Moody blues

Shades of blue are a beautiful and calming choice of colour for a home office. For example, navy cabinetry is really such a beautiful choice. If you’re a little afraid to go dark with your furnishings, then navy is a great in-between colour that gives you that dark look without looking too dark. Add some cream accents and even gold handles to drawers, as these look amazing with navy. If navy is too dark, what about a lovely faded peacock blue like this spacious home office wall?

modern home office with extended desk
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17. Desk in the middle

Desks are so often placed facing walls, but what about putting your desk in the middle of the room?! It’s an arrangement guaranteed to give you major CEO vibes.

18. French pink

If your style tends towards glam and feminine, a pretty home office space like this might be the way to go. Start with basic white furniture and dress it up with an eclectic array of gorgeous décor and accessories, in shades of pink and gold.  Don’t forget to up the sensory experience with soft, tactile textiles like a cushion or throw on the chair.

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19. Meeting room

If you’re setting up a meeting room, a long desk is great for being able to present lots of different collateral and have it displayed all over the table. Similarly, if you are creating a co-working space with someone on one side and the other person on the other side.

20. Feature wall

Feature walls are a great way of adding some depth to a room. And this blue-black feature wall is extremely modern and gives an awesome effect. Plus I love that the wall-mounted shelving is also really dark black which helps to tie everything in together really well.

21. Collaboration space

If you have multiple people working in your home office, then a collaboration space is a great idea, the perfect meeting place for everyone to roll their chairs up to. And then once you’re done, everyone can roll on back to their own workspace. Just add a cool light pendant above the middle of the table to be able to light up any important documents and meeting notes.

home office with skylights
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22. Home office with two desks

For a shared office space, you’ll likely need enough room for two office desks. Ensure the desks are a little further away from each other so both of the occupants have their own space.

23. Clean lines and simple style

This minimal modern office space looks so neat and organised with its clean lines and simple style. I love the simple white furniture, the unique desktop lamp and the copious greenery!

24. Indoor plants

Indoor plants are always a welcomed addition in any room. They not only add a pop of greenery, but plants can help with the air quality in your home, making it purer. Plus they just look gorgeous and so happy! I love the small potted plant which has been placed on the corner of the modern desk as well as the large palm which looks like it is reaching out to all the beautiful natural sunlight coming through the windows.

modern home office with wraparound desk
Source: Photo by Beazy on Unsplash

25. Abstract design

If you’re going for modern design, don’t be afraid to add some patterns! It may be something like having your office chair upholstered in the same print that you’ve used in an artwork. When adding abstract prints and patterns, contrast them with a plain base, like a modern desk, and plenty of clean lines.

26. Light and airy

It’s easy to adapt a living room to incorporate office space, without it sticking out like a sore thumb. The trick is to go for very streamlined and minimal furniture, in a timeless timber, and blend a computer screen into a gallery wall. I love a light and airy space, and this one ticks all the boxes for me. And I just can’t ignore that stunning macrame wall hanging which is the most beautiful feature!

27. Oversized feature

If you want to create a focal point in your modern office, then adding something like a bold print on the wall will do the trick. I love the oversized ‘&’ sign that really demands your attention and contrasts with the tiny size of the desk. The good news with adding an oversized feature for the focal point of the room means that the onlooker won’t immediately look at your cluttered desk (if it’s cluttered at the time).

Source: Photo by Alexandra Gorn on Unsplash

28. Blackboard wall

And last but not least, consider a blackboard wall. It’s the perfect office multipurpose feature wall. What a cool idea to be able to write your to-do list on your wall every day!

Well, there we have 25+ modern home office ideas! I absolutely love the collaborative spaces with the large desks to spread out onto as well as the offices that have a distinctive colour scheme which really helps to keep everything cohesive. What were your favourites? Let me know what ideas you’ll be trying in the comments!






Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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