Home Office: The Ultimate Décor Guide

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Designing a perfect home office is the first step towards your success. From your office desk to decorative details, every element should contribute to your productivity and give your workspace an inspiring look. Not only will your home office provide you with some privacy, but it will also motivate you to get your work done. With these simple ideas, you’ll design a stylish ambiance, as well as a stimulating work environment.  

It all starts with the right desk

Your desk is perhaps the most important element in your home office that can both enhance your work efficiency and elevate your office décor. A simple yet elegant wooden desk can work as a stunning statement, especially when complemented with other design elements, such as striped curtains or a set of comfortable armchairs. Choosing wood as your primary material can give your home office a charming rustic flair and even create a vintage-inspired look. You should keep your desk surface free from clutter to boost your productivity. All you need is a task lamp and perhaps a few simple details, and your desk will inspire productivity. 

A balanced colour scheme

The colour scheme you choose for your office design can greatly affect your state of mind, so you need to make sure that you’ve picked the right one. The key lies in creating an understated look that won’t be too distracting. While green and blue inspire relaxation and can help you create a more soothing vibe in your office, yellow, red and orange can be quite energising and inspirational. However, you should aim for balance – too much of one colour can have a negative impact on your mood. For example, using yellow excessively can strain your eyes. A palette of neutral, earthy tones is another stylish choice. Not only will they create an elegant look, but they will also give you an opportunity to introduce pops of vibrant, more conspicuous hues. 

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Plants for energy

As an essential element of home décor, houseplants will fill your home office with refreshing natural energy. Pops of their lovely green will liven up your workspace and give your home office a touch of nature. From succulent terrariums to chic hanging planters, you have a range of creative options to introduce plants to your home office. In addition, since plants act as natural air purifiers, they will fill your home office with fresh, toxin-free air, which will consequently boost your productivity. 

Lighting is key

A bright office with a lot of natural lighting will have an open, airy atmosphere that will keep you motivated to work. To maximise the amount of sunlight in your office, you should use light, gauzy drapes or remove them altogether. However, if your office is typically gloomy throughout the day, you should consider installing high-quality tubular skylights to provide your home office with more natural lighting. Not only will your workspace seem brighter and more open, but it will actually reduce your need for artificial lighting. Nonetheless, you should also add a lovely task lamp that will provide you with more concentrated light for work. From vintage lamps to simple industrial lights, the design of your lighting fixture can truly add to your office design.

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Accessories for the final touch

Not only will accessories give your home office the final touch, but they will also provide you with an opportunity to personalise your work area. Whether you choose to display inspiring artwork, enticing sculptures or a personal collection, you’ll be able to express your personality through décor. However, you should follow the “less is more” principle and keep your decorations at minimum. This way, you’ll have a clean, organised and clutter-free office that exudes authenticity. 

From simple design details to major office pieces, every item in your private workspace should contribute to your productivity while simultaneously elevating your office décor. 


Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics. She is a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator