Work that space! Home office ideas to inspire remote workers

With around half of us predicted to ditch the commute for the perks of working remotely by 2020 – yes, next year! – now’s the time to create an inspiring home-office.

The hidden hub

Home office ideas
Megan Taylor, 2LG/John Lewis of Hungerford

In this cool and colourful kitchen, the office area is concealed cleverly behind floor-to-ceiling cabinetry; the central doors open to reveal a surprise workplace. The desk chair is from Menu ( For a similar blue paint colour, go to Mylands (

The home library

Home office ideas
Paul Massey

This mezzanine study acts as both a library and an office. The striking blue-black paint – Railings by Farrow & Ball – is softened by the natural light from the window. The desk is from Oka ( and the swivel chair is a vintage Eames EA 217.

The storage solver

Home office ideas
Petra Bindel. Styling: Tina Hellberg/House of Pictures

Declutter your floor and make your walls work harder by using one as a noticeboard. Pin up reminders, calendars, mementos and photographs to create a unique workplace. For cork board rolls in varying lengths and thickness, try Boards Direct ( The Conran Shop ( sells tan leather desk chairs. The desk light is by Anglepoise ( For a similar corner desk, try Habitat (

The nook

Home office ideas
Sjoerd Eickmans. Styling: Kim Van Rossenberg/VTWONEN

The physical separation of the work area in this room gives a sense of privacy and enclosure when needed. Wall hooks have been added to keep the desk area clear. For similar painted tongue-and-groove panelling, try Neptune (

The crafty corner

Home office ideas
Maree Homer/Bauer Media/Camera Press

Creating a moodboard – a collage or composition of images and materials aimed to inspire and focus your ideas – is a cost-effective way to add personality to a home-office space. Here postcards from travels and hobbies are showcased against a muted colour palette. The area underneath the desk even doubles as a dog bed. For a similar wooden desk, try John Lewis (

The accent wall

Home office ideas
Marcus Lawett

A black accent wall sounds intense, but this moody tone complements the white furniture, making it appear brighter. The monochromatic colour scheme provides a sense of cohesion and draws the eye away from the office paraphernalia to create a slick-looking space. The wall storage units are all from String ( For similar desks, try Aram ( For similar desk chairs, try Arper (

Bright ideas

Home office ideas
Nassima Rothacker. Styling: Nicole Gray

MONKEY LAMPS, £260 each,
DESK, £295,
POSTER (70cm x 100cm), £45,
FRAME (70cm x 100cm), £38,
SHELL LAMP, around £460,
STOOL, £120, and MOUSE LAMP, £73, both
CAT LIGHT, £205,
LIMEWASH PAINT in SLATE, £27 for 1l,
FLOORING, £28 per sq m,

Report by Nicole Gray