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 (menu.as). For a similar blue paint colour, go to Mylands (mylands.com).

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 (oka.com) 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 (boardsdirect.co.uk). The Conran Shop (conranshop.co.uk) sells tan leather desk chairs. The desk light is by Anglepoise (anglepoise.com). For a similar corner desk, try Habitat (habitat.co.uk).

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 (neptune.com).

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 (johnlewis.com).

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 (string.se). For similar desks, try Aram (aram.co.uk). For similar desk chairs, try Arper (arper.com).

Bright ideas

Home office ideas
Nassima Rothacker. Styling: Nicole Gray

MONKEY LAMPS, £260 each, amara.com.
CLAMP LIGHT, £180, anglepoise.com.
DESK, £295, habitat.co.uk.
POSTER (70cm x 100cm), £45, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.
FRAME (70cm x 100cm), £38, habitat.co.uk.
SHELL LAMP, around £460, shop.gubi.com.
EYE TEST BOX LIGHT, £75, afternoah.com.
TYPEWRITER TABLE LAMP, £210, rockettstgeorge.co.uk.
FLOOR LAMP, £125, frenchconnection.com.
APPLAUSE LIGHTBOX, £60, shop.nationaltheatreorg.uk.
STOOL, £120, and MOUSE LAMP, £73, both rockettstgeorge.co.uk.
CAT LIGHT, £205, hurnandhurn.com.
LIMEWASH PAINT in SLATE, £27 for 1l, bauwerkcolour.co.uk.
FLOORING, £28 per sq m, ukflooringdirect.co.uk.

Report by Nicole Gray