60+ Impressive Home Offices

Good design can set the scene for a more productive you.

You won’t mind getting work done with a retreat like the ones you see here. Check out tons of inspiring photos of the best decorating and design ideas in the books.

Turn part of the master suite into a stylish work space, like this cute command station in a Minnesota home. Janet Gridley found the vintage elephant desk at Again & Again and painted it Benjamin Moore’s White Dove for the bedroom corner.

Let pattern invigorate, not distract, your workflow. Nick Olsen upholstered an Eileen Gray day-bed with Holland & Sherry wool felt and Passementerie trim for a Manhattan home office.

Bill Brockschmidt and Courtney Colema designed this study to look like a garden shed. Like the millwork throughout the Alabama house, it was painted in Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic a fresh green hue to contrast with the more traditional architecture. The client’s desk chair was re-covered in Lee Jofa’s Althea Linen.

A vintage aluminum desk and stool from Wyeth hit a midcentury-modern note in a Colorado cabin’s study. The Blanket Zig Zag wallcovering by David Rockwell is for Maya Romanoff. Chicken-wire bookcases are from Lucca Antiques and the vintage garden ball hails from Balsamo Antiques.

Designer Wesley Moon covered a set of Italian shield-back chairs in a glazed linen by Ralph Lauren Home; the antique secretary was updated with a white leather writing surface.

The library in designer Garrow Kedigian’s Manhattan apartment sheds fresh light on the classics he collects, both literary and decorative. A bergère in Pierre Frey’s Dune partners with a mid-20th-century inlaid desk. A custom Stark rug bears the designer’s hallmark Greek key pattern.

A vintage beaded wall hanging picks up the tropical hues of a San Francisco home office. Walls covered in Schumacher’s Andalus, a desk by Kindel Furniture and an Artistic Frame chair upholstered in Kravet’s Versailles velvet create “a glamorous bird’s nest,” says designer Julie Kleiner. Kravet’s Kanekopa on the window-seat cushion is trimmed in a Samuel & Sons leather cord. The ceiling is covered in Phillip Jeffries’s Glam Grass.

In a downstairs office, the walls are upholstered in three hues of Larsen’s Houston linen, which are echoed in the Roman shades of Raoul Textiles’ Riviera Stripe. Designer Frank Roop had the metal Art Deco desk, which was originally black, repainted in high-gloss azure at an auto-body shop. The Eames desk chair is from Design Within Reach.

In this home office in Manhattan, lacquered pocket doors help hide the bedroom during parties, and brass-trimmed shelves corral stationery in fabric-covered boxes. “Call me old-fashioned, but I handwrite thank-you notes and letters,” says decorator Amir Khamneipur.

The black-and-white motif of a Charleston home by Jill Sharp Weeks extends into the office. The zebra-print chairs are flea-market finds from France.


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