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Quonset Hut Village: Live/Work
Quonset Hut Village: Live/Work
Gill Design Co.
Custom Quonset Huts become artist live/work spaces, aesthetically and functionally bridging a border between industrial and residential zoning in a historic neighborhood. The open space on the main floor is designed to be flexible for artists to pursue their creative path. The two-story buildings were custom-engineered to achieve the height required for the second floor. End walls utilized a combination of traditional stick framing with autoclaved aerated concrete with a stucco finish. Steel doors were custom-built in-house.
Chapel Hill Custom
Chapel Hill Custom
Marquis Staging
Kelley Marquis
Home office - traditional freestanding desk light wood floor and brown floor home office idea in Raleigh with blue walls
Manhattan Residence
Manhattan Residence
MAOarch
Trendy built-in desk carpeted, beige floor and wallpaper study room photo in New York with multicolored walls and no fireplace
Ansley Park Renovation
Ansley Park Renovation
Environs Residential
Joel Mott--imotophoto
Inspiration for a transitional freestanding desk dark wood floor and brown floor study room remodel in Atlanta with gray walls
10 Burning Tree, Newport Beach
10 Burning Tree, Newport Beach
Jeri Koegel Photography
Jeri Koegel
Example of a transitional built-in desk medium tone wood floor and brown floor study room design in Orange County with gray walls
Estate - Peoa, Utah
Estate - Peoa, Utah
Magleby Construction
wood barn doors, double barn doors, cabin, wood chest, country home, custom home, mountain home, natural materials,
Country freestanding desk medium tone wood floor and brown floor home office photo in Salt Lake City with white walls
Total Home
Total Home
Braaten Cabinets
Mid-sized elegant built-in desk dark wood floor craft room photo in Other with no fireplace and brown walls
Woodsy Tahoe Cabin
Woodsy Tahoe Cabin
Regan Baker Design Inc.
Suzanna Scott Photography
Mountain style built-in desk light wood floor study room photo in San Francisco with white walls
Home Office/Study
Home Office/Study
Sample Properties Inc
Transitional freestanding desk dark wood floor study room photo in Tampa with gray walls and no fireplace
Spring Valley Transitional
Spring Valley Transitional
Frankel Building Group
Example of a large transitional freestanding desk medium tone wood floor and brown floor study room design in Houston with gray walls
Comfortable and Collected
Comfortable and Collected
Ann Lowengart Interiors
The family living in this shingled roofed home on the Peninsula loves color and pattern. At the heart of the two-story house, we created a library with high gloss lapis blue walls. The tête-à-tête provides an inviting place for the couple to read while their children play games at the antique card table. As a counterpoint, the open planned family, dining room, and kitchen have white walls. We selected a deep aubergine for the kitchen cabinetry. In the tranquil master suite, we layered celadon and sky blue while the daughters' room features pink, purple, and citrine.
Tolendo Bend Lake Custom Home
Tolendo Bend Lake Custom Home
Brickmoon Design
Study
Mountain style built-in desk dark wood floor and brown floor study room photo in Houston with white walls, a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace
Calender
Calender
ALLEN ARCHITECTURE LLC
Brian McWeeney
Transitional built-in desk concrete floor and gray floor study room photo in Dallas with white walls
West End 2018 Parade Home
West End 2018 Parade Home
Homes of Distinction, Inc.
Large trendy freestanding desk medium tone wood floor and brown floor home office photo in Other with white walls and no fireplace
Northbrook Residence
Northbrook Residence
Laura Hursthouse Design
Study room - transitional freestanding desk dark wood floor and brown floor study room idea in Chicago with white walls
Our Completed Projects
Our Completed Projects
McMorrow Construction
Example of a mid-sized ornate freestanding desk home office library design in Chicago with green walls
Casa Tropical, Pinecrest, FL
Casa Tropical, Pinecrest, FL
Showhomes Coral Gables
Mid-sized transitional porcelain tile and beige floor study room photo in Miami with beige walls
2019 Parade Home
2019 Parade Home
Green Tech Construction
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional freestanding desk medium tone wood floor and brown floor home office remodel in Salt Lake City with beige walls and no fireplace
For balance, we stained the counter the same color as the floors
For balance, we stained the counter the same color as the floors
CUSTOM CRAFT - Design Build Remodel
The 13' solid cherry countertop was stained to match the hardwood floors. The cabinet doors and drawers are a Shaker style, and feature brush oil rubbed bronze cup pulls and knobs for the hardware. The built-ins and trim are painted with Sherwin Williams Alabaster. On the walls we used Sherwin Williams Repose Gray.
Contemporary Home Office
Contemporary Home Office
Inspiration for a contemporary freestanding desk light wood floor and beige floor study room remodel in New York with gray walls

In most families, home offices play a wide variety of roles. If you work from home then it’s your 9-to-5 place of business; for others, it's simply a place to pay bills or sort mail. For kids, it's a homework spot or a place to play. Home office ideas are easy to come by — think library, sitting room or a place to nap. Whatever your preference, read these tips before you browse through home office design ideas to ensure you’re making the most of yours:

Storage should be top priority in all home office designs. With so many papers, books and supplies to store, be sure to accommodate it all with shelves, drawers and cabinets. A smart office wall design or storage system can also do wonders in keeping you organized. Once you've got all of that figured out, find a desk that's stocked with everything you need: plenty of surface space, deep drawers and a high-quality material. Finally, take the time to personalize your workspace with plenty of photographs and interesting knickknacks; check out lots of home office decorating ideas to help inspire your overall look or theme.

What’s the best layout for my home office design?

Your home office layout should serve your workflow and overall creative process. Ideally, this means home offices get their own dedicated room, but if space is limited they can be paired with a guest room or added into the nook of any bedroom, living room or kitchen. There are many options, so determine what's best for you and your family. Regardless of where you set up shop, place crucial electronics and equipment within easy reach; computer monitors should be positioned so there is no glare, and lamps should be placed strategically around the entire room so there is as much light as possible.

Your work area should also be ergonomically sound. Given that you may spend countless hours in your desk chair, it should have a comfortable cushion, lumbar support and the ability to swivel and roll so you can easily reach items instead of straining for them. Your chair should also have adjustable arm rests that allow for your shoulders to stay relaxed and elbows bent at 90 degrees. As for your keyboard, you want the “B” key be directly centered in front of you. Don’t worry about having to go with a frumpy, commercial-looking office chair either; plenty of great home office ideas use unique dining or accent chairs for an updated look.

Make sure to give yourself a view. If you have a window in your space, set up your desk so you can look out of it. If not, put up an inspiring gallery wall or a unique wall hanging to set your gaze on when taking breaks. If you’ll be having clients in your home office, make sure there are ample (and comfortable!) seating options that are conducive to productive meetings.

How do I add storage to my home office?

Home office organization is key, especially with all the bills, mail and statements you receive and keep throughout the year. The best way to store your papers is by investing in a filing cabinet. A rolling cabinet can help with convenience, or splurge on a more permanent, lockable one if you have a lot of sensitive documents. Be sure to label and color code so that everything is easy to find. With shelves and cabinets, built-ins are your best options. Built-in shelves are an elegant way to store your book collection while drawers with tray organizers keep track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters, tape and calculators.

How do I choose the right desk for my home office design?

When picking out your desk (or desks, for a large family space), be sure to consider its overall function. If this is your only office, it’s important to select a sturdy desk that can contain all your work documents in one place; it should look professional and be double-sided so you can hold meetings. To prevent any work/home mix-ups, have a separate desk for the rest of the family to use, and ensure your workspace is off limits. If your kids use the room as a homework spot, try a two-person desk or even an extended built-in counter where several can sit at one time. If you primarily use the space for odds and ends, a smaller, fashionable secretary desk might do the trick, as long as you have additional storage options.

How do I decorate my home office?

When looking for home office decorating ideas, always think in terms of inspiration; your work area should be functional but also reflective of the things that motivate you. While home offices are conventionally formal spaces, you can definitely branch out with your decor. If you're looking for office wall colors, find a paint that energizes you or go with patterns or stripes for variation. Globes, maps and clocks are always go-to pieces, as are table lamps and vases.

To give your work area a personalized touch, bring in framed family photographs and travel souvenirs you've picked up along the way. For those must-have accessories, like pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders, try using bright, vibrant patterns to add a pop of color or even novelty pieces that will make you smile every time you look at them. Bulletin boards, chalkboards or whiteboards are also great home office ideas; they're perfect for reminders and can also be used to hold pictures or artwork.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a home office renovation or are building a designer home office from scratch, Houzz has 262,246 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Green Tech Construction and ALLEN ARCHITECTURE LLC. Look through home office pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a home office design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful home office photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.