A well-thought-out home office design is important to making your space functional—whether you're using it to work from home, or as a quiet place to pay bills or shop online. When it comes to planning an efficient office, think about the space you have to work with. You may want to go with a simple kitchen nook that has a cabinet system, add a built-in desk to your den, or design a grand library that features a fireplace and a custom marble-top desk. Regardless, the space can convey confidence, ignite imagination, or add a practical yet elegant vibe to your home. Here are three home office ideas to consider incorporating into your home.
1. Design a Small Stylish Office
If your office is a built-in nook that's carved out of your kitchen cabinetry, why not maximize every inch? The obvious must-have for any small office is storage, and attractive bins on open shelves could be the perfect solution. Mmaking the most of the wall space above your work area. For instance, you could use the same tile that's on your backsplash to outline a cork bulletin board or chalkboard for memos, photos, and recipes. You could also use the bare area to mount a computer monitor to the wall in order to save counter space. Even a small built-in office can be chic, tech-friendly, and cleverly organized.
2. Designate a Space in Your Home
If your home doesn't have a dedicated office space or spare room, you can create one. For instance, rearrange your bedroom, move your dining room furniture over, or center your living room pieces around a rug to dedicate a certain area as your office. You most likely only need enough room for a table or desk, so get creative.
Layers of lighting, including the window's daylight, are key to a functional office. Make the alcove stand out with a well-positioned floor lamp and artwork, and consider using a wall tile border, such as the Urban Metals line, for visual separation from the rest of the room.
3. Go with Tile Floors
If you have a modest den or spare bedroom, you're ready to get started on your home office design. If you're working with a bedroom, swap out a closet rod for clever shelving, paint the walls an energy-lifting power color, like cinnamon, walnut, mahogany, or slate gray, and go with a neutral natural stone, porcelain, or ceramic tile floor. Wood-look tile, such as the Emblem line, keeps the look of your office design comfortably homey.
4. Create a Large, Luxurious Design
When designing an office, or combined office and library, in a regal or upscale home, why not go all out? By developing a streamlined, clutter-free look, you leave room for one or two bold accent pieces—an oversized light fixture, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a big custom marble-top desk, a majestic mantle and surround, or a tile focal wall in a sleek chevron pattern.
Regardless of size, a neatly organized and simply decorated office also leaves room for creativity and productiveness—an uncluttered space promotes an uncluttered mind, after all. If you're ready for more inspiration and ideas for your home office, head to your nearest Daltile showroom to see your quality choices up close.