Home Office Design Ideas

A home office has many uses and isn’t a mere luxury anymore. You might work from home, or bring work home, or you might just need a place to go through bills, mail or store important paperwork. Kids can use a home office to do their homework, or quietly play a game online. Browse the photos on Houzz for home office ideas and inspiration, and strike up a conversation with the architect or designer or your favourite picks. For more home office ideas, check out the Stories section.

How much office storage do I need?


To ensure your home office or study room isn’t buried under a deluge of paperwork, books and supplies, incorporate plenty of shelves, cabinets and drawers. Floating or built-in shelves with cubbies can stock books and magazine holders; or for a more traditional look, make room for a large bookcase that fits in with the decor of your home. Invest in a filing cabinet to store paperwork, and opt for a lockable filing cabinet if you have sensitive documents. A tray organiser can store incoming mail and will help prioritise bills.

The type of desk you choose is also key to keeping things organised. Look for desks with deep drawers and plenty of surface space, and add tray organisers to the drawers to keep track of staples like pens, pencils, highlighters and sticky tape. If you want a streamlined look, find a way to conceal any computer cables or wires, too. One solution is to install a false back on your desk, if it doesn’t already have one.

How do I choose an office desk and chair?


If you spend long hours hunched over your work desk at home, invest in ergonomic office chairs with wheels for better back health and comfort. Consider optimal lumbar support with flexibility in adjusting handles and back angle. Most rolling office chairs come upholstered, typically in leather, but that’s no reason why you can’t have one custom-made to suit your home decor.

When picking out your work desk, be sure to consider its overall function. If you work from home and hold meetings, pick an oversized, sturdy desk that is double-sided (can be accessed from both sides). You’ll want it to look professional, so opt for dark timbers over high-shine finishes. It’s also a good idea to create a separate study desk for the kids, so homework doesn’t go missing among your files. If your home office is for the whole family a two-person desk or built-in long work bench are more suitable. Where space is tight, look for a retractable computer desk, or utilise an awkward corner with a corner desk.

What home office decor will encourage productivity?


Use your walls for to-do lists: hang a pegboard and paint it in your favourite colour or be adventurous with chalkboard paint and whiteboard panels. Bulletin boards that keep the whole family in order are an extra feature that always come in handy. Use your stationery and office accessories – think pencil cups, paper trays and magazine holders – to add colour and pattern, and desk lamps, clocks, maps and calendars to personalise the space. Above all else, aim for ease of use.
Mid-sized eclectic home office in Melbourne with a built-in desk.

The basis of the design of this space was the vintage table lamp. Its such a beautiful green and it works really well with pink. Pink are the colours of Leeder Interiors which was a nice coincidence.
Long and thinner in width ... - webuser_520539451

Large traditional study room in Sydney with beige walls, dark hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.

Maree Homer
Large traditional study room in Sydney with beige walls, dark hardwood floors and a freestanding desk.
- airy and open for long hours - cabinet/shelf on sides for all paperwork - clutterfree table with only essentials - clients have a fresh room to discuss and nice views to enjoy - fi_h

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Design ideas for a mid-sized midcentury home office in Sydney with plywood floors, no fireplace, brown floor, yellow walls and a freestanding desk.

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Design ideas for a mid-sized midcentury home office in Sydney with plywood floors, no fireplace, brown floor, yellow walls and a freestanding desk.
vibes - webuser_459858802

This is an example of a contemporary home office in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors and a built-in desk.

Prue Ruscoe
This is an example of a contemporary home office in Sydney with white walls, dark hardwood floors and a built-in desk.
end of cabinetry - robynhollis

Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.

Phil Neilsen
Inspiration for a contemporary study room in Sunshine Coast with white walls, carpet, a built-in desk and black floor.
Timber screening - rchesterton

Inspiration for a large scandinavian study room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and a freestanding desk.

Builder: Lazcon Build. Architect: ArchitectsEAT. Interior Design: Hecker Guthrie. Photographer: Elizabeth Schiavello
Inspiration for a large scandinavian study room in Melbourne with white walls, medium hardwood floors, a standard fireplace, a wood fireplace surround and a freestanding desk.
Wooden frame fabric single seaters - webuser_371163750

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Brisbane.

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Brisbane.
Parents retreat sitting room - michelle_sauer64

Inspiration for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, no fireplace, a freestanding desk and white floor.

Shannon McGrath
Inspiration for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, no fireplace, a freestanding desk and white floor.

Modern home office in Melbourne with brown walls, a built-in desk and white floor.

Modern home office in Melbourne with brown walls, a built-in desk and white floor.
layout, palette, flooring, materials, lighting, chairs - jessica_scott65

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Photo of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a built-in desk.

Tess Kelly
Photo of a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, light hardwood floors and a built-in desk.
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Contemporary home office in Melbourne.

Courtyard area with skylight windows to capture the light featuring Designer doorware Club Lever Door Handle in Electro Dark Bronze Finish.
Contemporary home office in Melbourne.
Interesting to consider angle of windows for downstairs to invite more light into area? - victoriac10

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.

Suzi Appel
Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Melbourne with white walls, dark hardwood floors, a built-in desk and brown floor.
By having wall above & no clutter, this office does not feel overwhelming - maryan01

Contemporary home office in Brisbane with grey walls and light hardwood floors.

Contemporary home office in Brisbane with grey walls and light hardwood floors.

Inspiration for a traditional home office in Perth.

Inspiration for a traditional home office in Perth.
* Gorgeous study - love the rich burgundy ceiling colour - kgruin72

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Adelaide with grey walls, carpet, a built-in desk and grey floor.

Corey Sampson @ CR3 Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Adelaide with grey walls, carpet, a built-in desk and grey floor.
Light trough with shelf and cupboards for study nook - webuser_855702276

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Gold Coast - Tweed.

Design ideas for a contemporary home office in Gold Coast - Tweed.
the use of space under the stairs, creates a nice space for a study nook. - chanelle_perugini

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Traditional study room in Melbourne with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.

Traditional study room in Melbourne with beige walls, medium hardwood floors, a freestanding desk and brown floor.
not the best but striking - garima_gupta42

Inspiration for a transitional study room in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.

Inspiration for a transitional study room in Melbourne with grey walls, carpet and a freestanding desk.
Artwork on the wall a peaceful, creative - ella_walter