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Who says small spaces can’t have great home offices? I’ve found 20 smart and stylish ideas to make your small area work hard for you. They’re simple, fun, and all about making the most of what you’ve got.

1. Minimalist Monochrome

Monochromatic office with beige desk, abstract art, and modern decor.

I’ve always been drawn to the clean lines and simplicity of a minimalist monochrome scheme. It’s about stripping things back to basics and focusing on what’s essential. Shades of gray or beige paired with white create a serene and distraction-free zone. This look is perfect for those who appreciate a sleek, professional environment.

2. Nature-Inspired Nook

Airy home office with lush plants, wooden furniture, and large windows with a garden view.

There’s something incredibly soothing about bringing the outdoors in. I love the idea of surrounding myself with greenery and natural wood finishes. Not only does it make the space feel more alive, but plants are also known to boost mood and productivity. It’s like having a little oasis of calm in the midst of a busy day.

3. Vintage Vibes

small office with a vintage wooden desk, leather desk chair and vintage lamp and artwork.

Every vintage piece tells a story, and I adore the character and warmth they bring to a space. Incorporating an antique desk or a classic lamp can give your home office a sense of history and charm. It’s a style that invites you to sit down and pen your own story.

4. Bold and Bright

Chic home office with sage walls, white desk, gold accents, floral art, and a vibrant cushion.

Injecting vibrant colors into a small space can completely transform the mood. I’m a big fan of using one accent wall or colorful accessories to make the room pop. Bright colors are not just visually stimulating; they can also spark creativity and make your office a more lively and inviting space.

5. Scandinavian Simplicity

Scandinavian-style home office with light wood desk, white chair, and potted plants.

The Scandinavian approach to design, with its emphasis on minimalism, functionality, and light, has always appealed to me. It’s about creating a clean and orderly space that’s also warm and inviting. The neutral color palette and clutter-free environment can help reduce distractions and promote focus.

6. Industrial Chic

Industrial home office with brick wall, black shelving, leather chair, and gold lamp.

I appreciate the raw, edgy aesthetic of an industrial-style home office. Exposing natural elements like brick walls or pipes, paired with metal desks or shelves, creates a modern and dynamic look. It’s a space that feels innovative and energized, perfect for sparking new ideas.

7. Bohemian Retreat

Boho-chic styled home office with a wooden desk, white chair, open shelves, a cozy couch with pillows, and a patterned rug

There’s something wonderfully personal and cozy about a bohemian-style space. Layering textures and patterns, colorful cushions, and eclectic collections make it feel like your own little world. I love this approach for a creative workspace where you can feel relaxed and inspired.

8. Artistic Flair

Elegant home office with abstract art, a modern desk, and a terracotta lamp.

As someone who loves art, the idea of turning an office into a mini gallery is incredibly appealing. Large paintings or a gallery wall can provide a daily dose of inspiration. It’s a space that celebrates creativity and personal expression, which is at the heart of any great work.

9. Modern Moody

Dark-toned office with black shelves, a wooden desk, a cozy chair, and greenery.

I love the dark and moody vibe of these built-ins, which make them perfect for a more masculine space.

10. French Country Charm

Elegant French country-style office with floral wallpaper, a blush chair, and a white desk.

There’s a certain romance to the French country style, with its soft colors and rustic furniture. It’s a look that’s warm, inviting, and full of charm. I love the idea of creating a space where work feels like a pleasure, surrounded by beauty and a sense of tranquility.

11. Coastal Breeze

Bright small home office with a wooden desk, cream chair, laptop, vase of flowers, and a beach-themed painting

The calm and relaxed vibe of a coastal-inspired space is something I find incredibly appealing. Light blues, sandy beiges, and ocean-themed decorations create a serene environment. It’s like a breath of fresh air every time you sit down to work.

12. Modern Coastal

This is my small home office, with a simple corner desk and the prettiest floral wallpaper. I love giving that wow factor to even a small space like this.

13. Library Luxe

Sophisticated home office with navy bookshelves, leather sofa, and a white floor lamp.

Who wouldn’t love a sophisticated, library-inspired office? Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a comfortable reading chair, and classic lighting create a refined and intellectual space. It’s a style that invites you to think deeply and reflect, surrounded by the wisdom of the ages.

14. Glamorous Touch

Modern minimalist home office with white desk, designer chair, and elegant desk lamp.

Adding a bit of glamour to your workspace can make everyday tasks feel more special. Metallic accents, plush seating, and ornate decorations bring a sense of luxury and elegance. It’s a space that makes you feel like you’re not just working; you’re making a statement.

15. Zen Zone

Zen-styled office with Buddha art, wooden desk, lamp, plant, and cream chair.

Creating a Zen-inspired space is about more than just aesthetics; it’s about cultivating peace and focus. I love the idea of a minimalistic design, neutral tones, and elements that promote tranquility. It’s a space that encourages you to breathe, clear your mind, and approach your work with a sense of calm.

16. Global Influence

Home office with a wooden desk, rattan chair, and white shelves decorated with global artifacts.

Drawing inspiration from cultures around the world can make your office feel like a journey of discovery. Tribal prints, exotic plants, and souvenirs from travels create a vibrant and energized environment. It’s a space that reflects a love of adventure and a wide-ranging curiosity.

17. California Coastal

Modern home office with white desk, beige chair, desktop computer, and plants against shuttered windows

A corner desk like this will fit into even the smallest of rooms. So whether it’s a corner of your bedroom or living room, you can have a dedicated workspace that’s beautiful and functional.

18. Home Office for Two

Dual workstation with light wood desks, white chairs, and abstract art in a bright office.

With a similar look to the California Casual style above, this floating desk situation is perfect for 2. Again, you don’t need much space to make this function well.

19. DIY Floating Desk

Light brown wooden shelves secured above a floating desk, in front of two metal chairs.

If the floating desks above got you thinking about how to DIY such a set up, then you’re in luck! Before we remodeled our kitchen and opened this space into the new dining room, this was my office. To make it function for pandemic home-schooling and my work, I built this DIY floating desk. It wasn’t difficult at all, once you have the right tools!

20. The Cloffice

closet turned office with a built-in desk and shelves.

I’ve come across a smart solution for those of us working from home who might not have an extra room to turn into an office. It’s called a “cloffice,” which is just what it sounds like—a closet transformed into an office.

This trend is perfect for remote workers or anyone who needs a spot to focus without dedicating a whole room to work. By adding a desk, some shelves, and a bit of organization to a closet, I can carve out a snug, productive nook right at home.

It’s ideal for smaller spaces because you can simply shut the closet doors and tuck your work away at the end of the day, keeping your living area peaceful and clutter-free.

Final Thoughts

In each of these 19 small home offices, the goal is the same: to create a space that inspires and supports you. Whether you prefer a minimalist approach or a more eclectic style, there’s a world of possibilities out there. And in the end, the best office is one that reflects who you are and what you love. Happy decorating!

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  1. Rose-Marie says:

    I frequent your web site often. Beautiful rooms and great inspirations! What’s the paint color below the chair rail in your own personal office (the room with the gorgeous blue wallpaper)? I’m using that shade of blue for accessories in my home office, but am having difficulty finding a wall paint color that doesn’t have pink undertones. (My office faces east and doesn’t get a lot of light.) Thanks –

    1. Hi! It’s Sherwin Williams Pure White in semi-gloss. My office is also east facing and this white always looks nice and bright.

  2. mackenzie ross says:

    Where is the desk from in the french country charm post? I love it!!

  3. I love your office chair. Can you tell me where you purchased it? I have been looking for a comfortable and pretty office chair.