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Contemporary Home Office and Library Ideas and Designs

Whether you work from home or need a study space to get things done out of hours, finding room in the house for a home office makes for a valuable addition to many homes. Having a contemporary home office can seem like the best of both worlds, but it’s important to keep in mind that this should be a productive space that keeps out the many distractions of home. You may not have the luxury of a dedicated room to turn into your contemporary office room or home library, so choose your space wisely to ensure privacy and adequate storage. A carefully designed corner in your living room or an alcove can be made into a productive and stylish study space. Your home office furniture with the desk in the centre of your design, needs to include both work surface space and storage ideas – never underestimate how quickly a computer desk can become cluttered with stationery and box files.

How do I find contemporary home office ideas?


For any basic home office or study set up there are just two essential office furniture items: desks and seating. If you will be a frequent home worker then you will also want to invest in nice desk lighting, filing cabinets or bookcases. Desks need to be large enough to accommodate all the tools of your trade. The material your desk is made from will set the tone for your home office design, whether you opt for glass, traditional teak, luxurious mahogany or affordable pine. Investing in a good quality task chair is imperative for the office – there are some great ergonomic chairs at every price level that will help to compensate for our modern, computer-bound lifestyles. If you have room for an office chair other than your computer chair, choose something comfortable but still supportive for when you need a break from your desk. Ideas that include a nice bookcase design and wall shelves mean your contemporary study can double as a home library. For a truly luxurious home office you could consider fitted office furniture which will maximise the space you have and create a permanent space in your home dedicated to work.

How to find ideas for my contemporary home office decor?


The right ambience will make your home office a place you enjoy spending time without taking away your focus. Choose a colour scheme that encourages productivity for you – that may be a palette that is calming and restful, or you might feel more inspired by bright invigorating colours and graphic prints. When decorating the walls, look out for items that create the right studious vibe for the room. Wall maps, pinboards that can serve as mood or inspiration boards, and world clocks can all be great options when considering office design ideas. Practical necessities like desk lamps needn’t be unattractive – there a range of stunning designer lamps available. After all your hard work to make this a productive space, clutter can be very distracting so limit the items on your home office desk to a couple of your favourite photographs and perhaps a trinket or two to stimulate the mind. Papers and office supplies should be tucked away, so keep the space tidy and maintain your office as a calm work space that promotes focus – all the better to see your lovely decor with.

How do I create a contemporary home library?


If the stuffiness of home office desks, swivel chairs and filing cabinets is too much for you, a contemporary library space may be more your thing when it comes to study, work or even relaxation. Libraries are peaceful and quiet places, and with careful consideration you can recreate this in an area of your home. Books are obviously going to feature heavily in your home library design, and you’ll need a place to store them. A bookcase or nice shelving can create room dividers if you don’t have a whole room to dedicate to a home library, and the benefit of bookcases is that they are movable – you don’t have to stick with one layout it it’s not working. If you don’t want to take up space, shelves hung on the walls will work just as well, and if you really want that authentic library feel then you’ll have to go with built in bookshelves that stretch from floor to ceiling. Next all you need is a comfy chair in amongst the books or a desk if you plan to do work or study from your library. Remember that contemporary library areas can be slotted in all around the home – under the stairs, in a corner of your living room or kitchen, as a mezzanine or in a small spare room.
Inspiration for a contemporary study in London with white walls and a freestanding desk.

Daniella Cesarei Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary study in London with white walls and a freestanding desk.
big picture on wall - emmeline_woodward

Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in Gloucestershire with a reading nook, terracotta flooring, a freestanding desk and beige floors.

Richard Parr + Associates - Architecture and Interior Design - photos by Nia Morris
Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in Gloucestershire with a reading nook, terracotta flooring, a freestanding desk and beige floors.
we could separate the two sitting rooms with bookcase walls - maria_michopoulou

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Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring, brown floors, a freestanding desk and no fireplace.

The brief for this project was to create a relaxed family home for dad and kids to enjoy time together. In the open-plan living / dining room, a pair of desks with shelves above provides a space for the kids to do their homework and store their school stationary. - Photography by James Green Photographer
Study space - lyudmila_purik

Design ideas for a contemporary home office and library in London with white walls and dark hardwood flooring.

Design ideas for a contemporary home office and library in London with white walls and dark hardwood flooring.
Good size study enabling more than 1 person to use space of required. Storage built-in well also - webuser_482331260

This is an example of a contemporary home office and library in London with multi-coloured walls, no fireplace and a built-in desk.

Photography by Veronica Rodriguez Interior Photography
This is an example of a contemporary home office and library in London with multi-coloured walls, no fireplace and a built-in desk.
the light - the roof. The simplicity of the workspace - janeoffer

This is an example of a contemporary study with grey walls, a freestanding desk and beige floors.

This is an example of a contemporary study with grey walls, a freestanding desk and beige floors.
Wall cupboards - michelle_liddy

Design ideas for a contemporary home office and library in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a freestanding desk.

Sarah Owen
Design ideas for a contemporary home office and library in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a freestanding desk.
The desk overlooks the floor below - james_fleet48

Photo of a contemporary home office and library in London.

Chris Snook
Photo of a contemporary home office and library in London.
Office layout and what window frame with seating - tss7544

Medium sized contemporary home studio in Other with white walls, medium hardwood flooring and a built-in desk.

The Glide Pod from Pod Space.
Medium sized contemporary home studio in Other with white walls, medium hardwood flooring and a built-in desk.
Pod-space.co.uk - martin8134

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Photo of a small contemporary study in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring, a built-in desk and beige floors.

Nick Smith
Photo of a small contemporary study in London with grey walls, light hardwood flooring, a built-in desk and beige floors.
plain white with funky colourful pictures - dannii_barclay

Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in Other with a built-in desk.

Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in Other with a built-in desk.
Love the office space saver. I want this. - utathompson

Contemporary study in London with white walls and a freestanding desk.

Elayne Barre
Contemporary study in London with white walls and a freestanding desk.
double desk?! why didn't I think of that? - webuser_54070936

Small contemporary home office and library in London with grey walls, a built-in desk and grey floors.

A bespoke office solution designed to fold away when not in use. www.truenorthvision.co.uk
Small contemporary home office and library in London with grey walls, a built-in desk and grey floors.
store-away desk space for living room alcove - tirma_morera

Photo of a small contemporary study in London with white walls and a built-in desk.

Photo of a small contemporary study in London with white walls and a built-in desk.
compact, clean lines & lots of storage - webuser_501020956

Inspiration for a contemporary home studio in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a built-in desk.

Inspiration for a contemporary home studio in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and a built-in desk.
supported shelving with divisions for desktop zone: must be depth of lever arch file: under worktop secondary shelving, more shallow - simax

Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in London.

Susan Fisher Photography
Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in London.
Like the wallpaper for music room - helennettleship

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Design ideas for a small contemporary home office and library in London with white walls, no fireplace and a built-in desk.

Sophie Mutevelian
Design ideas for a small contemporary home office and library in London with white walls, no fireplace and a built-in desk.
Wonderful storage setup! Looks appealing also. - webuser_482331260

Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls and white floors.

Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls and white floors.

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