1. Home Office & Library

Home Office and Library Ideas and Designs

Warlingham detached home
Warlingham detached home
Seasons in Colour
This room is primarily used as a hub for ideas for the owner's interiors blog, Seasonsincolour.com Featuring two IKEA MICKE desks side by side to create a longer work surface the space is big enough for two to work together if required.
South Street
South Street
161 Photographic
Steve Hall - 161photographic.com
Photo of a traditional home office and library in Sussex with white walls, a freestanding desk and grey floors.
Holland Park Villa
Holland Park Villa
Turner Pocock
Traditional home office and library in London.
Maidenhead Renovation
Maidenhead Renovation
David Aldrich Designs Ltd
Ex.Office space renovated into home office, library and snug. Design, sourcing and project management by David Aldrich Designs Ltd. Building work by Maidenhead Design and Build. Cabinetry by Creative Woodwork. Photographs by Chris Snook Photography
Garden office
Garden office
Magic Projects London Ltd
Contemporary designer office constructed in SE26 conservation area. Functional and stylish.
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary home studio in London with white walls, a freestanding desk and white floors.
Safari Lodge In Africa
Safari Lodge In Africa
After the Antique
In the heart of Africa, this was an inspiring project to be part of. A stunning and luxurious new safari lodge was being built in the hills in Kenya, and the project required several significant fireplaces in the main rooms. A vital element of the design brief was that the fireplaces should reflect the wildlife that can be found around the house. Each fireplace is unique to its room, and different scenes of elephants, buffalos, lions and impala can be seen in the different fireplaces. The Master bathroom in this house had a spectacular view across the plains and needed a luxurious bath in which to lie and look out over the vista. We made a solid roll top marble bath from which to enjoy the views.
Ziggurat I
Ziggurat I
The Klassnik Corporation
Jim Stephenson
Design ideas for a modern study in London with white walls and grey floors.
Kensington Office
Kensington Office
Hawkespur Ltd
Chris Snook
Inspiration for a traditional home office and library in London with grey walls, a freestanding desk, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Barnsbury Villa
Barnsbury Villa
Matthew King Design
The design of the bookcase has some oriental influences to compliment the original Chinese, lacquered, kitchen sofa.
Photo of a medium sized world-inspired home office and library in London with a reading nook, beige walls and grey floors.
The Fulham Apartment
The Fulham Apartment
Black and Milk | Interior Design | London
Inspiration for a contemporary study in London with white walls, carpet, no fireplace, a freestanding desk and grey floors.
St Luke's Street, Chelsea
St Luke's Street, Chelsea
ade architecture ltd
Photo of a contemporary home office and library in London.
Mayfair House
Mayfair House
Derek Williams Design
Jan Rocker
Inspiration for a contemporary home office and library in London.
Colourful house
Colourful house
Kate Lovejoy Interiors
Fiona Arnott Walker
Inspiration for a medium sized bohemian study in London with blue walls, brown floors, dark hardwood flooring, a standard fireplace and a freestanding desk.
Retrofit Basement - Office, Media Room, Bathroom, Playroom, Utility, Guest Bed
Retrofit Basement - Office, Media Room, Bathroom, Playroom, Utility, Guest Bed
St Albans Basement
Photo of a contemporary study in London with white walls, a built-in desk and grey floors.
Mezanine Apartment
Mezanine Apartment
Anya Fennet Design
Alistair
Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk and no fireplace.
The Studio
The Studio
STUDIO AMANDINE
Photo of a contemporary home office and library in Other with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a built-in desk and brown floors.
Hampstead Village
Hampstead Village
dk INTERIORS
Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls, a built-in desk and beige floors.
Kensington Apartment
Kensington Apartment
Kia Designs
Anna Stathaki
Design ideas for a bohemian home office and library in London with grey walls, dark hardwood flooring and a freestanding desk.
The Atlas Building
The Atlas Building
Angel O'Donnell
Designer desk with vivid blue lacquered top and white Carrara marble base. Desk lamp with angled brass arm, circular disc marble base and black dome shade. Taupe leather desk chair on wheels. Bespoke dark wood shelving. Black and white print of jazz pianist.
Office extension with shower room
Office extension with shower room
At Home by Design
Flexible space for use as an office, but due to en-suite shower room also useful as a granny annex, au pair suite, guest suite.
Contemporary study in Surrey with beige walls, light hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk and brown floors.
An Extension with Traditional Interior Design
An Extension with Traditional Interior Design
Nic Antony Architects
Design ideas for a medium sized traditional home office and library in Essex with light hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk, beige floors, multi-coloured walls, a standard fireplace and a reading nook.
Little Boltons Mansions
Little Boltons Mansions
Chris Cunningham
Chris Cunningham
Design ideas for a medium sized contemporary study in London with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk and red floors.
Striking Full Home Renovation
Striking Full Home Renovation
Mel Massey Studio
Designed by Mel Massey
Photo of a traditional study in London with green walls, medium hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk, brown floors and a standard fireplace.
Eclectic Home Renovation
Eclectic Home Renovation
NK Living
Design ideas for a bohemian study in Surrey with white walls, painted wood flooring, a freestanding desk and white floors.
Major townhouse refurbishment, Finsbury Park
Major townhouse refurbishment, Finsbury Park
Mel Massey Studio
David Giles
Photo of a medium sized contemporary study in London with a freestanding desk, brown floors, red walls and medium hardwood flooring.
Kyri
Kyri
Corylus
Inspiration for a contemporary study in Gloucestershire with grey walls, carpet, a freestanding desk and beige floors.
Light-filled colourful apartment
Light-filled colourful apartment
Anna Yanovski Photography
Photography by Anna Yanovski
Inspiration for a small modern home office and library in London with blue walls, light hardwood flooring, a freestanding desk and beige floors.
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 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 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 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 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 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 setup a home office in a small room?


A home office doesn’t have to mean a separate room – the nature of working from home involves compartmentalisation, so apply this concept practically to your space. Even a small space, if sectioned off properly, can be transformed into a great workstation or study area. Unused nooks are the perfect places to fit your study in a small room – place a desk and chair under some floating shelves. Even under-utilised fitted wardrobes can make an innovative makeshift home office desk space with built-in storage. If the room you have can’t accommodate a full set of office furniture, opt for versatile options such as home office desks with built-in drawers or storage benches. If you use a laptop instead of a desktop PC, you may even consider a folding table that can be simply tidied away when you’re done working or studying. Alternatively, you may want to leave the house altogether – garden offices, either purpose-built or converted from sheds, are increasingly popular as a tranquil space away from the chaos of home life. If it was good enough for Roald Dahl, it’s certainly good enough for us.

How do I create a home library?


If the stuffiness of home office desks, swivel chairs and filing cabinets is too much for you, a 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 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.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a home office and library renovation or are building a designer home office and library from scratch, Houzz has 243,173 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including SPEAK and After the Antique. Look through home office and library photos in different colours and styles and when you find a home office and library 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 and library ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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