Some home office design ideas

Some home office design ideas

Our house renovation has finally slowed down, but we’re always thinking ahead, and now we’re scoping out some office design ideas.

Now that we’ve moved in, we’re slowly plodding along with smaller jobs. You might have seen my bathroom reveal a couple of days ago, so the office is now the only un-decorated room to go. There are two rooms in the house that haven’t been touched at all: the master bedroom and the spare bedroom.

The office will mainly be my domain; a space for my books, a quiet place to blog. The office design ideas should incorporate a space for my desk, my bookshelves and space for my keyboard. I’m still not convinced this will fit, as I don’t want a space that looks overly cramped or messy.

I also know that I would like to keep the space light and airy. It’s the smallest room of the house, because the boiler is in a cupboard/room within the study. I’d like to disguise this boiler room as much as possible. You can see how it looks in the picture below (terrible quality sorry).

It is currently a complete waste of space. When we looked around the house for the first time, there was one shelf of books in it. I think we could fit many more shelves in here, for storing things like toilet roll and spare cables for the computer/laptops. It sits directly over the staircase, which is why it has a funny shaped ‘floor’.

So far, the room is a complete blank slate. I removed all the wallpaper before we moved in. The laminate floor and skirting boards (unpainted) are also in. We’ll be using lining paper instead of paying for a plasterer, and then painting the walls. Although, my office design ideas incorporated wallpaper, maybe just along one wall. I love this way of using wallpaper. Wallpaper behind a shelved wall will always look great, but I like the subtle-ness of the paper.

As mentioned above, I like minimalism, and classic, clean edges. Like this:

office design ideas

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

I love the artwork on the walls above the desk. It is simple but it really works, and adds to the corner. My desk is currently sitting in a corner, so I’ll definitely be considering some sort of shelving/art work on the wall to the right. Maybe that’s the wall I should put my paper on:

Some of my favourite bloggers’ offices

Lark and Linen

Jacquelyn’s study is what dreams are made of. Her house is old enough to have that stunning wooden panelling all the way around, which she’s accentuated by adding wallpaper just above it.
Her study is huge, and enables her to have a reading chair in the corner, complete with an overhanging light. And just look at that bookshelf.

Wit and Delight

I love a good nosy at a Before and After, and Kate’s did not disappoint. That blue colour is brave but stunning, and it compliments the brown hue of the wooden floorboards. Kate’s study can hold the colour because of its size, but she also breaks up the colour using white furniture, and artwork.


Swoon Worthy

Kimberly is renowned for her bold splashes of colour combined with crazy patterns, but she always pulls the look off. Her home office is no different. I adore the pink colours combined with the dark desk and floorboards, with the elements of gold layered over the top too in the bookshelf, the chair, and art work. And that egg chair!! If I had one of those in my office, I would never do any work. Kimberly always persuades me that you can go a bit wild with patterns and colours, and that it can work.

How would you decorate your office? Clean and serene, or loud and bold?



  1. August 5, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    I LOVE that wallpaper and the chairs! Where is the chair from?

    • sarahaelsley
      August 5, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      Unfortunately my office is the unfurnished one, so I wouldn’t know where the wallpaper or chairs come from in any of the other pictures! Which picture are you thinking?

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