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50 Splendid Scandinavian Home Office and Workspace Designs

Do you work from home? Maybe you spend several hours each week bringing work back home from the office? If that is indeed the case, then having a dedicated home office surely helps in making the whole experience a lot less straining and far more efficient. A smart home office seamlessly combines efficiency with aesthetics and ensures that your productivity does not take a hit just because you are at home. And few styles come close to the simplicity, efficiency and understated elegance of Scandinavian design, making it a perfect choice for the trendy, modern home office.

Captivating home office design with Nordic and rustic styles 50 Splendid Scandinavian Home Office and Workspace Designs
Captivating home office design with Nordic and rustic styles [Design: Marie Olsson Nylander]

You need not revamp the entire appeal of your home and its existing style to have a distinctly Nordic home office. Your home workspace can have a style of its own that is detached, yet subtly connected with the ambiance of the other rooms that surround it. Since Scandinavian style blends ever so beautifully with refined, modern decor, it is definitely easy to pull off. Here are 50 captivating and diverse inspirations to flip through for your viewing pleasure – Enjoy!

Black, White and Some Color!

Before starting to shop for your new Scandinavian-style home office, think about what the style represents and its core design principles. For those not too familiar, the Scandinavian design movement was born in the Nordic countries in the early 1930s, though it was not until early the 1950s that people really started to call it by that name. Essentially the style focuses on simplicity and the bare minimum that is needed to survive. Frills and unnecessary accessories and flourishes are seen as a distraction both in terms of form and ergonomics. Hence it is understandable that bright color is not a real priority when shaping a Scandinavian home workspace.

Add some greenery to your home office [From: Amber Thrane of Dulcet Creative]
Add some greenery to your home office [From: Amber Thrane – Dulcet Creative]
Accent wall defines the lovely home office [Design: Burmester Photography – Fotograf]
Accent wall defines the lovely home office [Design: Burmester Photography – Fotograf]
A colorful backdrop for your cool home office! [From: Rebel Walls]
A colorful backdrop for your cool home office! [From: Rebel Walls]

Black and white is definitely the backdrop of choice in Nordic-styled homes and that continues to remain till today. But add some color to this and use the background as a lovely backdrop to showcase stunning pieces, custom decor and your favorite art pieces. Keep the accents colors to a minimum and repeat the hues that you use to give the setting visual symmetry.

Custom crafted table with pedestal legs and contemporary table top in the home office [Photography: Andrew Snow Photography]
Custom crafted table with pedestal legs and contemporary table top in the home office [Photography: Andrew Snow Photography]
Pastel blue in the stylish Scandinavian home office [From: Peter Landers Photography]
Pastel blue in the stylish Scandinavian home office [From: Peter Landers Photography]
Sleek Parsons Desk is perfect for the narrow home office [Design: Incorporated]
Sleek Parsons Desk is perfect for the narrow home office [Design: Incorporated]
Touch of yellow in the home office that can be easily replaced! [Design: Owl Design]
Touch of yellow in the home office that can be easily replaced! [Design: Owl Design]
Beautiful home office with a city map accent wall [Design: Mooseberry Design]
Beautiful home office with a city map accent wall [Design: Mooseberry Design]
Think beyond white for the Scandinavian home office [Design: Willerup & Heinsvig Arkitekter]
Think beyond white for the Scandinavian home office [Design: Willerup & Heinsvig Arkitekter]
Posh home office with a feminine vibe and Scandinavian style [Design: Simply Grove]
Posh home office with a feminine vibe and Scandinavian style [Design: Simply Grove]

When Space Is a Premium

As we discussed earlier, this is a style that is a product of the environment that it grew up in (as is the case probably with every other design style). If space is an absolute premium in your home, then Scandinavian style is the one you need to embrace to give the home office a more cheerful, airy appeal. Long, cold and often severely harsh winters meant Scandinavian designers were forced to create spaces that were light, breezy and visually uncluttered. Also, its innate minimalism means that your small home office will benefit immensely from the much-needed organizational overhaul!

Black and white home office idea with Nordic style
Black and white home office idea with Nordic style
Elegant corner workspace saves up on precious square footage [Design: Tara Benet Design]
Elegant corner workspace saves up on precious square footage [Design: Tara Benet Design]
Lovely blend of black and white for the small home workspace
Lovely blend of black and white for the small home workspace
Corner workspace makes clever use of available space [From: Alvhem brokerage and Interior]
Corner workspace makes clever use of available space [From: Alvhem brokerage and Interior]

Once again, frugal use of bright colors, minimal decor and a calming backdrop are the keys to getting the desired look. Sleek floating shelves, desks that take up very little space and acrylic chars can turn even the smallest corner in the bedroom into a workspace that is both fun and functional.

Cowhide rug brings a touch of authentic Scandinavian style to the chic home office [Design: KBCD Developments]
Cowhide rug brings a touch of authentic Scandinavian style to the chic home office [Design: KBCD Developments]
Efficient attic home office design that puts the space to good use [Design: Wohngesicht]
Efficient attic home office design that puts the space to good use [Design: Wohngesicht]
Exquisite home office in white with warm wooden flooring [From: Sven Fennema]
Exquisite home office in white with warm wooden flooring [From: Sven Fennema]
Scandinavian home office decorating idea
Scandinavian home office decorating idea
Smart Scandinavian Modern home office with a lovely view [Design: Jill Greaves Design / Box wood Architects]
Smart Scandinavian Modern home office with a lovely view [Design: Jill Greaves Design / Box wood Architects]
Tiny home office in the attic with a lovely view outside the window [From: Tradition]
Tiny home office in the attic with a lovely view outside the window [From: Tradition]
Small and narrow home office & study design with Scandinavian style [Design: Buck Projects]
Small and narrow home office & study design with Scandinavian style [Design: Buck Projects]

Engaging Pattern

While ornate decoration does not really fit well with Scandinavian style, simple geometric patterns and lovely wall murals work brilliantly. Here again, pick templates and patterns that are not too jarring on the eyes and feature clean, straight lines. A lovely rug in black and white with a 3D geometric pattern, a custom wallpaper or decal that gives the room an engaging personality, or even tiles that steal the show without taking over the entire space are all options that you can consider. Zigzag, chevron and smart midcentury motifs often make the biggest impact in Scandinavian home offices.

Lovely custom wall covering for the black and white home office [Design: Rebel Walls]
Lovely custom wall covering for the black and white home office [Design: Rebel Walls]
Geometric pattern wallpaper for the trendy, modern home office [From: Claudia Georgi Photography]
Geometric pattern wallpaper for the trendy, modern home office [From: Claudia Georgi Photography]
Turn to wallpaper to add some pattern to the contemporary home office [Design: Phoenix Homes]
Turn to wallpaper to add some pattern to the contemporary home office [Design: Phoenix Homes]
Floor tiles bring geometric pattern to the home office [Design: Andrea McLean Design Office]
Floor tiles bring geometric pattern to the home office [Design: Andrea McLean Design Office]
Black and white rug in the home office adds pattern to the room [Design: Raphaëlle Levet Home Stylist]
Black and white rug in the home office adds pattern to the room [Design: Raphaëlle Levet Home Stylist]
Home office with wall mural and understated beauty [Design: Rebel Walls]
Home office with wall mural and understated beauty [Design: Rebel Walls]
Organized modern home office in white [From: April and May Studio]
Organized modern home office in white [From: April and May Studio]
Woodsy wallpaper creates a smart, understated backdrop in the home office [Design: Mélissa Desbriel of I'Déclic Home]
Woodsy wallpaper creates a smart, understated backdrop in the home office [Design: Mélissa Desbriel of I’Déclic Home]

Finding Shelf Space – Nordic Style!

Floating shelves and sleek cabinets that vanish into the white backdrop are the preferred options in the Scandinavian home office. This is an essential part of the design, as the cabinets and open shelves not only accentuate the style of the room, but also help in keeping the clutter to the minimum and aid in efficiency. Think vertical when it comes to file cabinets, and you can even add a freestanding bookshelf or two if you have a workspace next to the open plan living area. These additions will help define and demarcate the home office and also give you a sense of privacy.

Awesome storage and cabinet idea for the modern home office [Design: LBB3-Interior]
Awesome storage and cabinet idea for the modern home office [Design: LBB3-Interior]
Compact home office design focuses on functionality [Design: Lime Building Group]
Compact home office design focuses on functionality [Design: Lime Building Group]
Gorgeous Eames Rocker adds to the Scandinavian style of the home office in Scottish residence [Design: Brown + Brown Architects]
Gorgeous Eames Rocker adds to the Scandinavian style of the home office in Scottish residence [Design: Brown + Brown Architects]
Open bookshelf adds as a divider between the home office and living room [Design: Lloyd Architects]
Open bookshelf adds as a divider between the home office and living room [Design: Lloyd Architects]

Wood is an inherent element of Scandinavian design and while changing the flooring of the room in order to accommodate a shift in style is both demanding and hassle-ridden, adding wooden cabinets is a lot easier. Think of sleek units in light wood grain and you can even paint them white to make sure that the blend in the backdrop. The opposite approach of using feature lighting and dark, black bookshelves also gives the home office a surreal appeal as the shelves instantly become the focal point.

Peg board brings better organization to the chic home office [From: Katharine Peachey Photography]
Peg board brings better organization to the chic home office [From: Katharine Peachey Photography]
Organize your small home office in style [From: Louise de Miranda]
Organize your small home office in style [From: Louise de Miranda]
Keep the decorations in the Scandinavian home office simple and unassuming [Design: Greig & Greig Design & Construction]
Keep the decorations in the Scandinavian home office simple and unassuming [Design: Greig & Greig Design & Construction]
Large window brings in ample natural light into the home office [Design: Hoo Interior Design & Styling]
Large window brings in ample natural light into the home office [Design: Hoo Interior Design & Styling]
Stylish home office offers plenty of storage space [Design: ATELIER FB]
Stylish home office offers plenty of storage space [Design: ATELIER FB]
Sliding doors separate the home office from the living area [Design: Cloud Studios Ltd]
Sliding doors separate the home office from the living area [Design: Cloud Studios Ltd]

Picking the Right Decor

One thing that oozes through a gorgeous Scandinavian style home office is the high-quality of decor and the sculptural beauty of the pieces used to shape it. Classic icons like the Eames Molded Chair, the Wishbone chair, Parsons Desk and other amazing midcentury pieces instantly elevate the appeal of your own home office to an entirely new level. Investing in one of these is well worth the tug on your purse strings, as they will serve you well for years to come. If you have a much tighter budget to work with then fret not! Custom pieces crafted locally, vintage flea market finds and even cheaper IKEA furniture can create a similar ambiance when used with creativity.

Slim, minimal wooden desk steals the show in this Scandinavian room
Slim, minimal wooden desk steals the show in this Scandinavian room
Timeless Wishbone chair fits in perfectly into the chic Scandinavian setting
Timeless Wishbone chair fits in perfectly into the chic Scandinavian setting
Work away as you enjoy the view outside! [Design: Coco Lapine Design]
Work away as you enjoy the view outside! [Design: Coco Lapine Design]
Attic home office with a relaxed Scandinavian style [Design: Marrimor]
Attic home office with a relaxed Scandinavian style [Design: Marrimor]

Invest in one or two really awesome pieces and think quality ahead of quantity when planning for your new Nordic-inspired home office. With the right blend of natural and artificial light, some natural greenery in the form of a potted plant or four and your favorite wall art pieces, you can easily create your dream home office even in the smallest of spaces!

Dashing decorating ideas for the Scandinavian home office
Dashing decorating ideas for the Scandinavian home office
Cozy home office with pops of color and neutral home office
Cozy home office with pops of color and neutral home office
Ergonomic home office design focuses on simplicity of form [From: Nina Struve Photography]
Ergonomic home office design focuses on simplicity of form [From: Nina Struve Photography]
Classic Scandinavian style meets modern minimalism [Design: David Howell Design]
Classic Scandinavian style meets modern minimalism [Design: David Howell Design]
Natural ventilation turns the small home office into a delightful workspace [Design: A-Hus]
Natural ventilation turns the small home office into a delightful workspace [Design: A-Hus]
Wishbone chair and sleek desk give the home office an airy ambiance [Design: Arends Arkitektur]
Wishbone chair and sleek desk give the home office an airy ambiance [Design: Arends Arkitektur]

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