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Design Ideas For The Small Home Office

I’m in search of a new home office space! Kate here, and this past week our home office flooded after a particularly torrential bout of stormy weather. While we’re taking care of repairs, the room will be uninhabitable. For 4-6 weeks! My hubby and I have temporarily moved our home office into another room, but this is by no means a permanent solution. And when our now-flooded space is back up and running, we may use part of the room for another purpose. I’m seriously considering permanently moving my office to a spare nook and making it work. [from Sarah Jefferys Design]

Colorful home office minimizes clutter
Colorful home office minimizes clutter

Did you catch our recent post on home office lighting? In that spirit, today we explore ways to make a small home office¬†look–well, not so small! What do you truly need to make the space work? How can you keep clutter at bay? Any tricks for making your workspace seamlessly blend with the rest of your home? Read on for all the details…

Organizing Your Small Home Office Space

Let’s start with the basics–what you need to have a functional home office. This may vary from person to person. For example, I need a surface to hold my laptop, a filing box to contain a series of folders filled with essential documents, and some shelving and/or a drawer to hold books and other necessities. However, I don’t need my shelf items to be in the same room as my desk. For others, it may be absolutely essential to have shelving near the desk. Start by defining your priorities.¬†[from Leslie Christine Designs]

Organized home office nook
Organized home office nook

What about the desktop? Keeping it tidy is essential, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty! A vase of flowers and some glossy trays for containing currently-in-use items can nicely complement one another in a chic vignette. [from Camille Styles]

An organized desk space
An organized desk space

You might make it a point to purchase a few organizational items as you kick off your small office design project. Often, one or two pretty yet practical pieces can serve as an incentive for truly de-cluttering your space. I love the clean look of the Lacquer Office products from West Elm, shown below:

Lacquer office items from West Elm
Lacquer office items from West Elm

Have you noticed some of the office design styles showcased already? From the modern and the eclectic to the elegant and the minimalist, no style is a mismatch. Be true to your look, and your office will feel like home. You may even have a bit of extra space for arranging some of your favorite decorative items, as shown in the next featured image. [from Lonny]

Stylish desk vignette
Stylish desk vignette

You’ve decided on a style and you’ve bought a few organizational items… Now it’s time to order any extra furnishings you may need. Remember how I mentioned that shelving is essential for the success of my home office setup? There are many styles to choose from, as well as many price ranges to accommodate your budget. In the next image, we see the Tiered Tower Bookcase from West Elm, which features a series of cascading mirrored shelves: