5 ways to make your home office looks less like an office
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5 ways to make your home office looks less like an office

Pia Seidel
5.10.2023
Translation: Veronica Bielawski

The boundaries between our working and living spaces are fluid. In fact, there’s no rule that your home office has to scream «work». Here are some ways to liven it up.

Your home office setup is highly dependent on your preferences and your job. But there are a few tricks to make any office space not only efficient, but also pretty.

1. An inviting colour palette

Looking at office furnishings, you’d be forgiven for thinking there are only three colours: white, black and grey. But wouldn’t work be so much more fun in a Villa Villekilla-style space?! I say don’t settle for the limited options. Reach out to the manufacturer to find out if the desk or cabinet you’re eyeing is available in any other colours – or grab a paint brush and take matters into your own hands.

Alternatively, you can play around with coloured walls or choose furniture and home accessories made from warm materials such as wood, leather or rattan. Compared to cool metals like chrome, brown tones will make the room look friendlier.

2. Unconventional furniture

I’ve never quite understood the obsession with sprawling rectangular tables. Isn’t it enough that our rooms are largely delineated by right angles? Sure, in open-plan offices, it may be important that desks can be arranged side by side. But if you only need one sole desk at home, dare to try something new!

For example, you can opt for furniture with an organic design. It follows nature’s design language, characterised by flowing, curved lines and shapes. The hitch? Round desks are a rare commodity. The alternative? Look for a round dining table to serve as a desk instead. Its gentle silhouette will blend seamlessly into any interior. Some models are even foldable, allowing you to use only half of the tabletop and push it against the wall to save space.

Tables with an organic design add variety and cosiness.
Tables with an organic design add variety and cosiness.
Source: Menu
The curves of a round table make your room look more inviting.
The curves of a round table make your room look more inviting.
Source: Ferm Living
Small but mighty: console tables are unobtrusive and suitable for analogue and digital work.
Small but mighty: console tables are unobtrusive and suitable for analogue and digital work.
Source: Ferm Living

The same applies to office chairs: organically shaped models – as opposed to clunky and angular ones – contribute to a relaxing and harmonious vibe. They’re anything but boring, especially if they’re colourful or feature wooden elements.

Curved lines look more dynamic and imaginative than geometric shapes.
Curved lines look more dynamic and imaginative than geometric shapes.
Source: Normann Copenhagen

If round designs still don’t appeal to you, console tables are another elegant alternative. They’re narrow and unobtrusive when placed against a wall or in a corner.

Tojo write (117 x 9 x 60 cm)
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Tojo write

117 x 9 x 60 cm

Ragaba Ashme (114 x 61 x 75 cm)
Desks

Ragaba Ashme

114 x 61 x 75 cm

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Desks

Sedus secretair home

Tojo write (117 x 9 x 60 cm)
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Tojo write

117 x 9 x 60 cm

Ragaba Ashme (114 x 61 x 75 cm)

Ragaba Ashme

114 x 61 x 75 cm

Sedus secretair home

Sedus secretair home

3. Lovely lighting

If possible, place your desk near a window to take advantage of daylight. It, along with being able to take a break and enjoy the view, will improve your working environment. When winter hits and sunlight becomes scarce, a table lamp will help out. But careful: don’t settle for just any old office lamp. Instead, treat yourself to a fancy lamp you’d be happy to see in your living room – one that still looks pretty when switched off, with vibrant colours or a soft shape. And no matter which design you choose, smart LED bulbs are always a good idea, allowing you to adjust the colour of the lighting as well as its intensity. Make sure the illumination is even within your field of vision, so you’re not blinded by one side.

Sets an accent even without light: a coloured lamp.
Sets an accent even without light: a coloured lamp.
Source: Hübsch
A visually appealing desk lamp also serves as decoration.
A visually appealing desk lamp also serves as decoration.
Source: Hübsch
Oyoy Table Lamp Kasa 50 cm, Caramel (E14)
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Oyoy Table Lamp Kasa 50 cm, Caramel

E14

Oyoy Table Lamp Kasa 50 cm, Caramel (E14)
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Oyoy Table Lamp Kasa 50 cm, Caramel

E14

4. A personal touch

Decorative elements such as plants, candles or personal items can make your home office more personal and cosy. Set accents with photos, mementos or artwork that inspires you. A mood board can also improve your focus, let your creativity run wild, and help you feel more at ease.

Murals, plants and flowers are good ways to make the workspace feel homier.
Murals, plants and flowers are good ways to make the workspace feel homier.
Source: Menu

5. No cable spaghetti

Tech such as headphones, keyboards, power strips and the like are essential tools, but often result in cable spaghetti. How to avoid it? Go for hardware with a subtle look that’s unobtrusive thanks to cable management systems and boxes. Or look for crafty, aesthetically pleasing solutions like textile-coated wireless chargers. There are also two-in-one solutions such as wireless lamps with integrated charging stations that provide visual peace of mind.

Header image: Ferm Living

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