Home offices are used more often these days, with remote working becoming not just a trend but the norm, and supported both by employers and sought after by employees. Especially since the train service is less than reliable, but don't get me started on that! Today I am looking at home office spaces that are over the top and are perfect for those entrepreneurs out there who need a space that not only is inspirational but looks good for client meetings too!
White backdrop with pops of colour
The landing of this Southern home in the States got an office makeover with build-in bookcases partially painted in a bold - emerald - green. The luxury factor was further uped with brass sconces on the top shelves and some unusual chairs with brass fittings. Sadly, although chairs like these are often found in shops in the US, I have yet to come across anything under £1,000 in the UK.
Now, if you've seen this Pinterest board of mine, you know that I just love the combination of green and pink. It's a contrast that does not feel dated and both colours work well with each other. I find this whole space very relaxing. The drawers have matching brass handles and various decorative items, also in brass, can be found on the shelves to create a flow between floor and ceiling. The zebra hide just tops it off completely, but let's hope the latter is a vintage piece rather than something new.
Why this works as a colour scheme: Landings being generally in the heart of a home might not necessarily see lots of natural light. Having a bright white colour on the walls will help bounce any light that is available. Green is very relaxing as a colour and can help you concentrate, something that is really good when you're trying to do some work. Pink and green are often found together in nature, so yes, they rock together, plus pink looks so preppy!
Read more about the psychology of green as a colour here.
Zebra hide (natural painted cowhide), Tom Dixon brass bowl set, Ebb & Flow obsidian lamp, all from AMARA; abstract screen print; brass double sided wall light, geometric screen print in green and pink.
Jewellery designer Jennifer Fisher’s office is full of character! It looks like someone is actually working in there, it's a bit messy and has a kick-ass ceiling light - if you find where it's from, drop me a line! Her desk is easy to find (or make) with a wooden surface toped with glass for that sparkly look. The wall behind her desk is used as a mood board. The walls are dark - I would use from Mouse's Back or Salon Drab to recreate the look here - and are teamed with rich wooden floors. This is a Girl-Boss office, fit for this entrepreneur. It's an inspirational space where decisions are made and clients are met. Totally fitting for Jennifer's kick-ass jewellery range.
Kate Moss and Twiggy prints via Etsy
The dark side
Moving on to the dark side. Not for the faint hearted this one! Abigail Ahern's home office is whimsical with its colour-everything-dark style. A piece of advice though because I have tried this style at home (see photos further below): be prepared to have a flashlight nearby as you will not be able to find anything around the room if everything - including your ceiling - is painted this dark. If you want to go for the 'dark all over' look, consider going a couple tones lighter: the end result will look darker as light will have nowhere to bounce on.
It's like a black hole this one, but you know what? I'm digging it! Bring on the flashlights!
Here's the mancave I prepared for my husband at home. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball railings. Initially even the ceiling was painted in the same colour. With only one medium sized window, you needed a flashlight! In the end, I had to re-paint the ceiling in a bright white.
Naturally, painting a home office so dark, gives it almost den-like qualities. You want to hide in there, and no wonder it givesn you a feeling of security. It's so nice, the husband barely wants to come out of it! To finish this look, try desk lights with colours that will pop against the dark walls. For a similar lamp try the Anglepoise 1227. But that's not all. The room is a bit dramatic, so you can have fun with extravagant art and even more lighting. The Frida Kahlo/skeleton print below is by Butch Antony. The Zeus "Underground Error" print is limited edition from Pictures on Walls.
Task Lamp - English Mustard by Wild & Wolf via Amara
Do I hear jaws dropping? This is the home office of YouTube sensation make up artist Desi Perkins. Her home office functions as a video studio as well. The chandelier over her desk is a 19th-century Casbah yet it feels extremely modern. a lot of gold going around, but the room feels playful and sophisticated at the same time. The abstract print on the wall gives an opportunity to add more colours around the room, drawing from the colours on it. So light greens and pinks are scattered on the desk and sideboard. For a wall in this colour, try Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue.