Three Ways To A Statement Home Office

1.Β Dominic Blackmore (Ideal Home) | 2. Ferm Living | 3. Livingetc

When it comes to the home office I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make the space more productive and inspiring. These three different spaces are great examples of how to add your personality to a space to make a great statement whilst maintaining a workable environment. The first, Colourful Industrial, shows how you can add warmth and depth to a rustic look with the addition of a single bright hue. I love how the hot red colour draws the eye to interesting vignettes created from necessary office stationery – and how great are those wire baskets on the wall?! The second space, Graphic Stripe, demonstrates how a classic black and white stripe can create a sophisticated and timeless statement in a light and airy room. Here it’s best to let the stripes do the talking and keep the rest of the scheme simple yet functional. Finally, Temporary Colour, is a perfect solution for renters who are looking to add colour, personality and storage with minimal lasting effect to the space. Multiple colour block box files add all of these three elements, coming together to create a quick and easy statement feature with no lasting effect – ideal! My vote goes for Colourful Industrial, but which space gets your vote?


  • Reply rolala January 18, 2012 at 12:17 am

    I like the bold statement of the graphic black + white stripes but they're all great!

  • Reply David January 18, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Number one is totally my style! I love the rustic wooden desk that is placed in the middle of the office.

  • Reply Urska M. January 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I'd choose three! You know how much I love colorful boxes & supplies πŸ™‚

    There are few changes I'd make for me, but it's just to suit my desires.. like.. Switching to a comfier chair, add a zebra pillow ( addicted – bad me ) & bright up the cold table with some pretty storage vases… But ok..still my favorite, even if I'm totally in love with the stripes from the second πŸ™‚

    Much love, Xo

    – Urska @

  • Reply Michelle January 18, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Its got to be the graphic stripe it gets me everytime! But I do like the idea of the coloured files on shelves, such a simple idea but its striking enmasse

  • Reply Design Blooms January 18, 2012 at 2:20 am

    Colorful Industrial friend! Im all about mixing things up, polished and rustic, wood and metallic, these are my favorite things. My goal for 2012 is to have my own home office.

  • Reply Samantha Walton January 18, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Oh wow thats great im about to make a office at home these will come in handy for sure!

  • Reply Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} January 18, 2012 at 3:09 am

    The black & white striped wall looks fab – this would definately be my pick! xx

  • Reply Adie Andrews January 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

    I find that colourful boxes so cute, such a brilliant way to put new life of your room.
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  • Reply designhund January 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    best three offices ever,
    so lovely!
    nr 1, just with coral, instead of red:)

  • Reply Igor Josifovic January 18, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Tough choice between colourful industrial and graphic stripes…I can't decide, they are too nice:-)

  • Reply Gild and Grace January 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Naturally I'm loving the colours most Will! All are great though Will πŸ™‚

    Abbey x

  • Reply sofa January 18, 2012 at 11:21 am

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    thank you!

  • Reply Ice Beautiful January 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I like the first – industrial+color: the old wood makes the space so cozy and worm, color kicks your productivity and creativeness(it is so aesthetically balanced as well!). In my current situation creating my own home office I definitely go for the second – white+bold graphics and a touch of subtle hue. In some way all of these three are great!

  • Reply Designwali January 18, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Colourful industrial is my fav too…thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply lisaroyhandbags January 18, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    They're all fun! I think I like #3 since it adds a good punch of colour but can easily be switched out for something different

  • Reply Gavin January 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    hey Will… do you know what the desk/table in number two is? totes rolling with the stipes but LOVE the herringbone… Gavin

  • Reply Deborah Piana Agostinetti January 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I love the Ferm Living office!

  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair January 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Obviously i love the stripe but I also love the top one too. I want to bring a few more warm wooden tones to our office – it needs more styling!
    Rachie xo

  • Reply Hogger and Co. January 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I need to redo my home office; great ideas – love a bright space!
    Found you via Designwali!

  • Reply jillian :: cornflake dreams. January 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    i would love a mix of industrial AND stripe! xo

  • Reply Justina Blakeney January 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    I'm FEELING those color block files in different colors great white to add organization AND color.

  • Reply Alex - Dalani Home & Living January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love colour so the third is my favourite – such a simple way to brighten up a room with colourful storage

  • Reply Alex - Dalani Home & Living January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love colour so the third is my favourite – such a simple way to brighten up a room with colourful storage

  • Reply Alex - Dalani Home & Living January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love colour so the third is my favourite – such a simple way to brighten up a room with colourful storage

  • Reply Alex - Dalani Home & Living January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love colour so the third is my favourite – such a simple way to brighten up a room with colourful storage

  • Reply Alex - Dalani Home & Living January 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love colour so the third is my favourite – such a simple way to brighten up a room with colourful storage

  • Reply mikky January 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Hands down numero 3. I love the colours. A very happy looking office, feels full of energy and makes me think of candy! I would love to work in there.


  • Reply we love citrus January 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I will take #1 πŸ™‚

  • Reply Denise January 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Number 1-it has a warmth to it and is visually interesting. When can you swing by to install it?

  • Reply Riell [project:Home] January 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, the first one with reds is perfect πŸ™‚

  • Reply Danielle / Breakfast at Toast + The Everygirl January 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I love these pops of color! I am really feeling inspired to bring a little color in to my apartment this spring. We'll see if I actually make it happen!

  • Reply manvi @ mochatini January 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    I fell flat and HARD for that striped wall office! the black window frame, the woven basket holding rolls and the herringbone table..yes yes and yes!! Now if only I could keep this tidy! thanks for sharing Will

  • Reply Kat January 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these, Will. Our study is known as the Room of Slight Despair because it's just the place that everything gets thrown when we have guests around! It also trebles up as my crafty area and our spare room. In 2 1/2 years, I have not found anything to do with it and had almost given up. But I've gotten some great ideas and am feeling really inspired to tackle it, especially by number 1 and number 3!

  • Reply Tommy January 19, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Oh, Dubs! Wire baskets, stripes, and organization?! Woooo!

  • Reply Christine Charlton January 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    That Herringbone parquet desk is gorgeous!!!

  • Reply Ryan January 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    LOVE the Industrial office space! I think I need those colorful trunks. Thanks B.B!

  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy January 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    I love the striped office space and there are some gorgeous bits in no 1 too.

  • Reply Renee ( January 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I love all of these looks! I'm in the midst of trying to narrow down a design plan for my new space where I'll be teaching DIY workshops but I can't seem to decide. I love so many different looks!

  • Reply sarah yates January 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    i'm working on an office makeover at them moment. so far it's feeling like a 5 year old put it together… need to find a way to bring a little more sophistication like these offices have! great post will!

  • Reply Birch + Bird January 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Love love love that first industrial office space! Those baskets on the wall are amazing and would be so handy for odds and ends. And, yes, that herringbone desk is to die for! ~Lily

  • Reply kothea July 6, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Much prefer the ‘statement desk’ in the first pin. I think you’ve got to make more effort than a few licks of paint or pieces of coloured paper to make a proper statement. Plus furniture is normally there and ‘in your face’ whereas smaller statements, over time, can get covered, hidden or lost. Made me think nay way, ty πŸ™‚

  • Reply andrew bradford August 11, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    This is the type of environment that makes want to work!


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