While many of us might be used to ignoring our home office space—except when pilfering through unopened mail—COVID-19 has many of us scrambling to find a viable way to work from home.
To be fair, we’ve found some pretty creative solutions—using ironing boards, liquor cabinets, and more as makeshift desks. But as the days of self-isolation tick by, we’ve found ourselves wondering if these hacked-together work-from-home scenarios are sustainable.
(Hint: They’re not.)
If you’re already sick of shutting yourself into the smallest, most depressing space of the house, don’t despair—we’ve got the antidote. Like we do every week, we scouted the top trending decor on Instagram, this time with an eye on home offices. If you’re ready to give your workspace the extra boost it needs to get you through what may be some long months ahead, keep scrolling.
Who says statement designs are only for the walls? Not @carriedelanyinteriors.
“I adore snazzy ceilings,” says Kayla Goldstein of Kayla LLC. “Making your ceiling interesting is actually a super bold move, but always worth it. When you have a pattern or interest on the ceiling, that gives you the opportunity to leave your walls bare. This way, you’re focused on your work because your eyes are not distracted, but the overall room has a sophisticated look.”
Get the look: To lend your home office some nondistracting sophistication, check out this collection of ceiling murals from Rebel Wallpaper.
Colorful comfy chair
If you don’t have a comfy chair to plop down in, then for productivity’s sake, you’re going to need one. So why not make it a stylish choice, like this bright sunny chair featured by @jane_athome?
“Gone are the days that your home office has to have a black leather chair with traditional armrests,” says Cindi Jacobs of Simply Done. “The trend to have a comfy chair that speaks to you is hot, so why not try a brightly patterned one? We could all use a burst of energy during this difficult time, and a simple switch of your office chair can make all the difference in increasing your comfort physically and emotionally.”
Get the look: Get inspired to start your work day with this Perry upholstered office chair from World Market.
Fun and functional floating shelves
Whether your desk is in need of new shelving or just a new look, these fun and functional floating shelves featured by @the_stables_ should do the trick.
“These beautiful shelves are useful for organization and provide a modern feel—and by using the space above a desk to hold items, you decrease the footprint you’re taking up,” says Jacobs. “Open shelves bring a minimalist feeling to any space—which is perfect for the home office where you want your mind to be clear and at peace.” And isn’t that pretty much any home office?
Get the look: Snag a set of floating shelves from Wayfair.
Plenty of plants
If you’re experiencing cabin fever amid this springtime lockdown, then it might just be time to bring the blooming outdoors in with a few hearty houseplants like the ones in this post from @tatiana_home_decor.
“During this time of working inside, why not add a little nature to nurture your soul?” Jacobs asks. “There are several plants that still look healthy and vibrant even with minimal light and effort. If you have small space in your home office, consider adding a couple of small plants or even a hanging plant.”
Get the look: Get the perfect plants delivered to your door by placing an order with The Sill.
Globe desk lamp
Having a bit of extra light is really important—especially if you plan on spending long days cooped up in your home office. That’s just one of the reasons we fell hard for this gorgeous globe lamp featured by @vivianjohnsonphoto.
“Homes that have less square footage may not even have a dedicated home office space. Globe desk lamps add the ambient lighting that a smaller desk needs without being too overpowering, and they provide a welcome invitation to work and be surrounded with simplicity and beauty,” Jacobs says. “In today’s world we all need that encouragement.”
Get the look: Get that ambient glow going in your home office with this Sphere & Stem shade lamp from West Elm.