How To Style Your Home Office

Create The Work Space Of Your Dreams

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DEC 15, 2021 11:27PM

With the work from home movement transitioning to a choice, rather than a necessity, more consideration is being given to a considered space decicated to productive, professional and inspiring space in which to work at home. If you’ve put the design and fitout of your home office space on the back burner, now is the time to take stock on what works, what doesn’t work and what you’re no longer prepared to put up with for eight hours a day. We talked to Porter Davis lead interior designer Stephanie Atanasovski about what makes a great residential workspace and just how to style your home office to perfection.


With many now finding themselves working from home, it’s important to ensure that your home office feels like a nice space to spend time in and most importantly somewhere you can feel productive.Plants are a great way to make your home office feel more alive – move some of your household plants from other rooms into your office, so that you can see some greenery from your desk.

Photographer: Louise Roche

Lighting is also an essential element here to lift your mood and also to create a feeling of separation between your home office and your relaxation spaces. Make sure your office is light and bright all day and then contrast that by utilizing lower levels of light such as dim lamps and candles in your relaxation spaces.It’s also a great idea to ensure fresh air is flowing through your space to keep you feeling rejuvenated. If you can, open any windows and bi-fold doors to let fresh air in.

Photographer: Nicki Dobrzynski


Organisation in your home office is the key to productivity! You can never really have enough storage space in the office.Additional storage space in the form of drawers, filing cabinets, boxes and shelving will help keep everything in order and keep your workspace clutter-free.There are a variety of different storage solutions on the market these days, that look stylish too.


Photographs, inspirational quotes and imagery are always great additions to the home office. This is a space where you want to spark creativity and it is important to be in a positive space to mitigate stress.Print out some quotes that make you feel good and stick them around your desk where you can easily read them.

Photographer: Elouise Van Riet-Gray


Cool blues and natural green hues are soothing options that will help create a calm space in your home office. You can incorporate different colours in your office with accessories such as cushions, prints, lamps and frames.Add a pop of bright colour in the form of one or two accessories as well, such as a bright yellow lamp or candle, to promote a high energy work environment.

Photographer: John Downs


Not everyone has the luxury of a dedicated home office, but the good news is you can create a workspace in any home. As long as you have a desk or bench of the adequate height and chair (if you prefer to sit), then you’re on your way! Ensure your chosen desk has suitable storage space for papers and stationary and that you are close to a power source. To avoid straining your eyes, access to adequate lighting is a must. If you don’t have a natural light source, opt for extended desk lamps.

Photographer: Dave Wheeler


If you do choose to set up a working space in your bedroom, it is important that you don’t associate the space with sleeping! Counter this by ensuring the desk is well away from the bed and not facing it if possible.

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