With home office spaces as inviting as these, you won't mind putting the extra hours in
Whether you work from home, need a study corner or a dedicated space for home admin, it pays to have a designated spot in the home for doing paperwork. Short on space? These home office spaces illustrate how everything from a narrow corridor to a mezzanine balcony can double as a desk-based nook.
Raised up from the main reception room, this mezzanine study is painted a striking black. It has a great bird’s-eye view of the reception room from up here.
Get the look: the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate emulsion. This is a vintage Eames EA217 swivel chair. The Shinto desk is from Oka. The vintage French cafe lights were bought in France.
This space at the front of the house is painted a deep blue. This room really suits a dark colour.
Get the look: This desk is a vintage Arne Vodder design. The desk chair with hopsack upholstery is the original EA108, by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The walls are painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The hare is from Graham and Green.
Next to the kitchen there’s a small timber study – a room within a room – to provide space for a collection of vintage cigar boxes.
The whole concept behind the study is it’s a big cigar box, with many little cigar boxes inside, some of which are 300 to 400 years old.
Get the look: This leather armchair is from Restoration Hardware. The antique chaise longue is from the Napoléon III period. The Persian rug is vintage and was dyed grey. The walls are made from oiled American walnut. The steel door was powder-coated in Black.
The sharp end of this irregularly shaped room finds its true calling thanks to a bespoke desk, set into the window.
Get the look: This is the Masculo chair by GamFratesi for Gubi. The desk lamp is by Anglepoise. The wall is painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The landscape photography, entitled Yangshou Dawn, is by Tim Hall.
The desk is a new piece but it has a retro feel.
Get the look: This is the Onegin desk by Julian Chichester. The vintage desk chair is from Jensen & Ballantine. The articulated wall light is from Felix Lighting.
This open-plan home office is tucked into the dead space at the end of a mezzanine floor and overlooks the floor below. Views of an enormous tree growing right through the space provide a fitting distraction from the paperwork!
Get the look: The artwork is by Alain Diot.
Moodier hues are given free reign in this glamorous lair. The walls of the study hum in a deep aubergine shade that lets the glossy lighting and furniture shine out in contrast.
Get the look: A similar paint colour is Brinjal by Farrow & Ball. This is a vintage Spoleto chair by Uffico Tecnico for Knoll. For a similar desk, try Andrew Martin. The photographs are by Jeff Barnett-Winsby. This is Serge Mouille’s Spider ceiling lamp.
This top floor box room doubles as both dressing room and study, complete with bespoke shelving, which flanks a simple desk.
Get the look: The desk is from Ikea. The chair is by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. The wall light is from Holly’s House. The blind is made in Jim Thompson’s Gemstone cotton in Emerald, available in the UK through Fox Linton.
A patinated foxed mirror displays a beautiful reflection of the prints opposite it.
Get the look: The sketch is a portrait of Danielle by French fashion designer Stéphane Rolland. To create a similar wall, try Rough Old Glass.
Office space finds a stylish home in this narrow passage, with a bespoke marble-top desk echoing the design of the adjoining kitchen.
Get the look: This is the Saarinen Tulip chair by Knoll at Skandium. The walls are painted in Studio Green estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. For a similar table lamp, see the Kaiser Idell by Christian Dell at Republic of Fritz Hansen.
This office is tucked into a corner of an open plan space, where bespoke shelving helps zone the area.
Get the look: Find a similar desk, Retro Living.
Tidy away the stationery in the evening and no-one would know this vintage piece of furniture had given desk service during the day.
Get the look: Find the Acorn desk and Helvetica office chair at West Elm. The Random pendant light is by Bertjan Pot for Moooi. The rug is from Urban Outfitters.
Shelving built into the alcove creates a great spot to catch up on family admin.
Get the look: The building and carpentry is by Boldline Construction. The insect print is from Graham and Green.