How to Create A Contemporary Home Office

Updated February 15, 2022

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If you’re spending most of your time working in a home office, wouldn’t you want it to fill your mind with inspiration every time you sit down to start working? We know a thing or two about contemporary home office design, especially because we enjoy using them ourselves.

Let’s turn your less than exciting home office into a contemporary home office design that you can enjoy and be proud of!

Aspects of Contemporary Home Office Design

If you want to create a contemporary home office, it’s important to first understand the basics of contemporary design. Contemporary design is all about simplicity, minimalism, and functionality. So when creating your dream office space, try to keep these aspects in mind.

home office design with wooden backdrop and plants

Along with those three overarching aspects, there are several more to keep in mind and watch for.

  • Uncluttered
  • Track lighting
  • Bold colors (black and white)
  • Clean lines
  • Organic or natural accents
  • Textures that accent throughout

Your Contemporary Home Office

As you start decorating and designing your home office, these are the ways you can do it well from start to finish. To help illustrate this and make it easier to understand, we’ll start with the big things and work towards decorating.

Bold Colors and Sharp Accents

When painting your office, the contemporary design would suggest going with bold and bright colors. Black and white are always a great choice for contemporary spaces, but if you’re looking to add more color, try going with shades of green or blue. Just be careful not to go for a color that looks neutral. We’re going for bold and sharp contemporary design.

If you like wallpaper, a contemporary office space might be the perfect place to add some sharp accents with wallpaper. Just remember that less is more when it comes to wallpaper.

bold accents on wall of home office design

Choose Flooring that Fits Your Style

When choosing the flooring for your contemporary office, the most important factor is that it’s practical and fits your needs. But beyond that, you can choose a wood grain flooring, tile, or carpet.

patterned flooring in home office design

Most contemporary styles use cold-colored floors to contrast the bold walls. Tiles or wood with grey colors and styles are the most popular, and they serve the needs of most homeowners really well.

Bold Furniture with Sleek Lines

Office furniture has a reputation for being boring and dull but doesn’t settle with that for your home office. For contemporary design, you’ll want to steer towards pieces that have sleek and simple lines. You don’t want any extra frills or details on the furniture because it will take away from the contemporary (sleek and smooth) feel of the space.

You can go with bright colors or neutral colors, depending on your taste. If you have the space for a couch or sitting area, find a few different pieces that work well in a set or offer contrast to one another.

home office design with bold furniture and lines

Highlight Natural Lighting

Natural lighting is a highlight in both contemporary and modern design. It’s essential to take advantage of big windows and show off the beauty of everything around your home. Natural light can also help to boost productivity and make for a more enjoyable workspace.

If you’re building out the home office in your basement, try to take advantage of any natural light to the best of your ability. Orient your desk towards the wall and highlight the window light as best you can.

Contemporary Home Office with natural lighting

Brighten Up Your Contemporary Home Office

If you don’t have much natural light, then you’ll need to find ways to brighten the room. While it might feel nice to work in a dimly lit space from time to time, it’s important to brighten up the office as best you can.

Install track lighting or use tall lamps to give the effect of windows and natural light. The color of your lightbulbs can also make a big difference and determine how bright the room will be when your lights are on.

When contemporary home offices first became popular, adding a small tree or plant to the room was all the rage. You didn’t see many contemporary spaces without some type of plant, and it served as a great way to add some life to a very bold room.

While it isn’t necessarily a must in today’s contemporary spaces, it does make for a much more lively space and can help the design a lot.

home office design with house plant

Use Open Shelving

Open shelving can add a lot of depth to an office, kitchen, living room, or any space in that they’re installed. Whether you use the shelves to display different items that you enjoy or to store parts of your work, open shelving has a lot of benefits.

If you’re feeling really artsy, try adding a few different layers to the shelving and decorate it with pieces that you find at a thrift store, hobby store, or anywhere else you can find things you love.

contemporary home office with open shelving

Decorations and artwork need to remain simple, but they do need to be highlighted and intentional. You don’t want anything too busy or with too many details because it will take away from the sleek design that we’ve been building up. Black and white photos, an intentional gallery wall, or simple art pieces are all it will take.

A few well-placed pieces of art can really help to pull the contemporary design of your home office together.

Design an Office that Inspires

At Sustainable 9, we focus on contemporary and modern design, and we regularly create home office designs that inspire our clients to find new importance and excitement about their work.

If you want to take your home office to the next level, then reach out to Sustainable 9 today. We’d love to help create a home office that fits your needs perfectly.


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