This Modern Home Office is from “The Timeless Home,” This Old House magazine, March 2002. It is a 10×10 space in the central area of the house, between the kitchen and the living room. It is designed to be a place to dump the afternoon mail or to organize your shopping list before going out to do errands. I also view it as a great family writing space. You have a great view of the yard via the bay windows to watch over your children or to gain a view of the outside to refresh your senses, the built-in cabinets would hold all your research materials and papers out of sight, and there is a nice spot on the floor where your computer tower could rest comfortably. While many of us use laptops these days, there is nothing wrong with a desktop setup. I use one myself!
While this office was designed a decade ago, it still has many great ideas to inspire your own writing space at home.
There is something about a red, fantasical office that pulls me in. My own office has red accents, from a red rose print on the wall, the crimson malden filofax on my desk to my red office lamp. Each piece strikes a personal chord within me. This office called to me its rich red walls and contrasting white trim. The distressed wooden desk, the antique typewriter and the yellow roses all gave this a slight Victorian vibe. Then I noticed the golden chandelier overhead and everything zinged. One of the reasons why I enjoy reviewing writing spaces is because it gives me more ideas on how to improve my own space. I hope it gives you ideas as well.
Turning a full closet into a small office space is a common enough practice in many homes. This example from Country Living allows a writer to find a pocket niche to spread out their work and set up shop. I love the color scheme of this one. Note that the rear wall has wall paper to brighten up the rear of the closet. A small tin chandelier hangs from the ceiling to add a touch of elegance. The two doors are used for storage. A pegboard is mounted on one side and a corkboard on the other. The desk is a laminated board set on two rolling file cabinets. It goes to show that the use of a color wheel and a sense of style can go a long way in creating a unique office space.
There is something about a the simple clean lines of a white and beige office that calls to me. I love the way this small writing space is tucked into a corner as part of a living space, yet it take advantage of the natural light in the room. The ship model and touch of colors from the roses is a nice touch as well. I would be comfortable writing here via a laptop or my Alphasmart Neo. The designer of this space is Kristy Kay.
I have a thing for glass desks. In fact, I currently write on one myself. This desk is all modern lines with chrome. It melts into the burgundy walls, the white ceramic turtle shells and the striped black and white curtains. What makes this bungalow home office is the wingback chair with the colorful print of the union jack that picks up the hue of the walls and the accent pieces on the desk. It is the sort of chair you could lean back in and read a good book when you are not writing one of your novels. This home office inspiration is from Wayfair.