While glass-front cabinets are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms, this handsome Moscow space shows that they can work just as well in a home office. Adding glass fronts to a bookcase helps reduce dust and can help preserve rare books, especially if the glass is coated with UV protection.
This custom built-in bookcase in a Naples, Florida, home office designed by Jinx McDonald Interior Designs features fluted wood pillars and a trio of wall arches. The bookcase, covered in a rich espresso stain, pops against the neutral-colored walls.
This industrial home office in Iowa was built by the team at Unique Homes Iowa. A custom bookcase of blackened steel and wood lines one wall. A library ladder slides along a rail on the bookcase to provide access to tomes at the tippy top.
Paneled walls covered in a warm gray paint add a classic touch to this Houston home office built by the team at Allan Edwards Builder. The bookcase wall, which blends into the space seamlessly, features panels at the top, shelving in the middle and cabinets at the bottom.
If you don’t have space in your house to turn an entire room into a home office, perhaps a corner of your kitchen will do. This example in Minneapolis was designed by Studio M Interiors. It features soapstone countertops, graphic blue-and-white wallpaper and custom built-in cabinets and shelves.
If you want to make a dramatic visual statement, take inspiration from this Mill Valley, California, home office created by Nest Design. All the walls, doors, built-ins and even the ceiling are covered in the same bold lacquer paint. Lacquered surfaces reflect light, so even a deep blue color doesn’t look too dark.
A home office might be one of the most useful places to cover a wall in chalkboard paint. Use the wall to jot down notes, make a grocery list or leave an inspirational quote. Floating shelves on a chalkboard wall will add storage without covering up too much writing space.
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This basement home office in London, designed by the team at Roselind Wilson Design, features a pair of light wells that draw in natural light. But it’s the large bookcase wall outfitted with LED light strips that gives the space its alluring warm glow.
Another great way to carve out a home workspace when you can’t dedicate an entire room is to transform a closet into an office. This chic San Diego workspace features a floating white laminate desk and a pair of floating shelves with integrated lights above.