These days, many homes include the proverbial home office. Though how much use they actually got, up until very recently, was widely varied. While many people do work from home often, now the majority of Boston’s workforce is working from home every day, for at least another month. Home offices have never been more important. While your temporary work quarters may be relegated to the dining room table or a makeshift desk in the corner of your living room, you can take inspiration from these optimal home offices designed by Boston’s best interior transformers—quite possibly you’ll be enticed to come up with a couple of ways to spruce up your own space.
“Within a large, open family room this space is meant primarily to be a child’s study corner, it’s highly-visible location made it important that it not look like a serious workspace,” says designer Jeff Swanson. “We chose the desk for its simple form and the chair for its warm wood and upholstered form. The colorful artwork by Cambridge-based artist, Marc Mazzarelli grounds the space and feels inspirational. Renovation Planning & Interiors
“We created this home office for a client who needed a nice place to work on weekends so he didn’t have to go into the office and could be home with his family,” says designer Robin Gannon. “We added the vintage Lucite chairs with the Hinson zebra velvet (every room needs a little animal magnetism!) and the book shelf around the upper perimeter to give it a cozy library feel (and of course a bar so he didn’t ever have to leave!).” Robin Gannon Interiors and Home
Paint it (almost) black
“This is a home office for a young power couple. They wanted an eclectic space, cozy enough to spend time there, but with powerful colors and design elements to keep their minds moving,” says South End designer, Jill Goldberg.
“We painted the walls a rich blue, nearly black paint in flat finish, and kept it upbeat with the colorful cabinet system, and white elements such as the chairs, lighting and decorative accessories.” Hudson Interior Designs
This built-in desk makes the most of this corner office. “Warm wood, deep cabinetry, rich jewel tones and a llama to make you smile. What more can you ask for,” says designer Kate Maloney. “Keeping your office light and playful can be a nice way to express your sense of self. I’m always more productive when I’m surrounded by my favorite things.” Kate Maloney Interior Design
There’s a modern feel to this high-ceilinged space. “This neutral palette, with textural wood tones, provides a calming setting to collect your thoughts,” says Kate Maloney. “Clean lines create a handsome and sophisticated overall vibe while the artwork brings personality and inspiration.” Kate Maloney Interior Design
Gold accents and colorful artwork make this light-filled room in an 1880’s Newton Victorian home pop. The lacquered desk has a bit of feminine flair, which suited the homeowner, who wanted this to be her cherished personal haven, perfectly. “Yet, she’s a mom, so she also wanted the space to be flexible enough to share with her kids when needed,” says designer Elizabeth Benedict. Elizabeth Home Décor & Design
Photography by: Michael J. Lee