Ideas for Bringing Your Home Office to Life

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Your home office is your personal space. You should want to spend time in it, so make it inviting and suitable to your personal style. While you are dreaming up your home office, there are a few things to remember. Make sure the furniture you want will fit the space, give yourself enough storage space and plan for good lighting that won’t strain your eyes. Whether you’re going to dedicate an entire room or want an office that takes up little space, be creative and make it uniquely yours.
Here are some great ideas for customizing your own home office.
1. Classically Eclectic
This home office has a classical appeal that is spiced up with eclectic touches for added flair, perfect for our Austin-area Reunion Ranch location. We gave our Altessa floor plan office deep royal blue walls offset with pale crown molding, adding tile feature wall for a neutral tone. The decorative area rug ties it all together.
2. Space Saver
When you need more of a work area than a full office, the cubbyhole approach is a good one. This desk is cleverly tucked beneath the staircase where a closet would otherwise be. It makes the most of the small area and has enough shelving and drawers built in to help avoid the cluttered look.
3. All in the Family
If you’re going to be sharing an office with your spouse or the kids, design it so you can all be at your computers at the same time without disturbing each other. A multi-person work surface makes good use of the space. Add built-in cabinetry for plentiful storage.
4. Creatively Contemporary
This beauty is a contemporary look from our Positano floor plan in Houston’s Avalon at Cinco Ranch. A decorative wall with horizontal metal features, rich aubergine purple accents and sleek furnishings give the room an elegant feel. The open archways with views to the patio are perfect for those who don’t want to feel isolated while they work.
5. Get Organized
Ever get frustrated with all the stuff that piles up around your office? This home office solves that problem with colorful style. Walls painted complementary colors—lavender and chocolate brown walls and a teal blue ceiling to top it all of—give the room a whimsical backdrop. White-trimmed bulletin boards provide a place to post important reminders and a high shelf offers a great spot to keep boxes and other large items up and out of the way.
6. Neutral Grounds
When you want neutral but not cold, use muted colors and simple textures to warm up the room. This home office, from our Villa Residence floor plan in Taylor Morrison’s San Juan Capistrano community, has French gray paint for a splash of color. The earthy tones and textured look of the wallpaper and area rug bring warmth to the room. The mix-and-match wood furnishings are lively counterpoints.

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