Home Office Decorating Ideas 2022: Interiors Experts’ Top Items

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Those of us who’ve been working from home for nearly two years now all have slightly different feelings about it. But one thing we can all agree on: Telecommuting is a convenient excuse to redecorate. “There’s never been a better time to create a space that inspires and motivates you everyday, but is also grounded in practicality,” interior designer and author Athena Calderone tells BAZAAR.com.

For fresh ways to decorate a home office, we turned to some of our favorite interiors experts. Their 14 picks will add elegant (and practical) touches to your workspace, whether you answer Zoom calls from a dedicated study or a corner of your living room. Claude Home tastemaker Maggie Holladay and Arjé Home co-founder Bessie Afnaim Corral suggest sleek sofas and chairs for getting the creative juices flowing. For the ultra-organized among us, three experts recommend upscale desk accessories to keep loose papers and pens in order. Whatever your remote 9-to-5 setup is missing, the desks, chairs, paints, and decor ahead will fill the gap with style.

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Pari Petite Square Table Lamp

“Lighting is key for a home office. The right lighting can form a sculpture, change the mood of the space, and also help you while you work. The Petite Pari Table Lamp from my collection has a minimalistic and boldly architectural body that provides a strong graphic presence. Topped with an enclosed linen shade, it also creates a soft diffused illumination for your workspace.” — Kelly Wearstler, interior designer

Bloop Stand

“As much as I try to be ‘device-lite,’ the reality is that between Material, my daughters, and my husband I am constantly checking my phone. The Bloop Stand is perfect for housing my iPhone upright so that I can see easily catch all my alerts and notifications, while also adding beauty to my workspace.” — Eunice Byun, co-founder of Material

Foam Board

“I am a visual person at heart so I love to be surrounded by imagery when I’m working on a project—and yes, that means the old school process of cutting out inspo and pinning it to boards! But when I couldn’t find pin boards that met my desired aesthetic, I put my DIY cap on and made them myself. I received so many inquiries about them that I decided to film a tutorial. I’m all about that delicate dance between aesthetics and utility.” — Athena Calderone, interior designer

Hipso Adjustable Standing Desk

“My favorite home office item is indisputably the Hipso table from Knoll. It’s an electrical table which helps me adjust its height very easily. I can go from sitting down to standing up in no time and with minimal effort. (The ‘standing up’ CEO look is great on Zooms.) The best finish is definitely ‘white on white’ because it helps the table blend in better into an apartment and importantly, the design looks even more elegant and minimalist. Knoll is also a solid company with great customer service. I was very pleased when one of the engines broke and I was sent a replacement straightaway.” — Anna Karp, designer and founder of Bolster

Felt Catchall Tray

“I just finished decorating my new home office. It feels incredible to have a space dedicated to me and my work. I like to keep my environment clean and tidy as it makes me feel more productive. I’ve been loving ourLeather Cord Keeper and Felt Catchall Tray. They elevate my work space while also being very functional. I’m always a fan of keeping things cozy, so I drape a warm throw over the back of my chair in case I get chilly. I find that the little touches really make a difference.” — Ariel Kaye, founder of Parachute Home

Louxor Black Pencil Holder

“One of my absolute favorite pieces in my home office is the Baccarat Luoxor black pencil holder. I was browsing for new home additions and once I saw it, I was instantly convinced that I needed to get it. It’s made of a glamorous black crystal and comes in this geometric design that brings a touch of luxury to my office décor. It’s also an item that is worth the investment and I know will be part of my home for years to come.” — Kelley Carter, home fashion director at Bloomingdale’s

Barcelona Day Bed

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

“I typically use a non-traditional workspace, depending on the work I have planned. Sometimes I work at my dining room table, but when I need to concentrate, I sit at my Daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It’s the perfect size and place for me to get work done and is my corner of inspiration.” — Maggie Holladay, founder of Claude Home

Bigso Stockholm Letter Boxes

“We often use a combination of the Elfa system and Bigso boxes from The Container Store to create personalized desk systems. This is an excellent option because any random wall or unused space can be turned into an efficient command center. The Bigso boxes come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and designs and they work to keep files, random papers, and office supplies within reach while hiding any unsightly clutter.” — Kate Pawlowski, co-founder of Done & Done Home

The Enzo Shearling Chair and Ottoman

“As our days can be super long when working from home, the trick for me to stay inspired throughout the day is changing up my location from morning to afternoon to early evening. Once the sun sets, we have a tradition at home, no matter how late we work, to make our space cozier and more comfortable. I immediately retreat to the Enzo Chair and Ottoman, a piece we recently created for our newly launched Arjé Home. The shearling chair has the perfect pitch to sit in comfortably and continue to take calls, wrap up my emails, or work creatively on any digital design I have for the day. Going from sitting upright all day at a table to relaxing in a chair can make all the difference in a long day and I often feel my best work is done from this seat—also known as ‘the throne’ in our home!” — Bessie Afnaim Corral, co-founder of Arjé Home

Newport Desk

“I’m a Virgo who craves organization, so I like to keep my home office minimal and neutral. The Newport Desk was inspired by this amazing vintage table of mine, and it’s my favorite piece of office furniture by far. It’s polished yet purposeful and gives my space an elevated feel.” — Jenni Kayne, founder of Jenni Kanye

Headspace Paint

“I recently moved and set up a new home office and the first thing I did was paint. There is no better Zoom background than the perfect color! This soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space and truly brightens my work day.” — Nicole Gibbons, founder and chief executive officer of Clare

Italian Mid-Century Bar Cart

“My bar cart has been the ultimate piece in our home office. I glammed it up and made it an amazing happy hour (from home) experience with all my favorite pretty bottles. I used a mix of vintage cocktail glasses from Gucci. I always incorporate drippy florals on the cart. I want to emulate my favorite bars that, unfortunately, I’m not visiting as much. It’s a nice reminder at the end of the day to take a break and pour yourself a glass of rosé.” — Tiffany Howell, principal and interior designer of Night Palm

Presidential Edition Desk Set

“I would recommend investing in a good leather desk set for 2022. A proper place setting will always encourage a productive day. These sets from Lucrin allow you to add pieces to suit the size of your workspace. I’ve personally had my eye on the dark green paper tray with the calendared silk lining.” — Victoria Sass, founder of Prospect Refuge Studio

Swan Cabinet

“We recently purchased Beata Heuman’s ‘Swan Cabinet’ for our client’s Brooklyn home office. I love the scale of the piece, the delicate fluting, and that you can customize the cabinet’s shelves and sawtooth shelving system to any paint color. It’s a distinctive freestanding piece of furniture for displaying decorative objects, books, magazines—you name it.” — Keren Richter, co-founder of White Arrow

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