Half the allure of modern work is a gorgeous office – wide, open-paned, light – a great space for thinking. Why would your home workspace be any different? These twenty-five inspiring workspaces can open your mind and your options, creating a view to look forward to each morning. Designed within space restrictions or as part of a bedroom, these examples from across the world have white space in mind. Think light, think airy, think IKEA. Think pops of colour that add focal points to clean spaces. Think functionality, drawers and ladders, workspaces that are both well-thought-out and daring. Find inspiration and clear the mind with these beautifully-productive workspace designs.
Visualizer: Michael Nowak
Clear, white ceilings allow bubblegum red and ocean blue to dramatically border this minimalistic office design. The stylish desk chair you see here is the Eames Molded Plastic Armchair.
Visualizer: Diffuse Virtual
Oscillating, near-clashing patterns add interest across bare white walls.
Visualizer: Leu Khanh
Three wood variants, framed by black and white, introduce character to a light and airy space.
A circle of rectangular, monochromatic portraits create a focal point next to a skylight.
Visualizer: Elena V Nedelcmu
Three tiers of white shelving differentiate the workspace from a black-and-silver tripod stand.
Visualizer: Vasill Pastryhan
Colour creates a calming feature wall in shades of teal, complemented by an earthy fawn chair.
Architect: Studio Wills + Architects
Structured charcoal shelves and desks are made voluminous via Roman blinds and plant life.
White-washed interiors with white, panelled flooring is reminiscent of times at beach baches.
A simple black-and-white screensaver can act as the central element of a minimalistic room.
Visualizer: Julien Stiévenard
French windows and clean spaces highlight tiered pot plants, fur-laden chairs and woollen crop-ring mats, in this fresh-looking workspace.
Visualizer: Marcin Kasperski
Two-roomed workspaces can create depth through mirroring similar elements. Square black bookcases frame the inner room and outer walls, with hanging glass lights and ornaments adding personality.
Visualizer: RNDR Studio
Two angles of a room show how different shapes give different effects. White, rectangular spaces are peopled with colourful books and finished with a skylight.
Visualizer: Pixel Guardian
Elongated surfaces give the illusion of space, bordered by black and white photography.
Visualizer: RNDR Studio
Long, corridor-spaces can act as an office too, as this stone floor and mahogany-desked workspace shows. The bookcase creates both space and interest. Pastel green swivel chairs add color to the setup.
An artist’s workspace has different needs. Canvases can fit in the corner of this workspace, where monochrome inspiration fills the walls and white and wood creates breathing space.
Visualizer: helmie halim
This office inlet allows the creation of a new space. Work necessities find their home in a grid upon the wall, reflected in the grain of the chair.
Visualizer: Thomas Deffet
Offices for two can sit in a larger room. Mild charcoal walls and simple furniture are elevated by a complex-patterned wooden floor.
Light, bright walls and rooms can afford bolder patterns. In this workspace, bold black and brown chairs are grounded by a striking striped rug.
Windows and ladders act as the sole feature in this compact, teak and white-walled office.
A similar effect is shown in this wall-shelved workspace design, with a wooden hula-hoop introducing an element of play.
A background feature can play a central part in integrating a room’s elements. Stencilled birdcages and shelving are crucial to a seemingly standard design. The gorgeous modern swivel chair you see here is the About A Chair by Hay.
Visualizer: aTng 糖
Workspaces next to beds can work, with the help of white space, inspirational quotes and a designated corner.
Visualizer: aTng 糖
A pop of colour with a lemon cabinet transforms office staples into supporting characters, for artistic play. You can see the attention to detail that has gone here – check out the unique trash can.
Visualizer: Sachin Mahajan
People portraits introduce the human into an often solitary task.
Visualizer: Denis Khramov
Mirrored rooms with wide shaded windows offer green relief to a clear and mindful space.