Being productive is a challenge on the best of days. (We blame you, Twitter and Instagram.) Why not make your home office as lovely as possible in the hopes that it will be just a little easier to slog through those unread emails? For inspiration, look no further than our most popular home office design this year. Designed for a New York bachelor pad by Los Angeles firm Consort in rich jewel tones with pops of brass, it’s the opposite of your typical gray-and-beige cubicle. We know, it’s a feast for the eyes, but there’s a lot of real design lessons to learn from the work space, too. Here are our top five:
1. Bookshelves aren’t just for books
Throw in a few pieces of art, that sculptural tea kettle you found at the flea market, and perhaps even the football from the winning game you can’t seem to throw away.
2. Roller blinds can be just as elegant as drapes
Especially when they’re made of charcoal linen that’s the slightest bit sheer.
3. There’s no need for a complicated color palette
Just pick one gorgeous hue and cover everything with it. Here, Consort chose a jade-toned wall-covering from Calico Wallpaper, then painted the shelves a similar shade. This is the kind of drama you want in your life.
4. Your home office can be anywhere
This space actually used to be a third bedroom. And there’s always your random, tiny “bonus room” that is realistically just a large closet.
5. Two chairs are better than one
Turn your desk into a meeting space by simply adding another seat across from yours (a mismatched one, obviously).