Home Office and Design Workspaces

All that commuting, all that polluting. Let’s face it, the greenest work space in the world is the one right down the hall: your home office.

So we at Euro Style Lighting decided to envision what we like to call a 40/3 work week. That is, the standard five day/forty hour work week, but with three of the five days worked from home. Such a work week roughly translates into a 60% reduction in an individual’s carbon commuting footprint…or as we like to think of it, an excellent excuse to work in your pajamas.

Best of all, the 40/3 work week gives us a chance to daydream about just how our home office is going to look. Working at home, you can transform any room into an office. If you're in a loft, best to make it a corner office:

Loft Office Design

Remember this is your personal workspace. No sharing needed, so style it wildly. Keep things open to make so that it's a free-flowing idea space:

Creative Office Space

For the home office, go personal and do away with all the usual suspects. Choose flat files over regular, vintage over mainstream, stationary stores over office supply stores:

Modern Home Office

To keep things open and maximize space, furnish it with only the bare essentials. Choose floor lamps or a torchiere for general illumination. Adjustable task lamps add a functional chic look:

Gray Task Lighting

Kichler Graphite Energy Efficient Desk Lamp

Use a small desk or table. Console tables are not nearly as deep as desks and work well in shallow spaces (such as my 3' x 6' walk-in closet office which I absolutely adore):

Reclaimed Wood Console Table

Frameo Driftwood Console Table

Finish your space off with a laptop or tablet and you're ready to start working!

Building a home office requires as much or as little space as you have and consumer technology has advanced to such a point that it is small enough and affordable enough to enable telecommuting by the majority of office-bound Americans. Yet most of us still spend hours a week behind the wheel of a car to and from work..

Perhaps it's time we re-consider.

Images: Tara Hurst, Location Department, Honey Pie Living, New York Times