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Image from Mechanoid

There you are: staring at a small blank space that you're about to convert into a home office.

You think of every office space you've ever seen and you're faced with a conscious decision: do I make it look like an "office" or do I do something different? 

modern office building

Image from the Atlantic Cities

First, let's look at the concept of the modern "office." In an interview with the Atlantic Cities, writer Nikil Saval explains that the cubicle was a 1960s invention designed to increase the autonomy of the worker. The original goal was to eliminate class distinction and hierarchies and instead promote a greater sense of community and cooperation. 

By most accounts (the comic Dilbert being among the most vocal), the cubicle has missed its mark.  

And here's where the home office comes in. Because it's inherently about being autonomous (it is your house after all), the home workspace becomes an unfettered place where a person can define exactly what they want and need. 

Collaboration space? Go with wide open tables. Bright and functional modern light fixtures help to keep the energy up in the room.

collaborative office decor

Warm Bronze Industrial Pendant Light, Possini Euro Diamond Cage Black Pendant Light, Stockholm Solid Wood 78 3/4 Inch Wide Table

Creative space? Go colorful and casual with a variety of lights and versatile seating.

Creative Office Decor

Brushed Steel Technocolors Teardrop Torchiere Lamp, Blue Woopsy Desk Lamp, Rhythm Kagiso Pattern Cotton Throw Pillow, Set of 2 Zuo Green Stackable Chairs

Concentration space? Increase focus by keeping all your essential supplies and files at an arm's length. Use an LED desk lamp to shed light on the task at hand. 

modern desk decor

Koncept Gen 3 Equo Daylight LED Desk Lamp, Gilbert White Lacquer File Cabinet, Temara Line Gray Wood Flower Bowl

The great thing about home office spaces is that space itself is no longer an issue, now that we do so much of our work digitally. Whether it's a converted closet or an entire dining room, working at home can be just as efficient and productive as anywhere. 

Images: Mechanoid, the Atlantic