Inspired: A Dark & Moody Home Office Space

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Without a design plan, a home office can quickly become a hodge podge of odds-and-ends and leftovers, hardly a place you’ll feel inspired, motivated, and comfortable. We encourage you to put some thought behind your design before outfitting your space with files, folders, bookshelves, and other storage options. By creating a color scheme and coming up with an overall feel of the room, your space will feel pulled together and orderly, a much better environment for tackling your daily office tasks.

In this inspiration board, a sedate and sophisticated office space.


For the home office above, we wanted to create the option of two workspaces but with a single desk. In order to do this, we used a dining table as our desk and we allocated all of our storage and organization to the Essex 6-Shelf Bookcase in White. This bookcase leaves plenty of space for storing your office supplies, filed papers, and books, allowing you to keep your desk area clean and clutter free.

For this space, we were inspired by a navy color palette, accented with mustard-y gold hues. We like either Glidden’s Mustard Seed (GLY30) or Martha Stewart Living’s Wrought Iron (MSL168) for the walls, depending on how dramatic you want the room to feel.

Lighting is an important part of your office space for obvious reasons, but it also offers an opportunity to merge function and form. Rather than your run-of-the-mill fluorescent office space option, try a lovely table lamp that will make your office space feel warm and beautiful. We love the golden-caramel hues of the NOVA Rift Table Lamp, as well as the square shape.

Cork boards provide an obvious function in this space. They’re a great place to tack to-do lists, inspirational quotes, and family photos. We particularly like the Trina Corkboard in gold because it falls perfectly in line with our navy and yellow-gold color scheme.


The bold and textural pattern of the Chrysanthemum Wrought Iron Wool Area Rug perfectly complements our dark and moody office space.

The Holbrook Dining Table was the perfect option for this hard-working space because of its size. It’s quite long at 72 inches, but not as deep as many dining tables, at 36 inches wide. This provides plenty of space for a computer, lighting, and the office basics (or even two sets of office basics!). We also like the way it works into our masculine space, with its square shape, iron frame, and rustic wooden top.


In a glass-front bookcase, it’s important to have organizational accessories that complement your overall design. The navy-and-white stripes of the Semikolon line from See Jane Work are the perfect option for this dark blue space.

We’ve found that one of the best ways to stay organized is to have a system. A label maker is a great way to do that, and the P-Touch Label Maker by Brother is a great option for the organizational beginner!

To balance out all of the dark hues in this office space, we added a pair of bright and shiny ZUO S chairs for a touch of modern sleekness.

A calendar is an obvious must-have for an office space. We love this blue embossed option from Paper Source!

Inspired is an editorial curation of products from and our sister site, Home Decorators Collection – along with irresistible finds from around the web.


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