If your living room doubles as a dining room and a home office, you may not be as productive as you’d like to be on those days when you work from home. But the right home office can help increase your productivity by inspiring creativity and allowing you to cancel out other distractions.

Whether you’re considering transforming an unused guest room into a home office or you have a little nook in a living space you can repurpose as a dedicated work zone, spending a little bit of time personalizing your approach will go a long way.

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite modern offices to make Monday morning just that much better.

Add Simple Artwork

One way to make your office space feel more modern and contemporary is by adding a handful of beautiful black and white photography or ink sketches. Not only will a simple gallery wall above your computer add a bit of visual interest to your office space, but if you are sharing it with another purpose room it can help define the space.

Carve a Nook in the Kitchen

Who says a kitchen desk can’t feel modern and updated? Here, a lovely little dedicated space in the kitchen creates the perfect desk for those moments when we really need to multitask. The color palette is clean and neutral, and the exposed shelving offers a perch for storage and decor.

Consider a Secretary Desk

If you’re short on space, a quaint mid-century modern secretary desk like this one is perfect for nooks and crannies in your apartment. Creating a dedicated office space in a small home can be a challenge, but focus on eye-catching, modern pieces that make a statement without taking up too much real estate.

Consider Storage That Blends In

We love a great shelfie as much as anyone, but sometimes a small office area doesn’t have enough visual space for big, bulky bookshelves. Instead, opt for a wall unit in the same color as your wall to create a custom look and feel that won’t make your room feel closed-in or small.

Add a Light Fixture

Getting the lighting right in your home office is essential for productivity, and swapping out an outdated light fixture is one of the easiest upgrades you can make to any room. 

Add a Touch of Glam

Modern can mean many things to many different home decorators, which makes it a wonderfully flexible style that can be molded to suit any taste. Mix in a few feminine accents, such as gold-plated hardware or soft pink throw pillows, to add a touch of glam to your modern office space.

Experiment With Abstract Pieces

Splurging for a statement piece, such as this contemporary bold orange chair, is a great way to give your work-from-home space a ton of personality. Pair with a lacquered desk to give your office an ultra-modern feel and create a mirror effect that will make any space feel larger.

Add Open Shelving

While you may be reluctant to try open shelving in the kitchen, it’s a great choice in a home office. Not only can a floating shelf add a custom look and feel to your office, but it provides a landing for accessories and helps add visual interest to a modern space without taking up too much real estate.

A few floating shelves are a simple DIY, but if you want a full wall you may want to call in a handyman to get it right.

Focus on Your Desk Chair

We know office furniture can be, well, less than beautiful. But hear us out—you should definitely prioritize your desk chair if you’re spending hours sitting at your home office desk. The good news is that you can find a beautiful desk chair that’s just as ergonomic as what you’re used to at your corporate office. Look for options with great back support that promote good posture.