AD // My garden office has been complete for around half a year now and it’s become one of my favourite places to be. I thought originally when I had finished my office, the content about it would fizzle out but actually, that damn office has provided me with so many content ideas!

If you’re interested in checking out an of my previous posts about my home office, then here are a few of my favourites. I won’t link them all, as there’s too many!

I’ve had quite the experience designing, decorating and curating my perfect home office over the last year. Since February 2020, when I first met with my builder to discuss size and placement. It seems like a lifetime ago!

And I know that a lot of people have obviously been working from home since 2020 and have found the value from doing so. I can imagine that home office renovations SHOT up last year and will continue to do so as people’s and businesses way of working continues to change.ย 

I put a LOT of thought into my garden office and was very specific in some of the things I wanted and envisioned. It’s my space and my space only, I was determined not to let anyone else’s opinions influence me.

So if you’re planning a home office – whether you’re getting something new completely built like I did or simply renovating a room you already have in your home – here are 5 important things to think about when it comes to the design!

Wall colour

The colour of my office was a really important factor for me when it came to designing my office. I was lucky enough to work with the Lick paint brand on the colour of my office and I had a colour consultation with a professional interior designer to help me find the perfect colour, based on what I want and the sort of vibe I want.

When it comes to an office, it’s definitely important to not just go for whatever your favourite colour is and think about the sort of feel you want in your office. I went for a light sage green because it’s a calming colour and nothing that gets me too hyped up!

Flooring

Obviously the next thing to think about is flooring and there’s a ton of lovely options to choose from. I personally went for a grey laminate wood-style flooring (which I know a lot of people don’t like but I personally love it with my interior). But you’ve got wood style flooring, laminate or even a carpet. It really does depend on personal preference and the overall vibe and feel of your office.

Lighting

When I was building my office (haha “building”, watching the builders more like), I always knew that I wanted a LOT of natural light. With my office being a separate building in the garden, I wanted to be able to see the green of the garden, the trees, flowers and bushes and not need to have a lamp or light on all day. Which is exactly what I got and I love it!

So there are two things to consider when it comes to lighting: Electrical lighting and natural light. What sized windows do you want or do you already have? How much natural light gets in? Which direction does the sun set? (which is something to consider if you take a lot of photos in your office).

Decor

I mentioned in one of my first blog posts that I wasn’t going to have anything sentimental in my office. No pictures of loved ones or anything like that. Not even my dog. And I’ve kept to that ever since. This is personal for me but I don’t want ANYTHING to influence me when I’m working. I’m an empath, so I’m very easily affected by other people and things in my life.

Furniture

Furnishing my office was my favourite part and I loved shopping for furniture. I went backwards and forwards a lot on the type of furniture I want, the colours, materials, wood etc. But I finally settled on white wood for my bookcase and office desk with a gorgeous pink chair for my cozy corner.

It’s worth looking at your office as a whole to see what sort of furniture will look and feel the best. How much space do you have? Do you want to go for wood? What shade? There’s endless questions, so this isn’t a point to overlook!

I’d love to know if you decided to build a home office this year or if you’re planning it in the future! Which style of office would you go for?

50 Comments

  1. Love these tips and will keep them in mind as soon as we will have more space to decorate and get a home office! I love the views from your office you share on Instagram, it looks so peaceful x

  2. A space for a home office is a big must for me and my partner as we are looking to move out together. I’d love a garden office, and making it cosy is important to me. Will keep all of these points in mind. I’m very envious of your garden office! Em x

  3. Love this post Jenny! I love the ideas youโ€™ve put together, itโ€™s going to come in handy for a lot of people. Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

  4. You’ve mentioned some great points. I would love to have a garden office at some point. The idea of being separated from the main house and all its distractions really appeals to me.

  5. These are definitely such important things to consider when styling a home office! Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I am a wood floors and natural lighting kind of gal and, recalling the shade of paint you went for, find the green very soothing and complementary!

    Creating a space is a wonderous opportunity to take mental and emotional creative expression and turn it into a physical embodiment of you. Love the tips you share to help us reach our ‘yes’ moments!

  7. Great post! I don’t currently have a home office but I’ll definitely be making one in the future and these will be so helpful! I think I’d definitely go for either a blue or mint green colour. Thanks for sharing x

  8. Thanks for the ideas! I might sell my dining table and make the dining nook an office. Not as beautiful as yours but way more productivity will happen ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Lovely tips, Jenny! I don’t have a home office but do have an “office” space in the house I’m looking to redecorate for summer. Definitely keeping a few of these points in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I decorated my office at home around this time last year and I’m still so happy with it. I do kind of want to update the prints and give it a new lease of life!

    Rosie

  11. Working from home makes me want to have a proper home office! I dream to have a cozy home office one day ๐Ÿ˜€ This will be a great tip especially about wall color and furniture! Thanks for sharing Jen x

  12. Reading this makes me so excited to have my own proper office soon. I canโ€™t wait to be designing it. These are some really good points to consider. Lighting will be a big one for me, as I will be taking photographs of products as well so I want to have lots of natural light. Thank you for sharing these points Jenny.

    Lauren -bournemouthgirl.com

  13. I love the idea of a home office I can imagine decorating it was half the fun! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค— Xo

  14. I am moving in a month, so this post came right in time… I am thinking about a light beige wall and some green furniture. Not sure yet, but super excited!

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