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14 Wonderful Office Design Ideas

Updated on July 14, 2012

A busy office doesn't always have to be a boring one. In fact, an office, whether it is found in a high-rise building or in a small room at home, does not have to look bland and lifeless. Adding a few furniture pieces here and there and changing the colors of your walls and tables a bit can already do wonders for the interior of your office.

If you're looking for brilliant office ideas, look here. We've got 14 interesting models for you to follow:

Pro Tip

The best offices use ergonomic desks and ergonomic computer accessories. They're space-saving and helps prevent RSI or repetitive stress injuries.

1. Google Headquarters (US)

Let's start with the main headquarters of the grand-daddy of all websites: Google.

The Google HQ office boasts a very industrial appeal and for a huge company like that, perhaps an industrial interior is the way to go. What's interesting about Google HQ's interior though, is its mixture of wood furniture and industrial piping. To achieve the same appeal, you will need a wide office so the cubicles don't look as if they are crammed in an enclosed office room.

2. Make use of wide office windows

If your office is located near wide windows, don't fret. Don't fear the sun, either. Many people find having an office near wide windows inconvenient but if you know how to redesign your office, you could make an interesting nook out of a bright, sunny area in the building.

It's actually a good thing to have sunlight in through your windows but make sure to install blinds or thick curtains to regulate the amount of sunlight.

Tip: A bright, sunny room means less lights and lamps will be used while you work. Isn't that convenient?

3. Make use of every nook and cranny in your home or office.

Sometimes, having your office table situated under the stairs or at the corner of the floor is better than being stuck at a cubicle. Cubicles can be very inconvenient, even if you are not claustrophobic.

Now, if you find your office located near the stairs of the building, don't worry about it either. There are bright things you can do to make use of such little space. For one, use a smaller table, de-clutter your area often, and get space-saving furniture.

Tip: Add a height-adjustable ergonomic in your small office so you won't feel crammed in there. From time to time, you can work standing up or sitting down.

4. Don't be afraid to play with colors.

Don't be afraid to think out of the box or to be unusual. Your office does not have to make use of the same dry tones. Liven your office up a bit and add a dab of magenta or chartreuse whenever you can. Add flowers, colorful curtains, pretty lampshades and so on and so forth.

Tip: Your ordinary garden shed CAN be an extraordinary home office if you know how to play with furniture and colors.

5. Use glass and sleek furniture if you can.

Sometimes, it helps to think of a theme and work your way around that idea. Most offices today tend to look futuristic and modern, with sleek furniture pieces to decorate it. If you want the same effect for your office, use glass tables, glass cabinets, and décor as well as sleek furniture.

6. Feel free to decorate your office depending on your tastes.

Case in point: Nike CEO Mark Parker's office.

Mark Parker's office is not just full of shoes and colorful collectibles. His desk and shelves are also lined with toys! His walls are covered with art and his office room acts like a mini-museum at the same time.

7. Be a child again.

Your office does not have to feel like a scary place. It can feel like a playground when you add youthful and lively furniture. If you're up for it, you could even add a giant slide inside your office (but you will need a large area for it).

Lego Main Headquarters
Lego Main Headquarters

8. Spread out.

There are two things you can do with a wide office: utilize every area or spread your furniture out to make it look free and spacious.

The AOL Headquarters knows exactly how to utilize a large room and turn it into a cozy nook without making visitors and employees feel agoraphobic.

AOL Headquarters
AOL Headquarters

9. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle.

You can do wonders with old blocks of wood or old furniture and reusing old furniture is the best way to save on office renovations. You don't need to break the bank to have a stylish and comfortable office.

Designed by www.railyardstudios.com
Designed by www.railyardstudios.com

10. Be transparent.

If you want to overload on glass furniture, glass windows, and glass décor, go for it. Once you have the glass motif going, you will have to continue and add more glass decals to your room because glass looks even better with glass, not wood or metal.

Designed by www.xavierlust.com
Designed by www.xavierlust.com

11. Experiment with Unusual Furniture.

Oddly-shaped chairs? Check.

Extremely tall shelf inspired by the story of the man who lived in a crooked house and walked a crooked road? Double check.

Leg-less tables suspended in the air by heavy-duty screws on one side? Triple check.

If you want an office that has all the makings of an Agatha Christie novel, feel free to experiment with unusual furniture or furniture that don't mix and match they almost look good when gathered in one room. Style is subjective and your office is your domain. Don't be afraid to decorate it depending on your tastes.

Designed by www.azovskiypahomova-architects.com
Designed by www.azovskiypahomova-architects.com

12. Running out of ideas? Play safe with vintage or classic designs.

You'll never go wrong with classic furniture, mild tones, and old tables. Vintage offices are ideal for your office and if you don't want to go overboard with the colors and furniture, go vintage.

Designed by www.free-lance.ru/users/AntonValiev
Designed by www.free-lance.ru/users/AntonValiev

13. Think outside the box.

There have been, and never will be, any definite rules when redesigning an office.

How your office looks depends on your tastes and preferences. Don't be afraid to experiment with different things or make use of every corner in your office room.

From Google Zurich Main Office
From Google Zurich Main Office

14. Use ergonomic furniture and some space-saving pieces.

You can never go wrong with sleek, stylish and timeless ergonomic furniture and ergonomic computer accessories. Ergonomic desks are perfect for any office, especially those located in small rooms or at home. The best thing about ergonomic desks, aside from giving you enough space for everything (it also doubles as a table and shelf), is that they safe space and help you maintain good posture as you work.

Tip: Ergonomic desks can help you stop carpal tunnel in its tracks.

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      RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

      Some wonderful ideas - I wonder how many changes I can get away with in the new job?

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