All you need for a home office is a desk or countertop, a computer, and a phone. Right? Wrong, unless you’re temporarily working from a friend or family member’s home. Our offices can inspire and motivate us, and study after study has shown that a well-organized office space can even boost productivity.

As the number of people who telecommute or exclusively work from home increases, style and function become more important in the home office. If your workspace is in need of sprucing up, here are some modern, fashionable, and practical trends to look for in 2017.

Make it streamlined

Electronic data storage is replacing filing cabinets. Dedicate a weekend to scanning in those documents and get rid of your bulky filing system. You’ll breathe a sigh of relief when all that paperwork is out of your office — just be sure and back everything up.


Make your limited space work for you! Adjustable desks and a variety of seating options make it easy to personalize your work area based on your needs.


Use materials borrowed from the outdoors. From wooden accents to live plants to river rocks, these natural elements can make your surroundings feel calmer and will reduce stress. And let the sun shine in on nice days.


Get moving!

Keep exercise equipment, from hand weights to resistance bands, in your newly cleaned out and organized office. It’s a great way to fit in some physical activity while you’re stuck working all day.


Create a lush feeling by mixing bold and unexpected colors with non-traditional materials and textures. Don’t be afraid to play around!

Get outside more

Take advantage of the nice weather (and laptop) and move your workspace outdoors when you can! Your psyche will thank you.

By making some of these minor changes and updates, your home office will feel brand new and inspire your productivity anew!