Kelly Wearstler designed this home office to perfectly balance style and practicality – and we're feeling inspired

Celebrated not just for its visual appeal, this Kelly Wearstler home office is also incredibly practical, as a home office should be

Kelly Wearstler and home office
(Image credit: Left - Getty Images, Gary Gershoff / Right - Future Publishing Ltd)

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler is known for her sophisticated take on modern design. Her projects span high-end commercial and residential, recognizable by a unique approach to design that experiments with layered materials, a balance between the old and new, and lots of architectural references.

Fully embodying her iconic design style, is this home office which the designer shared on Instagram. Intrigued by its non-conformist style, we take a closer look at the design of the space and how to get that perfect balance between form and function that's so essential when creating these hard-working rooms.

Serving as a lesson on modern minimalist decor ideas, we were instantly inspired by the design of this home office. The space experiments with mixing different types of wood in contrasting tones throughout the room, from the statement desk to the herringbone wood flooring. The generous use of wood promotes a natural and organic feel in the room, which is contrasted by the concrete wall which serves as an architectural feature. 

Not only is the office space incredibly visually appealing, but it's also a highly practical design. Featuring floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinet ideas, the space provides the perfect solution to storing office essentials out of eyesight, promoting a calming environment that creates an inspiring space to work in.

To ensure the room does not feel stark, but rather a lived-in and comfortable space, the styling choice of displaying brightly-colored coffee table books injects color into the home office, as well as the other decorative objects such as the marble desk tray and red glass vase.

'We're seeing more attention being paid to the home office in the world of interior design trends, with working from home becoming more integrated into daily life.' explains Jennifer Ebert, deputy editor at Homes & Gardens.

'The home office allows you to get creative and experiment with different design styles to create an inspiring setting to work from. It's the ideal room in the home to experiment with bold design decisions that you would perhaps shy away from in a more central part of the home, such as the kitchen or living room.'

Elevate your home office

Take inspiration from Wearstler's creative approach to home office design, and uplift your own space with objects that bring personality and interest. We've rounded up some of our favorite, Wearstler-inspired home office accessories for you to shop below to recreate the look.  

Feeling inspired to update your home office? Us too. These spaces are so important to get right, as if you work from home you need a space that's functional and works for you but is also a joy to spend time in and reflects your personal style. For this office, Kelly Wearstler gets that balance spot on.

Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.