Mindy Kaling's home office wallpaper is a stylish choice that's perfect for productivity, say experts

The walls in Mindy Kaling's office soothe the senses and help achieve focus. Interior experts discuss the benefits of her decor plus how you can recreate the effects

Mindy Kaling at the 2020 vanity fair oscar party
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Screenwriter, actress, comedian, and producer, Mindy Kaling seems somehow able to do it all. After writing for hits such as The Office and The Mindy Project, the multi-hyphenate mogul was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013. We’re dying to know how she does it, and a recent Instagram post might offer some clues.

The Never Have I Ever writer posed in her stylish home office, wearing a Huishan Zhang suit and Christian Louboutin heels. Textural dark wood floors with a natural raffia carpet ground the space while a modern light wood desk brightens the look. Behind Mindy, framed magazine covers remind the comedian of her accomplishments. Our favorite detail is the stylish blue toile wallpaper. The blue-gray walls are chic and show off Mindy’s California cool take on casual style.

Interior designers are obsessed with this look. Cathleen Gruver, interior designer at Gruver Cooley Interiors says, ‘I think neutral wallpaper is a great idea for a home office! Whether it is a neutral print or just a neutral color, it can be an easy way to elevate a space and even show some personality.’ 

She adds, 'It is a great way to add texture/interest to a space. It also is an easy way to take any space to the next level.’

cathleen gruver interior designer
Cathleen Gruver

Cathleen has her M.A. in Interior Design from Marymount University. She received ASID’s “Ones to Watch” Award and NKBA's prestigious 30 Under 30 Award. Her graduate thesis received the Best in Show award for her research and evidence-based design. She received multiple Chrysalis Awards from Qualified Remodeler and Kitchen & Bath Design News. She has been featured in The Washington Post, Good Housekeeping and Forbes.

 Kasia Kronberger, principal designer at Studio Bosko states, ‘I believe bringing a neutral wallpaper into a home office is a wonderful trick to add depth and interest without risking distraction.’ 

She continues, 'a workspace should be a place that soothes the senses and helps achieve focus. It shouldn’t, however, be monotone and sterile.’ 

The soothing blue-gray of Mindy Kaling’s wallpaper (above) allows her to create an environment that is both soothing and visually stimulating.

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Kasia Kronberger

Kasia Kronberger is the principal designer behind her Berlin based design and architecture practice, Studio Bosko. For over a decade, she has been applauded for designing personality driven spaces that spark conversations at every turn. Her projects are high-design yet always livable. Thoughtful rather than trendy, Studio Bosko designs always represent her savvy clientele which spans creative entrepreneurs, authors, finance and tech executives.

For those hoping to wallpaper their own home offices, Kasia recommends ‘Subtle wall coverings, such as tonal patterns and tactile, fabric-like textures work great for a home office, creating an elegant and thoughtful surrounding. They can add an interesting yet not too attention-grabbing backdrop to now ubiquitous online calls and conferences. 

Wallpaper can bring a layer to a room’s decor that shows professionalism and intent much more than a plain white background. Cathleen cautions: ‘Make sure the scale of the wallpaper is appropriate for the space. A smaller print is going to read much busier than a larger one. Also, think about who is using the space and what it is being used for.’ 

In Mindy’s simple space, the small-scale print acts to perfectly elevate the room without making it appear too busy.

Even better, we found Mindy’s wallpaper style so you don’t have to. Mindy Kaling adorns her walls with Serena and Lily’s Westwind Toile wallpaper. Though the Westwind colorway is no longer available on Serena and Lily’s site, the brand’s Seahaven Toile color scheme offers the same calming benefits in a slightly lighter palette. Shop above to recreate Mindy’s look.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.