How to create a perfect rustic home office

Reclaimed wood desk with black metal legs and modern office chair in a large empty room with wide rustic wood panelling on the walls

With continued talk of a combination of office-based and home-based working, it is looking like the home office is here to stay for a while yet, but not everyone likes the industrial, Scandi or minimalist office look. Just like in our dining or living rooms, the rustic look is warm and inviting, so here we are looking at the components to help you create the perfect rustic home office.

Rustic wood table with laptop, coffee, pens and other work accessories

The desk should be the star in your rustic home office – rustic style can have a more traditional look and furniture can be more decorative if you like – we absolutely love the style of the Chelwood Nordic Desk which has been skillfully crafted from gorgeous reclaimed wood.

Rustic style is about warmth and homeliness, so keep all functional work accessories hidden away, think about attractive storage solutions that will fit a rustic theme. For the all-important storage, we suggest a rustic bookcase, you can add natural weave baskets to the shelves to keep things hidden away – this will keep the warm, natural and earthy theme going. If you don’t have the space for a large wood bookcase or prefer a less formal look office space, you can opt for something a little smaller like a console table with drawers. A small sideboard will also give you plenty of hidden storage space in its cupboards without looking too “officey” – which is great if your office is in a multifunctional room. The Beam small reclaimed wood sideboard below would look great in any room of the house and comes with drawers and cupboards for handy storage.

Photo featuring: Soho Home Sideboard

Another top pick for someone who just needs a small writing desk, or occasional use desk, is the Worcester reclaimed wood desk. This desk is painted in white giving it a lighter feel so perfect for a smaller room that you don’t want to look cluttered.

White painted reclaimed wood writing desk with natural wood top, next to pile of logs in fireplacePhoto featuring: Worcester Reclaimed Wood Writing Desk

Neutral and natural colours are a must with on-trend terracotta or earthy shade accents to give you a clean and calm environment to work in. Of course, these subtle calming colours work so well with gorgeous rustic furniture and will give you calming surroundings to work in. A rug will always add a touch of cosiness to a room – keeping with the rustic theme we would opt for a natural or flatweave rug. A rug would also help with zoning your office space if it is in a multi-use room.

As natural products work so well in a rustic theme we like to pair a leather office chair with a reclaimed wood desk – if you prefer you can choose to go for a faux leather office chair, the quality of these is so good these days they can be hard to tell apart. However we love the wood accents on the Parker leather and wood office chair, it’s super comfortable too! If your office is only occasional use, then you can choose a chair that can be taken to another room when an extra seat may be needed!