Serving both pretty and practical purposes, window treatments are a necessary addition to most home offices and can make all the difference when it comes to designing a space in which you can concentrate, and feel motivated and productive (for the most part, anyway).
So, whether you're looking for a home office window treatment that adds privacy or personality to your room, you're sure to find inspiration with our pick of the best shutters, blinds curtains and more. Don't miss our guide to designing a home office to complete the room, too.
1. Create a calm, sophisticated finish with sleek shutters
White shutters make a stylish and sophisticated addition to a home office, offering privacy and interest without sacrificing light. Choose narrow slats with a push rod like in these shutters for a traditional look; wider slats and a concealed push rod will look more contemporary, and let in more light.
Pair with statement lighting – like these Titan Pendant Lights from Original BTC – and furniture with simple silhouettes for a smart and subtly industrial finish.
Find more about shutters in our practical guide.
2. Choose a window treatment that blends into the rest of your scheme
If you're designing a home office with a calming and cohesive feel – for many people this means white or light grey – opt for a window treatment that blends into the rest of your scheme. Roller blinds are a simple option, especially for busy rooms: they can be pulled right up to allow the room to flood with light, but when pulled down aren't bulky like more traditional blind fittings, making them ideal for a small space.
Find out all you need to know about choosing roller blinds in our advice feature.
3. Alternatively, opt for something that stands out
If you like the idea of a light-toned and spacious-feeling home office, but want to incorporate at least a little colour or pattern, using window treatments to do so is a wise move. Why? Putting pattern at a window in fittings that can be drawn or raised will minimise its distracting impact during the day while you're working; at night, it will make the room feel dressed and cosy.
We love the use of this on-trend geometric print roller blind to add texture and interest to a space. Recreate this room with Ikea.
4. Add depth and richness to a room with dark wood shutters
For a home office with a more traditional feel, consider opting for dark wood shutters.
While this will impact the light and bright feel offered by light coloured shutters, wood will successfully add a richer, more formal feeling to a space. Style as part of a scheme with complementary, rich woods in shelving units, the desk and on the floor, and match with Mid-century modern style light fixtures that will make the traditional finish a tad more contemporary.
Find out how to create a Mid-century modern style home office in our guide.
5. Use window treatments to incorporate subtle pattern into a space
Opting for a light coloured blind with a subtle – possibly grey toned pattern – is an easy way to incorporate interest into an office without compromising the minimalist, distraction-free feel that so many of use crave while working. Find similar designs at Hillarys Blinds.
Tucked into a small corner, this home office proves that space-efficient design is key to creating an office in homes that are short on square footage. Check out our big design ideas for small home offices if you're looking for more inspiration.
This gorgeous Nostalgia Chalk Roller Blind from English Blinds is another gorgeous example of how effective intricately patterned, light-toned blinds can add interest to a home office with a simple scheme.
6. Design a contemporary space with bare steel frame windows
In a contemporary home office, it doesn't get much better than bare windows, especially metal framed windows, and especially if they're overlooking a green, calm-inducing space.
If your home office is south-facing and you're concerned about being blinded by the sun during the warmer months, you can retro-fit glare resistant film to your windows (try Primrose). If you're starting from scratch with new windows, go to IQ Glass for expert advice.
Don't miss our guide to choosing metal framed windows to inspire your scheme.
7. Opt for a stylish repeat pattern
A window treatment with a stylish repeat pattern is perfect for injecting subtle colour into a home office that's in need of a little life.
We love the contrast of this Angel Ferns Olive Roller Blind, available from from Blinds 2 Go, against a duck egg blue scheme.
8. Incorporate bright colours into an on-trend moody home office
To make a bold (and stylish) impact on your home office, consider combing an on-trend moody paint scheme with a bright, contrasting blind – this Gloss Deep Pink Wooden Blind from English Blinds is a great example.
The brightness of the blind beautifully offsets the inky tone of the paint work, creating an interesting and unique space. The addition of a glass chandelier further enhances the quirkiness of the space.
Use our guide to choosing Venetian blinds to find the right type for your home office.
9. Opt for a subtle finish with window film
If you're looking for a window treatment that offers some privacy without sacrificing light, window film could be the solution for you.
The frosted effect of this Cetus Patterned Window Film from Purlfrost means you won't have to worry about being overlooked – perfect if you store high value equipment in your office – while the simple repeat pattern adds interest to the space.
This Infinity Centrepiece Window Film achieves a similar effect, but is arguably more subtle and creates a slightly more sophisticated finish.
Neither of these tickle your fancy? Browse our wonderful window film design ideas for something that suits.
10. Pick curtains for a cosy home office
If you're looking for an unused corner to create a make-shift home office, consider positioning a small desk in front of a large, unoccupied window. Dressing a window with light, airy linen curtains is perfect for giving the space purpose and creating a focal point, without losing out on light. Pair with light woods and plenty of greenery for a space with a motivational feel.
Oh, and just so you know, we've already picked out the best desks for small home offices, so you don't have to.
11. Use Roman blinds to introduce gorgeous fabrics
Home office window treatments don't need to be purely practical: Roman blinds are a sophisticated window treatment that are subtle, yet effective, at framing a window. A space-friendly alternative to curtains (on account of the need for less fabric) Roman blinds offer an easy way to introduce luxurious fabrics and texture into a space.
If this look has left you feeling inspired, browse our guide to choosing Roman blinds to find an option that works best for your space.
12. Ensure you're not overlooked with the addition of vertical blinds
If you're designing an office where privacy is a priority, consider opting for vertical blinds. While white can have something of a clinical feel as a home office window treatment, this is easily combatted if paired with the right colour scheme.
Worried about using white? Consider opting for a light grey or even a dark wood effect. These Tiffany Vertical Blinds from 247 Blinds are available in five different shades.