I had so much fun creating an industrial living room guide that I thought I would put together a shopping guide for the ultimate masculine office. This office is inspired by my boyfriend’s own office goals and favorite styles. Prepare yourself for an industrial, yet mid-century home office with a splash of executive style!
I believe that the most important aspect of a home office is your desk (and I don’t think many people would argue with me about that). With that being said, I opted to go for a more industrial-style desk since the majority of our masculine office will be industrial. This will be the largest, most attention-grabbing piece in the room and therefore it must set the style for the space.
As you can see, all of the desks except the top left, contain a combination of metal and wood. This is not necessary in order to make a piece of furniture look industrial, but I think it can definitely help if you’re questioning how to make your space look industrial. Depending on what you will be doing at your desks, one of the above-pictured desks will be suitable to your needs.
You didn’t think I would go for a standard office chair, did you? Truth be told, I did have some difficulty finding a stylish, yet appropriate office chair for this space. It was a bit hard to find the balance between industrial and executive, so I came to the decision that the chair can be a wild card. Choose something more traditional, industrial, or a tad bit mid-century– just make sure it’s cohesive with your masculine office space.
During my hunt I found that most of the chairs that I loved had an aluminum base– which I hated. In this type of office I would have preferred to stay away from aluminum since it takes away from the style we are trying to create, but since it’s such a little amount, I believe the actual seat is more important than the metal. If you can find a stylish chair with a dark metal or wood base, I think that is going to be your best option. I also loved the idea of using a non-rolling desk chair, but decided that men may oppose the restrictive movability that this would provide. Either way, choose what you think is best!
Airiness was important to me in the selection of a bookcase for this office style. Yes, the majority of these bookcases are substantial in size or height, but the open shelving allows you to view the accessories in the bookshelf from all sides. The fact that these bookcases are not too bulky also helps in not permitting the style to overtake the room. Imagine having something tall and closed in all sides. This will not only cause the room to feel smaller, but the accent piece will become too dark for the space.
Now this is another furniture piece that I believe can go either industrial or mid-century. As you can see, the above bookcases are all pretty similar. As I stated previously, airiness was important to me in selecting a bookcase for this space. Because that was one of the main aspects I was searching for, the industrial and mid-century bookshelves ended up being very similar. Just make sure to not mix metals too much. I purposefully did not include shelving with brass finishing because this would take the office in a very unmasculine direction.
Do not forget to consider size for your shelving. Do not purchase a large bookcase if have a very small office. Yes, these bookcases are airy, but a large furniture piece is a large furniture piece. If space is an issue, consider purchasing a thin etagere or a floating bookcase such as shelf one on the middle row above. If a piece like this is still too large for your space, simply purchase wall shelves.
As you can tell, the majority of my accent seating is mid-century in style. When envisioning this space, the first thing that came to mind was a mid-century armchair. That being said, there are so many different chair styles and fabrics to choose from that this can be a bit overwhelming. For our masculine office, I didn’t want to go too mid-century and definitely no bright colors. Remember that the majority of the space is still industrial, so while we are mixing design styles, something far too mid-century will start making the room just look like a jumbled mess. Simplicity and clean lines are key. I believe the best option would be a leather chair of some sort so it also ties into the industrial look of the room.
Ah rugs– one of my favorite room accessories. Sometimes choosing the perfect rug can seem like an impossible thing to do! The right rug can elevate everything in the room. On the other hand, the wrong rug can make even high-end items look like they don’t fit in the space. For our industrial, yet mid-century masculine office space, there was almost too much to choose from! Take the above rugs as inspiration, but by no means must you stay within these confines. As with all pieces, edit the colors for your needs. The majority of these rugs are lighter in color and therefore might not be the best idea if you know your pets or children like to get into sticky situations and roam around your home. If that’s the case, choosing darker or busier rugs might be your best option.
Ok, so clearly I got a bit inspired while looking up wall decor. Trust me, it started out as an aimless search, but I think I’ve put together a nice range for you to gain inspiration from. First and foremost, I love adding texture to the space– either from fabrics, wall art, or accessories. In terms of wall art, you can see that wood and metal objects were inspirational during my search. As for the artwork, wall decor does not have to equal art, but I did find a few paintings that I thought fit both the industrial and mid-century look. I also took this as an opportunity to add a splash of color in the space. For the most part, I found a nice selection of blue artwork. The art you select does not have to be blue, I was just getting tired of whites and blacks.
So here you go, a compilation of lighting that I believe would work quite well in this office. I have a mixture of more mid-century style lamps, as well as industrial. I did my best to stay away from gold accents and also to not rely on strictly industrial pieces. I think this is a good mixture of simple, yet style-appropriate lamps.
No masculine office is complete without the quintessential bar cart. The size of your office will somewhat dictate the size of the bar cart you can have, but the bar carts included above are a good standard size for pretty much any space. I included a couple smaller-scale bar carts, and even a corner unit!
Finishing touches are very important and for this office space, a lot of the design elements rely on the furniture. However, there’s always room for some accessorizing! Don’t forget your clock, desktop organizers, globes, and cool bookends. As always, less is more, so just keep that in mind and don’t go overboard.
I hope this guide was helpful to you! I know there are some amazing pieces that I can’t wait to purchase for my boyfriend’s office. If you have any other requests for styling guides then leave me a message below!