Perhaps you have heard of the expression “man cave,” the affectionate term for a man’s private space. Women need their own private spaces, too. If your home allows, instead of having a universal office, consider an office just for her.

The perfect place

Ideally the location of a female home office should be easily accessible to prime areas of the home, but also afford privacy. A home office should also be a space where the primary user does not have to worry about having belongings disturbed or removed.

How to furnish

As the space should be for both work and relaxation, the space should not be designed as just an office. Don’t just focus on hard surfaces such as a desk; also incorporate soft elements such as sofas, chairs and chaises. Creating opportunities in a space for relaxing “me” moments will go a long way.

Colors and materials

While many male home offices are filled with materials such as leather and colors such as rust, brown and black, a woman might desire a lighter feel. Colors such as white, gray, taupe and even soft pink are great choices in order to create a soothing and relaxing environment. Looking for some materials choices? Consider soft upholstery pieces made from materials such as cotton, chenille or perhaps suede. Flooring options include sheepskin or a plush area rug with large loops. For those who prefer natural materials, consider sisal, which is a popular choice for those looking for a modern look and don’t mind walking on stiffer surfaces.


By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS)

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. E-mail [email protected] or visit her website at