10 Surprising Home Office Ideas
If you're under the impression that you need a spare room or a huge master bedroom to set up a workspace in your home, you're wrong (although both sound quite nice). Brilliant work-friendly spaces can emerge from a spare corner, a few inches of a wall, or other areas you never thought to explore. Sounds too good to be true? Take a peek.
Room With a View
There’s no reason a little sunlight should cramp your decorating style. Set a desk and chair in front of a window and fill an empty corner with a tall bookcase. Keep the furniture in sync with the existing pieces so it blends seamlessly with the entire look.
Despite what you may think, working at a traditional desk will not make you more productive. Not only does a charming armoire act as a hefty storage cabinet for stashing china, stemware, and silverware, but it also works overtime as a desk.
Studying the Blues
A few key pieces (desk, chair, floating shelves) can transform a quiet sleeping space into an efficient work area. If space permits, try and keep the zones distinct from one another by setting the work area away from the bed. The trick is making sure all of the decorative elements (color palette, furniture finishes) play well together.
Go bold. Think bright. If you want to carve out a space for your child to get homework done, keep the color scheme cool, invigorating, and fun. Add shelving and functional storage accessories that work with his or her style.
Got a corner? Work it. Even a formal living room can accommodate a work zone. Sneak in a table, chair, and a few office accessories (task lamp, storage bins) so you have a spot to retreat to for working on an assignment, writing a letter, or reading the paper.
There's no sense in overlooking a space—and, yes, that includes a hallway. If you're graced with an area that is long and not-so-narrow, then capitalize on this free territory by propping a desk and slim seat (like a stool) against a punchy printed floral wallpaper.
Desperately seeking eligible nook for a few office pieces? Any inch of a living room, dining room, or den can make an adequate space for a desk and seat. If your room is neutral (wheat colored walls, exposed wood floors), then introduce a splash of color with these pieces. Here, a shot of robin's egg blue adds an upbeat touch.
Color is a useful tool for differentiating a space. If you're working side by side, stay consistent (one style of furniture) but invite in different colors to give the space some personality.
If you're searching for a way to keep your work area from cramping your decorating style, focus on blending in. For example, a shiny black lacquer desk would feel out of place against a floral wallpaper. This weathered desk and chair suits the vintage style with true intention.
The Great Wall
When you’re short on space, a bare wall can be a valuable asset. Consider building up (rather than always extending wide). Simple, easy-to-install floating shelves are a practical way of breaking up a wall painted a bright hue.
Kitchen on one side; office on the other. A simple architectural detail can divide a space without making it feel out of place. Keeping the color palette consistent and neutral will allow you to bring in all sorts of utilitarian pieces like file cabinets, storage containers, and shelves for organizing items.
- Nathan Merwitz