When it comes to home makeovers, the home office often falls to the bottom of the list. The problem is that most of us need a functional home office, yet it’s tough to get motivated to spend extra time in a place associated with “work.”
The key is to start simple with a desk that works for you, and design the room around that. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can create a space that grows into a fabulous and functional office that you’ll actually want to spend time in.
We’ve got eight great looks that all start with the right desk.
1. Make Effective Transitions
If your style is on the eclectic end of the spectrum, the trick is in effectively mixing and matching. Start by mixing materials; woods, metal, and even sleek and simple plastics can come together with surprising sophistication. Add organizational accessories like wall shelving, streamlined art and natural elements that play off of each other in line and in tone. A super sleek desktop, for example, can be made rustic or industrial with a few sparingly chosen accoutrements.
2. Go Traditional
If your design style is more traditional, make sure to choose a desk that matches your design scheme; consider bringing in a work surface with a little Colonial or Queen Anne flair. This gives a more cohesive feel to the overall space, and thus has an immediate effect on your willingness to spend time there. Appropriately themed accessories such as plants, orbs and boxes, are attractive and easy to find. From there, add style and substance with period-appropriate lighting, a subtle paint color and art for the walls.
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3. Keep It Contemporary
Maximize the clean lines of contemporary design by diving in and committing to a floating worktop. Sleek, simple and super-efficient, this show stopper style will get you motivated in a space that’s dedicated to getting it done! Simple filing storage solutions and contemporary desk accessories, artwork and lighting pull the sleek look together seamlessly.
4. Get Comfortable
Creating a space where you feel pampered and relaxed will pay off in productivity. First, you have to decide what “comfy” means to you, keeping in mind that materials usually play a big part. Wood is always a warm choice, and offers lots of style options, so start with a desk that really speaks to you. Next, it’s about layering with a soft upholstered chair, window treatments, area rugs, art and family photos to keep the space personal and texturally interesting.
5. Get Funky
If you’re looking for a little bit of the unexpected, try adding a built-in floating desk to your office space. Efficient and effective, simply add some fun and funky splashes of color with a citrus or pastel color palette. Here again, patterned area rugs and accessories such as pillows and artwork are a great way to keep the funk alive. Add a stool for your seating and voila, your office space is set!
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6. Keep It All in the Family
If more than a few people in the house need a space to work, there are a couple of ways to create a space that serves everyone’s needs. For starters, a few simple table-style desks pushed together keeps the look and lines clean and simple, but makes for ample work space. Alternatively, consider versatile storage solutions for your workspace. A collapsible table that has two leafs that fold up can create a table when needed or collapse down and even roll away for easy storage when other activities are at hand.
7. Create Two Rooms in One
If you need to add an office to a room that has another function, think of the scale first. A guest room makes a great office space, but only if you have the space (and storage) to easily tuck everything away when the work is done. Find a secretary desk with multiple built-in drawers or shelving to hide supplies and files; added bonus if you can find one with a laptop drawer or a flip-top version for extra writing space that tucks away when not in use.
8. Hide It in Plain Sight
The ultimate in form and function is an office that serves as the hub of the home. If you’ve got the space to spare, this room can utilize an efficient set-up that has the added bonus of meeting multiple family needs. Add a project table, large desk, armoire-style unit, stool and desk chair on wheels and you’re in business. Round out the room with bulletin boards, baskets for storage and layered lighting and the space can go from office to sewing room, homework central to artist studio; the options are endless.
Photos courtesy of The Home Depot and Kerrie Kelly Design Lab