From the beginning, I knew I wanted a home office space that was both practical and organized while still being on trend and beautiful. Now how to achieve that, right? I decided pretty early on that a soft, white palette would be the most conducive to relaxation, creativity and getting some work done! From there, I followed basic design principles to finish my space. For me, designing a home office space was a thrill; but, at the same time, it is overwhelming tackling such a big project from scratch. And so, after my big reveal last week, I wanted to share a few of my tips for decorating a home office.
Focus on tasks
One of the first things we learn in residential interiors is that the best designs are both beautiful AND functional. My office could look incredible; but, ultimately, if I can’t get work done in there, then the whole project is pointless. That’s why I chose to design my space in 4 “zones” – the office, the craft, the sewing and the reading zones. From there, I could think about what tasks I was doing and what was necessary in each of the spaces to be functional – i.e. a big working surface, a place for books, a comfy chair, etc. If it helps, draw it all out on a piece of paper! It’s so much easier to get ideas out that way!
Don’t skimp on lighting
Now, you won’t be able to get much done in each of these zones if it isn’t properly lit. Many people tend to forget about lighting, leaving it to the end, or sometimes skipping it altogether. That’s a big no no! Lighting is so important, especially in a workspace. You should have 1- general lighting (the light from the windows and your ceiling lights, for instance) 2- task lighting (some light where you need it most, like a desk lamp) and 3- some accent lighting (like my decorative hanging pendant!) if possible. Having a mixtures of all three will give you a great lighting scheme!
Get organized & Accessorize
Getting organized isn’t what it used to be. There are so many unique options out there and ever the clever DIY’s to help. Pinterest is awash in inspiration. This may have been my favourite part of the office design – finding fun accessories to brighten my desktop, covering an inspiration board with images & reminders, and shopping for bins, baskets, magazine holders…you name it! Have fun with this part, while still thinking about those tasks of course! If you want to check out my desktop essentials, look at my inspiration post here.I needed a place for all my paintbrushes, pencils, paint, etc. in the craft space. Putting it all on the wall can be pretty busy, but using all white containers creates a streamlined look.
Here, I turned a simple frame into a message board by taking out all the inside panels and leaving the glass. A dry erase marker easily wipes off to allow for new messages or inspiring quotes.
Think about textures
Even though it’s a home office, I believe it still needs to have both visual interest and a feeling of comfort. The best way to achieve that is to vary the textures in the room because textures affect us in a number of ways. Texture affects colour, light and sound. With that in mind, I included many varying textures in my design. In the sewing nook for instance, I have the natural wood of the vintage table, the sleek plastic and metal of the chair, and the warm fur of the faux sheepskin. The mix creates a perfect harmony!
Inject some personality
Finally, your space needs to feel like you! It should reflect your personality. Don’t be afraid to decorate with objects you love, find pieces of artwork that inspire you or include vintage items passed down through your family like my sewing machine table and reading chair.
Flowers in a home office?? Of course!! I hope you found my tips for decorating a home office helpful! Especially with the start of the school year so close (mixed feelings about that!). Happy designing everyone!