Whether your home office is designated space for running a business, the occasional telecommute, or simply a nook for paying bills and organizing your schedule, you deserve more than a metal desk and extra chair stuffed into a spare corner. How can this be achieved? It’s in the details…. The way you decorate your home should reflect your interests, passions, style, past, present and future. Here are a few tips for creating a uniquely you, practical work space.
Paint the walls a color you love. Muted color schemes don’t necessarily mean dull and boring; in fact it is quite the opposite! When re-designing our office, we used our new branding as the inspiration with a mix of greys, white, a soft champagne/gold tone, and a large focal metallic silver wall to create a little drama. We love the different shades as the natural light changes throughout the day! The sky’s the limit when designing with greys! We used three different shades of grey, one is (almost) white, and the other two are what we like to call “greige” -a mix of grey and beige. This balances the modern black and white elements with the warm tones of the hard wood floors and pre-existing furniture.
Extra Tip: Test out your colors before you begin painting. Paints, while accurately labeled on the cans can look vastly different once on the walls.
Accent walls are always on trend! We used a velvety smooth black paint for an accent wall (because it matched our branding of course). We encourage you to select a color that makes you happy when designing your home office. Choose something that speaks to your sensibilities and functionality of the room.
Small Details, Lasting Impression
The small details added to a space can ultimately help make it more aesthetically appealing and add to the entire experience. A “pop of color” is not for everyone. Items such as mirrors, frames, glass trays, metallic vases and so much more can have just as much of a wow factor as a brightly painted wall.
Mixing the right accessories can make a room more inviting. When it comes to eye-pleasing accessorizing, odd numbers are preferable. Rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. Scale is important too. Vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front.
Mixing metallic, glass and wood pieces is a popular trend that incorporates nicely with most styles. Whether it is a desk with a metal vase and glass jars for candles or a table with silver accents and flowers, the combination of metal and wood provides a feeling of uncomplicated and traditional combined with contemporary and polished.
A nice touch to any room, regardless of occasion, is the use of flowers. Flowers bring life to any room. Studies show that flowers trigger “happy” emotions, heighten feelings of life satisfaction and affect social behavior in a positive manner. Place arrangements in areas that are open to visitors such as foyers and dining rooms to imply a sense of sharing.
I feel it should be noted that the way we decorate our homes, much like the way we view art is completely subjective. What is visually appealing to us is not necessarily so to another as beauty indeed is in the eye of the beholder. These are tips that we have learned over the years as a creative company and apply to many of our events. I hope that I can inspire you to use these tips and transform your home office into a space that is undeniably yours.