On Sunday, there’s nothing better than interior design inspiration and with Monday(read: work) just around the corner, I am sharing with you my favorite home office decor ideas.
I’m gonna be honest with you guys and I will confess that, while I do own a proper desk and chair, I work from my couch! That’s right, my couch is the coziest thing ever and it has an extra compartment where I can lay my legs straight while sitting and it has pillows everywhere, so it’s actually super comfty. That being said, it is not the best option for your backbone, which has made me reconsider setting up my little office space in my living room and therefore, look for inspiration on how to decorate it.
Now, let’s start with the basics:
Color. a neutral colored palette or sticking to 2-3 different colors is not only aesthetically pleasing and a rule for design, but you don’t want to have a rainbow chaos on your working space, since it will not help you feel everything is organized and it will not help you concentrate while working. Besides, white is the best color for the walls, as it provides serenity and calmness which are crucial for concentration, besides, I have the impression it works as a blank canvas for your senses.
The Table. Now, for this the sky’s the limit for your imagination and to even make a DIY, though it depends on how much space you have available. You can use an old industrial desk, a vintage wooden table, a standard IKEA desk, or even just a board to serve you as a writing surface. For the latter, you can use literally anything for the legs such as a vintage metallic storage cabinet drawer or even no legs at all by inserting it in a built in space.
The Chair. From diamond chairs to stools, it all works as long as your back is straight and you feel comfty. T
Get Cozy. Go ahead and throw in a blanket, a furry throw or cushion to your chair for extra comfort. Add a faux fur or graphic zebra or striped carpet, or whatever makes the space cozy and inviting. Being comfty is, after all, crucial for maximum productivity.
Pinboards and Moodboards. This one is another one where you can do so many different things, like for instance, hang a tube from your ceiling and use pegs to hang to-do-lists, notes, pictures, etc. I also love the idea of a metallic grid rack and attach all sorts of notes and pictures on them. Of course, you can buy a standard pinboard, whether magnetic or the cork ones to stick pins.
Shelves and Organization. Pencil holders, card holders, boxes, desk organizers, external drawers or just anything that will help maintain your desk clutter-free is vital for concentration. There are plenty of these accessories for virtually anything out there, but you can also DIY, of course.
Shelves come in all forms and styles: floating shelves, built-in, old metallic lockers to store your books and documents, and last, but not least, ladders transformed into bookshelves.
Adding a clock to your workspace is a no-brainer, as it will help you through deadlines and to plan ahead. I particularly love old school digital alarm clocks with huge numbers, though these might take too much space. If this is your case, simply hang a standard round one on your wall.
Last, but not least, you need a paper bin and my favorite style are those metallic ones you can get at Ferm living, though you can use a basket, or even a potato sack(!) for this purpose.
Lighting. Lamps that are suitable to iluminate spaces where you are reading are important. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there that are not only functional, but they are decorative elements per se. Hanging, desktop, wall, and floor lamps are all great for this purpose. You can also hang Christmas tree lights to your pinboard or shelves for decoration.
Greenery. Like I have said a million times and will always say it: Plants make any space come to life, so stick to carefree options such as cacti, succulents, or just anything that adds green to your shelves and working area.
Decoration. Don’t just stick to-do-lists and notes to your pinboard, but stick typographic posters(you can find super cheap and amazing ones at Prints Eisenherz here), art, or moodboard collages, or just anything that will inspire you. Surround yourself with inspiration.
Place empty wine or wooden bottles, quirky pencil holders, or simply any object that will add a playful and personal touch to your working space.
P.S. For more inspiration you can follow me on Pinterest here.