Is it your dream to create a stylish home office? It’s hard to feel inspired or to work efficiently in a dull office. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make small changes that can lift your space from drab to fab. A fun print or splash of greenery, are quick and inexpensive updates that will add interest and warmth. Gina Ciancio from Style Curator shows us her 17 Bright Ideas to Create a Stylish Home Office.
Declutter – Clear your workspace from piles of random papers and folders, books you are not using and other clutter that has made its way into your office. If you have not or will not use the item in 3 months, put it away.
Get organised – There will no doubt be folders or books you will need at hand. Use magazine file holders or stylish boxes to neatly store them. Open rattan baskets also look great.
Style it – Your bookshelf has so much styling potential. Work it right. While there are no hard and fast styling rules, some great tips are to stack books horizontally and vertically, add a collection of objects, layer objects (think a small object placed on top of two stacked books), try some colour grouping (blue tones are the colour of the season) and incorporate some artwork.
Add greenery – Our stying hero Darren Palmer says to add living things to every space in the home. Ferns, succulents and cactus are so on trend right now.
Pot it right – Why keep your plant in a drab pot? Paint it in a fun way (we’ve got two pot plant looks you can try) or even make your own concrete planter.
Light it up – Add a table lamp to your workspace. It will lift the mood and with the great range of lamps out there, you’ll be sure to find one that can become a feature (we recently spotted a fun pineapple lamp!).
Show your personality – Eclectic finds and items from your travels can be put on show in your home office. They’ll add interest and express your individuality and are a great way to create a stylish home office.
Add more colour – Using an accent colour against a neutral palette can make the room ‘pop’. Denim blues and lush greens are the colours forecast for the year ahead.
Pin it – We love a bit of organised chaos and a pin board that’s filled with inspiration looks great.
Make your own wall print – An empowering or humorous quote might be just the thing you need in your office to help you from procrastinating or overcoming writer’s block. We’ve got a DIY to show you how easy it is to create your own.
Add a rug – It’s surprising how many home offices we come across that don’t have a rug. This one item can transform your office – anchoring the room and adding softness.
Candles galore – Candles are great office accessories to create a stylish home office and can have a calming effect. Don’t stop at one, we suggest adding at least two candles in your office.
Extra seating – If you have space why not add an occasional chair and create a reading nook. Perfect for off-screen work, you can position the chair to maximise natural light.
Rethink the window furnishings – If it’s been more than 10 years since you changed your window furnishings, it’s probably time to do away with your old blinds or curtains. Changing the furnishings on the one or two windows in your office won’t cost you the world and is guaranteed to change the space dramatically.
Pattern your wall – Applying wall paper or painting your walls with a pattern (think gold circles or asymmetrical grey triangles) is a bold way to really add a burst of style.
Well seated – Take a look at your office chair – do you deserve better? If your chair is drab or (worse!) falling apart treat yourself to a new chair or upcycle an old chair. Refurbished armchairs look great and are an affordable alternative.
Have fun – Tassel and pompom garlands are a huge décor trend right now and they’re also fun and easy to make so why not use them to create a stylish home office.
- “The pursuit of a stylish home life” is Gina Ciancio’s mantra. Her blog, Style Curator, is where you will find interviews with artists and experts in the design industry, home tours, her favourite products, DIYs and other stylish news. She also documents the build of a recently demolished house to make way for a new architect-designed home. Style Curator is a blog for people who appreciate design and want regular inspiration to create a more stylish home.