Awhile back I did this home office makeover for a woman that reached out and truly wanted my creative design help to take a "catch-all" spare bedroom - that she sometimes used to work from home in - and turn into a space that was inviting, functional and made her want to actually enjoy going to work in there everyday!
This was the before space. We all have these kind of areas in our homes - where things just gather and we end up saying "someday we'll tackle this space - so for now I'll just put this in here."
So to start the creative process in this small spare room - I had her empty everything out of the space for the moment. Getting the room down to nothing allowed us to create the zones we were looking for. I wanted her to have a desk area obviously, a seating area and I liked how this closet could serve as a "standing" work area as well.
So we removed the doors and shelving. We ended up adding a counter just at the height that was right for her to stand there working on her laptop or talking on a conference call.
Closets are a big bonus space to create with. If you have a small place like a condo or even an apartment - closets can give you an option. I like the idea of using one as a mini home office space!
Next, to make the room feel a bit larger, I wanted to create some bands of color around the room to give the illusion of more width to the room. The colors were actually from the same color family - one was the lighter shade and one was the darker progression of the same tone.
The lighter tone was painted on the entire wall first. Then, I had the painter tape out the areas with painter's tape to define where the bands of the darker shade would go. It takes some measuring and patience but it was worth it once the tape is peeled off!
With the walls completed - I set out to repurpose some items she already had and liven them up with color too. For instance, these black lamps were spray painted in a sunnier tone and I added new, more contemporary shades to each one of them. One lamp for the new desk area and the other for the new seating area.
I even painted an unfinished table for the seating area with a warm green tone. This green became an accent color for other things in the room as well.
Now you see the final mood of the room starting to come to life... A space you wouldn't mind going to work in everyday.
Great storage, a place for everything, functional work area and it is comfortable and uplifting.
I wanted the room to be a place that she could start her work day in... with a cup of coffee, walk in, turn on the lamps, turn on some music and the room would motivate and inspire her to get to work.
That is the great thing about being able to work from home - create an environment that is good to you!
She was a big traveler. So I wanted to use that as a visual undercurrent throughout the room.
I used her various travel mementos on fabric-covered pin boards I made with store-bought frames. Another way to add a layer of warmth and functionality to her environment.
I even created some shelving to display her various collections of pieces bought overseas. Simple things to draw the eye and allow her to appreciate them everyday. It's your own space - so why not surround yourself with things that mean something to you!
Now you see the closet area transformed into the "standing" work area. I kept the lower level open for a stool and basket storage - but the idea is that she could add more storage underneath down the road. I painted the interior of the closet that warm green accent color - and you can see how even that small area adds more depth to the entire room.
I love the wall collage of all her postcards, maps, ticket stubs and images from places that she loved visiting. I even put up foreign coins in various places on the collage I created for her. Again, another way to personalize a room's design easily and by repurposing what you already have.
In the end, it's a room that is a sunny, inviting home office that anyone could appreciate working in.
It is amazing what can be done with a room that sat there as a catch-all for a long time.
As you see - there is potential in ANY ROOM.
So - the weekend is upon us...
Maybe there is a room like this in your own home that you could turn around this weekend??