Home Office Decorating
Home Office Decorating Tips & Ideas
One of the main things that we wanted in our new home was a home office that was separate from the other areas of the house. Most people want this too
a quiet place to pay bills, surf the net, and finish any work from the office that would normally require you to stay there way past the work day.
One of the biggest issues about home office decorating is organization. How do you manage all of the stuff that goes along with bill management, computer cords, wireless routers, disks, DVDS, books, office supplies, etc.? It can get down right nuts!
Well, I decided that enough was enough
. of the clutter that is
. so I went down to a major discount retailer and shopped for wicker baskets to organize all of the stuff on a shelf in the home office. I also set up simple hanging files and made folders now that I have the drawer space to do so. Its really great to build your own home! You dont realize how great, it truly is, until you live in your house and feel the obvious difference in the space and comfort!
To keep the antique feel of the room, I placed burgundy wooden blinds on the narrow windows that flank the stone fireplace and a burgundy fringed valance over the blinds to cap them off.
I always wanted recessed lighting over a built in desk, so my husband had the electrician install halogen recessed lights, which cast a soft glow over the desk in the evening. We also put in bright recessed lights in the ceiling around the ceiling fan to use when more light is needed.
I put a rug that I used in another part of the house before in the home office to warm the wood floor in the home office. It adds a splash of color that I never really noticed until I put in that room. Its kind of unusual the way things look when you put them in a different room. This rug was yard sale find and I think I paid $10 for it because the people were moving. I have had several tell me that it looks expensive and theres no telling what the original people paid for this wool rug. It looks exotic as a home office decorating item.
I also chose to place a half wall of antique map wallpaper on the wall, and dark green paint on the bottom half of the wall. Again, this enhances an antique feel in the room against the dark mahogany stain of the maple woodwork.
I also put a large gold mirror that was previously used in the former dining room, over a table desk and it makes the room feel huge. And because it is antique gold, it goes along well with the antique feel of the room.
What kind of overall feeling do you want to feel in your home office? Is it chrome contemporary with sleek lines and minimalist virtues? Or old time, paddle fan ambience with a big leather club chair next to your laptop on an old timey side table? Its up to you!
Home office decorating is the ONE place where you can be really creative
and get away with it! So
live a little!
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