The Decor Dilemma
How can I transform my workspace, which forms part of my open-plan living area?
Renee de Waal and Janel Nell of interiorcreators.com say that if you look beyond the limitations of this space, you’ll soon see plenty of potential to create a new and improved office area. Here’s how:
Think Outside The Box
Look for a generous vertical wall space and the storage solution it offers without compromising the natural light source. Use recycled wooden planks to create shelves, or even a pigeonhole system, and round it off with a crown pellet from an antique store. There are many ways to organise – or even hide – your papers and files; try woven baskets in varying sizes to create texture, or old wine crates for a more rustic look.
Soften The Look
For a window in your space, use a Roman blind in the fabric of your choice to add texture – and personality. You’ll be seated facing this window, so make sure you choose a colour or design that pleases you and works in the space. Another idea is to hang old frames, creating notice boards for notes and to-do lists.
On The Surface
If you are looking for an instant desktop solution, buy a door from your local hardware shop – or recycle an old one – then paint it to match the colour you have selected for your wall unit. Opt for a reclaimed timber top to echo your shelves and create a support with an attractive forged-metal leg.
Form And Function
Drawers are always useful. They are ideal for neatly storing all your stationery, which can otherwise leave an area looking very messy. If you would like to enhance your country-style aesthetic, accessorise with a pine chair from Mistry’s and paint it. Alternatively, scratch around in your local second-hand store and spruce up an old chair with a splash of paint and colourful upholstery.
A task light is essential in any workspace. If you want to break away from desk lamps – and enhance the dining area at the same time – opt for a stylish table lamp. And be daring when selecting a shade with pattern and colour.
Words and images: Home magazine