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I used to think decorating small spaces was easy to do.
After all, less space, less to do.
But then I met my home office. And I quickly realized if you want a room to function and attend to a host of needs, you need to do more than merely fill it up.
You need to be sure it fulfills your requirements, maintains the aesthetic of your home, and embodies a convenient layout for the desired utility of the space.
All that, while ensuring you don’t get black and blue bumping into furniture in a crowded space!
Small Home Office
So you need to plan well.
Step one is to determine what you need the space to do, and then consider what you want to store in there. Finally, you’ll take into account your comfort and the desired atmosphere. Keeping a tiny room light and bright is paramount to avoiding a cramped depressing look.
From the start we determined that we’d need a free standing desk in the center of the room. While I prefer that look for a sophisticated office, the real reason for us was hubby’s desire to face the TV. He works in this room several days a week and if he was going to give-in to my selection of a curvy French desk, he was at least getting in return a prominent wall TV.
This calculus alone determined the furniture placement for the whole room.
Bookcase behind the desk providing ample convenient storage, seating on the opposite wall so there’d be a space to walk through, file cabinets as end tables because it was the only option left.
Once the layout was resolved, we never really changed it. It worked. The room functioned. And it satisfied our most important goals for the room.
Yet we’ve been refining the room ever since.
Lighten the Space With Accents
Mistake number one was that we initially had a tufted ottoman for the guest seating. It wasn’t comfortable and looked silly between the heavy file cabinets. So we replaced it with a loveseat and moved the ottoman into the living room. This was significantly better, but I used accent pillows that were too dark for the small space.
The first fix was to find pretty accent pillows in a soft creamy white with enough texture to add visual interest. These fabulous tufted trellis pillows are super plush and fluffy, delivering an invitation to sit down.
I also limited the pillows to just those two, omitting the temptation to overdo it covering the seating in the center.
I also opted to replace a tiny dark chair that sat in the corner with this lovely rustic shelf unit, appropriately sized for a small room yet offering an opportunity for a variety of uses.
In this case, given my goal was to add lots of white accents, I chose to use it as a decorative vehicle to display pieces curated from my ironstone collection.
Make an Impact with Flooring
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make big impact in a small room is with a unifying rug. A rug ties all the disparate components together and can, in an instant, give a new look to a space.
In our tiny home office I used a geometric sculpted rug in a pale oyster color to soften the room by lightening the foundation underfoot.
The result is compelling and unmistakable. That it adds comfort at the same time is a wonderful bonus.
For the desk accessories I skipped the usual line up of staplers and other stationer’s gear, as often all you need is a computer and a plug, and you’re good to go. Instead I decorated the desk with an array of flower vases and candle holders.
Once again they add light and an upbeat outlook to a room with only one window that faces a covered shadowy entry.
To keep a small room neat, particularly one with mounds and mounds of paper, you can’t overstate the importance of filing cabinet storage. I swapped out the little table that previously held our computer printer and added a new file cabinet for spillover paperwork.
It’s a bit surprising to realize how much we fit in this small room, but because it’s scaled right and kept light, it looks a whole lot larger than it is.
Now if only I could convince hubby to replace the ugly wall TV with a gorgeous painting, it would absolutely make my day.
But I guess I’d rather he weigh in on the TV situation than complain about the details of the office decor!
Additional Tips for Making the Most of Your Space
- Opt for a desk that fits well in the available space and offers storage options. Look for compact desks or ones that have built-in drawers or shelves.
- Utilize vertical space. Make use of wall space by installing shelves or floating storage units. Vertical storage helps keep the floor clear and maximizes your storage capacity.
- Use multipurpose furniture. Invest in furniture pieces that serve multiple functions. For example, a bookshelf can also function as a room divider or a file cabinet can double as a side table.
- Optimize natural light. Position your desk near a window to take advantage of natural light. Consider using sheer curtains or blinds that allow light to filter through.
- Light and neutral colors can make a small space appear larger and more open. Consider using whites, creams, or pastels for the walls and furniture.
- Look for creative storage solutions to keep your office organized. Use wall-mounted file holders, cable management solutions, or desk organizers to keep everything tidy and easily accessible.
- Mirrors can create an illusion of more space by reflecting light and visually expanding the room. Consider placing a mirror on a wall opposite a window to maximize the effect.
- Personalize your space. Decorate your office with items that inspire and motivate you. Hang artwork, display plants, or add personal mementos that make the space feel personalized and comfortable.
- Keep it clutter-free. In a small space, clutter can quickly make it feel cramped and overwhelming. Regularly declutter your office and only keep the essentials on your desk or shelves.
- Consider ergonomic furniture. Invest in a comfortable chair and ergonomic accessories to promote good posture and reduce strain. A well-designed workspace can enhance your productivity and well-being.
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