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Modern Home Office Ideas

When it comes to a home office space, no single design idea will work for everyone –there is a wide range of different needs for a workspace, depending on the work being done there.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t create the perfect home office for you, though!  Here are some universally appealing suggestions to help you create a home office space that’s both functional and attractive.

Specific Task Areas

When envisioning a design for your home office, it’s important to take into consideration all of the activities you’ll complete in a given workday/week.  While a desk is an obvious starting point for most offices, to tackle paperwork or writing, those are likely not your only activities, so creating separate focus areas for tasks can be useful.

While your desk is the likely workhorse in an office space, don’t forget about incorporating a seating area for hosting and meeting with clients, and having a face-to-face discussion.  Additionally, if the office space hosts multiple users who need to share the office, you can help keep things organized and make the space work for everyone by giving each person an individual workstation.    

Home office seating

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Be Careful with Color

Since your office is a place where you need to be able to stay focused, it can be useful to set big punches of color — and the emotional responses they bring — aside. Instead, focus on choosing a largely neutral color palette that will allow you to put the bulk of your attention on the task at hand.  You can add small pops of color to keep the space visually interesting, with easily swapped-out elements like throw pillows or area rugs, but the more permanent parts of the design – furniture and wall color – should be calm and neutral.

Neutral color home office

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Make your Office Personal

As much as we’ve emphasized that you need to be able to focus within your workspace, it’s also important to create an office where you’ll enjoy working and spending time. So while keeping the workspace décor neutral is key, so is accenting your office with things that highlight your personal taste and make you happy.  Those might be pieces of artwork, or items from favorite travels, for example.

An easy way to add personal elements and keep a cohesive scheme in the home office is to use your personal items as a jump-off point for accent colors in the room.  Draw out a bold color from a favorite painting on the wall and use that hue for pillows or a throw in the seating area, or mimic the pattern on a piece of displayed pottery in your window treatment or area rug.

Home office decor

A Place for Everything

Staying organized is a perpetual struggle in any office space, yet it’s crucial to efficiency. So for any workspace, and especially if you’re prone to becoming buried under your desk, it’s imperative to work lots of storage solutions into the design.  Ideally, if you have the space for them, built-in cabinetry helps store large items and hides clutter; you can repurpose a sideboard into file and supplies storage.  Bookcases and open shelves are also a great way to keep things organized and provide display space for both functional and decorative elements.

home office organization

Bearing in mind just a few important themes – organization, a neutral palette to encourage focus, task areas, and making the space personal – you can carve out a functional workspace in your home that you won’t want to leave.

6 Important Things to Remember When Buying Fabric

Headed to a fabric store in NYC, or in any city for that matter?

Here are 6 things to ask yourself or consider before heading to the store:

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1. Where will the fabric you’re buying be used?

Will the fabric be used indoors? Outdoors? Or both? It matters, so know the answer! And guess what? It’s usually an easy answer to come up with. For example, unless lightning strikes a tree nearby, your living room is probably going to remain inside. =)

2. Will the fabric be exposed to a lot of natural light?

Now, the answer to this seems related to the one above. After all, if it’s outdoors, it must mean there’s a lot of natural sunlight. But what if the fabric is to be used indoors? Does that mean there isn’t a lot of natural sunlight? NO!! Because chances are you don’t live in a cave, and you have windows, which means you might get a lot of natural sunlight inside.

If you don’t have windows, check this post out for ideas that might help brighten up the room.

3. What colors are you interested in for the project you’re about to start?

It doesn’t take long. Think of the colors you love. There are basically an infinite number of fabric possibilities out there, so be creative and have fun!

4. What textures of fabric are you interested in?

Just like fabric colors, the texture options are many. Smooth, brushed, tweed, satin, etc. If you’re unsure, that’s okay too! But if possible, start recognizing fabric textures you like, and ask whoever it belongs to what type of texture it is.

5. What room or area will the fabric be used in?

This seems like a pretty obvious question, but you might be surprised… Fabric is an awesome way to tie rooms together.

6. What else is in the room that you might want to compliment?

“You look great, honey!” Not that kind of compliment, ya goof! Is there a piece of furniture you want to accentuate, Jazz up, completely hide (think slipcovers)?

We hope this post about 6 helpful things to remember when buying fabric was helpful. What are some of your tricks to making fabric buying more efficient and enjoyable? Leave a comment below!

Plus, we have a free download for you!! Here’s your free printable checklist, so you are prepared!! Click here to open the fabric buying checklist.