Change is good for the soul and oftentimes lends a fresh perspective that allows you to appreciate the things you already have. One of the most beautiful aspects of design is its ever-evolving nature – our tastes and preferences change over time, and the spaces we live in do too. Naturally, your home should serve as a reflection of your current style, but how do you refresh each space without spending months under construction? We saw how much you loved our kitchen refresh tips and decided to tackle another hard-working room: the home office!
No matter how lovely your work space might be, it seems we all hit a point where a fresh and exciting new look is in order! Scroll on to see how we refreshed my home office space above without calling in a contractor.
Rethink, Reuse, Repurpose
We love how simply rethinking the layout of a space can make a dramatic difference on how it functions and feels. By flipping the position of the desk, we opened up a whole new world of opportunity without even breaking [much of] a sweat!
We arranged the desk to face the room’s entry, creating quite a powerful and balanced view!
Lay the Groundwork
Area rugs anchor your entire floor plan, and switching them out makes a mighty big impact! We swapped a heavier geometric pattern for a larger, lighter flat weaved rug, which instantly brightened up the entire space.
Flat weaves contribute a casual, relaxed, and approachable base to any area of your home. They’re also cost-effective and a total breeze to roll up and move to a new location. If you are currently rocking the flat weave, you can also reverse this style tip and go for a rug with more weight. A traditional antique oushak or a plush woolen number can make for a dramatic difference underfoot. First, shop around your house and see if you already own a rug that could easily rotate from another room. Then, if you’re in the market for something new, take a look at these beauties:
Although we kept the color story fairly consistent, we substituted seating in order to bring new textures into my study. A leather campaign chair was replaced by a more upright rich green velvet armchair; the more formal wingback was omitted in favor of a natural woven bench; and finally, the camel-colored desk chair was traded out for a tailored linen option. All of these exchanges add up to a totally different look without breaking the bank (or your back!)
We also played with pulling in a plush ottoman instead of the woven bench because who isn’t looking for a comfy office space?!
Expert tip: A slip-covered chair with casters gives you the mobility of a traditional desk chair, but the skirt is a clever trick to hide those less-than-appealing wheels. Here are some seating options that we can’t get enough of:
Light It Up
Switching up your lighting quickly changes the energy in any space. We opted for a mercury glass table lamp to replace the original white ceramic one, and couldn’t be happier with the extra dose of sparkle and shine.
Lighting options are endless and can be moved throughout your home in a flash. Metallics and natural earth tones are great because they act as a neutral and typically coordinate with any color story. You can also play around with your lighting style (industrial, mid-century, or traditional) which will subtly change the mood of your room.
Work Hard Play Hard
There’s something so Mad Men about an office bar cart! We decided to lighten things up a bit for spring, trading a metal bar cart out in favor of an acrylic piece that glamorously showcases all the spirits.
If you don’t have a bar cart, you can always use a small shelf or bookcase. Being able to craft a genius cocktail at the end of a long day is a total treat!
A dose of color brightens your day as well as your space! Incorporating vibrant hues through the use of smaller pieces, like art, vases, and accessories will breathe new life into your office. When you’re ready for another change, transferring these items to another room can be done on a whim.
Art is special and should be treated as such! When traveling, keep your eyes open for locally crafted souvenirs. Or, shop local and support your neighborhood artisans. Each memento will add to your home’s unique story and will serve as a reminder of many precious memories made.
Do you have any tricks or tips for refreshing your home without renovation? Any other spaces you want us to refresh? Drop us a line below!