This Feminine Office Makeover Lets In the Light

See how this decorator and stylist transformed a drab home office into crisp feminine work space with a colorful accessories and lots of storage.

The secret to this decorator and stylist's look lies in her smart home office design: a space that stays pretty, organized, and bright. The feminine style marks this office as her space, while the rest of the house is shared with her husband and two sons. 

Minimal furnishings keep the small room from feeling crowded. The homeowner traded a traditional desk chair for an upholstered dining chair to keep with the room's feminine style. Slipcovered small-scale chairs from IKEA float on a neutral sisal rug and can be rearranged for client meetings. The homeowner likes to change out the accent pillows frequently for an fresh change of scenery. 

Before: Basic Browns

This home office was all about wood: wood walls, wood cabinets, wood floors, even a wooden desk chair. What it needed was a little color and softness to put the home back into the home office.

Airy Desk Area

Some consider painting wood-paneled walls sacrilege. But the homeowner wanted the work space in her Houston home to be light and bright, so she went for it with crisp white cabinetry and pale gray walls.

Wall Color Gray Owl (OC-52), Benjamin Moore

The existing built-in cabinets supplied copious storage. All the homeowner had to do was paint them and add a desk in front of the window—perfect for natural light and a bird-watching work break. Because the desk is white and the same height as the cabinet tops, it almost looks built-in.

Cabinetry Color Snowfall White (OC-118), Benjamin Moore

How to Paint Cabinets and Furniture

Touch of Glam

A capiz shell chandelier abover the desk adds whimsy to the space without needing to be wired. Natural materials throughout the space keep this office feeling fresh.

DIY Natural Floral Chandelier

Keepsake Display

Liatorp cabinets from IKEA with glass and solid door fronts are some of the homeowner's favorite purchases. A trio of them put her vintage treasures, collections and curiosities where she can see them, but her not-so-pretty office supplies stay behind closed doors.

Cute Catch-All

This homeowner found a way to display cute desk supplies without making it feel like clutter. A hot pink tray brings color to the counter and keeps needed supplies close at hand.

DIY Serving Tray Ideas

Let There be Life

Nothing makes a room feel more complete than adding a houseplant or two. These indoor plants for low light can add a splash of color to a work space. Keeping it small and in a simple pot prevents distraction while still giving the room a touch of life. 

1 Comment

  1. Beautiful office and I love the pops of color!! Perfect!!


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