See how Home Upgrade designer Riche Holmes Grant turned an office/workout/guest room into a gorgeous sanctuary.
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New homeowner Christina was excited about the possibilities for an extra room in her house, even if the current furnishings—a beige loveseat and an exercise bike—weren't exactly inspiring. Christina was hoping the room could serve as an office, workout space, and occasional guest room, but still feel like a cohesive whole—and feature the bold colors she craved.

Enter Home Upgrade designer Riche Holmes Grant, who was ready with some smart strategies Christina could use to DIY a stylish multipurpose room that suited all of her needs.

The same bold green color was used on both the walls and the ceiling to help the room feel larger and the ceiling higher—and a bold accent wall with a tropical mural became a highlight of the room. Holmes Grant added a sofa that converts to a bed when guests come to town, and a set of sheer curtains to surround the exercise bike so it's out of sight when it's not in use. Adding caning to the doors of basic IKEA cabinets gives them a more polished look and helps them match up with the desk. And bright-colored accent pillows and bedding finish off the space.

Check out these products to help you re-create the room at home.


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Dark Everglade Eggshell Enamel Interior Paint

$46, The Home Depot

Painting the walls and ceiling in this same rich green helps make the room look larger and the ceiling look higher. 


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Alexander Home Faux Cowhide Area Rug

from $93 (was from $259), Overstock

A faux cowhide rug adds a touch of coziness without taking up a lot of space—and is easily rolled up and put away to make room for the bed or for workouts. 

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Veken Non-Slip Rug Pad Gripper

$20 (was $28), Amazon

If you have a rug that's an irregular shape, choose a larger rug pad, lay the rug over it, and cut to fit for a custom pad. 

Mural/Couch Wall

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Colorful Tropical Leaves Wallpaper Art Peel-and-Stick

from $25, Etsy

A peel-and-stick tropical mural (like the one shown here) adds a central focus to the room, and brings in new splashes of color. 

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Cassius Quilt Deluxe Sofa Bed by Innovation-USA

$2,920, Smart Furniture

For flex spaces that serve more than one purpose, look for furniture that can serve double duty. This stylish sofa bed is a cozy place for Christina to relax most of the time, but can be easily turned into a bed when guests come to town. 

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Lush Velvet Pillow Covers

from $23 (was from $33), West Elm

Pretty velvet pillows in jewel tones highlight some of the colors from the mural wall and add an additional pop of the bold color that Christina craved. 

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Olive Green Pillow

$50, CB2

A rich green accent pillow coordinates with highlight colors in the mural. 

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Chartreuse Velvet Pillow Cover

$59, Colin and Finn

Bold-hued pillows add interest to the simple sofa. 

Gold Aricin Microfiber Reversible Modern & Contemporary Duvet Cover Set

$85 (was $141), Wayfair

This gold velvet duvet matches the luxe feel of the rest of the furnishings and adds a bright pop of color when the room is used as a guest room.

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Manila Cylinder Drum Accent Table

$80, Target

A simple cylinder drum makes a gorgeous side table next to the couch. 

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Valencia Floor Lamp Brass

$90, Target

This pretty brass floor lamp provides reading light without taking up precious table space. 

Desk Wall

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Portola Hills Caned Desk (Walnut)

$300, Target

This sleek and simple desk hides lots of storage behind the caned doors to help keep the room looking uncluttered. 

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Stewart Upholstered Dining Chair

$500 (was $589), Perigold

A bold-hued purple desk chair is a stylish spot for Christina to do her work–and works beautifully as an accent chair in the room when it's being used for guests.  

Peloton wall

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Ceiling Curtain Rods/ Room Divider in Bronze

$96, The Home Depot

Installing ceiling curtain rods helps to create the "cocoon" that masks the exercise bike when Christina's not working out. 

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Classic Voile Sheer Curtain

from $39 (was from $49), Pottery Barn

Sheer curtains hide the exercise bike without blocking the light, so the room still gets plenty of natural light. 

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Gold Wimbley Curtain Tieback

$21, Wayfair

Gold curtain ties make it easy to pull the sheers back for a quick workout. 

BILLY Bookcase, OXBERG Glass door, GRIBBOL Knob

$70, Ikea

Basic IKEA bookcases can be beautifully upgraded with cane webbing and doors. 

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358M - Fine Box Cane Webbing

$0.75 (per lineal inch), Cane and Basket

Christina stained and installed the caning to the cabinet doors to coordinate with the desk. 

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Golden Pecan Classic Wood Interior Stain

$9, The Home Depot

The pecan wood stain matched perfectly with the desk. 

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Balsa Wood, 1/8" x 1/8" x 36

$14 (was $16), Amazon

Christina used these balsa wood sticks to install the caning and hide the raw edges for a finished look. 


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