TOP 5 Kimplistic Tips for Creating a FAB Home Office

Still in honor of Labor day, today’s post includes tips for creating a FAB home office! After all, if we have to “labor” why not make our spaces as beautiful as they are functional, right?! (And yes, Maria Killiam’s new office space from my Monday blog post completely inspired me on this topic! To visit Maria’s blog and view her brand new, Tiffany blue home office, click HERE!)

TIP #1: CHOOSE THE PERFECT DESK AND CHAIR

A desk is often the main focal point of an office. The chair is where you spend most of your time. Do not sacrifice form for function, but also make sure BOTH of these components are as beautiful as they are suitable. They will likely set the tone for the rest of the space.

This photo of Oscar de la Renta's office (via Habitually Chic) shows a gorgeous chair and desk that encompass the richness and style of the space.

This chair and desk look both comfortable and stylish. Photo via Architectural Digest.

TIP #2:  DECK THE WALLS

Avoid blank walls that are boring and non-motivating! Fill them up with artwork you love, but make sure to not overdo it. Too many contrasting styles, sizes, and shapes can be distracting to the mind and eyes.

The artwork in this space is unique and perfectly suited for this office. Photo via House Beautiful.

The artwork on these office walls are actually artifacts that represent the personal style and life experiences of the owners. Photo via Architectural Digest.

TIP #3: DON’T FORGET THE STORAGE

Nothing can clutter up an office faster than a lack of proper storage. Whether it is in the form of shelving, drawers, cabinets, or a combination of all three, choose what best suits your needs. At least one filing cabinet for organizing the inevitable paper accumulation is recommended. By keeping the clutter away, your office will be instantly more pleasing.

This office provides plenty of storage for everythingggg! And the view's not too bad either! Photo Via Architectural Digest.

Sometimes, a closet can serve as additional storage space. Photo via Elle Decor.

TIP #4: LIGHT IT UP!

Nobody wants to work in a dark, dreary space! So, even if you do not have natural light from a window, you can still choose fabulous lighting options to immediately brighten the room.

Check out the lighting (and desk!) in this office! WOW! Photo via Habitually Chic.

Tons of natural light fills up this home office space. Photo via House Beautiful.

The light in this office makes the space bright and inviting! Photo via Better Homes & Gardens.

Does anything need to be said here? Beautiful. Photo via Architectural Digest.

WOW! Photo via Architectural Digest.

TIP #5: ADD INSPIRATION THROUGH PERSONALIZATION

What inspires and motivates you? If it is your family, add a photo or two of them in your office. If it is a memento of your goals or a special piece of art, incorporate it  into your design! Find what motivates and inspires you, and place it in a prominent location that is clearly visible from your desk. Keeping these personal items in plain view will remind you of your goals throughout the day!

Notice the personal photos on the desk and cabinet. Photo from Architectural Digest.

Personal mementos and photos can also be displayed in a more casual environment such as this cheerful bulletin board. Photo from Better Homes & Gardens.

If you would like to make your home more fabulous, then contact me for an initial consultation.

NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!


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