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Home office makeover #3 – Final reveal

WRITTEN by CHRISSY 

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If you’ve been reading the blog over the past couple of months, I’ve been showing you some of the ideas behind my home office revamp project – and this weeks post is my final reveal. I’m excited to show you what’s been happening!.

Home office makeover - final reveal

I looked at the starting point (what I had to work with), and got inspiration from the web, so I knew pretty much where I was headed – but over the summer it has been a case of getting things done little by little – so it really has been a work in progress for a while now, but I can now show you the results.

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First things first – this is the before:-

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and this is the after:-

home office makeover - after picture

Home office makeover after picture

 

A marked difference I’m sure you’ll agree!

I wanted to share with you some of the things I learned along the way – there are some great tips and ideas that you may be able to use in your home office or around your home when you next come to have a revamp of your own. I really hope it gives you a little inspiration!

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1. Paint colours

I wanted to have bright white walls for most of the room as this would maximise the light when working and give a crisp and clean look to the space – but I also wanted it to feel cosy, and to feel more like the house.

As such I added in a very dark wall (I have a whole room painted this colour in the house and it works really well!) – this meant that I could add lots of frames of word art (a personal favourite of mine as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now!), some wall storage and a peg board, and everything would stand out really well against the dark background.

Paint colour – Little Greene Paint Company – Purple Brown **

Rest of walls painted in Dulux – Timeless **

Dark wall with wall art on in Home Office

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2. Lighting

Lighting is, of course, critical when working, and so I chose the BAROMETER lamp from IKEA for my desk light to give extra brightness when needed.

I love the industrial look and it also looks far more expensive than it was which is always a bonus!

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3. Storage

A home office simply wouldn’t work without lots of storage, and although I had already bought the desk, I wanted to add in extra storage – specifically bookcases and hidden storage for the bits and bobs I have (lots of samples and craft items for projects).

I chose the KALLAX range of bookcases from IKEA and had one 2*4 set in white under the window for my bookcase where I stored all my books (in colour coded order of course!), which also gives me a table top for extra display or desk space when needed.

A second 1*4 unit was bought in the darker brown colour to sit next to the white one but as a taller unit this time to store stuff I wanted hidden away (they have loads of baskets that fit really well in the spaces that you can pick to match your decor and I picked a nice linen colour).

The dark colour balanced out the darker wall on the opposite side of the office which worked really well.

Expedit bookcase from IKEA - white and dark

Lastly – I had a wall storage unit that I feel in love with from a market a few months ago, which added some lovely display space to the wall next to the door:-

wall storage display in home office

(I did also already have the wheeled storage drawers from IKEA that I’ve talked about on the site before – perfect for under the desk and also can be wheeled out for extra desk top space or when two people are sitting at the desk to allow for more leg space.

And as you can see in the corner of the room there is the oak filing cabinet which I kept in the space to use for, well, filing! ;o) )

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4. Noticeboards

I love to have places to add open display items, and so picked a few noticeboards to use on the walls for functionality and aesthetics.

Using a mix of styles and textures has helped to give the space a little more individuality which I love.

I picked cork boards, (the one on the left in the picture below was one I made years ago from wine corks – watch this space as I am doing a home project with these at the moment!), and a framed corkboard as well to house some of my word art pictures.

I also was lucky enough to be gifted a great pegboard by Red Candy (www.redcandy.co.uk) which is fantastic for housing all the little bits and bobs I need to hand on a daily basis – and to make a little more of a quirky display. I added a personal touch to this by framing with an old wooden frame I bought at an antiques fair a while ago which works brilliantly.

pegboard in home office

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5. Whiteboard

I like to brainstorm projects on a whiteboard or large board of some kind on the wall, and as such had already got this lovely glass magnetic board from Boards Direct.

glass board magnetic for home office

The glass is great at bouncing more light around the room as well and they are available in loads of different colours.

However, when not in use, it does look quite blank, cold and uninviting, so I used an old canvas artwork that we did have in the house but had since swapped out, as this was exactly the same size. I added a couple of nails to above the board and the canvas simply hooks onto these and is light enough to lift off as and when I need to use the board.

That way I don’t need to always leave the room looking like an office – it feels a lot more homely with the art on the wall – but is still really practical.

Home office makeover after picture

TIP – Use a glass board in the kitchen for adding quick notes etc…

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6. Seating

Having such a long desk in the space works really well, and as there is space for two to work I added in an exercise ball and an office chair.

The exercise ball is great for adding a little toning to my working day as it helps with posture and I have a bad back so this works really well (it also tucks away nicely under the desk when not in use or can be deflated completely to create even more space.

TIP – I covered the ball with a throw to make it cosier and more comfy – you can just about make it out behind the desk in the picture below and a little more clearly in the picture above. It is also bright pink in colour so I much prefer the more subdued look the throw gives it!

home office makeover - after picture

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7. Doorbell!

I wrote a completely separate post on this a few weeks back as I was so excited to find a solution for the issue of hearing the doorbell when it rang in my house as my office is outside. The bell works really well and so far, so good!

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Overall I am really pleased with how the office works now, and as with everything, there are still things to tweak (I need to get some blinds for the windows and sort out the paperwork in the corner of the room), but these are simple additions that I can do when I have a bit more time.

For now I am just enjoying the new space and feeling a lot more creative in it as it feels much more connected to the house now.

Final reveal of my home office makeover - what I used and why - get tips and ideas

Have you got products that you have used in your home office that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about them so please let me know by leaving a comment below…

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