As someone who works from home most days, I am a big believer in having a pretty environment to make the magic happen, so I thought we’d take a look at someone else’s luscious Kelly-green-and-white home office and see how you can replicate the look…
Deconstructing this look
This is not my home office but it is similar – I’ve used red accents rather than green at Chez Luscious but I am considering using green, pale blue and white for our Luscious cottage when we eventually find the money to buy it so I consider this all research for the future!
The key elements for this home office are the glossy white desk, the green tufted chair and the Greek keys lattice patterned wallpaper, and the look should actually be fairly simple because the base colour is white.
Aiming to get your key pieces in plain white (my preference is gloss) is best. It might sound boring and practical but it’s much easier and cheaper to add decorative touches through colour rather than investing in an expensive bold pattern that you could get sick of in a year or two.
The main expense here would probably be the chair, desk and the wallpaper:
- I bought a similar plain white glossy desk with zig-zagged chrome legs from an Australian office-products store called Officeworks for about $80-100, and I’ve seen other items like this at IKEA and Target Home. It took about 10 minutes to put together and every time I look at it, I think it was a great choice.
- Wallpaper can be very expensive but for a small space like the one in this picture, you wouldn’t necessarily need a huge amount. Alternatively, find some end-of-roll patterns that you admire and frame them in a plain white frame from IKEA, cover a canvas from the $2 shop, or use for covering other items such as clipboards and old tins to use as pen holders.
Small investments can pay off:
- I like hunting down luscious accessories, and these green ones could be simply cheap-and-cheerful ones from a market, secondhand store, Etsy or eBay, or recycled ones from other rooms in your home.
- It’s worth investing in a small (or large if you can afford it!) paint spray gun as you can pick up old furniture and accessories and paint them in any colour you want. This is especially good for spraying those super-cheap bargain bin finds with a glossy lacquered paint, making them look fabulously expensive and one-of-a-kind.
- Pretty tea towels and fragment remnants can also look luscious in a plain white frame hung on the wall.
Seating in your office:
- Clearly a good seat for you is important as you’ll probably be using it a lot and need to be comfortable and supported, but guest seating should also be considered, whether it be a simple chair, larger armchair or full-size lounge.
- I’m a big fan of a day bed such as this one from West Elm because a) it fits multiple people, and b) you can use it for reading and napping! Throw a couple of green Greek Key lattice patterned cushions on it and you’ll have some on-trend colour and texture which can be easily replaced when you get bored with this style.
Storage in a home office is crucial:
- Personally, I like having stacked glossy boxes of various sizes but the best investments have been large see-through square storage bins with lids (from $2 shops and stores such as Kmart, Walmart, Target and Big W) which I can throw all my old paperwork into and then store vertically in a cupboard (and eventually in the garage). I’ve lost too many boxes of paperwork to garage flooding over the years, so the big plastic tubs are the best.
- I tend to pick up small, stackable glossy boxes when they are on sale at gift shops and stationery stores, but I do have my eye on the various collections from Plantation Design as they have stunning glossy boxes in my fave colours such as Tiffany blue. One day [sigh]!
Bring the outdoors in:
Just because something is designed for the outdoors, such as a climbing garden trellis, doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a decorative feature in your home. It can be beautiful as well as functional, eg. use it as a screen, or to clip items onto.
Other items to consider:
- Lamps, sconces and/or overhead lighting
- Rug, or if the budget allows, the floor itself (floorboards, carpet etc)
- Shelving and cupboards
- Rubbish bin
- Mirrors (great for circulating light)
- Curtains or blinds
- A vase with fresh flowers
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