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Creating a Stylish (& Functional) Office
I don't know about you, but I have style schizophrenia. One minute I'm into midcentury modern, the next I'm watching an episode of House Hunters International and thinking about French country antiques. I've never been in a position financially to makeover my entire home or office on a whim, so although my passions change the large furniture pieces in my life remain neutral. This may sound a bit boring, but when it comes to styling an office it's a practice worth following. Here are a few more best practices for designing an office that is stylish and functional.
Invest in a desk that is as large as the space will allow. If you're stuck with the furniture selected for by corporate then skip ahead to number 3.
Choose storage that coordinates with your desk. Remember that you will need some additional flat surfaces for a printer, fax machine, etc. so two shorter book shelves can work better than one that is super tall.
Decide on a color scheme. You would think this would be first, but it's not for a good reason. It's harder to find a desk than paint a wall so figure out the big pieces first.
Identify your desktop storage needs.
Don't forget the lighting. You may have plenty of overhead lighting, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't add a lamp. The lamp in the image below added a stylish touch to an otherwise boring cubicle.
Use storage boxes to contain clutter and add style. Manuals, pamphlets, supplies, small books and projects add visual clutter. Use storage boxes in coordinating colors to not only contain clutter, but further the color scheme in your office.
Get a rug. It will add a pop of color and a finished feel to any office. They're hard to find, but a round rug can really break up the angles found in most offices.
A chair should be comfortable. This is not the place to save and definitely not something that should be chosen based on looks alone. Check the store return policy so if your back is killing you, you know you can exchange it. Add a small pillow for lumbar support and a little extra style.
If you work somewhere that has stifled all your efforts at expressing your personal style then look for some small ways to add some style to your work day. A brightly colored pen, portfolio or notebook can add color and style without disrupting the prescribed corporate decor
The best design advice I've ever received was from my friend Margo (her home has been in several magazines, so you can trust this advice). She has a very eclectic style, but it always looks pulled together. When I asked her what her trick is she said that she only buys things she really loves. If you really love something chances are good that it will live well with the other things you really love.
by Holly Bohn Weiss - Copyright © 2013