Inspiring Workspaces


A dear friend of mine (Hi Kate!) sent me an email the other day, with this question:

“what do you think is the latest in the design world?  we’re ready to turn our den into a home office but I’m trying to figure out what design trends i should do- gray, white, and citrus lime?  chevron print?  West Elm ish?”

She and her hubby are the spunky, do-it-yourself creative types, and their home is always bright and joyful and creative and evolving.   Well, I’m no expert designer, but I can tell you what I like and what I’m seeing around the blogs.

a) Fresh and Neutral

(Martha Stewart via Apartment Therapy)

I think you can’t go wrong with a neutral, well-organized workspace with a few inspiring pops of color, and some natural (the seagrass lanterns) or vintage (the vintage artwork) elements .  In this case, a fabric-covered bulletin board provides a color burst plus organizational functionality.  They’re  incorporating pieces of Ikea and West Elm here.  Click the photo for more details on the space.

b) Graphic, but not distracting

(Apartment Therapy)

I think a workspace should be clean and bright and well-lit.  Here the designers kept a primarily neutral color scheme, but added graphic and colorful touches.  I especially like the bold striped rug next to the demure chintz ottomans.  Plus some colorful graphic artwork, along with well-organized shelving.

c) Whiteboard Paint

(Design Sponge)

My mom did a wall of their pool house in whiteboard paint, and ever since she did, I’ve been stewing on all the great places this idea could be put to use.  A home workspace is perfect.   Reminders, phone numbers, calendar of events; the possibilities for functionality in an office are endless.  Bye bye Post-its, hello whiteboard wall.

d) Industrial Task Lighting

(dos family via SFGirlbyBay)

Did I mention that a workspace should be bright and well-lit?  Industrial light fixtures make it happen and add clean-lined design interest.  Check out more images here.

e) A Gallery Wall

(The Design Files via SFGirlbyBay)

A workspace is a great place for a well-executed gallery wall, although I am seeing them cropping up everywhere.  In the case of an office, I’d keep it cohesive and light, like this example.  The frames and mats are light in color and the images are a mix of graphic and colorful.

With regards to chevron print: yes, I love it.  It’s bold and graphic and gorgeous.  But, like ikat prints, I’m seeing them everywhere, and I wondering if they are on the verge of being overdone.  I still love them, but I think there will be a new pattern trend coming down the pipeline soon. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for what.  Meanwhile, I hope these ideas are inspiring.

What do you think of these ideas?  Did I miss a trend you’re really loving on?


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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.