Home Office Renovation Ideas (+ Competition!)

Last week, me and Jay decided to actually make a start on our home office renovation, so I wanted to share our home office renovation ideas.

As you can see from the above photo, our office is currently a bit of a mess (and I’ve just realised Jay has been using my lovely John Lewis desk as a workbench and my bookcase as a coaster).

We kept saying we’d get around to renovating it over Christmas, but to be honest, I couldn’t see it happening. But now, it is happening and we made a start this weekend.

The office currently has flooring and that’s it. We’ve got big plans so I wanted to share our home office renovation ideas with you.

 

Decor

The office will be my domain. It houses all my books (all 300 of them) and is the perfect space for me to blog. So naturally, I’ve decided to make it as girly as possible.

I’ve chosen this wallpaper from Graham and Brown:

 

Graham and Brown Linden wallpaper

 

I loved the subtle colours and pattern that will (hopefully) make the ceiling look higher thanks to the vertical stripes of the pattern. The room is quite small so I didn’t want wallpaper that was too dark. This one is perfect.

I’ve chosen this colour paint from Farrow and Ball:

 

Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink

 

I know…‘millennial pink’… I just love it and really think it will brighten up the room with some needed colour.

You can see how the complete room will look when it’s finished. I love the wallpaper combined with oak. I’ll finish the room off with white and gold accessories and we’ll be done!

 

Home office renovation ideas. Photo collage of wallpaper, pink paint, oak desk and wooden floor

 

Storage

I hate clutter. It ruins the look of a room and makes a space feel small and cramped. This is why handy storage solutions are an absolute must. www.furniture-work.co.uk have SO many options, from stationary cupboards to glass cupboard to desk-high cupboards.

Some sort of filing cabinet is essential in a home office, as well as somewhere to put folders, stationary, etc.

I love being organised. Everything is in folders and arranged properly. Being able to hide these sorts of folders is even better.

So, these are my home office renovation ideas. I’m sure they’ll change as the project progresses but I’ll be sharing the ‘During’ process, and the final result over January, so keep an eye out!

 

Competition!

Furniture at Work are giving one lucky person the chance to win £500 for their #DeckYourDesk campaign. Just decorate your office space with anything and everything Christmassy. Share a photo of your festive work space on the following channels to enter:  

 

  • Reply with your photo to the Competition Tweet on @Furniture_Work using the hashtag #DeckYourDesk
  • Reply with your photo to a Competition post on the Facebook page @FurnitureAtWork using the hashtag #DeckYourDesk
  • Valid Instagram entries will use the campaign hashtag #DeckYourDesk and will also tag the company page using @FurnitureAtWork

 

 

*Collaborative post

White and gold-themed office moodboard

A stylish office makes for good work and productivity, so this white and gold-themed office moodboard should give you plenty of ideas.

 

white and gold-themed office moodboard

 

1. White desk | Robert Dyas | £85 | 2. White and gold lamp | Maisons du Monde | £32.39 | 3. White and gold chair | Home Sqaure | $148 (half price) | 4. Magazine rack | Wayfair | £35.99 | 5. Marble book ends | Made.com | £20 | 6. Copper wire bin | Oliver Bonas | £29 | 7. Kate Spade notebooks | Trouva.com | £12.95 | 8. White bookcase | Wayfair | £163.99 |

I’m starting to renovate my own home office. It has flooring but that’s it. I’m still undecided as to what colour to go for. You can see in this post that I want to get creative with colour. I love navy walls at the moment, like this one from Love Chic Living:

 

Love Chic Living dark walls

 

It’s stunning with the white bookshelf in the corner and the white frames of the artwork above the fireplace. Jen has a big window which means the room doesn’t look too dark. My office has one small window in the corner of the room. I’d be afraid of making the room look too small, dingy and dark.

I think navy blue, white and gold are a stunning combination. I made the white and gold-themed office moodboard thinking that navy walls would just look stunning with it. There’s nothing better than a moodboard to give you some great ideas for any room!

 

white and gold and navy blue theme

 

Have you ever gone with a daring wall colour? Did it work, or did you hate it? Let me know to help me make my decision!

 

Some home office design ideas

Our house renovation has finally slowed down, but we’re always thinking ahead, and now we’re scoping out some office design ideas.

Now that we’ve moved in, we’re slowly plodding along with smaller jobs. You might have seen my bathroom reveal a couple of days ago, so the office is now the only un-decorated room to go. There are two rooms in the house that haven’t been touched at all: the master bedroom and the spare bedroom.

The office will mainly be my domain; a space for my books, a quiet place to blog. The office design ideas should incorporate a space for my desk, my bookshelves and space for my keyboard. I’m still not convinced this will fit, as I don’t want a space that looks overly cramped or messy.

I also know that I would like to keep the space light and airy. It’s the smallest room of the house, because the boiler is in a cupboard/room within the study. I’d like to disguise this boiler room as much as possible. You can see how it looks in the picture below (terrible quality sorry).

It is currently a complete waste of space. When we looked around the house for the first time, there was one shelf of books in it. I think we could fit many more shelves in here, for storing things like toilet roll and spare cables for the computer/laptops. It sits directly over the staircase, which is why it has a funny shaped ‘floor’.

So far, the room is a complete blank slate. I removed all the wallpaper before we moved in. The laminate floor and skirting boards (unpainted) are also in. We’ll be using lining paper instead of paying for a plasterer, and then painting the walls. Although, my office design ideas incorporated wallpaper, maybe just along one wall. I love this way of using wallpaper. Wallpaper behind a shelved wall will always look great, but I like the subtle-ness of the paper.

As mentioned above, I like minimalism, and classic, clean edges. Like this:

office design ideas

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

I love the artwork on the walls above the desk. It is simple but it really works, and adds to the corner. My desk is currently sitting in a corner, so I’ll definitely be considering some sort of shelving/art work on the wall to the right. Maybe that’s the wall I should put my paper on:


Some of my favourite bloggers’ offices

Lark and Linen

Jacquelyn’s study is what dreams are made of. Her house is old enough to have that stunning wooden panelling all the way around, which she’s accentuated by adding wallpaper just above it.
Her study is huge, and enables her to have a reading chair in the corner, complete with an overhanging light. And just look at that bookshelf.

Wit and Delight

I love a good nosy at a Before and After, and Kate’s did not disappoint. That blue colour is brave but stunning, and it compliments the brown hue of the wooden floorboards. Kate’s study can hold the colour because of its size, but she also breaks up the colour using white furniture, and artwork.

 

Swoon Worthy

Kimberly is renowned for her bold splashes of colour combined with crazy patterns, but she always pulls the look off. Her home office is no different. I adore the pink colours combined with the dark desk and floorboards, with the elements of gold layered over the top too in the bookshelf, the chair, and art work. And that egg chair!! If I had one of those in my office, I would never do any work. Kimberly always persuades me that you can go a bit wild with patterns and colours, and that it can work.

How would you decorate your office? Clean and serene, or loud and bold?