If you don’t want your home office area to be visible 24/7, then consider what you can create behind closed doors. This hideaway approach will be a bespoke option, but it would be perfect for those who hate clutter, or those who only occasionally need a home office set-up, and will help maintain the clean lines of contemporary spaces.
When space is at a premium, it’s difficult (if not impossible) to be able to dedicate a whole room to a home office, so it’s worth thinking about how you can create multiple uses for your space. Here, it's achieved with a Mid-century style desk in a vintage-feel bedroom – the perfect homework spot.
No one said that home offices had to be self contained spaces. Thinking outside of the four walls concept, if you have any wasted space (under stairs, large landings, hallways, kitchens or dining rooms), this could be the ideal place for your home office.
It’s critical that you test out paint color variations in your room before you commit. For example, painted greys often look bluer than they looked at the paint store.
The entryway to your home is the first thing that people see and feel when they enter your home; from this space, they will largely draw conclusions about the rest of your home.
While once a decorating thing, matching fabrics for all parts of a room is actually borderline tacky. Of course, this doesn’t mean your fabrics shouldn’t coordinate – they absolutely should.
Its also called general lighting, and its the overhead lighting meant to evenly illuminate a room.
As its name suggests, task lighting is meant to light a specific task. A lamp in the living room might light a reading area. Under-cabinet lights in a kitchen serve as task lights for countertops.
Accent lights are meant to highlight a particular object. You might see them on painting, for example.
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A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth, so don’t be scared to go big. Deleon recommends placing a big mirror on the wall above a dining room table to reflect the chandelier, or installing a mirror across from a beloved piece of artwork. And, if you’re really feeling adventurous, you can try something even larger: “People have a misconception about wall-to-wall mirrors, thinking they’re dated,” says Deleon. She suggests distressing them or installing sconces to give them a more modern tone.Read more
At General Assembly, there’s one giant table that can seat 30-plus right in the middle of the main space. Students, instructors, and staff gather round it to share ideas in an unstructured, organic way. Each campus around the world has their table made by community artisans with locally sourced materials, which helps remind people of the importance of place. —Danoosh KapadiaRead more
What your home should radiate as soon as you step in is a sense of calm, a quiet happiness borne from the absence of small yet messy and stressful things that can drive you crazy. The first thing you should do before you decorate a space, whether it is your living room or bedroom, is to "clear away clutter so you can really assess your space and make effective changes," says Vegas. "Look around and see what can go immediately. This includes looking in bookcases, underneath furniture, and on the floors. Cramming your space with stuff creates tension.Read more