Furniture and wallpaper for the office – some ideas
The desk and desk chair are the most important pieces of office furniture, but finding a desk and chair that are both stylish and functional can be your greatest challenge. Look for a desk you can raise and lower if you tend to work for many hours in a row. The office chair should be adjustable to different positions and easy to roll, even on carpeting. If possible, place the desk near a window for your daily dose of daylight and for something else to rest your eyes upon every once in a while. We’ve said it before, but we'll say it again – storage is everything in a home office. Furnish with a storage cabinet, a writing desk or put up some shelves above the desk. Don't forget to liven up all the functional storage with some stylish office wallpapers, but avoid large-patterned wallpapers and dark wallpaper motifs if you have limited space.
After the chair, desk and wallpaper are sorted, be sure to pay some extra attention to the lighting. Invest in a desk lamp with a dimmer. Throw in some general lighting with a dimmer as well. If you have dark office wallpaper, put up some directional spotlights. If the workspace has no window, our top tip is to bring nature inside with wallpaper. Try a peaceful forest scene, an open field that gives the impression of space or romantic flowers.
A magazine rack for wallpaper rolls, a wire or panel for inspirational images, a roll of butcher paper for your notes and sketches, shoeboxes covered in wallpaper for storage, an MDF board for notes and pictures or hooks for craft materials – the workspace is an area of endless opportunity for creativity. Any DIY solutions to simplify storage will leave more breathing room for your work and make being in the room feel more pleasant.
Interior decor and wallpaper ideas
Just because it’s an office doesn’t mean it has to be boring and impersonal. Let the colour, wallpaper motifs and decor be in keeping with the rest of your home. Bring in personal details such as photos and create a nice mix of old and new, materials and shapes. Textiles in the form of a throw or curtains can work wonders, and don’t forget plants. Flowers and greenery provide inspiration, and also help clean the air, so put a lovely plant right on your desk. And do remember to keep the desk as free of wires and cords as possible.
Be creative when choosing wallpaper for your home office. You can put wallpaper in a pattern you like on the lower half of the wall and paint the upper half. This prevents the room from feeling cluttered when you start putting up mood boards and inspiring images. Cover your storage boxes in the same motif as on the wall, or else frame leftover wallpaper as a poster for a playful touch. Whatever style you want or wallpaper motif you choose, here are some things to consider before wallpapering.
- The perfect wallpaper motif to make the room feel larger would be in pastel pink, pale grey or white. Decorative details work well in darker shades.
- Blue wallpaper gives a sense of peace and quiet, and it helps lower stress levels as well.
- A yellow motif may not be the first colour that comes to mind for an office, and yet, yellow wallpaper gives out tonnes of energy and improves your ability to think.