Style, Decor & More: 7 Tips To Create An Affordable & Dreamy Home Office

7 Tips To Create An Affordable & Dreamy Home Office

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Can a home office be both pretty and functional? Absolutely! Creating the ideal work space may take a little extra planning, but if you follow these simple tips, your office space CAN and WILL be as fabulous as YOU make it! 



1. Use what you already have. Look around your house for items you may already have. Often times you will find a desk, desk accessories, or a chair in your attic or basement. Perhaps there is an old desk that needs a coat of paint or a table that can be brought back to life with marbled contact paper? Get creative with paperclip caddies and pencil/pen holders.  


2. Enjoy your surroundings. Don't set up your home office in a dingy corner of the basement, unless that is the only space available. Look for an empty corner of a bedroom or family room where there is plenty of natural light. 

When you find the perfect place in your home, hang paintings or photography on the walls, or place one or two frames on your desk of whatever makes you happy. Family photos or a dreamy travel destination will remind you of why you are working so hard.  




3. Color schemeChoose a soothing palette that makes you happy. If you love dusty pink, use pops of the pretty pastel color with gilded gold accents to transform your office into a feminine and elegant space. If you prefer bright colors, try not to go overboard. Bold colors can be distracting.



4. Storage. Space can be a precious comodity. Utilize smart and stylish cubbies, cabinets, and shelving that add sophisticated detail to your office decor and provide storage solutions that help you stay organized and keep clutter at bay. Shop flea markets and thrift stores for shelving and cubbies. Check clearance sales at TJMaxx and Homegoods stores for storage cubbies and other office supplies.

5. Furniture. An adjustable and comfortable office chair that supports your back is important for both your health and productivity. You will want to consider whether you want arm rests, 360 degree swivel capability, and the overall comfort of the seat material itself. A fiberglass chair will probably not provide the comfort you need for an 8-hour day.


6. Ample Lighting. Be sure your home office has ample lighting, especially if you do not have a window or will be working at night. You will want a combination of overhead and task lighting. Choose simple fixtures with clean lines and a base that doesn't take up too much space on your desk. Proper lighting will help to reduce eye fatigue and headaches, and increases productivity. 




7. Do more with less. Multi-functional items such as a multi-purpose printers that scan, copy, and fax, will save valuable space and save you money. Take your time and shop the sales. You will want to do your research and never buy a high ticket item on a whim.    

That's it! Creating a functional work space can be fun, and best of all, you don't have to break the bank to do it!  


  xoxo,






17 comments :

  1. Great tips! I love the color scheme you have for your office and the desk.

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    1. Hi Stephanie! I'm obsessed with dusty pink and gold accents. I have the same color scheme in my family room during spring & summer months. My hubby hates it! lol :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo, nancy

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  2. I really need to update my office after reading this article. My current set up is very old and tired.

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    1. Good luck! I hope these tips help you to update your office on the cheap, Patty!
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      xoxo, nancy

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  3. These are great tips! Sadly my home office is the kitchen table! I do position myself to face the beauty of the outdoors and I have added a bird feeder to help distract, er focus me!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, Your "office" sounds beautiful and tranquil. As long as it works for you, that's all that matters. (I love watching the birds, too!)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xoxo, nancy

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  4. I love your tips. I need more lighting. I’m using what I have but I would love a wrap around desk.

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    1. Hi Terri, I find the older I get, the more light I need. And yes, the wrap around desks are soooo nice! :)
      Thank you for stopping by! xoxo, nancy

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  5. I agree, less is more especially in an office! I love my current office space but it could use a little makeover.

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    1. Hi Ricci, I am always fussing with the decor in my office. It drives hubby crazy, so I have to do it even more! :)
      Thanks for stopping by! nancy

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  6. I haven't used a desk in forever. Sitting in a chair for hours upon hours makes me hurt 10x more than sittng on the couch or in bed. My husband has an awesome setup. He scored one of the high end standing desks for $150 bucks. Im talking about the ones that normally retail over $1,000. If I could sit at a desk, I would opt for teal accessories and have a few family photos on the wall.

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    1. Yes, the standing desks sound so cool and I'm sure they increase his productivity, too.
      Thanks for stopping by! xoxo, nancy

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  7. My biggest problem is having to go overboard with everything leaving it crowded. I need to take your tip and do more with less.

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  8. It is the little things that add up! I love these tips.

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  9. Lighting I believe is a weakness for my office. We need it so much. The gold accents are always a great idea.

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  10. Excellent tips. We moved into a new home last October. While I can't believe we have already been here almost six months, I also love how we took everything we already owned and reconfigured in our new space. My poor office still needs a bit of work and this is definitely inspiring!

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  11. Great Idea. Every one need a beautiful office.I am also. Your information is really work After 1 month ago I read your post and apply that on my office. Now My office is looking so smart thanks for shearing your information. Keep posting I will follow your blog and share some interesting post on my friend.

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