In lieu of today’s Tastemaker Tuesday post, BluLabel Bungalow presents Day 1 of The Home Office Series. This series was formed as a result of your emails regarding last week’s Facebook post soliciting your design dilemmas. This first letter comes from Pam…
Hi Erika! I love your blog/website and have added you to my favorites. I need some advice. I have a small, windowless office with white walls in which I would love to jazz up with retro (60’s,70’s) decor. I love color! It has to be functional and most of all INEXPENSIVE! I have an old desk, a metal file cabinet and metal bookcase (yuk). Any ideas? Pam
Pam, I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog and thank you for your email! Let me start by saying that decorating in a workplace can be a lot like decorating in an apartment. Often times you are not allowed to paint the walls but there are many more ways to add life to those pale walls. For starters, try framing a colorful piece of fabric or wallpaper for instant art. If you have chairs for visitors, recover the seats in a complimentary fabric or the same fabric as your framed art.You may also consider buyinginexpensive gallery frames from Ikea and spray painting them in a color of your choice. Then, establish a gallery-like feel by transforming your color photographs into black and white or sepia tone.
Rugs add color as well as storage boxes and desk accessories. Try just a few retro pieces and avoid being too theme-y for the workplace…you must maintain a certain level of professionalism. Get color inspiration from retro posters, product packaging, or maybe one of your favorite retro clothing items. Shop thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales for accessories and accent furniture if you are trying to keep the budget low. Look around the house for items that you are no longer using and try them out in your office. A coat of spray paint (after the proper prep) will revive just about any tired object.
Just to get your creative juices flowing, I’ve put together a sample color palette, fabrics, and wallpaper ideas. Below the project images, you will find a link to instructions for each DIY project.
The above palette offers a wide range of colors to choose from. The inspiration came from the fabric below recommended for the covered lampshade project .
The above lampshade is from Ikea and costs only $5! This fabric offers lots of color direction and is such a steal at $10.95 yd. The chocolate trim can be found here at M&J Trimming. CLICK HERE FOR THE DIY.