I recently completed a beautifully feminine and highly functional home office for one of my clients. She had asked me to help her to get organized and to create an office that would include all of her computer equipment and filing space, but also be a place where she could relax in a feminine atmosphere. When I asked her how she liked her new home office she said, “You were able to create an office space that completely fits my personal style. You got me!”
In order to make this office more functional and feminine we started by adding recessed can overhead lighting on a dimmer switch and a new ceiling fan. The room was painted a soft robin’s egg blue which really added a soothing feeling. We replaced the desk with a new desk and return that included a keyboard tray, and drawers for storage and filing. We also added two filing cabinets that matched the height of the new desk and return. A pleated valance in a fabric that complements the wall color adds softness to the space. The desk is now oriented towards the door so that the client is able to see someone entering the room.
We added a comfortable chair and ottoman so that our client could sit in her office and relax with her iPad or do some reading. A unique floor lamp provides great lighting and a small side table will hold a book and a refreshing drink. A bookcase matches the desk and files and holds books, family photos, and other treasures.
A comfortable, feminine desk chair allows access to her computers, printer, file drawers, and desk area. The desk chair has a beautiful scalloped wood frame in a contrasting finish to the desk. A soft blue and white fabric complements the room color and adds to the feminine feeling at the desk. The stylized floral painting is soft and graceful. Functionally the space works very well with adequate space for the computer equipment, and lots of open desktop area.
The graceful etagere displays some of the client’s awards. The decorative mirrors reflect light into the room, and the bronze finish on the mirrors complements the etagere. These pieces add softness and femininity to this home office.
A decorative bulletin board helps keep the client organized. Adequate filing space ensures that paperwork will stay organized. A desk lamp with a marbleized glass shade provides task lighting while overhead recessed lights provide excellent ambient lighting.
Here are some tips for creating your own feminine, functional office -
- Make a list of everything that you will need – desk, files, desk chair, bookshelf, lighting, etc.
- Draw out the room to scale and add furniture pieces.
- Figure out how best to light the ro0m – with recessed can lights (best) or a combination of floor and table lamps.
- Select a paint color that will be soothing, yet energizing.
- Look for furniture pieces that will fit in the space.
- Look for a desk chair that is comfortable, functional, and feminine.
- Decide on a window treatment that will filter light and be a decorative addition to the room.
- Add artwork, wall decor, and accessories to add your personality and femininity to the room.
- Hide computer cables where possible with wire management or strategically placed plants and furniture.
- If there is room, think about adding a comfortable chair and ottoman to have an alternate place to sit.
Enjoy your new feminine and functional home office. You’ll be sure to keep organized and be more productive in a space that meets all of your needs. If you live in southern California and would like some help designing a home office or any other area of your home, please let me know.
I’d love to hear your comments and experiences in designing a feminine and functional home office for yourself.
Until next time,