How to: Create a feminine home office
Toronto-based stylist Lisa Canning offers up easy tips on how to transform a dull home office and brighten up your space so that your creativity can flow.
1 Mix neutrals with bold colour choices
“While pinks and pastels may be an obvious colour choice when creating a feminine home office, bold saturated hues can feel very girly as well, especially when paired with pops of fresh white, or mixed with softer tones,” advises Lisa.
2 Opt for feminine patterns
“Add feminine patterns in any way you can,” says Lisa. “A floral print pillow or a lace printed notepad can give an office instant feminine charm. And of course, adding a fresh cut floral arrangement is an easy update.”
3 Keep clutter at bay
“Closed storage is key,” Lisa points out. “Whether you utilize great cabinetry or cute storage boxes, closed storage will keep clutter hidden and allow your decorative items to stand out. Boxes, binders, trays and folders in feminine colours make for a functional –and very pretty– home work space.”
4 When in doubt, DIY
“I recently wanted to add feminine pencils to a photo shoot, but couldn't find what I wanted on the market at a price I could afford, so I made my own,” says Lisa. “I purchased scrapbooking paper (which conveniently came in several patterns in my colour palette) and using a glue gun, I wrapped the paper around inexpensive pencils to create my own custom, colour-coordinated set. It’s a really simple project that yields very feminine results.”
For a fabulously feminine home office, try introducing these eight pretty products into your own space.
Sleek white home office chair
An ergonomically stable chair is essential for any home office design, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish as well. This sleek, white leather swivel chair offers up a high back and a classic look. Crate and Barrel, $376.
Kate Spade floral pencil set
A set of brightly hued pencils is a simple and inexpensive way to add a pretty pop of colour to a neutral home office. These feminine floral pencils from Kate Spade would look lovely corralled in a julep cup or Mason jar, but would look just as nice kept in the pretty packaging. Kate Spade, $18 US.
Ceramic feather tray
The right home office accessories can take any workspace from drab to drool-worthy, regardless of your budget. Use these pretty ceramic feather trays for organizing a home office and holding odds and ends like paper clips, thumbtacks and elastic bands. See Jane Work, $24 US each.
Bright geometric rug
Looking for a simple way to tie your home office furnishings together? Choosing an area rug can do just that, and this colourful geometric print adds a bit of vibrancy and pattern to any boring space. West Elm, from $51.
Every home office needs a standout desk and it’s often the focal point of the space. This curvy-legged ash desk brings a sleek, ladylike shape to complement your feminine decor and has an inconspicuous drawer to tuck loose items away. West Elm, $293.
Peel and stick chalkboard
Instead of hanging a calendar on your wall, go for a schoolhouse chic look with a chalkboard. These peel and stick chalkboard squares from Indigo can be used for anything from weekly planning to a memo board and are great for organzing the home office. Chapters, $20 (per set of four).
3-drawer filing cabinet
Offices have a tendency to get messy, with loose papers and folders piling up quickly. A filing cabinet is a stylish storage solution and this white 3-drawer cabinet blends in seamlessly for a classic, feminine look. Pottery Barn, $341.
Cut-out magazine holder
There’s no need to throw away all of your old magazines that you hold onto for design inspiration — keep them organized in magazine holders. These white metal cut-out holders offer up the perfect combination of prettiness and practicality and make organizing a home office fabulous. See Jane Work, $28 US.