We’ve rounded up four very different workspaces that prove that equal doses of work (functional pieces) and play (personal, unique touches) make for orderly and inviting rooms. So whether you have a spare room or just a nook that’s part of a larger space, examine your needs first and then give it a purpose with the right selection of furniture and home office accessories. You’ll be inspired to get working in no time at all!
Photography by Donna Griffith
An eight-month-long major renovation netted Toronto real estate agent Kara Reed a chic condo, which includes her freshly appointed home office. Housed in one of the home’s three bedrooms, the otherwise white and modern space receives a big hit of visual warmth from reclaimed flooring and orange accents. The goal was to get simple, clean-lined white furniture and storage components that would blend seamlessly in the white room for an integrated look that’s also super functional.
The cowhide rug brings another layer of warmth, pattern and texture to the simple white space, and the pile is low enough for the desk chair to roll across easily. The basic slab desktop, floating shelf and drawer unit make for a functional and versatile workstation. Colour comes from hits of orange – Kara’s favourite shade – in artwork and accents.
Kara has owned the sleek white leatherand-chrome Barcelona chair for years; the cozy Hermès blanket warms it up while injecting more colour into the room. Beautiful floral arrangements, which Kara buys for her home office every week, lend prettiness to the space and keep it from feeling institutional.
9 by 12 feet
Although this office space is kept simple, it’s actually packed with loads of storage via the small drawer unit, the wall of bookshelves and cabinets on the other side of the room and a double closet.
All-white walls and furnishings are warmed up by the reclaimed ash flooring, a cowhide rug and plenty of orange accents.