Wednesday I posted about color, and how it seems like this is the time of year that the world is telling the color shy to try a little color. I thought I’d give a little example of how recently I added a little color into my office space, and the difference it made.
Recently I had to change offices at work. We are outgrowing our space, and getting ready to renovate. My old office was large, a corner office with two big windows. Remember how in my last post I said that color has a big effect on me? Sunlight does as well. I love natural light, and that office was bathed in it. I was very lucky to have that space. But…it was also painted a dark khaki color, the kind of color that brings me down. Somehow I never quite mustered the gumption to decorate that space. I had a few pictures of the kids on my desk and bookcase, but that’s about it.
My new office is basically a large closet. No windows, and tucked away in a corner of the building. I am totally cool with it- all I need to work is a desk, computer, and bookshelf- and of course, for me the feeling of a space is way more important than the size.
The walls in that space were dark, and pretty beat up. I knew that if I moved in that small space with no windows and dark walls, I would end up in therapy, and I’m not even joking about that. I requested a paint job in that space before I moved in, and they let me pick the paint color.
My go-to paint color now is white, but you have to be careful about using white in a space with no or little natural light. It can make the walls look dirty or muddy. But I was craving white walls in that space and decided to roll the dice.
It was the right decision. Those white walls…I can’t even tell you what they did for that space! Although they did end up with some muddy undertones, they actually look kind of pink and I love them.
The walls inspired me, and my design for that space took off from there. I wanted to lighten and brighten. I wanted it to look feminine, but still professional. Most of all, I wanted it to be a space that I would enjoy being in for 45-50 hours a week, a space that felt like “me”.
The office came with the standard bulky, dark, completely devoid of style desk and bookcase. Why does office furniture automatically default to masculine? Anyway, the furniture in this mock-up is more stylish than what I have, but you get the picture:
It’s not a ton of color, just a few shots…but it’s enough. That formally dark broom closet of an office is light, bright, and welcoming now. I LOVE my office, way more than I loved my old corner office with the big windows, and I’m happy working there every day. My co-workers come in and are literally stopped in their tracks. It’s the same furniture and the same footprint of space. The only difference is the paint color, a piece of artwork, a throw rug, and a lamp. It is amazing the difference that a coat of paint, a little bit of color, and just a little effort to make a space “yours” can make. By the way, I wish I could have pictures of the space, but I’m not sure that would be okay with my workplace. So I’ll leave you with this stunning office image from House Beautiful:
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Sources for mock up (affiliate)