You’re probably wondering how you can make your home office more fun and trendy, without spending the big bucks. I’m going to share how I turned our spare bedroom into an affordable trendy office. Most of the furniture in our office is from Ikea, making them super affordable but with a few tips and hacks, you can easily make them look luxurious. Here’s how to create a trendy home office on a budget.
Choosing a colour scheme
Our spare bedroom was completely empty with light grey walls and light grey carpet. I started by choosing a colour to paint an accent wall. This is where you can go as wild as your imagination brings you. Mine clearly didn’t bring me that far since I went with dark grey…just kidding. I wanted to keep our office neutral whilst keeping up with our grey colour scheme. I also decide to get neutral furniture. Mostly black with some grey.
Light grey is Valspar Shetland sweater and dark grey/black is Valspar Dinner Jacket.
Choosing the right desk and storage space.
Ikea has a great range of desk. I didn’t want anything too bulky so going with a simple top and trestles was ideal. Again, you have a few options of colours and styles for the top and trestles. Some with storage and some without. Keep in mind that if you go with the black wood, dust will be your worst enemy. This shelving unit from Ikea is perfect to fill a room without being too much.
Now this space might not be a necessity for your office. I wanted to add some soft furnishing, make it cosier and create a space to sit back, relax and do a bit of reading. If you’re working from home every day then you might appreciate having a comfy chair to do some reading. The armchair in my photos is a spare one we had in our house that I moved to the office but Ikea sells a variety of armchairs, including this one which is very similar to the one I have.
Finishing with decorations
This step is definitely my favourite. I love finishing up a room with a bit of colour and accessories. The first thing I added was some art, I went with a large canvas that I did myself (a random thing that came out of lockdown, haha!) but it works in this space so why not. As for decorations, add a bit of a personal touch whether that’s photos or a few books. Some flowers, artificial or real its a great way to add some life to a room. I was also planning on adding a rug under the desk but we’ve now decided that this room will eventually be baby Gray’s nursery.
The chair is a dupe for the Kallevig that retails for £319 (on sale right now for £169). An easy way to add some colour and texture without breaking the bank. Here’s the link to the one I purchased for £80 for a similar style to the designer one.
We ended up keeping ours really simple and didn’t add too much decor but you can easily take it to another level by adding more affordable decorations, a rug and more art on the walls. If you have any questions about the products used in our office, leave a comment below and don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to save all these photos to your own boards.