Turning Teeny Spaces into Gorgeous Home Offices While in Quarantine

Most Americans have been under shelter-at-home orders for weeks since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of children are being homeschooled and suddenly you’re juggling even more responsibilities, Common Core teacher, Pre-K instructor, activities planner, tutor, lunch lady and professional. You’re bound to need a dedicated and somewhat peaceful workspace that’s tailored to your aesthetic, and it must be functional. We all may not have the luxury of a bonus room, but by seeing where you live with new eyes, those hiding in plain sight areas await transformation into a beautiful home office. You can breathe new life into closets, corners and the cozy nook underneath your steps, these are a few unorthodox places in your house, condo or apartment to see differently. 

Choose A Theme

You don’t want to start any design project without having an idea of the look you’re going for and Pinterest is perfect for this. Create an inspiration board and get to dreaming.

You may be drawn to the modern aesthetic of one room and the bohemian style in another. Combine the two and create a modern office with bohemian accents. Take note of the aspects that attracted you to each room and make sure to incorporate those aspects into your space.

Reconnect with nature and go global all at once. The Phoenix wallpaper ties you to its genus and its intercontinental span of the persons it touches, showing how connected we all are.  You will feel lovingly sheltered in your personal piece of the tropics. 

Phoenix Wallpaper in Vino by Justina Blakeney

Phoenix Wallpaper in Vino by Justina Blakeney

$140
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Find Your Foundation

It all starts with the desk, so make that your first purchase.
Shopping for a small desk doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice big style.  Find a compact piece that is small enough to fit into your new office nook, but beautiful enough to entice you to get to work. Elegant simplicity – this minimalist piece nods to the 50s and 60s. The unexpected flip down door opens to a useful pocket of essential storage space

West Elm Mid-Century Mini Secretary

West Elm Mid-Century Mini Secretary

$399
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Add Some Paint

Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to drastically change the look of a space. When working with small areas, bright and airy colors are always a great choice.

Colors like seafoam green, pale peach and light blue will make a room appear larger and more inviting. Painting your office also visually separates it from the rest of your home, creating a nice contrast. Although painting can be labor intensive, the results can’t be beat for a cost-conscious way to change the look and feel of your office almost instantly. Countless studies have been published in reference to how colors affect our moods, so it’s worth painting your space a color that keeps you in a good headspace. Behr’s Beacon Blue will transport you to an abode of awesome wonder with its likeness to an exquisite ocean oasis. Serenity will surround you while taking meetings and presenting data.

Beacon Blue #P510-7 by Behr

Beacon Blue #P510-7 by Behr

$24-$47
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Store UP

Vertical storage capitalizes on wall space that would otherwise go unused. Invest in some shelving to keep all your books and work materials organized.

There are many shelving options from low end to high end that will make your office not only stylish but functional. Ikea’s Wall Shelf Unit by LACK combines fit, and efficiency. Affixing it horizontally is another way to utilize the wall for storage. 

Ikea’s LACK Wall Shelf Unit

Ikea’s LACK Wall Shelf Unit

$59.99
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As light passes through this glamorous bookcase your senses will radiate with serene and meaningful reflection. Thoughtfully designed with rounded legs and precisely cut square shelves that also soften into a circular cut. 

Anthropologie's Oscarine Lucite Mirrored Bookshelf

Anthropologie’s Oscarine Lucite Mirrored Bookshelf

$998.00
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Accessorize

What would a home office be without those cute accoutrements that make it truly your own? When looking for home office accessories, choose ones that fit your personality.

Etsy is a great place to shop for unique finds from makers all around the world. Your local Target also has some wonderful choices for home office decor. Whether you like rose gold, polka dots or bright colors, the theme you choose for your home office will guide your accessory choices. Buy similar items from the rooms that you chose initially to pull the entire look together. You don’t need a ton of room to create an office that you love, just the ability to see your home from a different perspective.

Handmade to inspire desert travel, this 6-piece set of prints adds warmth and nurturing earthiness to any space. The prints were designed from excursions to breathtaking Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Buy this art to savor the grandeur of the desert every single day. 

Desert Gallery Wall Set by ISACHERIE

Desert Gallery Wall Set by ISACHERIE

$124.00
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