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Welcome to week 2 of my One Room Challenge™ home office makeover.
This week was all about planning the design.
Which means creating a mood board for the look and feel of the space.
And deciding what the layout is going to look like.
I think this is my favorite part of the process.
I get to look at all kinds of new furniture and lighting options.
Then play around in my favorite home design software* to figure out the floor plan.
The mood board
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After going through all of my blue home office inspiration pictures from last week, I came up with a list of the common elements.
Then created a mood board and created my plan:
- I decided to go with dark blue walls, because it’s such an elegant color and goes with my orange-toned wood floors.
- Since I already own the desk and office chair, those are likely staying.
- But I will definitely be adding another work surface for my computer. My current desk is great for writing, not so good for monitors and keyboards. And I would really like to have a sit-stand option.
- I want to put in some more decorative shelving with a couple of gold etageres, in addition to updating my existing shelves.
- Some large DIY art will help to keep all that dark blue from looking too cave-like.
- A couple of small patterned chairs will provide additional seating in front of my existing electric fireplace.
- And I’ll swap out the current light fixture for a glam chandelier.
The office layouts
With the plan in place, I moved on to creating an office layout.
Which is where I ran into a bit of a problem.
I just can’t decide which one of these furniture arrangements I want to use. (Feel free to add your two-cents in the comments below if you have a preference).
For reference, here are my office dimensions. It’s about 11′ 3″ wide and 11′ 10″ long.
1 | Desk in front of the window
This furniture arrangement is a very traditional layout.
It has the desk in front of the window but facing into the room. Behind it, the sit-stand computer desk is facing the window.
This way I can work either facing the window or facing into the room, depending on what I’m doing.
Adding the gold shelves on either side of the sit-stand desk reinforces that this wall is the focal point of the room.
And there is still enough room to fit in my fireplace, two side chairs and a lot of shelves that provide extra storage.
In this layout, I love that the desk wall is the first thing you see when you walk, and that it is obviously the focal point.
My only concern is that I have two large computer monitors. Putting them on the sit-stand desk in front of the window may block the view.
2 | Desk perpendicular to the window
In this office floor plan, the desk is in the middle of the room perpendicular to the window. Which means you have a great view out without having any distracting glare.
Like the room above, the sit-stand desk is behind the desk, but this time it is facing the wall. A gold etagere shelf on either side helps to balance the room.
On the opposite wall, the fireplace is flanked by two bookshelves. Which makes a pretty wall to look at when sitting at the desk.
The two small chairs in front of the window would be a great place to sit and read a book.
The focal point in this room changes depending on which way you look.
When you first walk in, it is the window wall with the two reading chairs and side view of the desk. When you are sitting at the desk, it is the fireplace.
3 | Desk facing the window
For this furniture layout, I got rid of my existing writing desk. Which opens up the space a bit.
The sit-stand desk with faces the window with the wood bookshelves on either side is the focal point when you first walk in.
On one side of the room, the fireplace is flanked by gold etagere shelves. Which provides a second focal point when you are facing in that direction.
On the other side of the room, two small chairs and a table make the perfect reading nook across from the fireplace.
I love that the room isn’t quite as crowded.
Which would allow me to switch things up.
Like if I wanted to add a sofa instead of the chairs. (And I do love to re-arrange my furniture on a fairly regular basis).
The one drawback is it does feel a bit like a high school dance, with all the furniture pushed up against the walls.
4 | Desk facing the wall
Similar to the room above, this office layout only has one desk.
But this time, it is facing the wall. So I would definitely need to have some large artwork above it to keep the view interesting.
An etagere on either side provides decorative storage.
On the opposite wall, the fireplace has a shelving unit on either side. And two small chairs in front make it into a reading nook.
It would also make a great looking backdrop for Zoom calls.
This room has two distinct focal points depending on which way you are looking. The desk and etagere shelves on one side. And the fireplace wall on the other.
Well, that’s it for my home office layouts so far. Next up, I’ll be choosing the paint color.
Read the rest of our blue home office makeover posts:
- Week 1: Blue home office ideas
- Week 2: Home office layouts and mood board
- Week 3: Blue home office paint colors
- Week 4: DIY large wall art
- Week 5: Glam black and blue bookshelf makeover
- Week 6: DIY electric sit stand desk
- Week 7: How to hide wires on a desk
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