The Office: Get the look for less

officeConsidering how much time you spend in your office, isn’t it necessary to decorate the room accordingly!? With a slew of beautiful offices to draw inspiration from, I’ve composed a ‘get the look’ guide on the basics you need to create a fully functional yet beautiful and inspiring room for you to work from. Splurge on investment pieces such as a multipurpose table and a ergonomic chair that you know will last long. Personalize the space by hanging inspirational messages and pictures and add colour to stimulate the senses.

chairsWhat other items do you consider essential for a seriously stylish office?

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Wall Art: How to add interest to a blank wall

Wall art is a great way of adding interest to a large area without adding clutter. Skip the framed artworks and gilded mirror and create a sleek look with a simple lick of paint.

Ivanka Trump’s apartment features a large mural of a tree, painted in a slightly darker shade creating the feeling of a shadow. For this look I would recommend hiring a professional as this can be tricky to create. Alternatively you can use wall art stickers to create a very similar look in a smaller space (a variety available at Builder’s Warehouse).

Stripes can be a great way to trick the eye if the area isn’t as large as you would like it to be. As everyone knows vertical stripes lengthen and horizontal stripes makes a room feel wider. Just be sure to remember that horizontal stripes can also make a room seem shorter and cramped.

With the right tools and a very patient painter, this look can easily be recreated. Take your time in doing the measurements and don’t be stingy with the tape and the rest should be plain sailing. Wallpaper is an expensive alternative, but it adds extra opulence and polish to a room (Hertex Fabrics and St Leger and Viney are stockists of great quality and variety of imported wallpapers).

Both images from Elle Decor Online

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How to accessorize your coffee table

What you decide to display on your coffee table is influenced by both your style and your lifestyle. Here I have narrowed down a few key looks.

1. Tray display

This works particularly well if you have a small display that needs to be moved to make some room. This also functions perfectly on upholstery as it provides some stability for your display.

2. Simplicity

For a clutter-free look only display a few of your favourite books or a small vase of fresh flowers. This leaves ample room for coffee or dessert to be served.

3. Collection

This look might be perfect for you if you want to add personality by displaying some sort of collection. A collection of books work well with a few candles or flowers and by adding a unique magnifying glass it is personalized.

Whatever you choose to display, make sure it suits both your style and lifestyle. Always remember that the display should accentuate the table and not diminish it’s purpose- for you to serve coffee.

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