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Decorating a home office can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you get started. Image: Blackbox Design Studios

So you have a home office. Congratulations! Plenty of people long for a dedicated space in their homes where they can focus and tackle their to-dos. That being said, the idea of a home office and the reality of having one can be very different. Having an office in your house means welcoming work into the sanctuary of your living space. How do you keep your office zen? If you want to create a place where you’ll actually enjoy working that integrates comfortably into the rest of your house or apartment (and life), you need to think about your different options for decorating a home office.

You may not think that creating an aesthetic you enjoy in your office needs to be a top work-life priority. But decorating a home office in a way you love is actually pretty powerful. When you enjoy the space, you want to keep it tidy, and it can also help you enjoy your work. The chore of heading into the office – even if it’s where you live – is a lot easier when you get to go to a space that is pleasant to you.

With that in mind, it’s worth putting some work into decorating your home office. To help get you started, we’ve rounded up some of the top tips below.

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Don’t get sucked into the organization gear trend! Sometimes, all you need to stay tidy is a few small boxes. Image: Erica Bryen Design

Stay organized

It’s no secret. Home offices can get messy – fast. To keep the piles at bay, it’s tempting to stock up on organizational bins, drawers, etc. There are about a million great options on the market to help you keep your home office in top shape. The only problem is that it’s all too easy to bring a bunch of them home without actually implementing them.

Before you start stocking up on drawer organizers and filing cabinets, put some thought into how you actually organize. What works well for you in the rest of your house? If you’re already in the habit of scanning your receipts and keeping things digitally, why buy a filing cabinet for your home office? If you have a single favorite pen you always use, why buy a pen cup? Don’t get sucked into the office organization hype. You have the flexibility of creating your own workspace. Do it in a way that will work for you long term. Remember, decorating a home office in a way that doesn’t feel too sterile is much easier when you’ve avoided accumulating piles of bins, folders and organizers.

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When it comes to decorating a home office, vertical space is key. Image: Eldorado Stone

Elevate your thinking

Even the smallest home office can be fully stocked with great decor and organization solutions. The trick is to think up. Maximize your vertical square footage by hanging art you love, adding floating shelves or installing cabinets up the wall. The height of your wall is an asset when decorating a home office. Don’t be afraid to get playful with what you hang. Open cabinets could be equal parts practical and fun. Fill them with useful bins alongside colorful books or meaningful tchotchkes. Never forget that your home office is just that – yours. You can use the entire height of the wall as your canvas for whatever will inspire you and drive your productivity.

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Well-wrangled cords help your office feel clean and organized. Image: Ellen Grasso & Sons

Cut cord clutter

In our digital age, one of the absolute worst things about offices is all of the tech clutter that accumulates. You probably need your computer and printer, but that doesn’t mean you need to stare at their tangle of cables all day. Take some steps to keep your home office free of cord clutter. Cut a hole in the back of an attractive box. Your router and other necessary tech can live in there with cords fed out the back. Mount a power strip underneath or on the back of your desk. Use cable ties and command hooks to wrangle any cords that get plugged into that power strip and feed them along the back of furniture where they’re out of sight. You’ll be amazed at the way simply removing the eyesore of cords will make your office feel clean and bright.

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No home office is complete without ample lighting. Image: Urbanology Designs

Let there be light

Offices are notorious for their stark lighting — specifically, fluorescents. Why do offices often opt for sterile, cold lighting that makes you feel like you’re under a microscope? Because they know one basic work principle: Sufficient lighting makes work easier. We already strain our eyes staring at screens most of the day. Don’t make it worse by limiting lighting in your home office. Use natural light as much as possible, but make sure you supplement where it falls short. A well-lit office is a happy, productive one.

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Don’t forget that your home office is an extension of your home. Image: Gina Sims Designs

Make yourself at home

Your office is an extension of your house or apartment. It should look and feel like one. Decorate with the same themes you’ve used in your house and incorporate items you love. Nothing is off limits. If you’re a plant lover, blanket your home office in green. If hygge is your vibe, add a plush rug and a cozy throw to your office chair. Don’t limit yourself just because this is a workspace. You’ll be more productive in a room that brings you joy, so why not put some extra care into creating an office that feels like home?

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Ready, set, go start decorating your home office! Image: Stanley Martin Homes

Start decorating a home office

Do you want to know the best way to decorate your office? By starting. It’s really that simple. You’ll intuitively know the essentials: a desk, a chair, a lamp. From there, enjoy the process of finding pieces you love that inspire your best work. Decorating a home office can take time. But you have your whole life to work, so it’s worth the effort!

What are some ways you’ve integrated your office into your home? Do you have any other clever tricks you’d like to share?

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Get Ready To Nest In Bed Longer With The New Wayfair Eider & Ivory Bedding Linehttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/W4TbNAh9Ock/https://freshome.com/wayfair-eider-%26-ivory/#respondFri, 21 Sep 2018 22:00:00 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=295931As temperatures drop and days get shorter, you'll probably be spending more time in bed (or at least wishing you could). Wayfair's latest design collab with Eider & Ivory is the perfect way to cozy up your bed this fall.

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As temperatures drop and days get shorter, you’ll probably be spending more time in bed (or at least wishing you could). Wayfair’s latest design collab with Eider & Ivory is the perfect way to cozy up your bed this fall.

The bath and bedding collections feature soft and minimalist color palettes. There are plenty of cold-weather bedding necessities like throw blankets, coverlets and quilts. The high-quality pieces are designed for layering – and the affordable prices make creating a layered, cloud-like bed or fabulous bathroom easy on your wallet. Too bad you can’t order a couple of extra stay-in-bed hours per day, too.

Wayfair Eider & Ivory Bedding and Bath Collections

We loved how stylists and designers layered the beds in the official photos. So we’ve pored over the images to find (and show you) the items featured in the photos so you can shop the look. You’re welcome!

Boho-Chic Sleep

Wayfair Eider and Ivory

Warm golden tones are paired with fashion-forward indigo and slate blue to create a boho-chic bed for all seasons. All images courtesy of Wayfair Eider & Ivory.

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Urban Glam

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Chic, earthy tones of blacks, grey, mochas and white create a luxurious bed that’s both cozy and beautiful.

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Global Texture

The global-chic styling of the Brooks bedding collection features timeless indigo blue and touches of warm pumpkin, perfect for fall.

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Serene & Sophisticated

An on-trend bedding collection featuring velvets, golden brass and faux fur to keep you warm for the holidays.

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Modern Farmhouse Style

The combination of shades of white, sand and mocha pair beautifully with the popular color sage green, featured on a throw draped across the bed.

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Industrial Loft

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A soft, urban bedroom setting with plenty of texture works well with nearly any home or apartment style. The black lamp adds an industrial look to the setting.

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Bohemian Bath Time

Whimsical tassels add a fun, unique look to this bathroom setting.

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Earthy Zen

Earthy details like textured linen and towels, wood buttons and an aged-looking wood stool can warm up an ordinary bathroom.

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5 Star Hotel Style

Crisp and graphic white and black add polish and sophistication to nearly any bathroom.

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The rich textures and soothing shades of the new Wayfair Eider & Ivory collection add warmth and a cozy feel to your home for fall. Which style would you choose for your bedroom or bathroom sanctuary?

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True or False? Decoding Decorating Ruleshttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/2K7YENNRiw8/https://freshome.com/decorating-rules/#respondFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:00:03 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=289197“Don’t ever do this.” “You should never do that.” We’ve all heard certain decorating rules regarding colors, furniture, finishes and accessories. But how many of these are actually true, and how many may have made sense in the past but are no longer applicable? We asked a few experts to weigh in and separate fact […]

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“Don’t ever do this.” “You should never do that.” We’ve all heard certain decorating rules regarding colors, furniture, finishes and accessories. But how many of these are actually true, and how many may have made sense in the past but are no longer applicable? We asked a few experts to weigh in and separate fact from fiction.

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Use a calm, relaxing color palette in the bedroom. Image: Studio M Interiors

Should you avoid bright colors in the bedroom?

This rule is true, according to Kimberly Schmunk, an interior designer at Nashville-based luxury custom home developer Focus Builders. “I tend to lean toward a more soothing color palette in the bedroom, since this is the room you will be winding down in.” If you want to incorporate bold colors, she recommends including it in artwork, throw pillows or other accessories. You can paint your bedroom bright red, but don’t be surprised if you struggle to fall asleep at night.

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An entirely stainless steel kitchen doesn’t have to be intimidating. Image: Griffin Enright Architects

Is stainless steel hard to clean?

Some people warn homeowners against using stainless steel because it shows fingerprints and is harder to clean. However, Schmunk says that this shouldn’t be a problem if you use cleaning products formulated for stainless steel (she recommends Steel Meister Stainless Steel Cleaner). Some stainless steel manufacturers make it even easier; they recommend using warm, soapy water on a damp cloth, followed by a final rinse with clean water. (Note: steel wool should never be used on any type of stainless steel.)

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Builder beige doesn’t have to be boring. Image: Michael Abrams Interiors

Should you use builder beige when selling your house?

“I don’t think you can go wrong with builder beige, as it is very neutral and will not scare off buyers,” says Mark Ferguson, a real estate agent, real estate investor, author and the creator of Invest Four More. However, he says that this is not the only color you can use. “Light grays can look very good and are in fashion right now — we even try some colors with hints of blue or green.” However, Ferguson warns against using colors that are too dark or too bright.

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This acrylic pedestal tub is the perfect size for this small bathroom. Image: Renewal Design Build

Should you use small furniture in small rooms?

The scale and proportion of your furniture can make or break the design, warns Schmunk. “I suggest including smaller pieces in a small space; otherwise, it may feel like your selection was an afterthought.”

However, Texas-based designer Pablo Solomon says that using fewer pieces of furniture that have multiple functions are better than using a lot of small pieces. When you have a small room, Solomon offers these three tips:

  • Maintain the longest lines of sight you can to windows and to other rooms
  • Do not block windows
  • Use see-through furniture (acrylic, glass) near windows of contemporary homes
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This kitchen demonstrates tastefully mixed metals. Image: Sophie Burke Design

Is it okay to mix and match metals?

One of the most repeated decorating rules is to avoid mixing metals. However, Schmunk says that it’s perfectly fine to mix metals, as long as you limit the number of metals to about two. Solomon agrees, though with a caveat: “Any décor details must work together in a given setting. Mixing metals may work in one setting and be an eyesore in another.”

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This bathroom is light and airy thanks to large mirrors. Mark Williams Design Associates

Do mirrors make rooms look bigger?

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Mirrors reflect light, making a room look larger and brighter. Need proof? Take a look at the bathroom above: The mirror-on-mirror effect, combined with the open space under the sink, create the illusion of a much larger space.

Whatever you dream about for your new design, chances are there’s a way to make it happen. Solomon says that he is not a firm believer in decorating rules. “My only rule is to have a finished space that is balanced, proportionate, functional, eye-pleasing and tells the story that you want to tell.” Which decorating rules have you followed or broken in creating your dream home?

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Let These 14 Stunning Built-In Ideas Inspire Your Next Home Improvement Projecthttp://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/zTk6o3wuvjA/https://freshome.com/built-in-ideas/#respondFri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:38 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=288231If there’s one architectural feature that everyone loves, it’s built-in furniture. Whether we’re talking about classic bookcases, a modern entertainment center or a cozy window seat, these features always turn out to be equally eye-catching and functional. What more could you ask for in your home design? The next time you’re itching to take on […]

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If there’s one architectural feature that everyone loves, it’s built-in furniture. Whether we’re talking about classic bookcases, a modern entertainment center or a cozy window seat, these features always turn out to be equally eye-catching and functional. What more could you ask for in your home design? The next time you’re itching to take on a home improvement project, look no further. We even have 14 gorgeous built-in ideas to give you some inspiration. Look these over and we promise that you’ll have an idea for a built-in of your own.

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Built-ins are a great architectural feature for any room in the house. Image: J Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architects

What to consider when adding built-in furniture

Built-ins are a coveted architectural feature for a reason. Though the finished product is nearly always worth the effort, the building and installation process can require a large investment of time and money. With that in mind, if you’re adding one of these features, you’ll want to make sure that you go into it with a well-thought-out plan. Here are a few considerations for you to keep in mind as you consider built-in ideas:

  • Placement: This may sound self-explanatory, but it’s so important it warrants mentioning. Once your built-in is in place, you won’t be able to access the area behind it easily. Double check to make sure that you won’t be blocking any vents or doorways before installation so that you don’t run into problems later on.
  • Shape: Yes, classically, these pieces are either rectangular or square. However, these days, people are thinking outside the box and giving their built-in furniture angles to create a more modern look.
  • Storage Configuration: It’s best to have an idea of what you intend to store in the furniture before you get started with the building process. That way, you have a better idea of what type of storage is needed.
  • Construction Method: Yes, there are ways to go DIY, but if it’s at all possible, we recommend hiring a contractor for this one. Putting something new within an existing space can get tricky, especially when you have to work around the angles of the room. It’s worth it to have someone experienced at the helm.
  • Architectural Details: Though the built-in furniture is going to be a new addition to your home, it shouldn’t feel that way. Make sure you (or your contractor) include a few architectural details that will help this piece blend in with the rest of your home. Ideally, it should look like it’s been there all along.

Let these built-in ideas inspire your home design

drawers

If your closet is on the small side, think about adding built-in drawers to create extra storage that draws the eye. Image: Whitten Architects

cutout

If you have kids, they’ll love a cutout hideaway for reading or playing games. Image: Benjamin Moore

Consider some lofted shelving to help keep your office or closet organized. Image: Jill Greaves Design

dual

Remember, your built-ins don’t just have to have a singular use. You can feel free to mix and match. Image: A3 Architects, Inc.

bed

Anyone would love this sleek, built-in bed with additional storage underneath. Image: Neslihan Pekcan/Pebbledesign

seating

Think about adding some luxurious seating options into the mix. Image: Chip Webster Architecture

divider

Built-in shelving makes for a classic and eye-catching room divider. Image: Elena Calabrese Design & Decor

entertainment center

Rather than settling for your run-of-the-mill entertainment center, take things up a notch by opting for a built-in version. Image: GRADY-O-GRADY Construction & Development, Inc.

stairs

Built-ins are a great way to make use of any wasted space under the stairs. Image: Rikki Snyder

doorway

Consider framing your doorway in shelving to give your interiors an elegant, old-world feel. Image: Graham Baba Architects

bench

Built-in benches will add charm to your home, as well as additional storage. Image: Amy Sklar Design Inc

shape

Give your built-in shelving a fresh and modern feel by playing with the shape. Image: foley&cox

window seat

You can easily create your own personal reading nook by adding a window seat and a few bookshelves. Image: KuDa Photography

Do any of the built-in ideas above inspire you? Which would you like to incorporate into your home?

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15 Times Jewel-Tone Colors Really Helped A Room To Shine (Plus, How To Recreate The Look Yourself)http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FreshInspirationForYourHome/~3/2uh7BhbMxOM/https://freshome.com/jewel-tone-colors/#respondThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:00:12 +0000https://freshome.com/?p=290359Jewel-tone colors are so in right now – and it's not hard to see why. These bold colors pack a punch that is sure to catch viewers' attention and win them over.

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Jewel-tone colors are so in right now – and it’s not hard to see why. These bold colors pack a punch that is sure to catch viewers’ attention and win them over. The only tricky part is that since these colors are so strong, they are not the easiest to incorporate into a design.

Luckily, that’s where we come in. We compiled some of our best tips on how to use these powerful hues in your home without having the final product feel overwhelming. Plus, we included some design inspiration to help you get started. Keep scrolling to see how you can make this trend work in your interiors.

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Follow this advice on how to bring jewel-tone colors into your own home without having the design feel overwhelming. Image: Charlotte Crosland Interiors

How to bring jewel-tone colors into your own home

Bringing jewel tones into a space can feel overwhelming. That’s why we’ve brought you some tips on how to pull off this look the right way. They are as follows:

  • Be ready to commit: If you want to play with jewel tones, you’re going to be making a big style statement. Embrace it. Go into this design project with a “go big or go home” mentality and resolve that you are truly going to give these colors the space to shine. You can always change your design later on down the road.
  • Pair bold with bold: Jewel-tone colors work best when they have the ability to play off another bold color. Rather than only using one shade in a room, choose two or three to create a strong sense of contrast. Just check the color wheel first to make sure that the colors you choose go together well enough.
  • Use neutrals to soften: That said, if you make the room too bold, it could run the risk of becoming overwhelming to the eye. Once you have your main color scheme in place, add touches of neutrals to provide a space for the eye to rest. (Remember, metallics count as neutrals, too. They don’t have to be boring.)

Use these jewel-tone designs as your inspiration

accent wall

Jewel tones are the perfect match for any accent wall. Their bold flare will add a punch of visual interest to the space without leaving it feeling overwhelming. Image: Frank Bence C.I.D.

accessories

For those who simply want to give jewel tones a try, think about incorporating them through accessories like throw pillows and blankets. They’re easy to find and to switch out if the look is not for you. Image: Rendall & Wright

analogous

Jewel-tone colors work especially well with an analogous color scheme, where you incorporate three shades that are next to each other on the color wheel. Image: Rikki Snyder

bedroom

Bring a jewel tone into your bedroom, where a powerful shade will feel soothing. In particular, blue shades will work best. Image: Nathalie Priem Photography

complementary

Make a strong style statement by opting to use a complementary color scheme, which involves two colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Image: JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction

dining room

Incorporate jewel tones into your dining room, where the strong colors will instantly help the space feel much more intimate. Image: JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction

kitchen

Creating a jewel-tone colored kitchen is one of the most on-trend moves you can make in 2018. Image: Caitlin McCarthy Design

metals

Try pairing jewel tones with metal design elements. The shine from the metal finish really helps the colors to pop. Image: Rikki Snyder

inspiration

If you’re unsure of which jewel tone will fit best in your space, try taking inspiration from the color combos found in things like wall art or textiles. Image: Benjamin Moore

To really make your jewel-tone colors pop, try pairing them with other design elements that are much more neutral. In this case, black and white provide the perfect backdrop. Image: The Vintage Chandelier Company Interior Design and Styling

paint

Using jewel tone paint is a great way to get bang for your buck. In general, paint is cheaper than many other design elements and choosing a jewel tone will bring in tons of color for relatively little money spent. Image: Imperfect Interiors

repeat

Be sure to repeat your jewel tones in multiple applications throughout the room. This will help the space feel more cohesive. Image: Amanda Nisbet

statement

Jewel tones are not for the faint of heart; they make a bold style statement. Image: Ingrid Rasmussen Photography

focal point

If you’re only looking to use one jewel-toned piece, a piece of furniture like a couch or accent chair is bold enough to become the focal point of the room. Image: Debbie Basnett, Vintage Scout Interiors

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