My Black and White Ikea Infused Home Office (aka budget-friendly)
As featured in Apartment Therapy
If someone had told me that one day I’d paint 2 of our rooms black and white, I’m sure I would’ve said, “not bloody likely!”. That is, until I painted Cassie’s room white with a black feature wall. And I didn’t stop there…
I also painted my office black and white.
Okay, let’s back up the short bus a bit here. Obviously I work from home and I work from home A LOT, to the tune of 7-9 hrs a day. Since my Online Color Consulting has taken off, I’ve cut back DRASTICALLY on my local work and spend most of my time drinking
wine, coffee and Baileys coffee, talking to myself, and typing. And I madly love it!
However, working from home is not always good for ye ole mental health/social life and adding to that was the fact that I was working in a lovely lil’ bat cave – 1 small window and 3 pot lights – dats it.
It took only a few months of twitching and crying in the corner for the hubs to agree that maybe it was time for a bit of a remodel – taking my office to the next level with regard to lighting and layout!
My new office had to be majorly multi-purpose, so when planning the space I needed to make room for the following:
- 2+ desk spaces for me n’ my homies (the kids). I like company and am happy when they come down and do their homework. Tim also helps me out A LOT with my website, so it’s nice to have him sit down for a while – nice for him that is
- A table and chairs to lay projects out on or for the kids to do crafts on
- A comfy chair to watch TV from
- A Murphy bed. OH yes, a Murphy Bed
- A closet
And I managed to fit it ALL in with room to spare!
The Hallway to the Office and Family Room
When you stood in the entryway and looked down the hallway you saw a lovely…red…wall (the door to the office was on the far right).
Look down the hallway now and you’ll see a 36″ extra-wide glass door and a 6 1/2′ window. The room used to be smaller with a weee willy window. We had to steal space from the family room (which we definitely don’t miss) so that we could fit that large window in – it was kind of a deal-breaker.
While the above photo make it look like the wall is on an angle, it’s not – it’s now a perfect 90 degrees.
And this is just a SNIPPET of what you NOW see when looking down the hallway. And yes, the house came with a free garden gnome.
The Lighting Situation
No matter how beautiful your paint colours are, if you don’t have enough lighting there is NO paint colour that will save you! The lack of natural light and tragic interior lighting pulled the room down, giving it a dark, shadowed look.
This was my office BEFORE being remodelled (again, the red gave me conniptions).
And now, the space is light, bright and multi-purpose!
And you’d think that black would drain a space, but think again! In the right space, black can add just the right contrast and impact. The combo leaves me feeling inspired…I tried to come up with another gobsmackingly amazing word, but really – that’s all I’ve got.
LET THERE BE LIGHT…and there was.
Before, we had 3 pot lights and a 2.5′ x 3.4′ window.
NOW we have…
- 6 1/2′ window
- 2 – 18″ x 42″ foundation windows
- 5 pot lights (no, not THOSE kind of pot lights – I may be from Vancouver Island, but wine is my weakness)
- Wall/task light (which you’ll see below)
Of course the 6′ window added a ton of light, as well as the interior lighting, but it’s the foundation windows that REALLY jacked things up to the next level. They made a HUUUUGE (pronounced HOOOOGE) difference with regard to the flow and vibe of the room, rounding it out nicely.
Look at this corner before…
And look at it now!
The 2 Person Desk Area
I couldn’t find a desk that I loved, so I pieced this together using Ikea Alex drawer units and Linmon table tops. I’m SUPER happy with the function of it and when I get bored (so like tomorrow) I can switch things around.
The Project Table
I used the Ikea Docksta table as it was just the right diameter. I would’ve loved a marble top version, but c’est la vie. The accent chairs are from Scan Designs, they were on clearance so I got the pair for a great price!
I chose Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black as the main feature as it’s pretty much the most bad-ass colour out there. Paired with fresh white trim and Benjamin Moore Cloud White on the lower foundation walls it’s a super dynamic combo!
The Murphy Bed
I’ve always wanted a murphy bed, but it seemed like a luxury item. Luckily I found a local fellow (Creative Wall Beds in Victoria), who did a great job making/assembling this beastie! It’s all wood and painted in BM Cloud White.
I planned it so that when the murphy bed comes down, all I need to move is my lovely golden chair – everything else can stay where it is.
The Organizational Bits n’ Pieces
I bought the mother-of-all corkboards online as I couldn’t find a big enough one locally. At 3 x 5 she’s a beastie and while she was ‘functional’, she wasn’t very ‘funk-tional’, so I grabbed my
gun staple gun and wrapped her up in fabric!
You can also see my task light from Wayfair as well as some smaller corkboards for the bits n’ pieces.
You’ll also see the Ikea Raskog cart pop up again. I’ve showcased these many times in our home – from both of the girls bedrooms to our homework closet, I can’t get enough of this handy little unit (I say the same thing to Tim on Friday nites).
I also love clipboards (clearly I throw my love around a lot). They are a great way to tack up magazine pages, to-do lists and more.
The Fun Stuff
Okay, maybe it’s all fun but I’m particularly jacked-up about my décor. And if you’ve ever tried to decorate above a foundation wall, I’m sure you feel my pain. Luckily I know what I’m doing…most of the time anyway.
The View from the Family Room
With our remodel, we stole square footage from the large family room and reconfigured the wall to use the space better.
This photo below shows how the house was when we first viewed it. Notice that the red wall was about 7′ long and on an angle which SUPER cut into my office space (which is behind the red wall).
This was the in-between phase. We moved things around a bit and I did have mad-love for my farmhouse barn door, but knowing that trends come and go, I decided to go with something a bit more timeless with the new design.
I still wanted to use my Ikea Hemnes bookcases (I’m a super book nerd) so I kept them in the same place for the new design.
And now, everything is light bright and perfectly homey! I painted the end wall in Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, so that it flows off of the entryway seamlessly along with Sherwin Williams Creamy on the main walls.
Can I tell you how much I love this space? Do I NEED to tell you how much I love this space?????? I’m sure my photos show how happy I am with how our home turned out!
So there you have it – this is where the magic…or at least MOST of the magic happens.
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