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Chic and Trendy Office Design on a Limited Budget

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by Guest Contributor

When you stop and think about the fact that a lot of us spend the majority of our waking hours in an office setting, wouldn't it make sense that we should want to put a concerted effort into making it feel as comfortable as possible? One of the best ways to do that is to decorate it in a way that you truly like.

If somewhat-modern-yet-definitely-unique is the style that you're after, it's not difficult to find chic and trendy designs, even if you're on a limited budget. All you need is a bit of patience, creativity and some Do It Yourself gumption and in no time, you'll have an office to be envied.

Accent with bold colors. Oftentimes, we tend to associate offices with neutral colors, but that's not a rule that's written in stone. You know, there's a lot to be said for the psychology of color. Green symbolizes renewal. Blue symbolizes calm. Purple symbolizes success. Orange symbolizes excitement and yellow symbolizes warmth. So, by decorating office supplies in your favorite colors or bringing in flowers in a hue that represents how you want to feel, it's a great and relatively cheap way of totally updating the way your desk looks.

Get some great art work. Whether it's a print, a painting from your child or even a drawing of your own, a piece of art is a wonderful way to brighten up any office. Plus, thanks to arts and crafts stores like Joanne's, you can actually mat and frame the picture yourself.

Go all white (or black or gray). Nothing says "modern" like purchasing a desk, chair and computer that are all the same color. If you want your office to appear slick and clean, go with the white. If you want to add a bit more depth, go with the black or gray.

How about a portable laptop table? If you'd like more space, consider getting rid of your bulky desk and replacing it with a portable laptop table. They're compact enough to fit virtually anywhere and the price of them is relatively inexpensive.

Consider some contrasting. One idea that can give your office space a bit of texture is to put a few contrasting patterns together. A throw rug with vertical lines, some Roman blinds in a shade that coordinates and a vintage lamp and chair that picks up one of the colors in the rug makes a really avant-garde statement...in somewhat of a subtle way.

Purchase some throw pillows and plants. Some of the best offices have that reputation because they have a feel that's reminiscent of home. That's because it's decorated in that manner. Some really easy ways to accomplish that task is to get some throw pillows to put on the office couches and a few plants to put on the staff member's desks.

Use a few partitions. An easy way to separate office space is to get some partitions. Stores like Home Depot and Wal-Mart and online shops including PortablePartitions.com, iroomdividers.com and RoomDividers.org all have a variety of styles and colors that can easily create the illusion of there being more space in a big room while providing privacy at the same time.

Treat your window to a window treatment. One of the most overlooked parts of an office tends to be the windows, but by simply putting up some curtains, draping a piece of fabric or even hanging a stained-glass piece of art from it, that can totally alter a room's dynamic. After all, if you have to look at the window all day long, you might as well make it an exciting display, right? Definitely.

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