Inspiration Point

Lively color palettes and accessories make these work spaces seem less business and more pleasure.

Pretty and Practical

Jean Allsopp

Pretty and Practical

We all have to do laundry—why not do it in a great space? Backing open shelves with beaded board painted the same color as the walls elevates them from storage to display space. A drapery rod in front of the window provides a handy drip bar for clothes that need to air-dry.

A Study in Style

Jean Allsopp

A Study in Style

Cypress paneling creates a sense of warmth and tradition, but the room is filled with contemporary touches, such as bold artwork and a modern, drafting table–style desk with a polished chrome base. Even the ceiling fan provides an element of surprise with unusual silk blades.

A Soft Touch

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

A Soft Touch

The pastel palette and fringed floor lamp create a feminine feel, while sheer fabric pulled loosely across a paneled ceiling adds an ethereal quality. A skirted table provides valuable storage in tight quarters.

Shipshape

Kindra Clineff

Shipshape
 

The stark beauty of this weathered, all-wood interior is softened by the addition of a textured blanket and plush pillows dressed in blue and white stripes. A black-and-white print of a sailboat and a lantern in a sapphire hue look at home in seaside surroundings.

Space Savers

Jean Allsopp

Space Savers

Adjustable shelving attached to easy-to-clean wall panels adds extra storage and cuts clutter on valuable work space. Keeping floors spotless is a breeze with stain-resistant, polypropylene tile flooring.

Homework Nook

Jean Allsopp

Homework Nook

Whitewashed furniture with brightly colored accents lends youthful appeal. Matching desk-chair upholstery and pillow fabric in a cheerful stripe unifies the space, while accessories in contrasting patterns add pizzazz.

Lighten Up

Lisa Romerein

Lighten Up

A U-shape work surface maximizes office space in this windowed alcove. The white desk and chair reflect natural light and a multitiered shell chandelier serves as an accent overhead.

Built-in Solution

Jean Allsopp

Built-in Solution

An abundance of drawers accented by gleaming metal pulls combine style and function, while a crisp color combination of bright white and navy blue imparts nautical flair.

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