Lively color palettes and accessories make these work spaces seem less business and more pleasure.
1 of 8Jean 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.
2 of 8Jean 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.
3 of 8Deborah 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.
4 of 8Kindra Clineff
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.
5 of 8Jean Allsopp
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
6 of 8Jean Allsopp
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.
7 of 8Lisa Romerein
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.
8 of 8Jean Allsopp
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.