Ever since David’s dad conjured up an amazing workspace for me, I’ve been spending way more time in my office. It’s great to be able to get up and leave whatever I’m working on and not worry about leaving a mess in the middle of the apartment. Making stuff is messy, you can’t escape it. Although in my case, I can’t literally close the door, since the office couch is also known as ‘Caspian’s bed.’ He spends most of his day sleeping on that couch, and at night he will often retire to his room (the office) at 10 or 11. Sometimes David and I will stay up late, and be like where’s Caspian? He’s always in bed. Because he’s the only person in our household who is responsible enough to always go to bed on time. Our dog is weird.
Anyway, now that I’m spending a lot of time in the office, I want to work on the space a little. I’m running into a few design challenges. When we first turned that room into an office, I envisioned this all-white, airy space full of clean surfaces and light. In reality, it’s a small room that has to function as a two person office and a dog bedroom. It’s crammed full of computers, printers, paper, envelopes, and assorted art supplies. Luckily for me, you can’t really see my desks from the hallway, but you can see some bookshelves, and David’s desk, which is always super messy. Which drives me nuts, but I can’t really bug him to clean it up when my part is also super messy. (Although I work there full time, and he uses his for maybe an hour each night so…. I should stop being sassy)
I hate working in a permanently cluttered space. Even when everything is put away, it still looks messy. It is also frustrating that there are enough white things that it looks bland, but not enough white that it looks cohesive. I think the space needs a shot of color, but I’m not even sure where to put the color, much less what color to use.
There is a LOT of furniture in this room, making the space look bottom heavy. It’s a workspace above all else, so I try to keep that in mind, but I wish I could just make it look a little… nicer. I’ve considered painting the ceiling, but then I considered what a pain in the butt that would be. I’d really like to make some modifications that are easy to implement, since I can’t easily shut down my office.
Here are my ideas so far:
+ Paint the lamp bases white
+ Make white, easy to wash pillow covers
+ Paint the bookshelves white
+ Cover the books
+ Take down the stuff above the desk
+ Put the light canvas above the desk
+ Put something colorful above the couch
+ Paint some or all of the letters above my desk
+ Put hooks/perhaps a small shelf above my workspace
Do you have any ideas? What is your biggest frustration with your workspace?