Space of the Week: This Vibrant Home Office Proves the Power of Paint (and Pattern!)
When Berkeley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini, the best friends behind House of Nomad, a design firm in Charlotte, N.C., were tapped to transform a blank-slate room, they went all in on a single color—a moody blue. They installed floor-to-ceiling shelves to act as a backdrop for some favorite vessels, and hung geometric wallpaper to frame out a luxe and intimate workstation. If your own home office could use extra energy, let this vibrant work space lend some inspiration.
Commit to Color
This office makes the case for using a bold hue in a small space. Painting the walls, shelving, ladder, and ceiling the same color made the snug space feel bigger. Berkeley and Kelley used a custom graphic wallpaper by Jill Seale to complement the blue and draw attention to the desk niche.
Keep a Simple Setup
The pair left the desk area sparse for a focused work space. The drawers hide supplies, while baskets on the shelves provide additional storage. As many jobs have gone digital, you may find you no longer need the notebooks, printers, staplers, and other office accessories that once cluttered your desktop.
Have Fun With Styling
When decorating the shelves, the designers placed large items—like the white ceramic vases and handwoven baskets—first, then balanced them out with other shapes and colors, like the brass figurine and bright art books. Play around with sizes, materials, and shapes until you create a visual balance. Styling is a game of trial and error, and even small adjustments can make a big difference.