When I first moved into my flat I decided to use the spare room as a dressing room, as time has gone on I feel like the room is fairly pointless and I can fit all of my things besides my coats in my bedroom and I felt like I was wasting the room a little bit. I’ve also gotten fairly busy in 2020 and working at my coffee table starts to hurt my back after a while and I lose major motivation, so it seemed like a logical step to give myself an office.
As with every other room that I’ve been redecorating, my first job was to get the walls painted and then I’d think about the rest afterwards, so I sorted out my wardrobe and made space for my shoes to fit inside and then I moved my rail and other bits from the dressing room into my bedroom on a temporary basis, I then removed the curtain pole that was already on the wall because it was really dated and wouldn’t look nice with the modern upgrade, and I also took a corner shelf off the wall, I always hated it to be honest and felt like it was really pointless since nothing ever quite fit right on it.
Then I thought about my plan, I came to a decision pretty quickly because I know what I like and I kind of automatically had a vision from the second I decided on making it an office, so all I had to do was get some inspiration for decorating and accessorising and I’d begin!
Step 1: White Walls
I didn’t want to make every wall in the room white because I feel like that gets a bit too plain looking and I also feel like the room is seriously bright without every wall being white, this room is kind of on the back of my flat and it’s in a position where the sun is always directly shining in, so the room is pretty well lit, so I decided that the back feature wall where I’d be putting my desk was going to be where I’d paint a solid colour; I decided on pink.
So I spent a few days layering up the white paint on each wall and ignoring the feature wall, I decided that would be done once the white was finished so that I didn’t have any hassle with waiting for paint to dry before finishing edges etc.
It took forever to get the white looking solid, there used to be a creamy/pink colour underneath and it was really hard to cover up, but I got there in the end and I’m really pleased with the end result, I think that white walls are really modern and clean looking, they never go out of style and it’s easy to maintain them.
Step 2: The Feature Wall
Feature walls are always a faff and I’m not even going to deny it. The feature wall I painted in my bathroom took forever and I ended up creating more jobs for myself, it was my first time ever doing it so I suppose it was a learning curve and I knew I wasn’t going to make the same mistakes twice.
For the feature wall I settled with a really pretty rose pink colour, it’s called Ballet Slipper by Johnstones, I really like how it looks and I think that it stands out really nicely, I think that it gives the room a much needed “pop” and takes away from the blinding white walls surrounding it. It’s also the perfect shade of pink for accessory matching, I actually had no issues with finding a chair, lamp and other bits and bobs that matched the colour. It applies a lot lighter than it dries too, I’d say it dries a shade darker than it looks upon application.
Step 3: The Furniture
So after I painted I set out to find the furniture that I wanted in there, this is an office so my list was pretty basic but looked as follows:
- Desk Chair
- Accessories For Desk
- Accessories For Walls
- Curtain Pole
My first purchase was the curtain pole, I thought it was really nice because the pole itself is white but the balls on the end of the pole are clear with glitter inside, I just liked it a lot and thought it went well with my feminine theme, I also think that if I ever move out and a family move in, it’s a pretty gender neutral choice. I needed help getting it up because I’m not the best at measuring and getting things even, but once it was up I hung some white curtains; I chose white because I think that it’s really pretty looking when the sun is shining through them and gives an atmospheric feeling.
I then chose my desk, I wanted one that had shelves and a back on it so that I could dress it up and accessorise it without cluttering the room up too much, I didn’t want to hang shelves or anything which I knew I’d need to if I couldn’t get the desk I wanted, so I set my sights on an Ikea desk. I had a bit of trouble getting it though and I didn’t want to pay the ridiculous Ikea delivery fee. I was pretty annoyed during the desk-purchasing process, but obviously I got there in the end, my mum took me a couple weeks after we first tried and it was back in stock, my sisters boyfriend came over and assembled it for me the week later.
My chair was also a bit of a frustrating process because I had decided on one and spent a bit of time umming and ahhing over it, which as you can imagine meant: I missed out. So I resumed my search until something came up that I could use. I eventually found a really nice blush pink chair in Argos, the legs are thin enough so that I can neatly tuck the chair in without it being in the way and the colour matches the room beautifully and I’m glad that I ended up missing out on my original choice, I think that this one fits my room and the size of the desk way better.
Step Four: Accessorising
I’ve already listed the accessories that I needed but I also wanted to make use of what I had floating around the flat already as well, so I hung a planter on my ceiling which my older sister bought me as a Christmas present and I put a tray that was originally in my bedroom on top of my desk with a diffuser and a Laura Ashley clock and a candle on one of the shelves. The planter didn’t last long, it fell down and I don’t own a drill so decided not to bother with it, instead I decided to make more impactful choices with my accessories in other ways.
For new purchases, I went to Dunelm where I found my pink textured lamp and I bought a 4×6 photoframe out of Primark so that I could have a picture of me and Harriet. I bought a hanging plant and a pink pot out of Ikea and also, some crystals so that there’s good energy inside the room. Etsy also gave me a gift voucher to buy something, so I got a beautiful coaster so that I can keep myself hydrated whilst I work without leaving ring marks on my desk, for my smaller touches t I bought a beautiful blush pink cushion from B&M to put on my chair when it’s not in use or if I need some back support.
On the shelf below I like to keep my camera equipment that I use the most so that it’s easy for me to grab instead of fumbling through my camera bag, this is just for convenience sake and me being slightly lazy rather than for decorative purposes.
On my wall is a print that I bought from Etsy as well, it’s a traditional tattoo style drawing from DavidHTattoo, I have another two but I’m waiting for the frames to come for those, I’ll hang those on the same wall so that the room really does showcase everything that I like and has my personal touches, this is my working space so to be surrounded by everything that I feel inspired by is very important to me.
I honestly really love my office, it’s a great working space and it keeps me safe from getting distracted and also provides inspiration. This is actually my favourite room in the flat because it’s *so* me, I love coming in this room to work and get my blog posts written up, and a lot of my photography takes place in this room too now, I can spend hours in here working and feel accomplished at the end of it, and having a comfortable working space with my desk has definitely improved my work flow, I was working at my coffee table in my living room before and because it was so uncomfortable I wouldn’t sit at it for too long, I’m so glad I decided to make this transformation and I really feel like it’s been a massive improvement!