The latest COVID-19 Circuit Breaker measures from the government see many people working from home this month. This has its perks – being able to ‘go to the office’ in your pyjamas, spending more time with the family, and kicking back and relaxing in familiar comfort when you want to. But working from home is not fun if there is no designated study or home office area in your home, or if you have to share a common (sometimes messy) space such as the dining table with everyone else in your family. Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about creating a home office that will make working from home as attractive as possible, even in a small bedroom. Here are 10 stylish spaces to get you inspired!
Design and photo: Starry Homestead
Good design can create different zones even in a space of limited size, such as in this bachelor’s bedroom. A study area was built back-to-back with the bed to maximise the room’s narrow footprint, with ample storage for office paraphernalia. The Erden Feltro (DXO 5354D) laminate used for the desk provides a great alternative to a solid colour laminate, with a pattern inspired by woolly felt. Complementing the cool colour scheme are the Valda Tivoli Elm (WY 1271D) laminate of the partition and door, and the Dario Ramblas (DXP 1329C) of the cabinetry.
Design and photo: Authors Interior
The design of this home office makes the best of a small footprint by using the storage platform as seating at the L-shaped desk. At the same time, the platform also works as a day bed for lounging. Creating a window into the adjacent space, and using light-coloured laminates such as Crème Akemi Ash (WY 4231X) and Picket White (CES 9500S) are smart ways to make the room look more spacious than it really is.
Design and photo: Free Space Intent
The simple cantilevered ledge in this bedroom provides a long and slim multi-purpose counter which can be used for working on the laptop. Providing a rustic-industrial look are the raw-looking surfaces of the table and console clad with the wood-look Corona Maple (WYA 5262E) laminate, and weathered stone-look Goyo Ramblas (DXP 1332C) of the wardrobe doors.
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Create a cool and calm environment to work in, using white surfaces. Flat white walls might be blah and uninspiring, so pep it up with textures such as the bleached walnut grains of Bella Seville Walnut (WY 4224D). Cutting the laminate up into ‘timber’ strips or planks adds a further rustic dimension to the design.
Design and photo: Elpis Interior
Built-in structures such as the desk, storage and display units in this bedroom stretch from wall to wall to maximise every inch of space. Creating a balance of warm and cool tones are the Canele York Teak (WY 5230D) laminate of the tabletops and shelves, Designer White (SCA 5101D) laminate of the drawers, and dark grey Iron (SCX 1149D) laminate on the overhead cabinets.
Pegboards are a great addition to any study area. This versatile item sports an orderly pattern of holes which can be fitted with dowels to hang items, mount shelves and more! Why does your pegboard have to look the same as everyone else’s? Customise it with laminates of your choice, such as the oak-inspired Andrea Oak Brunello (WY 5248D) pictured above.
Design and photo: One Design Werkz
A selection of dark-coloured laminates has made this corner of the home a sleek and classy home office for its owner. On the wall and shelves is the Stoffa Moca (DXO 5339D) laminate, with a subtle pattern inspired by fabric. The desk sports the deep chocolate tones of the wood-look Cordoba Nogal (WY 1257D) laminate with a walnut grain, to add a touch of luxury to the space.
Design and photo: Elpis Interior Design
The colour blue signifies reassurance, calm and intelligence – all great qualities for a home office or study room. The sea of blues in this study includes the Blueberry (SCX 1154D) laminate of the desk and open shelving, with High Gloss Chalk (SHG 1144) on overhead cabinets for contrast.
Want your desk to look like metal, wood, fabric or stone? Laminates can do the trick! The bleached tones of the wood-look Maya Laurentian Maple (WY 5293D) laminate is used on this desk to bring a Scandinavian vibe to the space. Light colours also make a space look visually larger.
Design and photos: Starry Homestead
Get creative with design to pack more function into a limited space. In this five-room HDB flat which needed to fit two study areas into the living room, a swivel-out desk makes for an instant study surface for the daughter. When not in use, the desk hides away to open out the space for other purposes such as games. A dark-coloured fabric-inspired laminate, the Faux Denim (DXO 4310X) of the cabinets, and the Luna Tivoli Elm (WY 1269D) on the swivel-out table make a pleasing pairing which will look current for years to come.
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