Three Rules Worth Breaking:
Home Office Edition

Three Rules Worth Breaking:
Home Office Edition

Taryn Williford
May 2, 2013

Have you ever heard the opinion ceilings should always be white? Or that there's a secret formula for the optimal number of throw pillows? Why play by the standards of long-gone generations of amateur decorators when you can start anew with a fresh set of un-rules for how to set up your space, especially when it comes to your home office?

Nowhere in the house should you be more comfortable in your own skin than in the room you probably least want to be in: the home office. So throw out the old guidelines and set up your workspace your way.

1. Every Office Needs a Desk
Not true. The furniture in your workspace should be dictated by the type of work you do. If you’re a painter, your “office” furnishing might just be an easel. If you just need a space to pay bills, a stool, a small shelf with a pen, and your checkbook makes for a perfect workspace. Even if you work on the computer, all you might really need is a small standing desk/shelf for a laptop instead of a large desk. Make a list of what you want to do in your space, then decide what pieces you need...even if a desk isn't included.

2. You Need an Task Light
Nope. A thoughtful placement of lamps and/or hanging lights can do the job just as well as a task lamp, while setting a better mood for sitting down to work. If you need targeted light over a drafting table or other work surface, rig a task lamp nearby for bright, uninterrupted glow, but otherwise, a mix of light sources can suffice.

3. Cords Should be Kept Out of Sight
Not really. I mean, if sleek and clean is your thing, then go to town with cord covers and cable boxes. But you don't have to hide your wires if you don't want do. Check out J. Crew's Jenna Lyon's desk – she simply placed her computer and other plugged in devices near a wall. The cables and cords are visible, but minimized visually thanks to the strategic placement. Or if you're even more willing to embrace cables and cords, you can use them like art on a wall, like artist Maisie Maud Broadhead did with her Cable Drawings.

(Images: Chris Perez/Amy's One Smart Pop Tart Writing Space, Maisie Maud Braodhead)

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