DECORATE: living room w/ home office

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Decorating idea for a small living room with a home office by
Decorating a small living room is challenging as is. What if you have to make extra room for you home office? Those of you who work from their tiny apartment know exactly what I mean. In today's hypothetical DECORATE scenario we'll be dealing with this case; a typical 3.9m*5.2m (42*56 square feet) room that serves as a living room and home office.
Firstly, I've created two visual zones to separate the two different functions. The living room space is defined by the corner sofa and the rug and is located next to the balcony door, whereas the smaller home office zone has the desk and the wall shelving.
I've picked a cushy corner sofa as the main seating option and I skipped the armchair on purpose. Instead, I prefered a floor cushion for it is lighter and easier to move around. I also used a wall lamp instead of a floor one for the same reason. The furniture and accessories for this room are light and airy with a subtle vintage aura (like the amazing desk) or a delicate industrial flair (like the cabinet). 
As for the color palette, I played with grays, pastels and some brass and copper hues on a white canvas (I was thinking the floor might be a light hardwood one).
You can see all the products I used for this room decoration after the jump. Please, leave a comment with your feedback. I'd love to see what you think of this room!

Decorating idea for a small living room with a home office by

Shop this collection: 1.Gran green pillow case (Fine Little Day, €34), 2.So Happy, ca. 1958, reproduction of Andy Warhol by Art For Small Spaces (One Kings Lane, $99), 3.Industrial scissor wall lamp by Long Made Co. (Etsy, $145), 4.Blue linen pillow cover by Delinda Boutique (Etsy, $23), 5.Swiss cross pillow cover by Beanie on Helina Shop (Etsy, $38.79), 6.Braxton Studio Kaspar cotton sectional sofa by Wholesale Interiors (Wayfair, $1,155.24), 7.Gray stripe throw by Bronte (John Lewis, £79.00), 8.Round steel coffee table (French Connection, £255), 9.Crochet floor cushion by La Casa De Cotó (Etsy, $66.49)

Decorating idea for a small living room with a home office by

Shop this collection: 10.Festoon ceiling light set by Raw Dezign (Etsy, $74.22+), 11.Water I art print by Dr. Lukas Brezak (Society6, $26), 12.Copper patina planter (LEIF, $20), 13.IKEA PS cabinet (IKEA, $99), 14.Mid century brass candle holders by Cheerfulowl (Etsy, $14), 15.Vintage Lady Baltimore suitcase set by The White Pepper (Etsy, $124), 16.Vintage patchwork kilim rug by Vintage Carpets (Etsy, $819)

Decorating idea for a small living room with a home office by

Shop this collection: 17.EKBY JÄRPEN/ EKBY GÄLLÖ wall shelf (IKEA, $74.97), 18.Nessia table lamp by Lite Source (Wayfair, $59), 19.Vintage Lane Acclaim desk by The White Pepper (Etsy, $1,000), 20.Veer taupe accent chair by LexMod (Amazon, $193), 21.Pom pom garland by Beth Newcott (Etsy, $26), 22.Jackalope paper mache head by Macheanimal (Etsy, $64), 23.Abode well wall decor (ModCloth, $29.99), 24.2-pack cups and saucers mix (LEIF, €87), 25.Multi triangles watercolor archival print by Yao Cheng Design (Etsy, $20+)

P.s. See the previous DECORATE project here. If you'd like a personalized decorating approach of your space you can contact me with your inquiry here

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5 comments on "DECORATE: living room w/ home office"
  1. This is realy, realy helpfull. I have a room exact like that and it's still a mess there;-P

  2. Hi Ellen.
    Your decoration is very pretty.
    My suggestion to turn desk to 90 degree near wall shelf.
    I think that in you plan you can't to control the door and uncomfortable to sit there.