Photo By: Phillip Ennis (Design by Phillip Thomas Inc.)
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Photo By: Emily Minton Redfield
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Photo By: Luis Noble for Invitation Homes
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Spray Paint Art Enlivens Home Office
An electric blue mirror, identical glass lamps and black and gold side table stand ready to greet visitors who enter this transitional office. Spray paint swirls and ribbons add a whimsical touch to the white walls, as though to remind guests not to take themselves too seriously--even in a place of work.
If your home office needs a fresh new look, it’s time to break out the spray paint. It’s easier than ever to paint a variety of surfaces thanks to new paint formulas. The biggest challenge will be choosing a color from dozens of on-trend hues. You can even paint fabrics with the right product!
In this quirky home office, stacked tables and desks in varying styles serve as a unique built-in display and storage system. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn cut the tables in half, spray painted them with three different shades of orange, attached them to one another, and affixed them to the wall with drywall screws placed directly into studs. He painted the walls a terra-cotta tone called Clay Pot and chose a blue desk chair for contrast.
Modern, Monochromatic Home Office With Bold Artwork
White walls, charcoal gray armchairs and a black area rug create a modern, monochromatic home office for the owners. Recessed lights and a floor lamp keep the room bright for late-night reading, while a bold piece of art enlivens the stark walls.
Art Deco Office with Funky Blue Lamp and Bold Patterned Rug
Aside from the kitchen, Chris planned to spend the least amount of money on his second bedroom, which would be used as an office. Taking the advice of a designer friend, he had the room painted in a blue-grey tone from Sherwin-Williams called Krypton and had custom draperies in a modern print made from a clearance bin fabric at $11.99 per yard. Since his laptop is pretty much the only thing he needs to work from home, the room was simply furnished with a vintage desk picked up from an antique market for $600 and paired with a black woven grass chair from IKEA that was $59. To soften the area underfoot, he installed FLOR tiles in a striped pattern, alternating each tile for a parquet look.
Vibrant Modern Office With Vintage 1950s Orange Desk
Bright colors like orange and lime add energy and enliven this home office from designer Lori Dennis. A reclaimed desk from the '50s was painted in a car body shop to make it like new while a multicolored abstract painting with bold graphics creates a strong visual focal point.
Whether you are renting or owning, in a city or town for one year or in a forever home, there is no reason you can't personalize and customize your space. Emily Henderson advises you "go into your attic or box of mementoes" for artwork and sculptural elements in your home in place of expensive, original artworks. "If it's two-dimension and means something to you, it can become a piece of art." The living room coffee table is a repurposed circus elephant stand painted with black spray paint, as is the etagere in the far corner. Circular forms that bring in a hip, Eighties vibe repeat in the couch and mantel mirror and peacock blue and natural wood side tables in the room to bring cohesion and purpose.
Formerly a home office, this small space is better suited for a reading lounge or meditation room. The walls have received a fresh coat of gray paint. Soothing art, furniture and accessories were brought in to create a relaxing atmosphere.
White Living Room with Shiplap Walls and Fireplace
Designers with Pop Custom Homes, based in Atlanta, used a pair of wire candleholders on each side of this fantastic piece of colorful art that dominates the mantel. You can find candleholders for less than $20 per pair new, or if you pick up a steal at a garage sale, spray paint them to match the frame or a dominant color in the artwork.
Oversized Bed in Girl's White Transitional Bedroom
A vintage bamboo headboard was spray-painted in a cheerful blue to create the backdrop of this girl's transitional bedroom. Colorful accents in yellow and red give the room a cheery feel perfect for a coastal home. The art above the bed is a simple DIY using pretty scrapbook papers cut into butterfly silhouettes.
Chances are you have some metal pieces in your home office and those pieces deserve a makeover. In addition to setting up a properly protected and ventilated space to work, you’ll want to do some prep on the surfaces you plan to paint, like remove the hardware or tape it off. Next, give the furniture a good scrub with an all-purpose cleaner and remove any rust with a fine grit sanding paper. Once the surface is clean and dust-free, prime it. Keep in mind some products are actually a primer + paint combination, so check this before you start. If you’re priming with a separate product, let it fully dry before you spray paint with color. Always use a light sweeping motion about 12 inches from the surface when painting. It’s better to do multiple light coats than one heavy coat that will cause drips. In other words, patience is key!