I love to share my thoughts and opinions, experiences and goals. I also love to not only read other perspectives but also to feature them on my blog (if possible). Today, I will be sharing Catherine’s take on trying French design in your home office that is simple and chic.
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. You can reach her at
So without any further ado, here is what she shares to all of us!!
People opt for French décor for their living rooms and bedrooms more and more, because of its romantic and relaxing feel. But, what about your home office? Luckily, it can also get a French design makeover that will inspire you to work and create like never before. Here are a few simple tips on how you can turn your home office into a French design heaven.
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It’s all about neutrals! Light walls, floors, ceilings and furniture can make any space more relaxing, and make it easier for you to focus on the task at hand. You can opt for cold neutrals that go well with metallic accents and details such as silver, gold and chrome, or go with pastels for a more traditional and feminine look. However, no matter which tone you choose, make sure it’s natural and soft on the eyes.
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Spice it up with different textures
Since colors commonly used in French décor are quite soft, you can spice things up with textures and add some interest and personality to your home office. For instance, natural stone and wood, exposed wooden beams and brick floors are perfect for introducing some texture to space. Another great way to give your office some dimension is wooden heritage wall panels. They are very chic, interesting and handy because you can leave them looking natural, paint them any color or make them look weathered and vintage.
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Since your desk should be a focal point of your office, choose it very wisely. Opt for furniture that has a classic French chic vibe; that’s luxurious yet nonchalant. Refined desks with carved parts probably fit the definition of French décor best. You can even redecorate your cabinets or closets you plan on using in your home office. When I wanted something more elegant in my office, I found simple wardrobe doors in Brisbane which fit perfectly as a cover for my office closet and gave it fresh and chic feel. You can even find doors for the closets with mirrors, which will make the office feel more spacious and they will definitely contribute to the cozy atmosphere.
Good lighting is a must
No matter the interior design style you choose for your home office, you have to have good general and task lighting. However, if you decide to decorate your office in French design, you’ll have a lot of space for experimentation. For general lighting, you should opt for a big, luxurious chandelier. Aside from your desk, it will serve as the second focal point in your office. You also need some bright task lighting. People usually opt for office desk lamps, because they are super handy and provide mobility, but you can also decide on getting a more traditional lamp with an interesting shade. Additionally, placing a standing lamp in the corner is another great way to add layers to your lighting and make your work easier and less straining on the eyes.
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Greenery to liven the space up
Plants and flowers in the office increase productivity by as much as 15%! It’s science! So, don’t hesitate to add some greenery to your office. If your thumbs are everything but green, choose a plant that doesn’t need much maintenance or watering or opt for a nice bouquet. Plants that enhance French design are bouquets of rich luscious flowers freshly picked from your garden, humble yet inviting field flowers, and my personal favorite, little pots of different aromatic herbs you can later use in the kitchen. They always pick me up when I need a boost.
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So, opt for soothing hues and intricate furnishings to create a perfect French design home office that will inspire you to create and think, and allow you to focus on your work.