Western Living Magazine
Bathroom Tip #6: Keep Your Loo Out of View for a Spa-Like Retreat
6 Staircase Landings That Have Been Transformed into Cute and Cozy Nooks
Bathroom Tip #5: Make the mirror the star
6 Ways to Treat Your Sweetheart (and Sweet Tooth!) This Valentine’s Day
Ask a Chef: Get Expert Answers to Your Top Kitchen Questions
Chef’s Tips: Shred, Grate and Grind Like a Pro
My Mexico City: Designer Ben Leavitt Shares His Mexico Itinerary
My Camogli: The Founders of Falken Reynolds Share Their Favourite Spots in Camogli, Italy
Staycation on the Sunshine Coast
Trending for 2024: Top 10 Stylish Furniture and Home Design Picks to Revitalize Your Space
How to achieve kitchen perfection: luxury appliance brand Fisher & Paykel shares all
Editors’ Picks: The Best Books We Read in 2023
Introducing the Winners of Our First Annual WL Design 25 Awards
WL Design 25 Winners 2024: White Out
WL Design 25 Winners 2024: Full Tilt
Calgary designer Nyla Free shares her tips for creating a stylish and functional home office.
We all have work to do, but it can be hard to stay focused when your space is unorganized (or just uninspiring). Whether your home office needs a slight upgrade, or your starting from scratch, designer Nyla Free has some tips that’ll help you design a workspace that’s both stylish and practical. Every cord in this Sophie Burke-designed office nook is neatly tucked away. (Photo: Barry Calhoun.)
Essential office equipment like computers, printers and desk lamps come with a mess of wires. To avoid unsightly tangles, Free suggests using grommets to redirect cords. But if you’re thinking of these solutions during the early stages of the design process, “place outlets on top of your desk,” she says. “Floor outlets are another good option—especially if your desk is in the middle of a room.”
If your office is flooded with natural light, choose a lamp—like this dark and quirky fox-shaped one—that will add a different layer of light to the room. (Photo: Tracey Ayton.)
“For desk-related tasks, opt for a lamp with good light and the ability to reposition as needed,” Free says. “Layering provides options for the amount and intensity of light depending on the task at hand.”
“Why not add softness to the space with an area carpet, drapery or wall-to-wall cork board? Not only will this add a layer of warmth, it will also ,” says Free. Softening your home office with carpets or drapery also makes the space feel inviting.
To add an element of comfort to an otherwise hectic space, Free suggests adding a daybed, pullout sofa or a pair of reading chairs. “This offers additional space for guests—or a place to read and relax.”
“Office accessories have never been more stylish. Stock up on functional paper files, storage bins and pencil cups to ensure you have a place for everything. There’s no shortage of options and, let’s face it, it’s always easier to put things away when you have stylish storage,” says Free.
Are you over 18 years of age?