Ask the Expert: Decorating a Home Office - Bedroom

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Desk Office Lamp Lighting at LAMPS PLUS

Sarah M. from San Diego came to us with a question about decorating a small bedroom that also has to function as a home office. We asked Lynda Gould, our in-house design expert, to offer some ideas.

Question: My home is on the smallish side. So I''ve decided to put a desk in the bedroom and use the room as both home office and bedroom. What suggestions do you have that will help with the look and space?

Lynda's Answer: "A neutral color palette with use of textures verses prints and good lighting will help the room to appear bigger. The overall look of continuity, rather then breaking up the space with color and patterns, will give the illusion of more space.

The use of swing arm wall lamps over a night stand will allow for adjustable lighting as well as free up the furniture surfaces to accommodate other items.

On the desk itself, you can use another swing arm light or go with a desk lamp that has a small footprint.

Finally, try using a padded storage ottoman at the foot of the bed. This can hold office items and also serve as extra seating."

Thanks, Lynda!  Have a question of your own or a comment on Lynda's answer? Leave a comment to this post and we'll get on it!


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  • That lamp looks really lovely. I really love its adjustable and small looks.

  • That is a great looking desk lamp, isn't it? A desk lamp like this with a small footprint is the best bet for dual use situations like a bedroom/home office. It leaves plenty of room on the desktop and doesn't look out of place in bedroom mode. Thanks for reading!

Ask the Expert: Decorating a Home Office - Bedroom