Bringing work home is an increasingly common feature with technological breakthroughs making work from home a greater possibility for everyone. And while this brings plenty of practical perks, there are also ways in which combining work and personal life can become tedious. A lack of clear demarcation between both the worlds can wreak havoc with your schedule and you might find yourself stuck to your laptop endlessly. What helps immensely in this regard is a home office or even a designated work area that is efficient, organized and ultimately productive. And today we focus on space-saving home office desks that get this done!
Exquisite desk and storage options with Nordic design for the small home officeHigh-quality workstations from European Furniture Group
Small banquettes can also bring along with them considerable hidden storage space without ever disturbing the aesthetics and functionality of the seating space itself. Handle-less drawer doors for the cabinets make the storage units pretty much invisible, and you do not have to worry about glaring brass or steel handles spoiling the minimal or contemporary style of the tiny breakfast zone. From the kitchen and living room corner to a small and awkward niche in the living area that is filled with ample sunlight, these tiny delights are absolute lifesavers in the small urban apartment.
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Go contemporary but with a dash of metallic glint! While not every floor lamp in this section is strictly contemporary in style, most of them fit into the modern living room or bedroom with absolute ease. Floor lamps with a slim body clad in brass, copper and gold finishes are undoubtedly the most popular when compared to those in colder, silvery finishes. While some usher in a dash of Victorian opulence, others bring home industrial panache… It is all about the subtle style twist you wish to incorporate in your modern living space.
White living room with pops of orange and a sleek floor lampDark and slim floor lamps for the polished, modern living roomLantern Light Floor Lamp from ClassiConTripod floor lamp in the corner designed by Vanessa Liked the story? Share it with friends.
Small kitchen nook transformed with wallpaper and banquette with built-in storage [Design: Cristin Priest – Simplified Bee]Small banquette becomes a part of the larger dining room visual [Design: c3d design]Pillows and drapes add color and freshness to the all white banquette [From: Erica George Dines for Southern Living]Make use of that awkward corner in the kitchen with a banquette [Design: Brandon Architects]Beach style corner breakfast zone with banquette that also offers hidden storage space [Design: ZeroEnergy Design]Dine in Style!
That’s right; your delightful little banquette can offer you even more by simply utilizing the space underneath the seating. Whether you prefer pull-out drawers and shelves or just a seat that flips open to reveal one large trunk, all of us could use this extra storage space. This little hidden niche comes in even handier if you have little ones around the house who love their endless supply of toys. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the 25 best banquettes with hidden storage.
If you have a design where the seat of the banquette can just be flipped open to access one large storage area, then it is indeed the best option. Small drawers and multiple shelves work best for those seeking more stylish, convenient options where you can store everything ranging from extra cutlery, napkins and cookbooks to fancy china.
Refreshing and beautiful banquette design [From: The Sky is the Limit Design / Works Photography]
Lack of space is a hindrance for only those with limited imagination! The inventive make their own space and with the home office, it is no different. Understandably, many among us simply do not have an entire room to spare for the home office. (Nor the need!) The ultra-small and efficient workspace relies heavily on the design of the desk to get the job done. As we alluded to earlier, a simple, floating shelf-like plank coupled with a comfy chair could be all you need. It might not sound like a ‘desk’, but it surely gets the job done. Throw in a couple of additional floating shelves above it and you have storage space as well!
Scandinavian design is inherently minimal in form and easy on the eyes. This makes high-end work desks from top-notch Nordic décor makers absolutely perfect for the unassuming and ergonomic small office space. They can still add a dash of color, a touch of textural beauty and a hint of geo contrast in their own unique way. But work desks from the likes of Glimakra, SA Möbler and European Furniture Group that are feature below keep the focus on functionality even while cutting back on the required square footage.
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Be it a relaxing hangout in the family room, a cozy nook in the living area surrounded by books, a space in the attic bedroom that overlooks the garden below, or even a corner in the kitchen, banquettes are a great way of utilizing space to the hilt without foregoing comfort, elegance or cost-effective design. Banquettes can turn lonely corners into hip gathering spaces, and if you are a child of the 60s and 70s, there is no denying their nostalgic pull. The banquette booth is almost a must-have in retro kitchen and dining spaces. But have you ever thought about adding built-in storage underneath this already space-savvy banquette?!
Dark and dashing lampshade for the dazzling contemporary bedroom
There are plenty of little trends you can try out using the floor lamp before you embrace them in a more permanent fashion. We already talked about metallics and you can add geo pattern, colors you are less comfortable with and unique floor lamp bases to this list. Those fearful of using black can try out floor lamps with a dark lampshade while homeowners thinking about adding geo pattern can opt for lighting fixtures that bring a dash of geometric charm. Floor lamps allow you to start out small and try some of the hottest decorating trends before you commit to them on a larger scale.
Oversized floor lamps have been ‘in’ for a while and if you have not already tried it, then do give this trend a shot this summer. Oversized floor lamps definitely demand your attention and can breathe life into a forgotten corner of the living room, bedroom or even dining space. As a rule, they need not always be ‘disproportionately huge’ and you can choose one that is slightly bigger than the rest of the décor in the room. It all depends on the height of the ceiling, size of the living area and of course how organized rest of the room is.
Matching floor lamps and tables lamps give the living room a curated appealSleek floor lamp also adds metallic tinge to the living room in grayTraditional sofa and floor lamp bring luxurious and timeless charm to the interiorCreative and classic floor lamp with a glint of gold!Industrial style bedroom with slim copper floor lamp next to the bedFinding the Right Size
As we alluded to it earlier, not everyone needs a floor lamp that is over the top and vivacious. Many would prefer an addition that simply brings the right amount of accent lighting without taking anything away from the décor that already exists in the room. Minimal floor lamps accomplish precisely this and do so with plenty of stealth! Most often it is a slim body in black (or white) along with a singular light source that is devoid of a fancy lampshade and all the razzmatazz. The plan is pretty simple really and you will easily identify one of these when you see one!
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Who wouldn’t love a bit of color when it comes to a cool banquette the dining space?! This becomes an even more fun affair when you try and mimic the playful vibe of 70s diners with colorful floral prints and bold hues that paint a vivacious picture. Even those looking for a more contemporary banquette can use color combinations such as navy blue and white to create a balance between modern sophistication and an infusion of cheerful brightness. For the banquettes in playrooms and family rooms, turn to additional décor, rugs and of course seating fabric to usher in a sense of colorful bliss.
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Handcrafted reclaimed chestnut bench for the rustic banquette [Design: Crown Point Cabinetry]Modern cottage style is perfect for the smart banquette with built-in drawers [From: Hamilton Snowber Architects]Spacious traditional dining room with banquette seating [From: Portland Interior Design Maison]Three storage drawers shape the base of this lovely little banquette in the corner with the Tulip table [Design: Adrienne Neff Design Services]Traditional banquette dining room with pull out drawers that offer plenty of storage space [Design: The Renovated Home]Farmhouse style banquette dining space next to the windows [From: Modern Organic Interiors / Isabelle Eubanks]Custom built large pull-out storage units underneath the banquette [Design: Pearce & Co.
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Contemporary floor lamps come in a wide variety of finishes and it is not just the talk, dark and seemingly Scandinavian style floor lamp that fits the billing. From the ultra-minimal and slim to those ushering in pattern and metallic glint, here is a roundup of 25 fabulous floor lamp finds that made their debut in 2017 –
Farmhouse and traditional styles rolled into one inside this lovely kitchen [Design: Bluebell Kitchens]Large banquette in the corner is a space saver in more ways than one [From: Karen Ellentuck]
Picking a style for the banquette is easy enough when you have already decided the style of the living area or the kitchen in which it sits. Materials that you choose for crafting the banquette, the fabric used for the seating (or even leather) and the lighting ultimately give it its unique look and distinct style. Custom wooden benches with built-in seating are ideal for banquettes with rustic, farmhouse and even traditional style. More modern alternatives generally utilize the white bench with colorful seating to offer visual balance and lightness.
From the modest we move on to those with far more glitz. Floor lamps that come with a dashing lampshade can still fit into the contemporary setting when used right. Just make sure that the pattern, color and style of the lampshade is in sync with the rest of the room. Whether it is a cool teen bedroom, a colorful kids’ room or even a romantic bedroom with plenty of red, a matching floor lamp can make a huge difference; and it does so in a classy and constructive fashion.
Contemporary floor lamps are less about flowery aesthetics and more about functionality. Slim, discreet and yet efficient, these gorgeous additions often go unnoticed in the contemporary living room or the stylish bedroom. They simply slide into the backdrop and shed light on your comfortable couch, great reading nook or even cool conversation zone, without ever stealing the spotlight. And yet, the modern living room is simply incomplete without a stylish floor lamp standing ever so dutifully next to the couch! With some more conspicuous than others, it is a balance between aesthetics and ergonomics.
Those who wish to be even more frugal with leg room can consider an addition like the one below from Cinas. It is inventive, offers plenty of storage space and simply folds away when not in use. Part cabinet and part desk, it is hard to find a more versatile desk around.
Adding a small banquette to the kitchen is an increasingly popular choice, with homeowners looking for new ways that they can craft one large, convenient ‘social zone’. As a rule, banquettes can hold more people than most other dining space and breakfast nook designs, and built-in storage underneath the banquette gives it an additional dimension as a great place for the entire family to hang out over weekends. From board games to small stools and cushions, pretty much everything can be tucked into the drawer space under the banquette.
An adjustable and slim home office desk brings with it an even greater array of benefits. Apart from saving space, you are also introduced to a healthier lifestyle as the addition can also easily double as a standing desk when needed. Sitting for 8 hours a day in your office and spending another couple of hours at home in the chair is undoubtedly bad for your health. So, consider a desk that is as versatile in its vertical reach as it is with saving leg room.
Simple booth style banquette makes smart use of space in the kitchen [Design: Peachtree Architects]Contemporary banquette with storage maximizes the kitchen corner space [Design: Krieger + Associates Architects / Ann Kelly Interiors]Traditional banquette in the kitchen corner with large, round wooden table [From: Su Casa Designs]Contemporary kitchen with a cozy custom banquette [From: Louise Lakier Photography]Classic cottage style banquette design with built-in storage [From: Heydt Designs / Benjamin Dhong Interiors & David Duncan Livingston Photography]Small Banquettes with Storage Space
LimbusConcept workdesk from GlimakraSpace-savvy work desk from SA MöblerColorful and dashing desks are both fun and space-savvyCreating Your Own Space!
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Just because there is no space around, it does not mean you have to compromise on style. Let the slim desk and the accessories around it define the style of the home workspace. A desk in wood and metal can give the area a modern-industrial style while something more polished with geo and metallic accents can give the space a contemporary appeal. It is all about finding a balance between form and functionality!
The small home workspace finds itself in the most awkward of nooks at times and it helps to have an adaptable and space-savvy desk that is up to the task. A smart home office desk means different things for different folk. Some might want a desk that folds away when not in use while others could prefer a simple and minimal addition that looks just another floating shelf. From the understated to the carefully styled, here are 10 ideas to get you started in the right direction. Time to get to work!
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Cardello Architects]Kitchen Banquettes with Built-In Storage