Bright, Bohemian-Inspired Home Office + Den

An eclectic mix of decor creates a cozy reading and workspace that's laid back, lively and loaded with personality.

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January 28, 2016

Cozy Lounge Space

Mint-green walls, fire-engine-red upholstery and a collection of relics create a home office and den fit for a bohemian world traveler.

For Work + Relaxing

The 12' x 13' space is divided into three zones: a reading lounge, workstation and water closet. To unite the water closet with the two zones in the adjacent room, its walls are painted the same shade of mint green.

Chic Workspace

Known for her eclectic style, the homeowner’s workstation is designed with a classic, transitional desk, a rustic desk chair with bold-colored upholstery, Asian art and a mercury-glass lamp. For a touch of farmhouse style, the lamp is topped with a burlap drum shade.

Patterned Shade

Since red and green are complementary colors, they work well in just about any setting. To contrast against the cool, serene mint of the walls, custom Roman shades were made from a transitional print featuring red and two shades of spring green.

Handmade Touch

For an unexpected touch, the transitional-style desk is paired with a handmade chair featuring a worn finish and a bright, over-scaled botanical pattern. When designing offices, most designers recommend staying away from matching sets, instead creating something interesting by juxtaposing different styles.

Private Amenities

The adjacent water closet allows the home office and den to also function as an extra guest suite. When visitors are in town, they can sleep on the sofa, keep their belongings in the closet and have their own private spot to shower.

Antique Accents

To honor the historic charm of the 1920s cottage, door hardware sourced through local salvage shops adds an old, weathered look to the newly restored interior doors.

Small But Sweet

Although the den is average in size, its windows were dressed with drapery panels slightly shorter than the ceiling to accentuate the ample height of the room, making it feel taller.

Conversation Starter

For a bohemian touch in the lounge area, a coffee table made from an antique bellow serves double duty as a conversation-starter. Many bohemian interiors include some sort of quirk, either in furniture, upholstery, art or accessories. One or two offbeat things can instantly pack a space with personality and one-of-a-kind style.

Underfoot Details

Bohemian style is carefree, unstructured, colorful, relaxed and packed with organic texture. To differentiate the lounge area from the rest of the room, a super-textured jute rug was added to the hardwood floor. Jute is an excellent fit for interiors with relaxed styles, plus it’s a great choice for kid- and pet-friendly homes since the jute helps hide flaws and pet hair.

Floor to Ceiling

The drapery fabric was used to tie together the wall color and the red sofa upholstery. Anytime drapery is made for a small to medium sized room, it’s important to keep the scale of prints and patterns in mind. Small patterns can become busy; overscale patterns can overwhelm a space; but medium-scale prints are a safe bet that works in almost all settings.