Classy Closets’ Design Ideas for a Traditional Home Office

As long as we are talking Home Office organization, (check out our latest blog posts here and here for more Home Office organization tips and tricks from Classy Closets) we need to talk about the best part! Decorating your, now impeccably organized, home office. Classy Closets considers designing your office space just as important as organizing it. We understand the importance of loving your space and feeling at home in it. We think the perfect pairing to a rich, deep wood home office by Classy Closets would be some of these traditional elements. Traditional home decor is characterized by elements or motifs that have been passed down through generations. For example, the below collage you will notice: leather, maps, ornate rugs, and wood. Traditional decor usually has strong lines and classic colors such as black, cream, brown, and beige. Traditional design is meant to feel comfortable and relaxed with a feeling of strength and invite. Classic lines and furniture help to make anyone feel at home.
Traditional Home Office
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Home Office Organization: Part Two

Home Office by Ballard Designs

Home Office by Ballard Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our latest blog, we talked about the most important part of organizing your home office: evaluating your needs and designing your office space to fit your lifestyle. Now that you have your perfect home office- how do you organize it? Try some of these helpful hints:

1. PURGE! That’s right- it’s time to clean out your home office. Get rid of things that you don’t need and that are just taking up space. A general rule to follow is: if you haven’t used it in a year- throw it out! So, throw out those broken pens, old papers and magazines, and any other unwanted office supplies. By keeping things neat, tidy, and efficient you will streamline your office and your time.

2. Clean out your filing system. That’s right… we know nobody ever wants to do this… But, it will be helpful. We promise. It’s time to sort through those endless piles of paper. Shred unimportant files and organize your important ones. Just doing this will give you peace of mind when you walk into your office.

3.Clear off your desk. In order to feel organized your desk to be a clean space. Don’t store office supplies, printers, papers, mail, etc. on top of you desk. Clearing off your desk will make your space less cluttered. When designing your home office make sure you account for enough storage space.

4. One of the more accessible cupboards should include a space for your most current projects. Including incoming mail, bills to be paid, and outgoing mail. Stand-up file folders should help to organize your documents.

5. Clean out your computer. Yep, you’ve cleaned up your physical files and now it’s time to clean out your virtual ones. Spend an evening going through your computer and cleaning it up a bit. Erase old documents that you don’t need and create new files with short and definitive names to store the documents you do need. Name your pictures files by date so that you can easily find a picture you are looking for.

6. Buy a document shredder and a wastebasket for your office. This will help with anything unnecessary piling up around your office. Immediately shred any unwanted mail with personal information and toss the rest.

7. Place a picture or another sentimental piece to make your office feel more personal.

8. Consider carefully how you want to decorate your home office. More than likely you will spend a lot of time here. Consider what type of design elements you want to incorporate and slowly begin to add colors you want to incorporate. For design ideas see this Classy Closets’ blog post, and watch for more like it very soon.

Are you feeling inspired yet?! Okay, go! It’s time to start checking off some of your New Year resolutions. With these easy tips, your home office should be brag-worthy in no time. For more information about our custom-built home offices, visit our website and schedule a free in-home consultation.  It’s never been a better time to schedule an appointment for a home office; Classy Closets is currently offering $500 off a custom-designed home office.

 

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Home Office Organization: Part One

The beginning of a new year comes at the perfect time. After months of holidays, parties, eating, and collecting more stuff- January comes around and allows you to slow down, contemplate, and organize your life. Making goals and having a fresh start is infectious. Is one of your goals to become more organized? Over the next few weeks, follow along on the Classy Closets’ blog for some tips and ideas on how to organize different spaces in your home. Today we are tackling the home office.

Classic Mahogany Desk designed by Classy Closets

Classic Mahogany Desk designed by Classy Closets

Your home office may be a small nook in your home or an entire room, but either way- it’s important to keep it organized. We are constantly trying to stay and feel more organized in life and your home office is the epicenter of organization. It stores your calendars, work information, important appointment dates, pictures, and files. If you want to get uber-organized in the new year- your home office is the perfect place to start. Here are some of our best design ideas and organization tips for creating a streamlined and organized office.

1. Evaluate your individual needs. Ask yourself these questions:

-What is this space primarily used for? Work, storage, kids doing their homework?

- Do you have a computer, printer, scanner, copier, or multiple computers?

-Do you need space to spread out your work or do you work primarily from your computer?

-Do you have wires that need to be contained?

-Do you need a built in file system?

-Do you have books to store?

-Is this space a multi-purpose room? Do you need space/storage for other activities or hobbies?

Evaluating the needs of your space is the most important part of organizing your home office. Once you get that done, your half way there!

Classy Closets offers an endless possibility of uniquely designed home offices. We understand that our customers each have different needs. We take time to discuss your needs and wants, and to create the perfect home office for you and your family. If you need a new home office or updates and renovations on an old one, contact Classy Closets for a free in-home consultation.

White Home Office with Stained Desktop designed by Classy Closets

White Home Office with Stained Desktop designed by Classy Closets

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Traditional vs. Contemporary Design Styles

Hey Denver!

Are you having trouble deciding on how to design your home? If you’re anything like me, you do. It’s challenging to use all your different ideas to form a coherent look and feeling throughout your home. The first step to creating this coherent look is to research the different styles. With the help of Expressive Creations, Classy Closets can help you to understand the design elements of both the traditional and contemporary styles.

Traditional

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The traditional design aesthetic refers back to the baroque period of design. With a color palette ranging from pastels to bold, regal colors, it usually presents a luxurious and rich feeling to a room. Fabrics like curtains and drapes are structured and multi-layered and furniture has warm wood colors and encompasses the Queen Anne style with its soft curve lines. Wallpaper is used generously and crown moulding highlights the walls. Artwork and frames with distinct metallic tones are essential to this design style. Baroque style frames, landscape paintings, and floral arrangements are also key to this aesthetic.

Contemporary

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Where the traditional style calls back to the baroque period, the contemporary style uses a much more modern minimalist approach to design. Cluttered design is nowhere to be seen, which permits a clean, open feeling. Clean lines and geometric shapes are critical to a contemporary design. A neutral color palette (usually white, black, or beige) is used on walls, window treatments, upholstered furniture, and floors, while pops of color are introduced through accessories (such as pillows). Interesting and unique design elements are used much more in contemporary designs than in traditional ones. Metal and glass are included in tables and lighting is sleek and metal toned, although natural light is preferred.

Call us at 303-804-5938 for more information on how we can help the Denver and Boulder areas.

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