From simple dip-dye techniques to space-saving tips and tricks, discover 7 easy ways to create a smart and stylish study
Walk the line
Add character to understated furniture with a simple dip dye effect. Start by wiping down the surface you want to paint, then seal it with masking tape for a crisp line. Next, prime the wood, and paint in an Eggshell finish up to the border.
If your study needs to make room enough for two, opt for a symmetrical scheme like the one above. Chairs, lamps and shelving have been twinned for a fuss-free solution, whilst artworks and vintage cameras add a creative feel.
De-stress your home office with a neutral palette and a focus on natural materials. Elm and beech furniture have a pared-back look, whilst monochrome accessories keep it feeling fuss free.
Plank table, £803, Ercol range, Nest.co.uk
Bring order to a compact space with a tiered design in a soothing palette of grey-blue and white.
Save space with a trio of pretty pinboards and a discreet floating shelf.
For a similar paint, try the Plummett Estate Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball
Maximise a small space with a light-enhancing white palette. Inject simple pops of silver and black for a modern Scandi scheme, then add a personal touch with an eclectic photo wall in mis-matched frames.
Linnmon/Finnvard desk, £70, Ikea
Need to escape the bustle of the home? Try creating a retreat in an outdoor shed or hut. This simple scheme of navy, cream and gold is instantly calming, while a full-height window means there’s an abundance of fresh air and natural light – the perfect bolthole!
Personalise your home office with a few clever hacks – why not add a glamourous touch with a coat of gold paint? Simply cover and seal the top and shelves with newspaper, clean and prime the legs, then spray with the gold paint, finishing off with a metal sealer. Ta-dah!