Workspace Inspirations for small rooms

Workspace Inspirations Petitevanou

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a fabulous weekend. We had some beautiful weather over here in Amsterdam. Quite unusual if you ask me. But anyways, I spent my weekend strolling around the market, visiting some small concept stores and had a nice cup of coffee together with my weekend visitors.

Also, I was searching for inspirations for my guest room project! Yes you heard right, I have a new project ahead. Since we moved in this house the guest room has always been a mess and used as our storage. Everything that didn’t want to be shown off was placed in that room and the door was closed behind. Not very much representative for a girl who claims to be a decoration addict. Well the room has been painted and the floor has been put in with love. However, we never really had the time and energy to transform it into a cozy guest room/workspace. Then we bought a little sleeping sofa and got a desk as a present from my parents, found a closet, nice frames and a little dresser. So I thought to myself: Lena it is time for a makeover!

We decided that we want to make the guest room not only a guest room, but also a room where we can work and I can get creative (yay a studio!) The tiny problem is that this room is kind of the smallest room I’ve ever seen. For Dutch standards the room is probably massive, but for me, a German, this room is definitely not big at all. We do not have a floor map (cause these things do not seem to exist in the Netherlands), but I measure approximately 7 to 8m2 (not to mention the diagonal wall that divides the 7 or 8 m2 into basically 4)! Only imagine placing furniture inside. A challenge I thought. Well, thankfully I like challenges.

My new small project is born! Transforming the boring guest room into a colorful home office that can also be used as a second bedroom for guests. I’m only in the beginning of the planning phase, but I know that it has to be cozy and practical. Lately I’ve been collecting a bunch of truly inspiring home offices that focus on small spaces featuring great design and color. And here I want to show you some of my favorites + some accessories that make the office complete.

Let’s start with the accessories (that’s what we decoration addicts love right? The tiny extras)! I’ve always wanted a mood board where I can collect paper goods, my inspirations and little things I find in magazines. I think these two from The Glitterguide are gorgeous. The first pin wall inspired me so much that I’m actually planning to do it for our room as well. I already shopped the equipment for it. Just need to get started! Be excited!

Glitterguide Pinwall Mood board2

I love these little desks, cause they perfectly do their job in offering you enough space to work, and at the same time do not look too massive in a small room. The first option by Emily Henderson inspired me because of the color combination. Even though we will have white walls, I will add a lot of color. The other little home office, also from The Glitterguide, is a more minimalistic, but has some pops of green and creme, which makes a small room look bright and shiny and eventually a lot bigger. I will keep that in mind.

Small desk White

Another cute idea is to add some coziness to your workspace like displayed in this photo from The Glitterguide. And the colorful atmosphere makes me want to get creative immediately.

Lights over desk

A small room needs plants, so why not add some green to your home desk? They can be quite eye catching these powerful air fresheners. Especially in a cool, colorful office like this one from Bri Emery from Designlovefest. If only I had more space guys, if only..

Designlovefest_office plants Designlovefest_office plants2

For more inspiring workplaces have a look here. And I also found a nice Danish office supplies shop called OYOY where you can find colorful accessories to decorate your space.


So, I’ve given you some ideas of how to use your small space for creative solutions. What do you think about it? Do you have other ideas? What color combinations did you use for your home office?

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2 thoughts on “Workspace Inspirations for small rooms

  1. What lovely inspirations for a workspace! Thank you for sharing, and thanks for the Twitter follow. Am glad you did so I could end up here at your beautiful blog 🙂

  2. Hey Amy, thank you for your comment. I love you ‘beautiful mess blog’. How exciting you are from Sydney. I’ve lived there for a few months for an internship. I’d love to come back 🙂 Hope to keep in touch Amy. Have a nice day. PS: Thanks for following me back on Twitter.

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