von hagelEclectic Home Office, Dallas
Valerie McCaskill Dickman © 2012 Houzz
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WorkspacesUsing elements of off-white instead of pure white can keep a small space looking large and open (like pure white) while softening the mood a bit, such as in this office area. The rough exposed column and compact space could easily feel very severe and functional, but the off-white shade of the wall paint adds a more human touch. The texture of the column makes it read as pretty instead of industrial, almost like a woolly sweater instead of concrete.
Keep things neat with white. Budget finds like paper storage boxes and simple lamps almost always look better in white. Plus, there is something really neat and orderly about having a whole stack of all-white anything. You can always add in more color with your artwork and accessories, but it's harder to go back once your flat is a jumbled mess of prints and hues. Start safe and small, and build it out from there.
Von Hagel's mini work area is set next to her bed. "I used as much vertical space as possible," she says. "I went all white and minimal so it would recede into the wall and take up less visual volume."Parson's desk: West Elm; storage: Ikea; art: Cody Hudson