office space

We have an impossibly small room on our second floor at the front of the house. I've been in a few Victorian houses in our neighbourhood and many of them have this same tiny room. I'm not sure what the room would have originally been used for. It's too small for a bedroom by today's standards but maybe back then it would have functioned as a child's room or nursery.

We like to use ours as an office or I should say we would like to use ours as an office.

A more apt description for our small room would be "holding place for everything we don't know what to do with." It's the place where we dump all of our stuff. On top of that my earlier attempts are organization are bursting at the seams and beginning to fall apart. The flimsy magazine holders that are succumbing under the weight of too many magazines, the boxes on top of boxes, the old blue paint that has been there since we moved in. It all needs to be updated and improved upon.

So now the fun begins. I've started to collect a few images of rooms that inspire me. As you know, I have quite a few black walls in my house and I'm thinking of continuing that theme. I like it when a house has some consistency.

I've always been drawn to this office that belongs to Anna over at Door Sixteen. The crisp black and white colour scheme is really striking. Anna used a wallpaper from Ferm Living for her walls which is beautiful. It adds a little more texture and interest than just a black painted wall. However, since I imagine using the space above our desk as one large pinboard I don't want to spend a lot of money on expensive wallpaper.

I was so happy when I found these two images via Design Sponge that use inexpensive, hardware store wallpaper that has been painted black. It will give me the same effect as expensive wallpaper but I won't be concerned about scoring it with tiny pin holes. I also like how the wallpaper references Victorian tin ceiling patterns.

Another example of black and white really working in an office space. This image was taken at Alvar Aalto's design studio in Helsinki. If it is good enough for Alvar it is good enough for me. Image via Door Sixteen.

I also like the idea of softening the black and white colour scheme with some natural wood elements. This office which belongs to Nikole of Herriott Grace has so many great elements; the vintage stool, tree branch, shelf and side table are all inspiring. Image via Design Sponge

Of course, why use a branch when you could have a whole tree! Again, so many great ideas here; the trestle table, the blue industrial work light, the glass cloche, the mismatched chairs. Image via yellowtrace tumblr

What do you think? Any ideas for my office project?