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After: Bright & Colourful Home Office

Carefully arranged storage boxes and books create a chic organized look.

Designer Deb Nelson suggests layering your lighting. "A combination of task, table and overhead lighting allows illumination levels to be tailored to meet different needs," she says. Layout is also crucial; moving the desk away from the wall toward the centre of the room allows for extra shelving and added dimension. Here, Deb chose backless shelving, leaving an unobstructed view of the walls. Buying large furniture pieces from big-box stores — such as the Ikea shelving — allowed her to invest in more expensive fabrics and wallpaper.

To see more of this home office makeover, see our Photo Gallery: Deb Nelson's Office Makeover Tips.

  • Photographer: Donna Griffith
  • Source: House & Home March 2011 issue
  • Products: Drapery sewing, installation and hardware, inVU Drapery; drape fabric, Robert Allen; wallpaper, Blue Mountain; pendant light, Union Lighting & Furnishings; desk, lamp, West Elm; bookcases, Ikea.
  • Designer: Deb Nelson

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