lifehacker featured workspaces

I just discovered the featured workspaces on Lifehacker!  Many of them seem to be featured because of technology, but here are a few of my favorites from a design perspective.

What I like about this first room is the warmth of the red walls plus the contrast of the black and natural wood.  The walls actually look borderline orange to me.  I’ve been thinking about what color I’d paint an office if I could start totally from scratch, and a dark burnt orange sounds really warm and energetic.

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This room looks simple at first glance, but the wallpaper, desk accessories (a giant clothespin!), unified color scheme, floating shelves, and under-mounted LED lights tie together this sleek and sophisticated workspace.  The random red shelves are a nice touch.

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In the next room, the depth of the chocolate brown walls is lightened up by the white cabinets, french doors, and the lighter beechwood furniture.  I recognize the desks as being from Ikea (I considered the same one, and ended up putting two separate desks together for my L shape).  French doors are a great option for letting in more light, especially in a basement office.

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This is a great way to do orange without going overboard.  White desk, neutral walls and floor, but with bright shots of color in the chair, filing cabinet, and accessories.  Plus it’s so fresh and happy!

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Yet more orange!  (I’m usually not a big fan of orange, but have been really drawn to it recently…  maybe because summer is getting closer.. and this dark orange is really warm and cozy yet sophisticated).  Clearly this desk isn’t being used for a lot of serious work, but it’s beautiful.  The daffodils are a nice touch.

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And here’s the bigger picture of the same room.  You can barely see the desk in there.  I’m in love with the rug, ceiling, and curtains; they’re great inspiration for any room.  This is really a step up from all the other offices.

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This grey and lime green office is fresh and functional.  The chair looks comfortable and I like the paper organizer.

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The walls in this room are one of my favorite shades of green.  I’m calling it green tea-ice-cream green.  It’s at the top of my list for paint colors whenever we move.  It’s also just a few shades off from the walls in my office now.

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Your logo on the wall could be great artwork.  This is also a fun shade of strawberry red/pink, but otherwise the meeting room feels a little stark to me.  I love all the natural light in the office.

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Minimalism was the goal for this next office.  There’s very little decorating that can compensate for that great of a view.

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The turquoise in this room looks lovely with the dark hardwood floors and furniture.  I also like the thin black line around the feature wall.  It’s one of my favorite colors, so I probably would’ve painted the entire room turquoise.

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I see a lot of all-white offices on design blogs.  While they look beautiful, open, and sunny, I think in real life I would need a shot of color.  What I do really like about the office below are the cabinets, clean-lined furniture, photo wall, and glass (whiteboard?) backsplash.  And keeping things monotone can go a long way toward feeling organized.  A white desk, keyboard, computer, and mug certainly keeps the desk feeling uncluttered.

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Lastly, I can’t resist showing you these amazing cubicles at the Balcom Agency.  They are barely cubicles, though, as it looks like they actually put up drywall.  Here’s the gallery, but my favorites are below:

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