Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

What could you do if you could be 80% efficient in your day instead of just 20%? We’re about to find out. Welcome to a new home office makeover in coral and blue.

Home office makeover, interior redesign, room styling


Wayfair is sponsoring this post that brings you a pop of color in coral and blue.

How can a home office makeover make a difference to a small business owner’s efficiency? When your office has become the family’s dumping space, and you are constantly shuttling between the kitchen table and the sofa, it can be hard to stay on top of all those little details that make a small business hum.

Please note: This office wasn’t messy. It was abandoned.

Abandoned spaces are magnets for clutter.

cluttered Home office desk

The homeowner didn’t feel at home in this home office, and so she ended up working elsewhere, even though her business has grown in leaps and bounds over the recent years. She deserved a home office, but this alcove off the master bedroom had become just a storage space.

cluttered small business home office

The built in desk was split in two parts, his and hers, and divided by a bracket and a file cabinet on the underside, so without structural changes, she could never really use all the space. And the other side of the room, even though the ceiling sloped, had tons of potential that wasn’t being lived up to.

home office needs decluttering

We’re not sure if the mustardy color was the biggest culprit, or the unframed doorway was causing it, but we agreed that the energy between the main bedroom and this office alcove was a vicious push/pull, and it wasn’t restful for the family or helpful for the business.

Even though it’s a small-ish space, this home office makeover was a relatively large project because we:

  • Sorted and purged through all the papers
  • Set up a business filing system
  • Slimmed down the homeowner’s paper filing system
  • Eliminated unwanted electronics
  • Painted the walls and the file cabinets
  • Created an entirely new desk area for the business owner
  • Swapped in a new desk (repurposed from a bedroom) for the husband
  • Decorated
  • Created separation between the two spaces with a restful, heavy lined curtain.
  • Added color and scale on the small window with a new custom valence.

Can I say, I just never want to leave this space, now.

Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue reveal

Oh, right, we even have room for the family to practice guitar, now!

Of course, there is tons of organization. We added under shelf LED strip lights to ensure the home office work space is bright and cheery.

use bins to create office storage on shelves

A couple of mason jars are painted (same custom coral color) and hold home office essentials like paper clips.

Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue-mason jars holding office supplies

There are tons of organized spots here for projects as they come up. Books that stayed are on topic and inspiring.

Organized Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

No drawers? No problem. These simple plastic bins create oodles of organization.

organization for Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

Two ugly black (but sturdy and free!) file cabinets were painted a custom color mix Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint ยฎ color just for this client.

Painted File cabinet -Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

A new nail-head upholstered chair came from Wayfair. The Mercer Gretchen shown here doesn’t seem to be available, but I linked a similar one.

chairs for Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

A matching chair outfits hubby’s new desk on the former storage side of the home office. Since there are no large drawers in this desk, a repurposed crate serves as file/paper storage for him.

2 person office- Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

In the makeover, the home office shelves were carefully purged to hold those things that will help move the business forward. Dollar frames (originally black plastic) were custom painted with the same chalk paint to match the file cabinets and bring in friendly faces.

Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

It’s all about the details. We no longer needed the printer stand, but we repainted it to become a new footstool, making the home office even more comfortable and hiding some cords under the desk at the same time.

Footstool in Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

Even though we created a separation from the bedroom with some lovely, heavy curtains, she may or may not be leaving them open a bit just to peek at the pretty new home office space.

Curtain seprarate the Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

Well, the home office is different, but what about the business owner? She claimed she was only 20% efficient in her day, but now that she’s working every day in a real office that’s organized, she reports being closer to 80% efficient or better. Who wouldn’t be in an inspiring, beautiful, organized home office?

She thought she could, so she did.

Home Office Makeover in Coral and Blue

I just love this home office makeover. It’s my favorite so far.

I know, I know, I say that every time.

Check out these other fantastic home office makeovers:

Home Office Makeover in Blue and Green

Home Office in a Closet

Home Office Makeover with IKEA Shelving

Designer’s Home Office Makeover


ย What’s your favorite spot in this new home office makeover?





This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Erica

    What a beautiful makeover! Such a great transformation and I’m SO glad it’s helped the homeowner to be more efficient! Coral is awesome and it’s fun to see it in an office space!

    1. Darla

      Thanks for stopping by Erica. I really really love the space, too.

  2. Jen Anderson

    Darla, this office is absolutely gorgeous! The colors are uplifting and inspiring, there is so much storage, and the workspace is ideal. Impressive makeover!

    1. Darla

      Thanks, Jen. Inspiring is exactly what we were going for.

    1. Darla

      Thanks, Aimee. Color can make such a big difference, like it did here. Glad you stopped by.

  3. Julia

    I love this space I have a similar color scheme in my office and this has me thinking of adding some coral and sprucing the space up a bit.

  4. Roxanne

    I love it, what a dramatic difference! It really makes me want to organize my little office space, thanks!!

    1. Darla

      Roxanne, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad we can inspire you in your office. Have fun with it.

  5. Maria Gonzalez

    Great job! Love your new space!

  6. Briton

    Getting rid of that yellow was such a great choice for this space! You made such a great difference, great job!

    1. Darla

      Thanks for noticing. We love the new soft blue instead of the mustard yellow!

  7. Barb @ A Life in Balance

    I need a tutorial on painting file cabinets. Just saying. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Darla

      Step 1. Acquire a sturdy but ugly file cabinet. Step 2. Watch this space. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Lindsay Eidahl

    I love it! This campaign was so much fun! Your office is beautiful. I am making over my daughter’s bedroom and painted her bed coral. Such a pretty color!

    1. Darla

      Lindsay, I’ll bet your daughter loves it. Coral is such a happy alternative to pink.

  9. reesa l

    Wow! what a change! I SO need you to come and do my whole house! I am horrible with organization!

    1. Darla

      Hey, Reesa, I’d love to come and do your whole house! Nothing would make me happier. BTW, you may feel like you’re horrible at organizing, but this was just a project, and was just steps, one after the other. You are great at getting complex projects done, so don’t sell yourself short. Just start small. Maybe with a junk drawer or sock drawer. Good luck!

  10. rosemary palmer

    Makes me want to get my craft room/studio/office put together. Maybe one of these days I will finally have my girly room in the house. Sometimes I think I spend too much time planning it instead of just doing it.

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