A bright home office for 2016

Home office black, white and yellow

I wrote about how I’ve been swooning after a bright home office last year. So with one of my new year’s resolutions to ‘get more organised’ I’ve decided to make it a reality!

When we first moved into our current home, the nook in the guest room provided the perfect space for my dressing table. But to be honest, I never really used it as I like to get pretty close to the mirror when ‘putting my face on’ and I don’t find that sitting on a stool behind a table really helps with this! So the dresser was a little redundant…

Bright home office design light blue, yellow and whiteWhen browsing Ikea online for a white desk one day, I had a eureka moment – why not just transform the dresser? And so I set about this transformation, unscrewing the mirror and drawers and replacing the stool with a Ghost style arm chair.

I wanted the space to be modern and clean, so I decided on a colour scheme of black and white, with pops of yellow, which I think goes really well with the existing sky blue wall colour and blends well with the rest of the room – by far the most colourful in our house. The desk is also next to a window, which is perfect for creating a bright home office (and for day dreaming/ staring into space, which I tend to do a lot!)

The shelf is from Wilkos (I won’t tell you about how I put it up in one of my impatient ‘don’t need a man to do it’ moments without a drill – and how it subsequently fell down again…) and I designed the artwork in Canva after finding some ideas on Pinterest. I printed all of the artwork at one of the instant photo kiosks in Boots and bought the black frames also from Wilkos. Yes, the office artwork is a little cliche…but why not? What’s not to love about an inspirational quote after all?!

Bright home office artworkI spotted the desk lamp in my favourite shop of all time – Homesense. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but as with all of my finds in there, it was a bargain. I also picked up this quirky magazine rack at the same time, which I think cost around £20.



Yellow home office ideas

I found this peg organiser in Primark for £4 which goes with the black and white theme perfectly and provides a great place for all of those ‘to do’ notes and lists which I seem to be so fond of writing.

Home office peg organiser from Primark

I think all I need to finish it off would be a black and white stripey rug which would help to further separate the space from the rest of the room (and make sure I don’t get ink all over the carpet – which is pretty likely if you ask Mr M). I’d also like some more artwork for the wall to the left of me – I’m thinking some black and white family pics would finish it off a treat.

So, what do you think?

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  1. Robyn
    January 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful! It looks so inviting and professional. Handy that you have lots of natural light without looking directly out a window too, I find it quite hard to remain focused when I can see what’s going on outside!

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Haha, yes I’d definitely have this problem if I was looking straight out onto the street – I remember that from my uni days! 🙂

  2. The Reading Residence
    January 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

    It is gorgeous! I like bright white and neat, and yellow’s a favourite accent colour so I’d be very at home working there!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Glad you like it! I don’t think there’s anything quite like the colour yellow to cheer up your day! 🙂

  3. Crummy Mummy
    January 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I’m jealous as I would LOVE a home office! Instead I work from the dining room table until we’re able to move somewhere bigger… #bestandworst
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Ah the trusty dining room table! I don’t think they get enough credit to be honest! But I admit it is nice to finally have a little space I can call ‘my office’ rather than having to move all of my stuff everyday so that we can eat dinner hehe x

  4. Molly
    January 20, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Oh it’s lovely! As I said on #HomeEtc I too am hoping to make an office space in my spare bedroom, so loving this inspiration!

  5. Molly
    January 20, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Oh it’s lovely! As I said on #HomeEtc I too am hoping to make a home office space so loving this inspiration!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Thanks Molly, good luck with creating your home office! x

  6. New Mummy Blog
    January 20, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    It looks brilliant, so light and airy, and thoughtful. I love the art work, well done! And, the is an awesome lamp 🙂 x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks Lynne, I do love how light it is and the artwork kicks me into action when I realise I’ve spent far too long wasting time on social media! 😉

  7. Kara
    January 20, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    I think this area looks just perfect, great colour choices. You have some great bargains there too.
    I make artwork in Canva it is fab for that isn’t it ?

    Black and White photos I think will be a perfect touch xx

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks Kara, yes Canva really is great. And Pic Monkey too – I think I used a combination of the two. I need to get compiling those photos xx

  8. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)
    January 20, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    It looks fab, so sleek and clean! The artwork is awesome too! 🙂 #HomeEtc
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks Jess! We’ll see how long it stays clutter free for eh? 😉

  9. Life as Mum
    January 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    I really love the theme of your office! Looks gorgeous! x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much! The challenge now will be keeping it this neat and tidy! x

  10. Lisa@intotheglade
    January 20, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    I think it’s gorgeous. I love the colour of the walls, it’s beautiful. I have been doing a lot of inspirational quote hanging recently, I don’t care if they are a cliche, they are fab! I’m also just printing off some some photos in black and white, I love the different effect that you get. This is a lovely space xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks Lisa. I’m so with you on the inspirational quotes, I’m not sure how it happened but we seem to be steadily getting to one in every room in our house. But I love how they add personality and make a house a home. xx

  11. Nancy Straughan
    January 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    So clever to transform a dressing table into a little desk, I’m currently using a 1950’s kitchen table for my computer. Some desks can be so boring! http://www.hellonancy.co.uk/

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      So true – they really are just planks of MDF – dressers and kitchen tables are so much more fun, especially when they’re 1950’s!

  12. Sabrina (The Mummy Stylist)
    January 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    I am so impressed with this makeover! The dressing table looks like it was meant to be a desk, just perfect. And you’ve made the corner very stylish now with all the accessories 🙂

  13. Stephanie
    January 20, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    It looks great – and I love that magazine rack. It looks so stylish and I think pulls the whole area together. Fab #homeetc
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  14. Emma
    January 21, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I love this and want it now! So lovely and stylish.

  15. Becky at PinksCharming
    January 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Gorgeous! I love the way you have repurposed your old dressing table, much better than buying new, especially as it’s so pretty! I love the chair, and you art work too. Becky x #HomeEtc
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  16. mummuddlingthrough
    January 21, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Extremely jealous! We just bought a office desk for our bedroom so hubby can WFH and we have some proper desk space when it’s needed…My blogging tends to be in any corner of the house at any time though…from the desk, from the kitchen, from the sofa…using laptop, phone, ipad, PC. I’d love to pretty up a blogging corner one day…just need to find one first! x Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub
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  17. Rebecca | AAUBlog
    January 21, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    this is lovely! i’d love to have a little blogging space. love the frames and prints you’ve chosen x

  18. Natalie @KidGearUK
    January 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    What a beautiful space to work in!

    I’m jealous. Our dining room’s not the best part of the house to work in so I make do with perching my laptop on the arm of the sofa. #coolmumclub

  19. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    January 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    This is inspired pet — I absolutely LOVE it!! 🙂 The chalky blue goes so well with the yellow and white — it looks so fresh!! Aaah I’m getting SO excited about my new office, seeing all these lovely inspirational work spaces!! SO exciting. Amazing how much more productive you can be too, when you’re in a lovely setting . Thanks for linking up #Home Etc xx
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  20. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    January 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Oh that’s so lovely! You’ve really got an eye for design and style, I love it!
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  21. Helen
    January 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Loving the bright airy feel about your work space, looks like the perfect environment to get stuff done! I especially like the accents of yellow 🙂 #PicknMix

    Helen x


  22. wendy
    January 22, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I love it! It looks so fresh and professional. I adore the colour scheme and I totally agree that there is nothing wrong with an inspirational quote or two. Hope you get lots of work done there and don’t just gaze out the window, haha.xx #picknmix
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  23. Life Loving
    January 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    I love your office. What a good bit of upcycling you’ve done on the desk/dressing table. I love your magazine rack. I’d love to have a rework of my desk area. Maybe later in the year when we don’t have quite so many projects on the go.

    Sally @ Life Loving

  24. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    January 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    I love it!!! It’s such a beautiful space. I love the light colors. I wish I could duplicate that in my house. One of my goals this year is to create a blogging space for myself. I sit at the kitchen island at the moment. I’d love something like yours! x
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  25. Laura
    January 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I LOVE this! I’ve been coveting many an office space lately, I’d love one myself but just don’t know if we have the space at the mo. But maybe a nook in the conservatory could work? You’ve inspired me a little 🙂

    As for your space, it looks gorgeous! You’ve done a great job at keeping it simple and chic, and it’s such an effective look. Great job 🙂 #coolmumclub
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  26. Elena
    January 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Ohh, it looks so beautiful!! Very nice and clean space. I love the prints and I might give it a go in Canva to see if I create something like that

  27. Nicole (The Brightness Of These Days)
    January 23, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Beautiful room! I love the wall colour. We’ve gone for a similar colour scheme – monochrome with pops of blue and yellow – in our playroom but with all the toys and general kids paraphernalia in there it’s not nearly as calming! #coolmumclub

  28. helen gandy
    January 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    That looks absolutely lovely! Great use of your dressing table, I currently love my dressing table but can definitely see me reusing it if I ever stop using it. Where did you get the chair from? I think it’s fab! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst
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  29. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    January 24, 2016 at 9:59 am

    This looks lovely! What a beautiful space to work in 🙂

    Laura xx
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  30. The Speed Bump
    January 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Eee it’s so pretty but professional at the same time! Absolutely gorgeous! #KCACOLS

  31. Mimiroseandme
    January 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Oh wow I love your colour scheme, it looks so nice and clean. I love your white dresser, I am on the hunt for the perfect dresser for our spare room. #KCACOLS

  32. Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    January 24, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Oh I am so envious…this looks totally gorgeous. How nice to have your own, organised and clean space to work in at home. I totally love it and that lamp is fab #KCACOLS
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  33. Kathy @ hopes, dreams and chocolate
    January 24, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I love this! Such a fab little corner to call your own. I love the colours and the styling. I am very envious of your clutter-free workspace… I have a desk (nowhere near as pretty). It currently has folded laundry, 6 months worth of paperwork and a thousand toys on it…. Boooo #KCACOLS
    Kathy xxx

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 24, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Haha, I did have to tidy it up for the photos – I assure you it definitely isn’t always this tidy! 😉 xx

  34. Pamela | Life With Munchers
    January 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Ooo, I love the peg board from Primark! It’s a shop I don’t get to very often, as it’s in such an awkward part of town. Love the nook! x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 24, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much! They do have some great things in the home section of Primark every now and again – definitely worth a visit x

  35. Clare
    January 24, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I love it! It is so bright, but yet calming at the same time. I am desperate to find a space in my house for a bit of a home office. My cold, uninspriring kitchen is really not working for me anymore! #KCACOLS xx
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  36. Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos
    January 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

    that space looks so clean and tidy and I love the blue walls you have. A great job #MarvMonday

  37. Liane
    January 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

    This looks amazing! What a great idea to use your dressing table!

  38. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    January 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I am a little bit in love with your office space and a tad jealous 🙂 What a lovely space you have created. I am glad I am not the only one who attempts to do things without a man!!! xx #MarvMonday

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m so bad at attempting DIY without the man – I wish I could say it’s because I’m good at it, but to be honest half of the time I have to ask for help in the end anyway! 🙂 xx

  39. Jules
    January 25, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    It looks fab! That shade of blue is just gorgeous. Do you know what the colour is called? #marvmondays
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      ooh I’m not sure to be honest. It’s definitely Dulux though x

  40. Ky
    January 25, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Oh it looks great, I love that pegboard. My local primark never has anything good like that in it. #marvmondays
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  41. Chloe
    January 25, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I seriously love your style so much. What a beautiful space!!!! I love the colours. I’m making over our office at the moment. I didn’t even think to use canva for cheesy messages. I’ve even got the quotes jotted down already haha. It looks so lovely. x

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thanks so much Chloe. Good luck with your office makeover and getting creative in Canva! xx

  42. mummyofboygirltwins
    January 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Ahhh it looks stunning!!!! What a great job, and using that for your desk! Yay! Love how clean and inspiring it looks. So clutter free! Thanks for linking up! Jess xx

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  43. Silly Mummy
    January 26, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    It’s lovely – very impressed! Love the colour scheme! #marvmondays

  44. mummyandmonkeys
    January 26, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I love it. Wish I had a space I could do this in. I’m also a fan of Homesense. Can’t believe that peg board was £4 what a bargain.
    Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      Homesense really is fab isn’t it?? I could spend my entire earnings in there (and my entire afternoon browsing!) x

  45. gigi
    January 27, 2016 at 8:47 am

    I love it! I love your space. I love that is in a little nook. I would think that help to bring focus to your work. (I work on the kitchen table!). I love your Canva-created prints. What a great idea. And the chair is so cool. Do you file your papers in the same room? Even though I do a ton online, I still always have paper stacks everywhere!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Glad you like it! When I used to work in an office I was terrible for printing everything off onto paper! But now I don’t have a printer so I don’t really have so many stacks of paper. I make up for it in hand-written notes and to do lists everywhere though! 🙂

  46. Katrin
    January 27, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I get you, I like to be real close when “putting the face on” lol, it’s way more comfortable for me. I like the dressing table before as well, it’s lovely, but you did a great job, turning it into your office spot! The little nook is perfect for it and I think with the printables and little details everywhere it looks like you’re gonna get a lot of work done here!

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Katrin! I’m glad you’re with me on getting close to the mirror – I don’t really get dressing tables to be honest! Glad you like it x

  47. Regina L. L. Wells
    January 27, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love, love, love the color palette, especially with the light blue walls. So clean, bright, and chic!

  48. tracey bowden
    January 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I am so jealous I wish I had a space to transform like this I would love a little office area! #KCACOLS
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  49. Jessica
    January 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This home office is beautiful! I have to say, I’m a bit jealous! My office is the couch, with one baby in my lap, another trying to help me type and a third who keeps handing me books to read to her. 😉 I wouldn’t trade them for anything, of course, but a nice quiet space would be nice now and then. 😉

  50. Stephanie Couch
    January 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    What a pretty little area, I would so love my own office area! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  51. Nicky Kentisbeer
    January 29, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    What a lovely space. It looks perfect. Am loving lots of your pictures and accessories, especially the Primark frame. I haven’t seen that in there! #kcacols
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  52. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    January 29, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Wow! What a great home working space. We already have our office furniture and its covered in rubbish despite only moving house a month ago. I really need to get it sorted as I’m starting back to work in a week – eck! I love that magazine rack and your DIY artwork is fab! #KCACOLS
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  53. Maria
    January 30, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Wow! I am so envious of your office space it looks amazing! I really love the colour scheme and especially the wall colour! (My favourite colour) I wish we had a nook so we could do something like this!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS I hope to see you back again on Sunday xx
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  54. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 30, 2016 at 3:41 am

    Natalie, I love your space! The colors are clean and calming, you can be so creative in this corner. And I’m dying for that ghost chair, I want them for my dining table, love them. We have a lot of the same taste in decor. My desk/office is very similar to yours, white desk with black and white accents, my walls are a blue too. LOL I love your art, and the quotes, whatever inspires you needs to have it’s own space in your creative nook! I love it.

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much Nikki! It really is lovely to have my own space to work in. The ghost chair is so practical – we have them in our kitchen too, which is perfect for Taylor’s booster seat with all of the food she throws around! How funny that our tastes are so similar, I love black and white accents in any room x

  55. A Moment with Franca
    January 30, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Oh I love this! It looks beautiful!! You really have an amazing taste! I think Natalie that you should be a decorator. I will happily hire you to do any of my rooms!! LOL BTW, I’m crying inside to see that you don’t want your dresser anymore!! It is my dream to have that exact dresser from Ikea but unfortunately I don’t have the space to have one!! Hopefully one day if we move to a bigger place! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Haha, oh no! Now I’m feeling sorry for the dresser! But not much use I guess if I couldn’t really use it – I think it must be just me who needs to get right up in my grill when putting on my mascara! Glad you like the office, I’m loving having my own little work space now 🙂 xx

  56. Kaye
    January 30, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    How beautiful, amazing job! I desperately need my own desk area and this one is so inspiring. I think anything bright & airy makes it much easier to work in. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays! Kaye xo

    1. Mum in Brum
      January 30, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Thanks so much Kaye, good luck on getting your own desk space – I’m sure your design will be fab x

  57. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    January 30, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    That looks perfect! Love how bright and light it looks and so welcoming! I would love something like this 🙂 #KCACOLS
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  58. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy
    February 5, 2016 at 7:07 am

    It looks amazing I absolutely love it! I think the black and white photos will be a lovely little touch.

  59. Ali
    February 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    #muminbrum love this wall colour soz if you have already posted this but what colour did you use on the walls ??

  60. Rianne Mitchell
    February 21, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Your home office looks so lush and calm, good choice of colours and i love your prints. Definitly giving me inspiration on new things I can add to my work space x

    1. Mum in Brum
      February 22, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much. Good luck with updating your work space x

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  63. Donna
    December 23, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    I am incorporating a work space into our new extension when it’s done so looking for inspiration everywhere. Your office space looks lovely, restful but inspiring x
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