Tips of the Trade: 5 Tips To Work Design Into Your Workspace With Paper and Stitch
Whether your workspace is where you answer emails, pay bills, or do crafts, it should be the area of your home or office that inspires you to be productive, creative, or to get stuff done. That may mean painting a wall an invigorating statement color, or positioning your table to face a window or favorite artwork. Maybe it’s just a modern vase of fresh-cut flowers or one funky succulent. We asked Brittni Mehlhoff of the DIY and design blog. Paper and Stitch what her top tips are when it comes to bringing her workspace to life.
If you only do one thing to brighten up your workspace – or any space for that matter– add a few textiles. A statement rug, a few bold pillows, and a vintage throw can go a long way in making a room look and feel complete.
1920 Ford Model T Touring Car and Trailer
Albert Marquet 1915 Oil Painting "La Varenne"
John Lewis Brown 1860 Oil Painting "Stately Couple with Stall"
Kershaw Schofield Pastoral Landscape Oil Painting
2. Mix and Match.
Mixing different styles, patterns, colors, and textures in a room (strangely enough!) can make it look more cohesive and put-together. The only rule here is that it has to be done with intention. Find an underlying element (color palette, shapes, scale, etc.) that ties everything together to make the mix-and-match process cohesive.
Johannes Schiefer 1942 Oil Painting "New York Parade"
Thadeus Defrees 1886 Oil Painting "View on the 5 Mile Road"
John Henry Twachtman Impressionist Landscape Oil Painting
Theo Shoudy Mid 20th Century Oil Painting
3. Add Something Unexpected.
Life is too short to take yourself too seriously, so why not make it fun with something a bit unexpected? I always look for at least one thing to include in a room that makes me smile or laugh. In this case, it’s a beehive basket that I converted into a planter.
William Fry Cincinnati Art Carved Oak Butler's Desk
Edwin Henry Boddington, Jr. Late 19th Century Pastoral Landscape Oil Painting
19th Century English School Bucolic Landscape Oil Painting
20th-Century Equine Stable Portrait Oil Painting
4. Bring It On, Nature!
Natural materials, like wood, rattan, rope, etc. are great for warming up a space in a jiffy.
William P. McDonald Early 20th Century Oil Portrait
Edwin A. Turner 19th Century Farm Genre Oil Painting
William Frederick Hulk Late 19th Century Oil Painting
Daniel F. Wentworth Autumn Landscape Oil Painting
5. Plant one on me.
Bringing plants into a space is one of the quickest ways to make it feel bright and cozy. Bonus: Plants also help to purify the air and in some cases, even reduce stress. What’s not to love?