Last year, I sold my desk on a whim so I could use the money for a different desk.
Except, the second part of that plan never happened, which left me with no desk and a giant pile of files and craft supplies just sitting on the floor.
Spontaneity and decorating don’t always get along.
This year, I’m fixing the mess! I’m dreaming of white, bright, Scandinavian workspaces. All I want is a little corner of my own where I can work on DIYs and blog and stare at pretty pretty organization—and hopefully contain some of the piles of unfinished projects that collect around the apartment.
And since I’m a renter and many of you probably are too, I thought it might be helpful to highlight five elements that make a good Scandinavian workspace without a big investment. Here goes!
Scandinavian Workspace Inspiration for Renters
one: Plants! So important to bring life and warmth to an aesthetic that is otherwise pretty minimal. I love this concrete planter by The Armory Co. with its little succulent baby. Since my workspace will be a good few feet away from sunny windows, I’m thinking maidenhair fern, zz plant, and others that can tolerate being out of direct light. (If I had lots more light and less stuff to store, you can bet my desk would look like this!)
two: No boxy furniture here—Scandinavian design is all about openness. Slim, leggy pieces and open shelves give a feeling of space and minimalism. I’m leaning towards the Ikea Algot track shelving to create a corner desk with shelves above and around it. The system is inexpensive and modular, meaning if we move, I can rearrange it to fit our new space. Perfect for living the renting life.
three: Rich, layered textiles like plush sheepskins bring texture and interest to Scandinavian-style rooms. Go faux if you’re vegan like me. 🙂 This chunky knit throw is catching my eye too. And because I like a dash of boho with my Scandinavian, maybe a wee kilim?
four: Modern, simple art. Even though this gorgeous fashion illustration by Kristine Brookshire is more colorful than my inspiration images, its clean lines, basic shapes, and nearly monochrome palette still evoke that calm Scandinavian aesthetic. (Well, to me, but what the hell do I know?) Graphic black-and-white pieces work really well too, and I’m losing my mind over this enormous hanging canvas!
For reading all of that, you deserve a good laugh. This is what happened when I took away my desk:
That nonsense has been going on for a year. A year!
What do you think, renter-readers? Do any of these Scandinavian design ideas catch your eye? Who else has an absurdly embarrassing corner (or two) of their home?
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