For a while, I hadn't been using my desk in my home office/living room and it had turned into a bit of a dumping ground for mail, deliveries and other things that I hadn't quite gotten around to putting away yet. I just felt like I couldn't concentrate sitting there for very long and staring at a blank wall in front of me and it did nothing to inspire any creativity.
Being able to work from home some of the time is such a luxury and I really wanted the space to be a somewhere that I could enjoy spending time. Pinterest was obviously my first port of call for some serious #deskinspo and I pinned lots of my favourite desk ideas here if you're looking for inspiration.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR WORKING SPACE #DESKINSPO
Here are a few things I found helpful when it came to designing a cohesive and practical desk space for a stylish home office on a budget:
1 Pick a Colour Scheme
For some reason, I think pink suits my personality and, as much as I LOVE the scandi all white or black and white desk decor, I tried that before and I just got bored so quickly with it. With the starkness of all the white, as much as it looks amazing in photos, I find that I'm always looking to inject a bit of colour or texture into a space.
If the thought of a colour like pink makes you feel a little uncomfortable, why not opt for gold or rose desk accessories instead. It adds a touch of luxe to your desk space and there is probably much less chance of you becoming bored of it.
2. Storage Solutions
One thing that makes me unable to concentrate is a messy desk with piles of paper or things lying about everywhere. Storage was a main priority and I like everything having a place. I don't have too much paperwork etc but I love this white plastic box from IKEA for mail and important documents like tax returns. As it's white, it blends in with the surroundings and I can use the top of it to store other things like my Kate Spade stapler and sellotape dispenser.
My desk is from IKEA about three years ago and was only £75. I really like the fact that there are a couple of decent size shelves in the legs and I can keep things like magazines and all my ugly but essential technology bits and pieces like charging cables, microphones, external hard drives and tripods down there. I don't have any drawers at my desk because I don't really have the space and it would drive me nuts if these things were on my desk so I like having them organised but out of sight. The desktop itself has a few scuffs on it so it's handy that I can just buy a new table top rather than having to buy a whole new desk.
I also really like the cardboard magazine racks from IKEA (only £4 for 2) that I can keep some of my business books in. Again, once I had decided on my colour scheme for my desk, I knew these magazine racks would be perfect with the dusky pink shade.
3 Show Your Personality
If you have the luxury to NOT be stuck in a lifeless cubicle in a massive office then I think it's only right that you show off a little bit of personality in your desk styling.
Adding prints to the area is a really cheap but SUPER effective way of adding interest and is perfect if you don't want to stare at a blank wall but also don't want to paint or wallpaper the space. Desenio is my go-to for stylish but affordable prints and I really like both of these prints with the pink shades in the background. The finger print is perhaps not so PG but this is very much in keeping with my personality. The prints were less than £14 together and I just added them to IKEA Ribba frames which were £4 each.
The picture ledge that the frames are sat on is again from IKEA and cost just £9. Having the prints off my desk but still in my eye line is perfect and I think the fact that the pictures are leaning against the wall rather than hung makes it a little bit more relaxed and casual.
For my top shelf, I've displayed some of my favourite books, of which the covers just happen to be in my shade of choice, pink. I was given the wooden board with my name in neon lights for my Christmas last year by Mum and I feel like it really finishes off the shelf and adds my own little 'Victoria' stamp to my desk space. You can get yours here.
4 Be Inspired
Being quite a creative person, I'm constantly looking for inspiration and I find that being surrounded by books by creative or inspiring people definitely helps get my creative juices flowing. I'm also much more likely to pick up a book within arms reach if I need a little break or have a creative block! Again, if they happen to tone in nicely with my surroundings then they definitely make the cut. The other books which maybe clash with my colour scheme are neatly stored away in my magazine racks but are still within reach.
5 Get The Lighting Right
I'm lucky that I have a huge window in my living room which lets a lot of natural light into my desk space (a blogger's dream) but I often work quite late at night and wanted a softer light which was more calming than having the spotlights in my living room or 'the big light' on. I found this deep pink, square desk lamp in Ikea for a bargain £6 and the frosted glass means that it isn't too bright when switched on but also looks pretty when it's not on during the day.
6 Ikea Hacks
I'm a HUGE fan of Ikea hacks (if you're ever looking for any upcycling ideas for cheap Ikea furniture then just search 'Ikea hacks' on Pinterest and prepare to have your mind blown) and no interiors post would be complete without an Ikea hack. On this occasion, my desk chair is my Ikea hack. I've had this Ikea chair for the same length of time as my desk (around three years) and although it was white when I bought it, I previously spray painted it rose gold to match my previous office space. It's actually a really comfy chair (sadly, I don't think Ikea do them anymore as I couldn't find it on the website) so I decided it was worth re-spraying to fit in with my new pink theme. I ordered a couple of cans of spray paint on Amazon and a protective top coat and, Bob's your uncle, my Ikea chair had been given a new lease of life. The spray paint cost around £20 altogether so it was a budget way to update an old chair.
There are so many great ideas about how to create a custom desk using Ikea furniture (and the occasional can of spray paint) on Pinterest.
7 Add a Little Luxe
Candles on my desk are an absolute must for me and I'm still in love with my Lemongrass and Lavender candle by Timeless Candles. I wrote a blog post about the candle and the importance of little touches of luxury in your living space a while ago and you can read it here. I picked up the pink candle in Ikea for £6 and I actually really like it too. It's not as invigorating as my Timeless candle but it's a nice alternative.
I'm also a fan of having fresh flowers on my desk as I feel like it just lifts the whole space. This little bunch of pink roses were only £2 from Asda and I actually don't mind that they're a little 'weathered'. A bit like styling an outfit, adding little touches of 'luxury' doesn't need to cost very much but just gives it a much more expensive look when styled correctly. I picked up the vase in a sale in a gift shop near my flat for £4 earlier this week (similar here) proving that I'm much better at picking up a homeware bargain than a fashion bargain.
As you can see by my neon name light, I love anything personalised so I was SO EXCITED when the lovely Christina of Laila Lettering sent me this beautiful, personalised water bottle which also happens to match my desk accessories perfectly. I absolutely love all of her modern calligraphy work and the water bottle would be a perfect present for someone too. (Go follow Laila Lettering on Instagram here)
DESK UPDATE ON A BUDGET
I'm really happy with how my desk has turned out and it has already made me so much more productive. I'm also amazed at how much I've managed to change about my desk for so little money so these updates are definitely budget friendly.
If I ever get completely bored of pink then it really wouldn't take a lot for me to change it to another colour or even back to black and white. When there's a spray paint, there's a way!
Let me know if you're planning a desk update and what you'd like to change about your home office space.