The Bloggers Guide to Updating Your Desk

For the months of July and August we approached numerous bloggers to take part in our blogger desk makeover challenge. We got some great responses with 8 bloggers taking up the challenge to make over their desk with just £20. Although this seems like a mean feat, it ignited some great creativity, upcycling and ingenuity.

Bloggers were encouraged to think up different ways to achieve great results and we were very impressed. We have taken some of the best ideas from each blogger and compiled a guide on how to makeover your desk like a blogger.

Signing Off
1111

Picture sourced from www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

One way to really make your space your own is through signage. Simple and sophisticated, putting a sign that represents you, your space and your personality can really transform the meaning behind your space and the atmosphere in your space. Blogger, Heather Nixon from Beauty and Nothingness opted for a welcome sign above her desk. Making the space more open and friendly, a space of warmth and comfort.

Upcycling Galore
2222

Picture sourced from www.secretdiaryofascavenger.com

This was a trend that many bloggers used and we were in love. When on a tight budget this is often the best way to reimagine a space. One blogger, Zoe-Lee Skelton from the Secret Diary of a Scavenger, was perhaps the most creative in turning an old plank of oak into a gorgeous cotton holder. Not only did this free up her space but also brought in a touch of her personality into her work space.

Another great upcycling project that we saw by bloggers is giving their work desk a complete overhaul with a quick lick of paint and a new papered top. For those who would like an even bigger desk makeover, this is the option for you. Keeping costs down to a minimal, all you would need is enough time to get the job done. Lottie Schmidt from Lottie’s interiors changed the whole look and feel of her work space by painting her desk a dark grey with a papered top.
3333

Picture sourced from lottiesinteriors.blogspot.co.uk

Light It Up
4444

Picture sourced from keepdreaming-13.blogspot.ie

In the winter months it can be easy to feel the dreariness of cloudy days and rainy outdoors. One great way to lighten up your work routine is with the use of warm lighting. One blogger who decided to change her desk into a fairy lit wonderland is Jordan from Keep Dreaming. Jordan opted for a string of copper, heart shaped fairy lights and salted caramel and earl grey scented candle for her desk makeover. Her style is rather romantic and her use of warm rich metals echo the autumnal interior trends that we are seeing this season.

Keep It Timely
5555

Picture sourced from www.lisahh-jayne.com

Working from home more often than not can lead to distractions. Before you know it you’ll have watched an hour of daytime TV whilst just ‘making tea’. One of the best ways to ensure that you’re keeping on track with your daily schedule is by keeping a clock on your desk. This is what Lisa from Lisahh Jayne has opted for when updating her desk. Choosing a black clock in contrast to a white desk creates a dramatic yet understated look to your home office, you can never go wrong with a bit of monochrome.

Bring in Some Personality
6666

Picture sourced from www.essaysandwine.co.uk

For so many people the home office is not a place where you spend your time bringing in your own personality. Buying décor that reflects yourself is often reserved for the rest of the house. It is very rare for guests to venture into your home office, and so most people do not see it as important. However, creating a welcoming and creative working environment is best done by spending some time bringing a little bit of yourself into the space. This is something that Emma from Essays and Wine has embodied when redoing her work space. By adding strings of her own pictures and flower fairy lights brings a little bit of herself to her work space and makes it a warm and welcoming space where the creative juices can flow comfortably.

Pick a Theme
7777

Picture sourced from www.shelllouise.co.uk

One way to tie in a room’s décor is by bringing in a common theme throughout your décor. Michelle from Shell Louise used this tip when updating her work space. Michelle opted for the incorporation of owls throughout her desk and we loved the outcome. By tying her room together with this one pattern, she really elevated her space, making it her own.

Organisation
8888

Picture sourced from fromalditoharrods.com

And last but certainly not least, as this was our winning desk, the best way to optimise your work space is by organising it. This is the basis from which everyone should update their desk and has been a common theme throughout the challenge. We love the simplicity of what Emma from Aldi to Harrods did to her desk, keeping it simple and her own she transformed her desk making it a functional haven.

Well done to all of the bloggers who took part in this challenge, it was no small feat. Make sure to follow their blogs and read all about how they updated their desks. They are sure to have some wonderful content coming from some beautiful desk spaces.

Autumnal Trends in Interior Décor

As we move into the colder months of the year, our interiors are expected to warm up with rich colour palates and textiles. This season we are seeing a great trend towards the warmer metals, materials and furnishings with an increased emphasis on updating vintage items and trends.

Macro trends emphasising mathematical and geometrical patterns, textiles and furniture pieces will be in the forefront this season, highlighting the deeper, darker and richer colour schemes. With an added touch of rich mixed metals, the darker hues of industrial trends will be subtly flowing through many households.

Black, burnt and bright oranges have also been in focus, blended with graffiti and notions of urban physicality, to create what Lisa White from Homebuildlife terms the Social Superhero’s macro trend.

In preparation for the new season, we take a look at how to bring these vintage inspired deep and dark trends into your home.

Geometric Designs
1

Picture sourced from www.apartmenttherapy.com

Geometric finishing’s are making an appearance this season. By incorporating mixed mediums such as dark wood and rich metals, bringing a statement piece into your home is an easy way to incorporate this trend without redesigning your whole house. Room 4 love this trend for the office. Bringing in a rich textured statement home office desk to act as the anchor for your work space can really bring some warmth to an otherwise cold room. Adding extra décor elements such as a soft woven carpet can really make this a cosy working space for the winter months.

Cushioned Inspiration
2

Picture sourced from www.simplygrove.com

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to transform your home on a budget is with the addition of feature cushions to rooms like the living room and bedroom. For the winter months, adding scatter cushions with rich fabrics and patterns can be a great practical way to bring in both comfort and warmth into your home. This season, the plusher the cushion the better. Darker hues like navy blue and gunmetal grey are easily accessible and very on trend.

Refreshing Vintage
3

Picture sourced from www.etsy.com

A major trend this season is the updating of vintage items such as chest of drawers, lounge suites as well as décor items such as lamps, clocks and even old suitcases as storage units. Although this is nothing new in interior design trends, it is something that we will be seeing a lot more of. Not only does this trend speak to the upcycling movement sparked by green initiatives but it also mimics the general trend towards brining those outdated vintage items previously owned by older generations into the present.

Metal Opulence
4

Picture sourced from www.decoist.com

A mixture of warm metals will be making more of an appearance this winter, with a turn to more opulent metals such as gold, rose gold and copper. Mixing warm metals through furniture, décor items and frames is a great way to bring some industrial warmth into your home. Christmas will also provide for the perfect opportunity to experiment with this trend, dressing your home in golden Christmas decorations could never go amiss.

Autumn / winter for 2015 promises to be a warm and cosy season with opulent and luxurious interior furnishings and décor. We look forward to a warm winter.

Turning Your Uni Desk into a Dream Work Space

The time is fast approaching for eager Fresher’s to start their university career, to head out into the world of university living, new friends, lectures that they can never truly grasp and hours staring at the blank wall behind your desk.
Your university desk will fast become your new space in the world, where you will spend hours trying to create an essay that is at least half eligible.
Here are some tips to turn your university desk into a space that you will enjoy sitting at until all hours of the morning the night before your essay is due.

The Perfect Desk

Turning Your Uni Desk into a Dream Work Space

The base of every good university work space is the desk you work from. As one of the very few items of furniture that you will be able to fit into your room, your desk will become one of the centrepieces. If you are amongst one of the lucky ones who get to bring their own desk with them, why not take the opportunity to incorporate your own style. Getting a great home office desk can be a perfect way to get a desk that can follow you even after university.

Get Creative

2Turning Your Uni Desk into a Dream Work Space

Source

Since you will be spending hours staring at the wall behind your desk, you might as well make it a good wall to look at. We love the idea of making a collage of photo frames, posters and hooks to hang items such as stationary filled mason jars to add that personal touch to the space above your desk. Adding some personal inspiration quotes may also help you ignite that spark you need to get through those endless projects.

Get Quirky

3Turning Your Uni Desk into a Dream Work Space

Source

One great way to break the ice with your new roommate is with quirky desk décor. Nothing says, ‘I’m friendly, I promise’ quite like a gold peace sign. Decorating your desk with unique items can get the conversation flowing and make those first few days much more bearable. Not to mention making a dreary university room a much brighter place to be.

Light It Up

4Turning Your Uni Desk into a Dream Work Space

Source

One of the great joys of being young is being able to hang fairy lights wherever and whenever you like without side glances from those more discerning visitors. So why not take advantage and dress your desk area in strings of fairy lights. Although they may not be the best light to work with at night, they will bring a cosy and enchanting feel to your space.

The Room 4 Desk Challenge – get involved!

As a blogger we know that you sit in front of your desk for more hours than you can count. It is your creative space, your little place in the world where your blog was born. But when was the last time you spoiled yourself and gave your desk a little makeover, updating your desk game with cute and quirky desk décor?

We would like to challenge bloggers and writers to a desk makeover. With just £20 could you find creative, stylish and modern ways to transform their desk? Be that by upcycling your old office folders to bringing summer indoors with a quirky desk plant and flower design stationary, the possibilities are endless and we would like to see what you can do.

So you like the sound of the challenge but how do you enter?

You need to be a blogger or a writer to enter. You must use a desk for your day to day work at home. If you fit this profile please email blogger@room4interiors.com with your website URL and contact details. Once you have been approved you would need to take a picture of your desk before and after, post it onto your blog telling your readers what you did, how you did it and how much it came up too with a link to Room 4 Interiors as the challenger. Remember to share your before & after pic onto Twitter with hashtag #Room4DeskChallenge.

All contestants will get £20 to spruce up their desk as well as a 20% discount on the Room 4 website for those who wish to purchase larger office items. The top 5 bloggers will each receive a Room 4 social post with a link to their article whilst the blogger with the best desk will be featured on the Room 4 website.

The person with the best desk and the winner of the challenge will get a £15 voucher to spend at Chroma Stationery on their own personalised blogger notebooks, a Dog and Pen paperweight from Qwerkity and a Terrific Weekly Desk Planner for all important blog planning.

The Room 4 Desk Challenge Blog-1

The competition will run until the end of August with voting opening on the 1st – 13th September 2015. Voting will be done by the public via Twitter. Voting is done through retweeting bloggers competition posts, each retweet is a vote. It’s a simple as that.

We would like to change the way desks around the UK are decorated, are you up for the challenge?

School’s Out – Time to Redecorate!

Now that the schools have broken up for summer and the kids are back at home, why not use this to your advantage and make redecorating a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy. Keeping the children busy and entertained whilst they’re at home is always a challenge, so getting them going on a big project will keep them occupied, stimulated and most importantly having fun. All of this coupled with the fact that you’ve now got yourself free helpers to get your decorating done makes it a win-win for everyone!

Whether it be making your house summer ready or generally updating your interior, summer is prime time for redecorating. The sun’s out, everyone’s happy and the kids are off, so why not use decorating as an enjoyable, fun activity to get the whole family pitching in and doing something together.

Decorate their bedrooms

One sure fire way to keep your kids entertained and having fun over the summer holiday is to get them involved in decorating their bedrooms. Redecorating with your children is a great way to get them excited and off the sofa, doing something fun, engaging and new. Allowing them to help decorate and have a say in the styling of their rooms will get their creative juices flowing and help them to learn new skills over the school break. You can even create a unique and fun study area with our home office furniture .

In the midst of decorating is often when you find that your furniture is also in need of an update. Whether it be a bed, dresser or cabinet, giving your room a new lease of life inevitably makes everything else look old and tired. Splashing out on a nice new matching bedroom set for your room will finish off the fresh new look, putting the cherry on top of all your hard work.

Room 4

Source

Decorate the dining room

Since it’s summer and the sun is blazing, the time has come for playing host. Inviting friends and family round for barbeques and a ‘few’ drinks is a frequent occurrence this time of year, so why not use this as an excuse to breathe some new life into your dining areas just in time for your guests. This along with the fact that school is now a distant memory means that the next 6 weeks will be packed with plenty of friends visiting and staying over, providing you with even more incentive to give your dining room a new lease of live.

The dining room is the social hub of the household so it needs to be fresh, fun and inviting. This is never more important than during the summer when every man and his dog seems to be dropping by for one reason or another. Investing some time and money to keep it looking smart will make you feel great about having guests over, along with giving you and your kids something fun to do during the school break. New furniture is a great place to start when updating your dining room, with the table obviously being a massive focal point.

Room 42

Source

Getting the whole family together to help decorate is a great way to spend some time together. Keeping the kids active, learning new things and most importantly having a good time is what the school holidays are all about, so why not re-decorate with them and kill two birds with one stone.