Shabby Chic Office Ideas

Shabby chic office ideas and inspo.

Are you designing a shabby chic office and looking for inspiration? You’ve come to the right place. Spoak has all the interior design inspiration to get those creative juices flowing. Browse room designs, inspiration images and decor ideas or take our free room design tool for a spin below!

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Sarah’s HOME OFFICE designed by Denisse Zavala
Sarah’s HOME OFFICEDesigned by Denisse Zavala
Untitled designed by Emily Bucciarelli
UntitledDesigned by Emily Bucciarelli
Neutral Vibes designed by Christina Vanvuren
Neutral VibesDesigned by Christina Vanvuren
Blue Vibes designed by Chelsea Branch
Blue VibesDesigned by Chelsea Branch
Study Mood Board designed by Liz Wibbelsman
Study Mood BoardDesigned by Liz Wibbelsman
Taurus Vibes designed by Bridget Nelson
Taurus VibesDesigned by Bridget Nelson
Dining Room designed by Blair Jonson
Dining RoomDesigned by Blair Jonson
Untitled designed by Corey Gilliland
UntitledDesigned by Corey Gilliland
Untitled designed by Diana Rojas
UntitledDesigned by Diana Rojas
Bookcase Look 1 designed by Rachel Cucci
Bookcase Look 1Designed by Rachel Cucci
Primary Bedroom Mood Board designed by Joni Christensen
Primary Bedroom Mood BoardDesigned by Joni Christensen
Untitled designed by Elise Brinson
UntitledDesigned by Elise Brinson
Wallpaper/paint designed by Sheri Johnson
Wallpaper/paintDesigned by Sheri Johnson
MM Set Design accessories designed by Jade Rumbelow
MM Set Design accessoriesDesigned by Jade Rumbelow
Floral Fiend designed by Lorie Elrod
Floral FiendDesigned by Lorie Elrod
florals designed by Danica Rog
floralsDesigned by Danica Rog
Invite Mood board designed by Kendall Coughlan
Invite Mood boardDesigned by Kendall Coughlan
Butter Yellow designed by Monique De La Vega
Butter YellowDesigned by Monique De La Vega
Bold Space designed by Kira Violet
Bold SpaceDesigned by Kira Violet
Office Mood Board designed by Kate Weirick
Office Mood BoardDesigned by Kate Weirick
Office designed by Danielle Bucella
OfficeDesigned by Danielle Bucella
Office  designed by Showplace Design
Office Designed by Showplace Design
Seating Chart designed by Molly Johnson
Seating ChartDesigned by Molly Johnson
Ruggable Rug Finds designed by Stephanie Spitz
Ruggable Rug FindsDesigned by Stephanie Spitz

Design tips for decorating a shabby chic style office

Here’s how to achieve the shabby chic aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a shabby chic office?

The design of your workspace can be as crucial to your productivity as your morning cup of coffee. Whether you're carving out a corner in an open-concept living room or in the process of a remodel to create a dedicated office space, these are our tips to help you create a space that works (pun intended) for you:

  • Desk & Chair: The cornerstone of any office, your desk provides a designated workspace for your computer, monitor, books, and other essentials. It often serves as the focal point of an office or study, so place it where it best suits your workflow, ideally near natural light to boost mood and productivity.
  • Bookshelves or Storage: Every office needs storage. The material you choose for your storage can really help lean into the desired shabby chic style of your workspace.
  • Seating: Extra seating options, like an accent armchair, or sofa can add a cozy touch and provide a spot for guests or a change of scenery for you. Position these to encourage conversation without disrupting your work zone.
  • Area Rug: An area rug adds warmth and can define a workspace within a larger room. Place it under your desk and chair to anchor the space, ensuring it's large enough to allow for easy chair movement.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the office and complements the shabby chic style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall behind the desk to serve as a focal point.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. A desk lamp is common for those late work nights burning the midnight oil. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the office. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Remember, the best office design is one that reflects your personal work style and needs. Experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Home Office Design.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a shabby chic office design?

Shabby chic interior design style combines the old and the new to create a romantic and feminine atmosphere. The style embraces imperfections, with weathered finishes and repurposed items adding character and charm. Floral motifs, delicate lace, and gentle ruffles are hallmark features of a shabby chic aesthetic (lookup LoveShackFancy for inspo).

To infuse your office with a shabby chic aesthetic, choose a soft color palette of whites and creams, or pastel colors like lilac or baby pink. Central to achieving the shabby chic look is the use of distressed furniture that tells a story of time, complemented by an array of vintage textiles and patterns that add depth and character. Think: toile wallpaper, floral drapery, and ruffled upholstery. Then layer in vintage or antique heirloom decorative pieces to complete the look.

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