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Ideas for a beautiful and inviting desk in the living room

Do you want a workspace in your living room, but without it looking too much like an office? Here's how to decorate this area so that it's in harmony with the rest of your home. You'll see how you can give it a cosy touch using some simple tricks.

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A work space at home in the living room. It includes a desk, a chair with a blanket draped over it and open-storage shelves
A work space at home in the living room. It includes a desk, a chair with a blanket draped over it and open-storage shelves

Having a study or work area at home is, in many cases, a necessity. However, we can't always set this up in a room just for that purpose. On the contrary, we have to find a way to make a space for it in a room we already have, like the living room.

It's times like this when we need to be creative to devise a space that, firstly, fulfils the basic functions for which it is intended (in this case, concentration), and secondly, does not break the harmony of the space overall, so that it continues to be a pleasant home where we want to spend more time.

Textiles: the key to change

This work nook in the living room is far from the coldness and impersonality of a simple desk. How did we do it? With the help of subtle accessories and of course, textiles.

Because it's a work area, it should cover the bare necessities: a comfortable chair, good light and various storage solutions. To turn it into a more cosy space, we have taken inspiration from the rest of the colours in the room. Namely, light tones with touches of green, blue and grey, all of which is reflected in objects with elegant lines, and wood finishes to give it that warm and comfortable texture.

The desk chair has a cosy, rugged blanket draped over it. The work lamp has an integrated wireless charger, so you can plug in your mobile phone and stop cables from being in the middle of everything, which would ruin this environment. Finally, we've added a pegboard to the wall to hang artistic prints, and perhaps even some plants to brighten things up.

This desk is designed in this way so that, once your work is done, you can take away the chair and turn your study area into a pretty dresser that adds personality to the living room.

Detail-orientated storage

This subtlety is perfect for maintaining harmony between the living room's two functions (a work area, but also a space for leisure and relaxation). This effect is largely due to the storage system we've incorporated. Find out how.

All work areas get filled with materials. Thus, rather than installing a wardrobe that takes away space from our living room and conflicts with the decor, we've decided to incorporate an open-storage system using white shelves. Boxes have been essential, because we can store all types of office material in them. This means that the items will be stored together elegantly and out of sight, because we have used lids in the same colour to give a homogeneous feel.

Now that everything is in its place, we add the finishing touches to make it perfect. This is when we get the full potential of open storage and turn it into a work of art. We have used paintings, photographs, plants and vases in minimalist colours. Oh! And we've placed some labels on the boxes so we know what's inside. This is the end result. What do you think?

Use this advice to create the desk of your dreams.

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try being creative too? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, and so voiding IKEA product warranties and your right of return.