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Bedroom Office Nook Ideas

I am always looking for ways to make our cozy little 1930’s bungalow more functional. And, trust me, there are many spaces that can be better optimized! When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to focus on one small area instead of an entire room or remodel. When tackling a space, I usually myself a few key questions to drive the process . So, faced with an awkward corner and a home begging for more functionality, I set out to transform this area into a cozy bedroom office nook!

corner office nook
bedroom office nook – after refresh

Ok, so there are few things more satisfying to me than taking an awkward or unused space and turning into something amazing. Not just better, but an actual functioning highlight. That’s what (I think!) I did here with this little corner.

office before
Corner Before

This old house had sooooo many remodels, additions, and changes over the years that some spots felt like an afterthought. Since I wasn’t working with much square footage in general, it was a pity to waste any space.

This little corner sat unused for too long, it was time to shine her up and make it useful!

corner office before
Corner before with a dark green wall and LOTS of outlets & hardware

Best Use of Space

When I look at a space, I like to think of ways it could be used. This is the fun part – so many ideas come to mind! Typically, I try re-imagine from how it was built or previously used and think of possible ways it could be reconfigured.

This kind of re-imagining is how I work with difficult areas.

For this space, I thought it might function well in a few different ways. I considered a vanity area, an office, or even adding a closet with a remodel. But, given the size and my personal needs, I thought an office would be the best use of space.

bedroom corner before makeover
corner before was just a landing spot for random decor and stuff!

Define the Area

As part of the primary bedroom, I wanted to really define the corner to make it feel like its own little thing. The quickest way to do this was with paint.

This corner was painted green by the previous owners. It was a pretty hunter green color but just not me, plus you know I love a good black wall! The black (Boudoir by Behr) adds more contrast and really made it feel like it’s own space.

black bedroom wall
Black Boudoir paint by Behr

You might notice I painted the entire corner, check out my tips on How to Choose an Accent Wall for more info on this!

Painting a bold wall is also one of my favorite Easy Home Updates Under $200.

bedroom office nook corner

Add Office Functionality

Ok, so we need this space to be more than just pretty. It needs to actual work! To achieve this I added a few things:

  • Storage baskets for loose papers
  • Wall Shelf
  • Desk with drawer hole for cords
  • Desk Trays to corral the odds and ends
office nook styling

Office Styling Ideas

For styling this bedroom office nook, I stuck with my usual design style! I’m sort of an organic modern gal which means I love neutral colors, natural textures, plants, and minimal design.

I also like to be strategic while incorporating all these pieces:

  • Wall Art adds vertical height to make space feel taller & bigger
  • The circle hoop wall hanging mixes up the shapes since everything is so boxy
  • Keeping it neutral means it’s easy to switch things in and out
  • Baskets add texture and storage


home office styling

Office Mood Board

Before refreshing a space, I usually create a mood board to see it all together. For this office nook, I imagined something breezy yet romantic and inspiring.

bedroom office nook
  1. Midnight Blossoms – one of my new favorite prints from Juniper Print Shop (the blush pink softens up the dark wall)
  2. Pasture – I love a good landscape print and this one, also from Juniper, is a pretty neutral art print to layer (both frames from Frame It Easy, shop from here for 10% off)
  3. Floating White Oak Shelf: The hardware was already in place here and I decided to keep the shelf since I love the versatility of shelving
  4. Nesting Tray Desk Organizer – these are a cute catchall for all those little bits
  5. Woven Basket: We all need a few good baskets and I love the texture and natural vibes a woven basket offers to a space
  6. White Ceramic Vase – I love the contrast against the black wall! (this is not the exact vase, but super close!)
  7. Target Loring Desk: This light wood desk has made the rounds and for good reason, it’s super minimal and not too fussy!
  8. Oasis: Modern Desert Homes – One of my very favorite house design books for continued inspiration
  9. Black Wishbone Chair – These served as my dining room chairs but now I love using them as accent chairs around the house
Corner office nook with black accent wall, modern desk, and organic design

Hopefully this post gives you some ideas on how to create a really pretty and functional office nook or at least make the best use of a corner space!

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