When It Comes to Desks, Standing Is the New Sitting
We all know that sitting in front of our computers for hours on end can expand our waistlines and at worst, shorten our lives. A standing desk can help you stay healthy. We found nine compact ideas that are perfect for small workspaces. We’ve also included tips and ideas that will get you out of your seat and on your feet.
This Standing Desk Is Made to Grab and Go
Looking for a portable standing desk? The Storkstand is an easy-to-carry, doctor recommended option that weighs only 4.2 pounds. To use, just attach to your office chair. When you’re done, the Storkstand folds into a sleek 17-inch by 15.5-inch by 2.25-inch rectangle. The desk fits either a 13-inch, 15-inch or 17-inch laptop, and it can support up to 50 pounds.
Tip: To reap the health benefits associated with using a standing desk you just need to get out of your chair every 20 minutes and stand for at least two minutes.
This Standing Desk Mounts to a Wall
If you need to create a micro home office, the Podpad is a solution that mounts to a wall using a provided French cleat. When open, this compact system reveals a small desk and filing area for papers and mail. When closed the unit turns into a charging station for all of your electronic devices.
Tip: When using a computer on a standing desk, keeping your wrists straight and your upper arms close to your body slightly below elbow level can prevent injuries like carpal tunnel.
This Standing Desk Is Automatic
Automatic standing desks can cost thousands of dollars. The StandDesk is a game changer. Not only does it automatically adjust height with the press of a button, a standard version of this electronic desk costs that similar options that cost in the thousands.
Tip: Got sensitive feet? Wear shoes with cushioned insoles while using a standing desk.
A DIY Standing Desk System
Modos is a modular furniture system that will let you create shelves or a standing desk without using tools. The Modos Standing Desk Kit includes boards made from sustainably sourced FSC-Certified wood and easy to use metal connectors.
A Modern Desk with a Vintage Twist
The Adler Table by Ohio Design has a look that hearkens back to the industrial era. What makes this a real stand-out is that it uses an old-school machinist crank to adjust the table height from 27-inches to 42-inches.
Tip: An anti-fatigue floor mat can make standing at your desk more comfortable.
The Cardboard Standing Desk
Need a lightweight or temporary desk that’s durable and recyclable? Chairigami, a cardboard furniture company that manufactures here in the U.S., has the perfect solution. Their standing desk, like all the pieces they create, is crafted from a three-ply corrugated board — and that’s it, no glue, staples or resins. Better still, this 42-inch long by 24-inch wide by 42-inch tall workstation is made from renewable resources: 70 percent recycled cardboard and 30 percent FSC certified virgin fiber.
Tip: Here’s how you can prevent neck pain when using a standing desk. First keep your computer screen an arm’s length away, directly in front of your body. Next, adjust your desk height, so your computer screen is a tad below eye level.
This Floating Desk Is Perfect for Standing
The Cutter is a compact work area that you mount to a wall at your preferred height. It includes two storage cubbies and a built-in cord management system that eliminates cord clutter.
Tip: While sitting all day is not healthy, standing all day can make knees hurt and at worst cause varicose veins according to a 2005 study. To avoid, alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.
Fresh Accent Wall
Perk up a room (inexpensively) with an accent wall like Dabito did herein this colorful living room.
Hang a Collection
Hang an eclectic collection of baskets to serve as eye-catching ornament like blogger Dabito did here in this New Orleans home.
Bring in the Greenery
Bring the outdoors in with a large plant as focal point on a table, like designer Alison Pickart did here.
Bring in Nature
For this living room designed by Taniya Nayak, right on the water in Florida, comfort is key. Instead of bold colors, create visual interest through layers of soft textures and subtle, naturally inspired patterns throughout the room, as shown here.
Embrace a Wild Print
Create a bold accent wall with paint, as homepolish designer Megan Crawley did, to add some contrast to a simple sofa.
Make furniture symmetrical
This living room, designed by Emilie Munroe of Studio Munroe, features both symmetry and balance. Two oversized lounge chairs flank the fireplace, creating the ideal conversation spot for a busy couple with a few moments to catch up.
Make a space feel bigger with a large rug
Designers Heather Brock and Jennifer Wundrow of Nest Design Co. used a rug larger than the overall seating to make the room feel bigger. “This is often a misconception we find in people’s homes. They are of the mindset that a smaller rug makes a room feel larger, when in fact a smaller rug can make the room feel a bit more fragmented. We love when all the furniture sits on the rug creating an intimate and cohesive space,” according to the designers.
Keep large pieces clean and classic
Courtney Heaton Designs recommends sticking to tradition with larger pieces and adding in trendier pieces with small items. “We suggest anchoring the room with pieces that will stand the test of time like this navy sectional with clean lines and these classic swivel chairs. Then you can have fun with pillows and x benches that can easily be changed out for a whole new look!”
Let Pieces Work Together
Use a rug to draw the eye in the direction of furniture you want to highlight, like blogger Oh Joy! did here in this minty living room.
Create intimate conversation areas with seating
Get the furniture layout just right, says interior designer Amanda Teal of Amanda Teal Design. “Always measure your space and start with a plan, so you know the furniture sizes that best suit the space. In this room, we started with the perfect spot for the piano and layered in the sofa and plush lounge chairs around it. Because we had a plan, the scale and proportion of the furniture is harmonious in the space. This configuration also maximizes seating and creates multiple intimate conversation areas.”
Create Visual Interest
Use a patterned room divider to add visual interest, like Homepolsih designer Ariel Okin did here.
Welcome Pops of Color
Give emphasis to a neutral room by adding a few smart hits of color like lifestyle blogger Ashley Stringfellow of Modern Glam did her with these adorable pillows.
Watch a Mirror Work
“The living room is a place where you should feel totally at ease, whether you love a calm neutral palette or something vibrant,” says Decorist celebrity designer Massucco Warner Miller. “Layering objects like coffee table books that represent your families passions in additional to travel trinkets such as blown glass votives brings an additional layer of intimacy to a space.”
Perk Up a Bare Wall
Bring the outside in with pieces that takes you to the beach, just as blogger Camille Styles did in her chic living room. “To create that ambiance, I place shells and coral dot every surface and most of the art on the walls reflects some far-flung beach locale.”
Incorporate Personal Heirlooms
In the Decorist’s San Francisco showhouse, by Decorist elite designer Simone Howell, everything is personal. “The living room is a place where you should feel totally at ease, whether you love a calm neutral palette or something vibrant. Layering objects like coffee table books that represent your families passions in additional to travel trinkets such as blown glass votives brings an additional layer of intimacy to a space.”
Invest a couch with a modern, informal sensibility by tossing on odd number of throw pillows. For something more traditional, do an even number.
See more on decorating with throw pillows.
Create a cozy conversation area by grouping seating around a large window, taking advantage of light and views.
Inject personality into neutral sofas by adding brightly patterned and colored throw pillows.
Ready to change your décor? Follow these guidelines to create a modern living room of your own.
Create a modern décor with bright colors and fuss-free pieces.
Add an easy pop of color with a bright chair, just as blogger Oh Joy! did in this sitting area. Include a gallery wall, plenty of plants to bring the outdoors in, and chunky knits to make things cozy.
Embrace robust colors. (Green has actually been shown to create a sense of calm and comfort.)
Don’t be afraid to go bold, like blogger Oh Joy! did here in this green living room. Balance out the green by incorporating two shades, like she did with the sofa and wall color.
Use a Curved Sofa To Divide A Room
Designers Cecilia Sagrera and George Brazil, of Sagrera Brazil Designcreated zones in this open-plan living area. “Using a curved sofa with curved console behind it helps to separate the Living and Dining Areas. Using a few curved pieces of furniture helps to break up the hard angles of the architecture. The large painting by Carolyn Meyer echos what is seen outside, almost creating another window.”
Can’t afford a beach vacation this year? Don’t worry. With easy breezy beach style decorating you can get all the ambiance of a day at the beach without setting foot outside the house. And the best news of all? It’s an easy and versatile style that can be modified to suit any style of home
Open and Airy
A sandy color palette with touches of blue is perfectly reminiscent of the sea and surf in this home by Butler Armsden Architects. To make the most of this type of palette try to stick with an open layout and limit the use of furniture and accessories. The idea here is to create an open, airy atmosphere, similar to what’s happening just outside.
Light Blue Living Room With Natural Textures
A basic beach house living room is easy to achieve if you use the right combination of color and materials like designer Sabrina Alfin did here. Soft blue paint, sand and stone colored fabrics and driftwood accents combine seamlessly to make an afternoon in this living room feel like a day at the beach.
One of the best ways to get a beachy or coastal look is with shiplap, as seen here in this living room courtesy of Indian River Furniture. While some liken it more with farmhouse style, it’s been historically more associated with nautical or “cape cod” style. The wide, horizontal planks evoke a sense of casual simplicity, and isn’t that what beach style is all about?
To make the connection from the outdoors to the indoors virtually seamless, consider a largely white color scheme with slim, streamlined furniture, like this beach house from Lissett Homes. In this beach house living room, there’s a sense of openness thanks to the large window and minimalist interior. Pops of sea blue help to maintain the beachy personality amidst all the white.
Sometimes beach style is more about the feeling created than it is about the color palette. While the accent color in this beach style living room from Donna Elle is green rather than blue, it still has that easy breezy relaxed beach style thanks in part to the sandy off-white backdrop, scalloped edge furniture, coastal artwork, and shell details.
Leather couches and Persian rugs aren’t often associated with beach style decorating, but this beach house living room, courtesy of Chosen Property Photography, proves that this style can’t be pigeonholed. Despite the unexpected furnishings, the rough-hewn floors and wicker chairs add a sense of casual beach flair. And notice the colors of the horizontal stripes on the walls—totally reminiscent of the beach horizon where the sand meets the water.
While beach style is often considered easy and breezy, there’s no reason why those who like their home to be a little more lavish can’t partake. This elegant living room from Stephan Alexander Homesadds a little bit of glam to the relaxed style with mirrored coffee tables, delicate details and oodles of accessories. Just like the woman who wears jewelry and heels to the beach, this room considers the environment but follows its own glamorous rules.
Living on the beach is great, except for one problem—sand. It gets tracked inside and can be a huge pain to deal with. To make cleaning easier and reduce the amount of sand that gets caught up in fabrics, consider eliminating rugs and going solely with bare floors, like the owners of this property from Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty did. While rugs tend to add a certain cozy factor, in beachside residences you can often get away without them.
Pops of Color
Liven up a beach house living room with bright hits of coral. While beach style is often associated with the colors of the sand and sea, people tend to ignore what’s going on under the surface of the water. Bright colors abound, and there’s no reason not to include them in a beach style room. In this bold beachy room, courtesy of Mathew Bolt, both patterns and colors are reminiscent of coral which livens up the space and adds an element of tropical fun.
Shades of Gray
Beach style can differ very much depending on location. A tropical beach style is quite different than a northern beach style. The further north you go, the easier it is to incorporate shades of gray. This muted beach style living room from designer Carolyn Thayer speaks to the cool grays found in the Northeast—it’s light and breezy during the day, and warm and cozy at night.
Ocean Themed Accessories
Reinforce a beach style aesthetic with accessories. In this room from Spang Builders almost every single accessory, from the pieces of driftwood to the painted seascapes, to the large boat sculpture, relate to the ocean in some way. When combined with the relaxed furniture and soft color palette, the result is 100% beach style.
Contrary to popular belief, blue is not a necessary component of a beach house living room. Brown, beige and stone are more than sufficient for creating a feeling of coastal relaxation. The key is to include materials that are reminiscent of those washed up by the ocean—in the case of this neutral room from Out In Design, driftwood. The rough wood lamps and the beach-inspired table they’re sitting atop of really help to bring the beach theme home in this room.
Small Beach Cottage
In any small space it’s important to get creative with storage. Since beach activities often require a lot of accessories and equipment, it can be tricky to find room to store all of it. In this beach style living room from Starr Sanford Design, a surfboard is hung on the wall, making for a smart storage solution and a great beach house accessory.
Elegantly Relaxed Living Room
Cool, calm and collected defines this beach house living room from Echelon Interiors. Soothing tones mix pleasantly with driftwood and wicker accents, and classic architectural details to create an elegant but relaxed space.
Floor to Ceiling Windows in a Living Room
Try designing a beach house living room so that it feels enveloped by the sea and sand surrounding it. From color to texture to pattern (or lack thereof), try to recreate the ambiance of the seaside so that the break between outdoor and indoor is minimal. In this royal room from Evergreen Homes, the large windows are unencumbered by window treatments in order to maximize the connection with the outdoors.
To say that the ocean is blue is a bit of an understatement. There are countless shades of blue in the sea, and therefore there can be countless shades of blue in an ocean-inspired living room. In this beachy pad from Studio 80 shades from navy all the way to aqua are incorporated, giving it not just beach style, but ocean style.
Let a room’s architecture speak for itself. The minimalist decor in this beach house living room from Pacific Edge Builders allows the beautiful ceiling details as well as the vertical lines of the floor and walls to stand out. The geometric lines of the furniture and accessories help to reinforce the clean and crisp look.
Cool and Crisp
A cool and crisp living room is a great juxtaposition to the heat and humidity of the beach. To create a look like this Miami beach room from MRA Design start with a clean, white backdrop and then pepper in hits of strong blue. This works particularly well with a contemporary slant, so keep all the lines clean and the frills to a minimum.
Sand Over Surf
When it comes to sand and surf, most people focus on the surf. But sandy colors are great for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The real standout in this sandy living room from Diane Bergeron is the wide expanse of sand-colored fabric across the window. Not only does it help to enhance the beach theme, but it helps to draw attention to the striking architectural beams above.
Airy Beach House Living Room
When you’ve got a large expanse of windows looking out over something so beautiful, don’t detract from it by overdoing the interior design. While comfort is certainly key in this beach house living room from Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design, there’s nothing that immediately draws the eye and takes away from the view. It’s all about casual comfort and the connection to the outdoors.
Wainscoting is installing wooden trim and panels in a pattern along the wall. It is topped off with a horizontal strip of molding that spans the circumference of a room. We’ve already shared such ideas a couple of years ago, and as this kind of decor is on and gaining popularity now I’d like to go back to the topic and have a look at wainscoting in particular: in bathrooms.
Wainscoting in bathrooms may be used as a decorative element, as insulation or to prevent or cover up water damage on walls and it can be installed at any height. It can be added as a means to unify a bathroom’s decor and to create a cohesive and matching design and though you may say that it’s outdated, it’s not so – it’s widely used not only in traditional and rustic spaces but also in glam, contemporary, Scandinavian and many more – it can be styled for literally every space.
Wainscoting is an unusual alternative to wall tiles, it costs less and makes the space feel comfortable and welcoming like a living room, besides it adds an elegant touch at once. Besides, it’s a great idea for vintage, shabby chic and rustic spaces that look better with wainscoting than with tiles if you want to make it more styled. It can be installed at any height, and if you have a free-standing bathtub – cover the space around it, or around the sink, for example, to save your walls from being dump. Wainscoting can be painted to match the walls, the furniture and all sorts of other elements in the room.
Paint the bathroom wainscoting in a color that defines the theme you’ve chosen for the space. For example, if you want a natured-inspired decor or a zen or spa ambiance, you can work with tones of green, beige and grey combined with white. You can match the wainscoting to your bathroom cabinetry if you intend to create a uniform and cohesive interior decor with a dominating accent color. Or go vice versa to create a bold contrasting look! Add a touch of color to the space using bold wainscoting that can not match any other items in the bathroom.