Building a look around a quality statement piece is a good way to anchor a room. When augmented with lower-cost pieces, it’s also a good way to achieve a look that’s greater than the sum of its parts (i.e. looks more expensive than it is).

This thoroughly modern desk from Blu Dot is functionally funky: the bold red color packs a punch while the ample workspace and sleek lines make it practical enough for a workspace or home office. The desk itself costs $699, but add these more frugal sidekicks and you’ll achieve an overall look that won’t have you working overtime.

Set the stage with Blu Dot’s bright red desk from the Conran Shop. $699.



This shelving unit is highly complimentary—both in color and style—but doesn’t scream “set!” $229 from CB2.

wall bookshelf


Because the line between “awesomely red” and “looks like the inside of a tomato” is a thin one, add a grounding neutral, like this jute rug. $149 Tarby rug from IKEA.

TÃ…RNBY Rug, flatwoven, natural


Anyone who actually remembers high school science lab or shop will surely remember such stools, which actually look better with time and abuse. This backed model also has an adjustable leg height. $69.99 from Northern Stool.

National Public Seating Adjustable Stool with Back


The Task Floor Lamp bends and arches to provide light where you need it. $169 from west elm.

Industrial Task Floor Lamp


Muji’s classic Aluminum Wall Clock is perfect for a work space, but would work in just about any room of the house. $48.75.

Aluminum Wall Clock


At long last—you can keep your important papers color-coded with these Pantone storage tins. $22.00 from Seltzer Studios.

Pantone Storage Tin- Orange


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