DESIGN AROUND: A BRIGHT DESK
Building a look around a quality statement piece is a good way to anchor a room. When augmented with lower-cost pieces, itâ€™s also a good way to achieve a look thatâ€™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 youâ€™ll achieve an overall look that wonâ€™t have you working overtime.
Set the stage with Blu Dotâ€™s bright red desk from the Conran Shop. $699.
This shelving unit is highly complimentaryâ€”both in color and styleâ€”but doesnâ€™t scream â€œset!â€ $229 from CB2.
Because the line between â€œawesomely redâ€ and â€œlooks like the inside of a tomatoâ€ is a thin one, add a grounding neutral, like this jute rug. $149 Tarby rug from IKEA.
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.
The Task Floor Lamp bends and arches to provide light where you need it. $169 from west elm.
Mujiâ€™s classic Aluminum Wall Clock is perfect for a work space, but would work in just about any room of the house. $48.75.
At long lastâ€”you can keep your important papers color-coded with these Pantone storage tins. $22.00 from Seltzer Studios.