How to Create a Rustic Reclaimed Workspace
Salvaged and repurposed materials give this creative home office a relaxed vibe. Here's how to bring its one-of-a-kind look to your home
Outfitting a room almost entirely with recycled or reused finds can prove a challenge. Too much salvage, and your space starts to look like a junkyard—which is why interior designer Sally Bailey lets simplicity reign in her home studio, shown here. Whitewashed walls offer a clean backdrop for her many rescued treasures, including a handmade machinist's stool and a desktop crafted from boards once used as a potter's drying rack. "There's a sense of calm that comes from the room's amazing light and abundance of natural finishes," says Bailey. But the room also boasts plenty of personality, thanks to bright blue vases and vintage globes, plus some graphic industrial accessories, including a caged desk lamp.
Read on for more ways to create a similar space at your house.
A chalky white hue in an odorless, eco-friendly formula lends this office an airy feel, while a light spray of cobalt on the desk legs adds an unfussy dose of color. Natura Semi-Gloss in Distant Gray (OC-68) and Big Country Blue (2066-30), $50 per gallon; benjaminmoore.com
Tip: For walls with a similarly down-to-earth look, try painted textured-plywood siding.
Amp up desk storage by keeping supplies (and knickknacks) in an old display case. This one cost $275 from eBay seller Toollab, but you can find options for as little as $10—just search for "display cabinet" or "glass case"; ebay.com