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Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall)

Create a cozy yet functional bedroom office nook with an electric standing desk, comfy chair, gallery wall, and simple storage.

Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall) | black sit to stand electric standing desk, hats hanging on wall, poetto vase, collected antique art gallery wall

Welcome friends! I hope you are well today. Last week I shared a primary bedroom update, and today I’m excited to finally reveal my bedroom office nook! If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that this has been another long term project for me. I love a good gallery wall, but they are so much harder than they look (in my opinion)! At last, I am pleased with my frames and placement and am able to call this space complete. I’ll share a little before and after, as well as tips for creating a pretty yet functional office nook. Let’s get started!

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Bedroom Office Before

This is how my office space looked last November. I had purchased the wooden desk with drawers and the windowpane plaid chair, but had not decided what to hang on the wall. After taking these photos, I attempted several gallery wall configurations–and made almost 40 holes in my wall in the process!–but they didn’t feel right.

The desk was cute but ended up being a bit wobbly (maybe because of the carpet?) and I didn’t love it paired with the chair. I also wanted to replace the lamp with something larger to ground the dresser styling.

Gallery wall over desk mockup mood board

I realized that I would prefer an electric sit to stand desk, so I created a mockup of the space. I then tried several more configurations digitally to avoid making more holes in the wall! 😉 Many of you expressed interest in a blog post about creating mood boards, so I am planning to share more on that soon. But here’s a quick tip: I use the paid version of Canva, which allows you to remove the background of product images!

Finally, I saved up for the desk, frames, and artwork, and was finally able to bring my vision to life…

Vintage Art Gallery Wall

vintage art gallery wall with mismatched frames
Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall) | small office space, hats hanging on wall, poetto vase, collected antique art gallery wall
Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall) | poetto vase, collected antique art gallery wall
Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall) | black sit to stand electric standing desk, poetto vase, collected antique art gallery wall

I am so pleased with this completed space! The vintage art gallery wall is my favorite part of the design–I spent several months mulling over landscapes and drawings that would inspire me while working. My husband has his own office space in our guest room, so I wanted this cozy corner to represent me! Each piece has a special meaning and I absolutely love seeing it each day (especially since it took several attempts and lots of creative energy to complete).

Gallery wall details: the larger frames are 14×18, and the smaller frames are all 8×10. The printable artwork and frames are linked above, and I ordered giclee prints from Mpix. (Use “deep matte photographic” paper for paintings and “fine art photographic” paper for line drawings.)

Pretty and Functional Office Nook

wide view of dresser and desk in bedroom, ikea hemnes 8 drawer dresser white, French country mirror, large jar lamp
Bedroom Office Nook (and Vintage Art Gallery Wall) | black sit to stand electric standing desk, hats hanging on wall, poetto vase, collected antique art gallery wall, windowpane plaid chair

I wanted to share a few tips for creating an office nook that is both pretty and functional:

  1. Consider a sit to stand desk. I started out with a regular desk but realized quickly that I would like to have the option to stand, so I purchased this electric standing desk (black, 42 x 24). I hung my artwork just high enough so that is still above the desk in standing position!
  2. Choose a comfy chair. I love how this windowpane plaid chair (available in many colors) adds coziness to this corner and balances the sleek, modern desk.
  3. Include accessible storage. My previous desk had a few drawers, and I needed to find a way to store office supplies, laptop cables, and my planner pads. These cream drawers with gold pulls are large enough to hold papers and provide just enough storage.
  4. Don’t forget lighting. Since my dresser is so close, the large lamp is sufficient. But you may also consider a smaller lamp for your desk, like this one or this one.
  5. Finish it off with decor and layers. I loved creating a gallery wall, but you could also use a pin board, shelf, or two large pieces of art. For texture and dimension, I hung two hats (similar, similar) on the adjacent wall, and completed the look with a dipped vase, faux flowers, and a cotton throw.
Beige 29-inch Vintage Resin Amphora Table Lamp, jar lamp
vintage art gallery wall with figure art and landscapes, poetto vase

Here is a before and after!

Do you have a home office? Is it a separate room, or a nook in another space? I hope you found this post inspiring. Up next will be the powder room reveal, can’t wait to share! XO,

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