Hi Gabrielle, I have a question. How do you make computers look attractive? My husband has two computers that we “have to keep” and they’re out in the open (not tucked in an office), so I just wonder how do you make computer stations look neat and clean and cool? Any ideas would be great. Thanks, Sarah

Design Mom Answer:
Work stations can be tricky, Sarah. Thanks for the question. I think part of your answer (neat and clean and cool) is actually in your question. Keeping the area around your computer neat and clean will have a huge impact about how you feel about the space.

As far as cool goes, you have a few options. High-tech hardware seems to look most at home in a very modern or industrial setting. If modern furniture appeals to you, take the computers as inspiration and consider making the entire room a Moma-looking-haven. Or maybe just make the computer area a bit more up-to-date with a clean white or silver desk. A fabulous desk chair with contemporary lines. A lamp with a modern shape.

If the computers really bug you, another option is to pretend for a moment that the computers aren’t there. Make the space lovely — just the way you want it — and then reintroduce the computers. If you love the rest of the room, the computers probably won’t bother you so much.

And if that still doesn’t work. Consider an Office in an Armoire like this one from an old issue of Living.

How do you solve this dilemma in your homes, Dear Readers?

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