Best practices for moving computer and printer into living area without it looking terrible?
I have a three-bedroom house. Currently my two boys share a bedroom. We use the third bedroom as a "computer room". My eldest is getting older and will need his privacy. The computer room will become his bedroom.
I am not keen on putting a computer area in my living room but it is the only place for it. It is our one and only living space and I am afraid of the area looking junky and messy. We do not use our computer for work (apart from answering emails and ordering for our very small business). We will not have piles of files and paperwork. We use it for recreation.
I wish to go to laptops only but my husband is not interested in that. He wants his big monitor. We don't have a large computer tower -- it's a mac mini and pretty streamlined. I absolutely do not want a computer and printer in my bedroom. Our kitchen is not big enough and I don't want it in there anyway. We don't have a basement or a big laundry room or a formal living or dining space. It's a small house with five rooms. We essentially have nowhere to put the computer except our living room. We have a free wall where we would like to put a new desk and a streamlined printer.
It is a six foot space of free wall next to our couch. See photo. See photo two.
When you open the front door you will have a straight view of the desk area. See photo three.
I am kind of against computer armories because they are heavy looking. I have a dark brown couch and some dark brown and black furniture, I don't want to create more heaviness. I know they come in white but I'm not sold on the idea.
After all of this rambling and needless explaining, I wish to get a neat, clean, and streamlined look that blends with the wall and rest of the room. Maybe something like this
with computer, monitor, and printer on top of desk only versus the monstrosity and craziness that is my (husband's) desk currently. We can keep files elsewhere.
I'm not interested in a convertible desk
because I think it would look odd in the space.
Do you have any other ideas for neat and stylish desk areas in living spaces? Do you have an office space in your living space? Is the desk I linked above a bad idea for a computer? What are best ways to conceal wires? What is the best printer to get that is not ugly? What are the best ways to make area look attractive and homey instead of cluttered office space?
Thanks for all advice.