When designing a home office in an apartment we are helping to renovate, we were inspired by images of rooms painted in strong colors on as many surfaces as possible. Our client spends a fair amount of time working from her home office. Thankfully, she’s a color enthusiast, so we had a meeting of the minds: let’s make this light-filled room colorful! We shared photos of small rooms painted head-to-toe in color, then presented the client with color renderings to show how our concept could come to light given the custom furniture pieces and window treatments which were already in production for a summer installation. Look at how dramatic these rooms are.Notice how the gold accessories play beautifully against the all over dramatic paint.It’s amazing how once you accessorize a room, the drama of the “all over” color recedes.This is the furniture plan for the room we’re designing. It’s not a large room, but in some ways this makes it all the more suitable for our goals.This is our initial rendering of how the room might feel once decorated and accessorized. We designed very simple cabinetry and a desk. The idea is to keep the room tidy and clutter free without heavy, traditional bookcases.As with most of our rooms, we started with the rug. Lauren selected this colorful beauty while on a visit to ABC Home.The room will have a pull-out sofa (so that it can double as a guest room), a comfortable desk chair, and a luxurious custom upholstered chair to curl up and read in.Fabrics from left from right: 1. Sofa – Holland & Sherry, Palpana; 2. Sofa seat cushion – Brunschwig & Fils, Chevalier Wool; 3. Club chair – Raoul Textiles, Fig; 4. Desk chair – Claremont Furnishings, Fermoie Linen.
This is the final color rendering we shared with our clients. It would eventually be accessorized more completely with more books, and artwork, but it does convey the idea.Technology allows us to do so much! We can illustrate almost anything we design with relative ease, and we find it can often be a way to get our clients to stretch their initial vision a bit outside their comfort zone- which is exactly where we like to take them. Have you painted rooms in a dramatic fashion? Please send us your photos. We love seeing what you’re up to.