Pre-war Office Design

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.main.original.640x0cNotice how the gold accessories play beautifully against the all over dramatic paint.blue-millwork-den-meredith-heronIt’s amazing how once you accessorize a room, the drama of the “all over” color recedes.blue-painted-millwork-and-built-insThis 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.Prewar-office-floor-planThis 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.Prewar-office-elevation-windowAs with most of our rooms, we started with the rug. Lauren selected this colorful beauty while on a visit to ABC Home.Prewar-office-rugThe 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.Prewar-office-furniture-and-fabricsFabrics 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.Office-color-rendering1Technology 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.

  • Amy

    I painted the library/music room of our 18th century Federal farmhouse Farrow and Ball’s Stiffkey Blue. I love it.

  • Leslie W

    Hi! Great post as always. I am debating going all one color in my office. I can tell high gloss was used in the examples you shared but would it really diminish the look if I went with another finish, like a matte or eggshell? My office walls are not paneled and are not in perfect condition and I will likely be the one doing the painting and I have no experience painting with sanding and such! Thanks!!

  • suzanne

    You definitely don’t have to lacquer the walls for this to look great! Sometimes we prefer matte dark walls to lacquer–its just a different look!

  • Angela

    I would love to know what program you use to do the 3-D renderings, very cool.