Pretty much everyone has some sort of ‘office’ in their home these days, whether it be at the dining room table or in a room by itself. It is where you sit to pay your bills, organize your finances, search the internet and maybe even do some paid work. I am currently working on a home office remodel for a local couple, and want to share some of the thoughts and ideas in the early stages.
1. Color Palette: BHG 2016 2. 3. Ceiling Light 4. Orange Mirror 5. Gray Bookcase 6. Corner Desk with Hutch 7. A Little Window Photo: Minted.com 8. Ranunculus Photo 9. Tape Dispenser and Stapler 10. Desk Lamp 11. Blue Monday Photo: Minted.com 12. Storage Basket 13. Desk (similar to client’s) 14. Succulents: Image 15. Blue Box Planter and Mint Planter 16. Orange File Cabinet
The first thing I like to do is to make a list where I break down the requirements and challenges of the space.
-The office needs to accommodate two people and their furniture.
-The room is small (~10’x10’), with three desks currently in it. Two of the desks will be staying, because one is a family heirloom and the other is a corner desk that does help maximize the space. The heirloom desk is nice looking, but the corner desk isn’t beautiful. The corner desk is also the home of a desktop computer.
-The office now has a tall almond colored filing cabinet and two shorter ones, which are topped with a printer/copier. The closet is filled with books and other miscellaneous supplies. There is florescent lighting and tan carpet, both of which need updating.
My clients are a fun couple who will be retiring in the next few years. They like bright and unfussy spaces, so there will be no dark ‘den’ or ‘man-cave’ designs here! We both fell in love with Better Homes and Gardens 2016 color palette, which includes a light gray, dusty blue, bright orange, mint green and blush pink. In the right combination, it is both masculine and feminine, which is ideal for this couple’s shared office. Adding in black or a dark stain on the desks also keeps the look from being too soft.
A few DIY projects using some of the existing furniture will help keep the budget down. Their current filing system will likely be downsized, but we plan to paint the filing cabinets that remain, since they are high quality. We will be working on the two desks to help them blend more cohesively. My clients are happy with the comfort of their current office chairs, so we will be recovering at least one of them with new upholstery. Fresh paint on the walls and ceiling will brighten up everything, as will the addition of a new ceiling fixture and a desk lamp or two.
The closet space will be reconfigured to store books and office supplies more efficiently. Quality shelving might have a combination of open and closed storage, possibly with some baskets or closed doors. They are considering a small chair for a reading nook, so we will see how the space goes together once we get the space plan worked out. For now, check out the idea board I created for a bright and breezy office space.