I’ve yet to tackle my home office and now that we’re painting other rooms, I’ve been trying to tackle my office.
What I want:
Stylish Modern Elegance
What I have:
Desk needs to stay and there is a HUGE computer monitor on it: Mac Pro tower in the bottom left door. There is a cord management as well.
This is the room before the new floor was put in
This is the foor that was put in (but shown in another room)
It’s a dark warm wood color (which is one of my biggest hiccups right now…. as I gravitate towards cool colors)
The above is probably the closest I’ve found for what I want. Right now my desk is against the wall because we also have a queen bed in the room. I want to get rid of the bed, orient the desk as it is in the image, next to windows facing towards door. I would like a nice looking futon to replace the lost bed or 2 chairs. I want to replace the fan with a great light…
What I really need help with: (on a budget, ahem)
A light, rug, wall color(s) and curtain plan of attack.
So, who wants to help me put a plan together?
Green is a really good color for offices (supposedly) as it’s a soothing color that won’t make you sleepy. Since that is already a color you seem to gravitate towards, I’d stick with that for the walls. I think a sage green would look really nice! I might also mimic the photo you posted and only paint the wall that the window is on green, leaving everything else neutral.
I would go for either a white or a light colored futon that you could decorate with fun colored/patterned pillows. I think it would lighten up the room a bit and changing pillows makes it really easy to change up the look. Here are some inexpensive ones I found (actually all of them are from Walmart) that got good reviews:
$189 – http://www.walmart.com/ip/Emily-Faux-Leather-Convertible-Futon-Vanilla/12557154?sourceid=1500000000000003260370&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=12557154
$229 – http://www.walmart.com/ip/Belle-Convertible-Futon-White/11395435?findingMethod=rr
$279 – http://www.walmart.com/ip/Manhattan-Convertible-Lounger-Pearl/5601766?findingMethod=rr
I would get some kind of area rug to go underneath the desk. Since the desk and the wood floor are a really similar color, I think breaking them up so they aren’t right against one another would be good. It’s hard to recommend rugs as those are very personal to one’s taste, but I’d recommend taking a look at them.
Here are some ideas. I like these color palettes:
I also love this for seating. It’s a chair/love seat that folds out into a bed:
Any opinions on this light?
I’ve got the desk into the middle of the room, set up like my inspiration image. I’ve re-organized my bookcases and am getting rid of a lot of clutter right now. My plan is to do 3 pics across from the desk like my inspiration, but the middle one will be my white board. I’ll probably find 2 cheap chairs for right now to sandwich one of my low bookcases…. and I’m debating the other 2 walls…. The color is still completely elusive. The gray I have down in my gallery looks icky in this room and the green we used in the laundry room does too… I’m getting frustrated with swatches at the moment… lol