Mood Board: Perfectly pink home office

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Now, on to today’s mood board…

This DIY Design room was designed for a client looking to upgrade her small home office. As a freelance journalist, she spends a lot of time writing at home. Her home office had functioned as make-do office/guest room for several years. Its contents included an well-loved futon, a functional bookcase, a tall file cabinet and a card table, acting as a desk.

The client wanted a light and airy space. Her favorite color is pink, but she didn’t want a room with pink walls.  She wanted a homey  space where she could work, but that she would also feel comfortable inviting colleagues into as needed. She wanted a softer place to read, besides a stylish desk chair. She mentioned that she also loves flowers, but has severe allergies, so “no plants, please”…

The first thing to do in this room was rearrange the existing furniture. The futon and card table were donated to her younger brother. The tall file cabinet and the bookcase were tucked away in the empty closet. This allows the client to keep professional books and office supplies stacked however she wants them and they can all be tidied away just by closing the closet door.

Knowing that we would want to include lots of pink in the room, this silvery grey wall color (Benjamin Moore Color Preview in “Silver Half Dollar”) provides a neutral background for warmer colors and any patterns. We also added some simple crown molding to the design to give a nice finished look to the walls. A crisp white paint (Benjamin Moore Color Preview in “Chantilly Lace”) was chosen to update the trim, crown molding and doors.

Painting the walls grey brought much attention to the white Berber carpet already in the room. We kept the carpet, especially since it had nice cushy padding, but we minimized the bright white color by centering a darker grey area rug on top. The gentle circular pattern on the rug helps soften all of the right angles in the room.

To keep the room feeling airy, lightly textured sheers were chosen for the window. This will cut down on any glare when the client is working on her computer and offer a breezy feeling if she wants to open the window. We echoed the soft waves of the sheer in the new ceiling fixture. With multiple glass panels hanging around the shade, this fixture will offer some softly diffused light when the client works in the evening. Our last lighting choice was this large desk lamp. The crystal base lets the light pass through it, giving the lamps a lighter feel on the desk surface and adding a tiny bit of sparkle to the room.

Speaking of a light feeling, this trestle style desk was chosen to give the client plenty of storage for her printer and her scanner without taking away from the desk top surface area. The open shelves and legs of the desk also keep the desk from feeling like a heavy piece of furniture in the room. The desk chair needed to feel dressier than most desk chairs. By choosing a dining chair and having it custom upholstered in a modern dark pink print, the client has a comfortable desk chair in her favorite color. This desk chair can also be used as a stylish side chair with the settee.

This small settee is ideal for the room size. We also liked the elegant legs, which repeat the wood finishes found in the desk and desk chair. The tufting on the back of this settee make for a lovely texture against the smooth grey walls. Two contrasting pink pillows also add some velvet texture and extra comfort for the client to enjoy when she’s reading.

The woven textured basket can catch all of the client’s magazines in a neat stack by the settee and also give the room some natural texture. Two green garden seats were chosen to serve as simple end tables to the settee or the client can place them together to use as a coffee table. The light green color gives some contrast to our neutrals, without steeling focus from the saturated shades of pink.

Finally, most importantly, we wanted some real pops of pink on the walls. Knowing that our client loves flowers but has real allergy issues, these beautiful photography prints give her a flowers year round with no watering required. They also bring in more texture from nature, which always helps a room feel more relaxing.

By choosing very livable neutrals, this rooms allows the client’s favorite color to really show its personality. Mixing textures and light keeps this room feeling clean and airy, a perfect place for working in comfort.

Unique, affordable, comfortable living.

Posted on June 10, 2011, in Mood Boards. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Ohhhh! I think I am going to have to kick my husband out of my office and do a pink re-do! Think PINK!

  2. I love the desk. It is just what I am looking for to lay out my papers when I need to assemble my club notebooks of minutes and reports. Thanks for the idea!

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