I hope all is well with everyone and that you’re staying safe and healthy in these crazy times. Before we get started, let’s give a shout out to all the awesome participants and guest participants for this Fall ORC. You can check them out here on the ORC website. For this One Room Challenge, I have decided to redesign my home office. To start off week 1, I figured I would take you behind the scenes of the design planning process, and show you my ideas for the space. With us having to be stuck at home, one needs some inspiration to spice up their new work area am I right?
The Home Office Design
So here is a before pictures of the room to work with. Sorry guys, pardon the mess. We currently have the space as a mini living room. It’s about 10′ x 9′ room with one window facing the front of the house. I had the room painted awhile back before it was a dark beige color. It’s a small space so I’m glad I went with a light and bright off white with warm undertones for the wall. I used the same color that we have going throughout the house which is creamy by Sherwin Williams. This really brightens up space and even makes it feel bigger. There is a big 6ft window so that brings in tons of natural light.
So let us get into the design. When I look at the space I note down the needs of the space. I need storage and lots of it. A desk that’s durable and sturdy. Also, a place to showcase and hang design inspirations. The design style I am going for is a mix of rustic, industrial, and contemporary.
The Color Palette
I wanted the space to have a calm yet sophisticated feel so I stayed with warm neutrals as my base color palette. There will also be a pop of gold brass sprinkled throughout the space with accessories.
Home Office Design Explained
After some tinkering here is the design board that I came up with for my space. As you can see there is the statement piece that is against the wall, this will solve my storage problem. It is a bookcase and desk unit. I like this because I will be able to use this to have my desktop at, which will free up the center desk for sketching or having more space for client interactions. At the moment I’m still thinking of using my dining table as the center desk. I really want to make this desk but due to COVID, we will have to be creative with what we got. Plus let’s be honest there honestly won’t be any family gathering in the near future, and we use the kitchen island to eat at anyway, so no harm no foul. For the wall display, I will be using cork boards that purchased from hobby lobby a while back. The desk chairs will be the dining chairs that I had as well. So frankly, the only pieces that I will outsource will be the rug from Wayfair, the shelves from IKEA, and the barn door hardware from Amazon. Maybe some accessories from Target. Everything Purchased is curbside or delivered. Gotta practice that social distancing. My only DIY is the barn doors.
So here is the preliminary plan. I can’t wait to get started on the space. Be sure to check out the ORC featured designers and guest participants in there designing and creating process here.