Monday, May 9, 2011
Do you have any idea how much fun it is for me when I have a client that says, "I don't have any ideas or colors in mind, just decide for me because I trust you?" That's what the owner of this home office said to me. This level of trust means a whole lot to me and I'm so grateful for that. Her husband was out of town and she wanted to surprise him when he got home.
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The first step was to remove the wallpaper border. It had been up for quite some time so it was a bit time consuming, but I was so happy when I pulled off that last strip.
These art pieces were the inspiration for the colors and the completed look of the room.
I choose to paint the room in Sherwin Williams Portabello. It's a warm color that looks good with the contrast of the lighter wood of the furniture. I bought black frames for the art. The room also needed a couple of lamps to soften the atmosphere. I took the hutch off of the desk so that I could reposition it by pulling it away from the wall. This room only has one wall that doesn't either have a door, a window or closet on it. By pulling the desk out and away from the wall the room less "lop-sided" and the floor heaters are partially covered. In the corner behind the desk, you see a piece of furniture that I brought up from their basement that they weren't using. By removing the back panel and placing it in the corner, I was able to put both printers inside and close the glass door. They stick out slightly in the back but because the cabinet is cornered it works just fine. After hanging the art, the wall across from the desk needed something. Since this is the wall that the desk now faces, it was the perfect place for a family photo gallery wall. These black 8x10 frames were $3.00 each at Walmart. I purchased craft paper to place the photos onto (an inexpensive alternative to buying mattes.) These photos were taken before the client's son in law came over for "cord control!" Any time you move around an office or anywhere there are TVs, stereos, etc. there will be CORDS and lots of them!
I replaced the yellow curtains with 2 bamboo shades in a dark tone to compliment the wood trim.
Here is one more look of the before and after.
This room was done on a budget and is an example of how it does not take a lot of money or time to create a new and updated look to a room.
If you're in the Portland/Metro area and are interested in a Redesign, please visit my website at www.myrenewedspaces.com.
Thanks for looking!