Everyone's got that room that they are not quite sure what to do with. Home builders often give you a spot in your home for a formal living room or sitting area, but why? These rooms hardly get used and are more stuffy than functional. In a recent Del Sur remodel, we took this space that branched off the main entry and transformed it into a home office that the whole family can use.
BEFORE + AFTER
Working with what you've got:
We took this “brown” office and decided to combine some lighter finishes along with some fun color to make this a place the whole family could enjoy. The general footprint of the room remained the same, but our design changes made a drastic difference.
The existing built-in needed some help. The open spaces at the very top really served no purpose so we closed them up by adding opaque glass cabinet door panel instead. We decided to reface the whole built-in and order longer cabinet doors that would cover the open cubbies at the bottom of the cabinet bank.
We refaced the darker countertops for a lighter, brighter modern feel. We finished off the cabinets with aged brass hardware, a design choice which helped to warm up the room.
2018 Color of the Year: Oceanside
The next step was deciding on a color palette. Neutral floors and the now white cabinets gave us a blank canvas.
Often, I will pick either a piece of art or an area rug to build the room around. After finding our rug from Surya, we decided to build the whole room about this BLUE. Sherwin Williams recently announced (which I didn't even realize) it's 2018 color of the year: Oceanside.
However, we didn't actually use paint in this space. Instead, we selected a textured wallpaper from Thibaut.
For years, kids spread out on the dining room table to do homework, so why not use an oversized dining table for a desk? Using the dining table in the room allows us workspace for 5.
The acrylic chairs let us add a bit of whimsy and some transparency to see the rug. This homework center allows each of their children to spread out, do homework and not be squirreled away in their rooms with laptops. Having a dedicated family office maximizes this room.
We chose this vintage-inspired rug to pull the whole space together and carry the blue from the walls down to the floor.