An office is one of those rooms that most of us need, but don’t have the space. Often you end up with an office/storage/guest room. Is there a way to decorate such mess with style?
This is the challenge. Transforming a small dark box room into a relaxing and welcoming office/guest bedroom. Today, I’m concentrating on the office nook and the storage issue.
What about the style? I let my Mediterranean experiences influence my passion for mid-century modern. The result: a coastal mid-century modern office with a hint of industrial.
A multi-purpose space
One room. Three distinct uses. With a small room like mine it’s difficult to zone each area. Two-thirds of it will be the office with storage. The remaining space will be the guest area. Everything has to be seamless. Let’s start with the office and the storage requirements
You need a tranquil space to relax and work. An office is a functional space so you have to take into account several factors. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Where is the window located?
- What window treatments are you going to use?
- How often are you going to work?
- Do you need to access your stored items?
- How much desk space do you need?
STYLE TIP: Always place your desk so the window is to your right or left. If the window is in front or behind the desk, it will be hard to control the glare. A huge issue with computer screens.
Once you have worked out the functional aspect of the design, it’s time to get creative! I’ve chosen the essential furniture items of the design. I’m still exploring wall colour options.
The choice of colours is personal. Don’t let a magazine or trend decide for you. Some people find bold colours and strong patterns uplifting. Others find them distracting. Also, think about what things do you want to see around when you’re working (lush plants, pleasant pictures, etc).
My coastal mid-century modern office colour scheme is based on maritime watercolour prints. The mood inspiration is the Mediterranean sea. A paler shade of blue. Instead of the classic navy blue or saturated turquoise. And no stripes.
A coastal mid-century modern office mood board
1. Colas vintage console desk (La Redoute)
Despite the name, this streamlined compact desk is not vintage. Still, it’s a brilliant choice for awkward corners, such as alcoves. It’s wall-mounted and narrow with the added benefit of a drawer for storage.
2. Verner Panton chair (Vitra)
This is the official remake of the original cantilever chair from the 1960’s. Made with a single piece of moulded plastic in matt finish. Why this chair? Because it tucks nicely under the desk when not in use. And it looks awesome!
3. E27 pendant lamp (Muuto)
You can’t get more simple than this. Made of silicone rubber with a clear 12.5 cm bulb. Thirteen colours to choose from. For some mysterious reason, it’s not available in any pale blue hue. So I settled with dark grey.
4. Gajih stool (Muubs)
Too many polished and matt items can look clinical. Here comes the texture boost with this Danish stool! The unfinished teak root and rice straw pattern stand out against the clean-cut surfaces.
5. Hiba metal lockers (La Redoute)
These are two separate lockers. One with a door and the other one with adjustable open shelving. You could say the style is “refined industrial.” Metal cabinet with ventilation openings, but lacquered in contemporary colours.
6. CD wall shelves (Tee Books)
I’ve had this on my wish list for over a year. I love the floating effect thanks to the 2 mm steel shelf design. Each individual shelf can store up to 56 CDs. Tee Books also provide shelves for DVDs, books, etc.
7. Herdis cushion (FunkyDoris)
More texture and nautical colours! This Danish cotton cushion comes pre-filled with feathers. It has a decent size with 50 x 50 cm. Perfect to leave casually on the stool. It softens the look of the room and adds cosiness.
8. Type 75 mini wall-mounted lamp (Anglepoise)
The desk area is minimal and a lamp would take too much valuable real estate. Solution? Anglepoise is about to launch a smaller wall-mounted version of the iconic Type 75 lamp. The slate grey colour looks stunning.
What do you think?
What would be your coastal mid-century modern office like? Would you pick other products? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or let me know.
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