Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 1:08PM
Today I will interject in orange.
I found your site when I was researching the Benjamin Moore paint color "Vellum". Now I check in all the time and love all the advice you give! I am in desperate need of some help updating my den/home office. It measures 13' x 16'9" (excluding stairs), 2 windows on 16'9" wall and a 5' wide arched opening on the 13' wall. Square off the opening, make the opening a little wider and add a couple of columns. New cut-and-loop carpet is being installed in 2 weeks (it's a soft yellow, like butter, close to the color in the sofa...with a small square pattern). Could you help with furniture placement, I can't update your furniture very well. You can get a slip cover for the sofa- but the wing back chair won't slip cover very well... Let's just get new :) My plan for you includes new furniture- :) I tried to keep the cost low since it maybe wasn't in your plans. The plaid is just too strong a print. I suggest that you use the long wall with the windows on it for your desk. Have a Formica or wood counter made that goes wall to wall. put your lateral file under it for support on one side and the two banks of drawers on the other. (cut the desk up- take out the center leaving just the two banks of drawers. See my drawing and feel free to ask questions. This vision is a little hard to explain. Paint your files and drawers linen white. draperies and shades/blinds, I am recommending Roman Shades- I show them below. lighting, below art belowand accessories? below Most small furniture, lighting,art, etc. has already been removed from the room. Keep your secretary just where you have it. Remove everything else.- Except your end table- put it next to the daybed with a lamp on it. I was wondering about a flush mount ceiling light, The room needs more light than that. I added eight can lights- on a dinmmer and two sconces and two pendants a lamp and two uplights. (put the uplights on a timer) What can I say- you did as a designer... upholstered desk chair (with or without a skirt), area rug, the rug is from homedecorator.com I'd get the 5'3" x 8' 3" for under your chair to protect the carpet- but I do worry a little that it might be hard to roll on.- but office chairs destroy carpet- and this adds great color and pattern. ($359)upholstered narrow ottoman with casters....I loved it when you told Kate (2nd home kitchen renovation) to "follow my instructions exactly...and then send in pictures"!! I am great at following instructions and using a camera!!! BTW, I work from home and will use this room everyday.
Thanks! BethFor the art on the wall with the front door- this painting from Ballard Designs with a sconce on either side would be great. Use hardwired if you can fit it in the budget- but otherwise- candle sconces would also be great.
The office chair is from Ballard Designs.
The daybed is from Pottery Barn. I like the colors- red yellow and blue- they are timeless.I would use the gold shade to re-paint your green mouldings. Paint the walls a linen color- and add a band of these Wallies vinyl appliques around the entire room. (have the strip at about five feet.) Go ahead and hang the art right over top where it meets up. Use this gold color to match your mouldings. You have some bold color in your furnishings and accessories- keep your walls light and neutral- but not boring.
Hang two pendant lights over your work space. The ottoman is from overstock.com- only $299.
The Roman Shade is from Country Curtains- about $50/ each.