After 30+ years of having all of our bedrooms filled with children and their stuff, we are empty nesters. Now we are able to have a few luxuries, like turning one of the bedrooms into an office. I am attaching a floor plan of the room, along with some pictures of what I have in mind so far. I thought you and your readers might be able to give me ideas for the lighting, a rug and fabrics to tie it all together.
Our room is approximately 10 x 13' and has a window seat and a wall of closets. Right now there are two craigslist desks I bought that we have been using while I figure out what I want to do for 'real.' I have found that I hate being in the room so I use my computer in the family room instead. I want to make it a place that feels good!
I want the main wall to have a world map mural. The wall is 13' wide and 8' high and you face it as you walk into the room. This is the map I like best: It's about 10' wide and 6' high so there would be a lot of wall showing around it. There is one available that almost fills the wall, but it is the standard blue world map instead of earth tones. I don't think it would look as nice.
I just purchased a rectangular table: I'd like it to be placed in the middle of the room, perpendicular to the wall with the mural. I am trying to talk my husband into these chairs: I promised him I could make a comfortable chair pad. He said he would try, but he is used to 'real' office chairs but that wouldn't fit my decor as well!
I'd like two papasan chairs for the wall on the left side of the mural. That's what you would see as you are walking down the hall toward the room.
So there you have it. There's a ceiling fan in the middle of the room, above the table. I can change that out for another type of light fixture, and I also need lighting for the papasan chairs (a table and a lamp, or track lighting on the ceiling, or a floor lamp or all of the above). And maybe track lighting for the mural. A lot of track lighting! I need fabric ideas for the window. I can make my own window treatments, but I would be perfectly happy with ready-mades if I can find what I want. I also have a window seat bench pad and pillows that I could recover to coordinate. The most boring part of the room is the wall of closets opposite the mural. There are three sliding closet doors. Ideally, I would take the doors off but I haven't figured out a way to make banker boxes and binders beautiful, at least in my price range. I could hang curtains to replace the closet doors and that would add another fabric. The floor is bamboo, which I don't think will look very good with the table, but hopefully the right rug will take care of that. And lots of plants.
So the burning question is -- can this all be pulled off? I know you won't hesitate to tell me what won't look good!
I am going to agree with your husband that the chair does not look comfortable- and I don't know that a cushion will really solve that. The nice thing about a place like World Market- is you can always try it out and return it. I do love the style- it reminds me of Sundance catalog- which I think has a terrific look to it. I would actually be more likely to use it as a dining chair than an office chair- but maybe that's because I spend long hours in my office chair and eat very quickly.
I love the large map on the wall- It would be great if you could get your hands on some weathered looking boards that would make a cool frame.
The papassan chair is a bit wild- but it could be a fun element to the room. Know that it won't really work if that is your only pattern and color. If you are going with colorful pattern- go all the way. Sometimes people get one bold pattern- and stop- like that's as far out on the pattern limb they could go- but that is where the design fails.
Add some pattern and color in your window treatments.
Add a more subtle pattern as well as texture and color in your rug. (this jute rug is from Overstock)
Pump up the texture even more with three seagrass pendants hung over the table. I like the idea of two rows of track lights- oil rubbed bronze- on opposite walls. I don't think papasan chairs lend themselves to floor lamps or table lamps. I'd keep the lighting on the ceiling over them. Add floor lights on timers behind your plants.
Ask yourself if you have enough storage- I don't really see any storage solutions.
These are from West Elm:
The chair cushions are an additional place for a pop of color. This fabric is also from Robert Allen:
It might be too late- and I hate saying things when it might be too late- but I would suggest a darker wood table with your other selections. I don't know that I like the table with the papassan chair- there seems to be too large a disconnect there. If it is too late, and all of those purchases are made- and cannot be returned- pretend like I said it would look great. ;-)
It's like if a friend has already left the house and asks how her clothes look. They look perfect. If you are in the store dressing room making selections- you tell the truth. That's how I roll. Sometimes, on this blog- I don't know if you are in the dressing room or have already left the house...
Can you look at the pictures in this post and see what I mean?
I do like you thinking outside the box- using a dining table for your desk.
I would go ahead and install keyboard pull-outs to make the arrangement cleaner and more comfortable. If you have smaller CPU's - I wold mount them under the table to keep a clean look, and make it user friendly.
Be sure to take some before and after pictures! (and send them to me of course) Hopefully you will finish your office faster than my personal office is coming. My wallpaper is still in a box on the floor. ;-) I'm a little too busy decorating other homes.