Home Office Before & After

I'd posted a few weeks ago about the small room that we were making into a home office to accommodate Jon's furniture and here are the results.  We are very pleased with how it turned out.  It's a small room (only about 11' by 8') and although I was worried that it would feel like a closet, all the furniture fits in nicely and it's a warm, cozy retreat.  My hope was to give the room a cozy English library look.

 Here is the "before" photo of the above corner of the room.

 And the opposite wall "after" below.

I was concerned that the paint color would be too dark, but the blue-green hue complements the cherry furniture, which was my intent.  I don't normally use such dark paint colors, but white walls would have contrasted strongly with the furniture and done nothing to highlight the color of the wood.   
Above is the "before" photo of the wall against which we placed the desk.

Everything in the room is from Jon's former home, including the Simon Pearce lamp.  The green color of the lamp works well here too.  I chose an oatmeal colored rug, which works well with the furniture and paint color.  Special thanks to designer Frank Hodge for the carpet connection (thank you, Frank!).

The other thing I decided to do was to paint the trim the same color as the walls (in a Satin finish). Since the room is so small, I didn't think that highlighting the trim by painting it white would be a good move. I spent considerable time mulling over the ceiling color and since the ceiling slopes down and is only about six feet high at the back of the room, I toyed with the idea of painting it the same color as the walls. In the end, I went with ceiling-white paint because with only one window and a low ceiling, the room might have felt like a cave if the ceiling color was too dark.
The room is awaiting a custom Roman shade in a fabric that matches the wall color to continue with the idea of a cozy English library.  I'm also looking for a slim upholstered chair for this corner of the room. We also need the carpenter to come back (please!) and rehang the door.  Other than that, we're done and now turning our attention to other rooms in the house.  More to follow, soon and thanks for following along.


  1. Transforming a space is always hard work - and then a pleasure. Enjoy your new home office.

    I loved the picture above the desk, the gleaming wood of the cherry desk and the glass desk lamp with (seashells?) inside

  2. Beautifully done! I agree with your color choices both on the wall and ceiling. The wood furniture definitely looks rich with the wall color. Remember never pay the contractor in full until he's "finished" the job! Motivation you know ��

  3. Well done! You achieved the look you wanted and more. Thumbs up!

  4. Looks fabulous, Deborah!! I especially love the color - so rich and soothing. Painting the trim the same color is brilliant. Look forward to seeing the Roman shade. Cheers, Loi

  5. looking good + trim color is great.+ sure the roman shade will be also. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  6. Amazing. Well done. You have adapted beautifully with the furniture. Superb job. I love the wall colour and that you painted out the trim. Brilliant job!!!!! Xox Terri

  7. Trying to integrate furniture & precious stuff from another house is a big challenge Deborah, but you've done a brilliant job! MOTH's 'dowry' was thankfully small - his diving gear, chain saw, books & a great old Campaign chest. 20 years on he's too fat for the wetsuit, the chain saw has long been replaced, most of the books have gone to the Vinnies but the Campaign chest still has pride of place. A good outcome I reckon!!
    Mills xx


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