Decorating a Home Office or Study

 


Let's decorate a home office or what I like to call a study. I like studies to be quite warm and feel cocooning when you enter them. So I've developed warm, welcoming, enveloping design for a study.

I've started with a warm oak floor. It's called a mist as it has a very slight grayish tone to the oak. The planks are nice and wide, which always help a sense of space in a small room. Wide plank wood floors visually widen the room. Alternatively, if you want something a little bit more comfortable underfooton the foot, I'd recommend a very practical natural weave wool carpet. This would be fitted wall to wall and this neutral colour, a kind of a tope, would work very well with any type of scheme.

The wall colour I've chosen tones with either of these flooring choices. It is called Tuscan earth and it's from Fired Earth. It's a very warm neutral colour for the walls. I would paint the woodwork in a soft white colour and, to add some interest and a little bit of gravitas to the room, make one feature wall full of books. You're in a home office, you're in a study, why not make a feature of all of your books?

I've chosen a wall sateen stripe in the gray and the warm tones which you see also in your wallpaper and which are reflected in your floor and rug colours or your carpet colours. I've used these as either curtains or roman blinds, depending on the size of your window.

Consider upholstering your desk chair in a faux suede which is a very tough, easily wipeable and very comfortable to sit in. If you're working at home a lot, it's nice to have a chair that's both ergonomic and comfortable.

If you have the space you can add a sofa bed so your home office or study doubles as a guest bedroom. Also it's sometimes nice to sit on a sofa to read rather than sit at your desk. To cover the sofabed I've chosen a nice wool. This is very hardwearing, it has the light gray tone but it also picks out a very warm yellow which I can use on some cushions for the sofa.

The cushion fabric is a cotton velvet which picks out that warm yellow and it ties with the colour of the oak floor so adding warmth to the scheme. I've also used cushions in the same fabric, just a different colour way, in this very warm tope which tones with the colour in your roman blind.

So we've ended up with a neutral home office scheme. The accent colour is the warm gold which tones with the floor and fabrics, and we've played with a variety of patterns including the plaid on the sofa.

We've got the stripe on the roman blinds and then we have this really fun accent wall of books which adds a little bit of an unexpected touch to the room and gives it a bit of a sense of humour.