Home office decor: Dark and dramatic study
Before the renovation
Click on the image to see how this home office was renovated.
The avian pattern on the masculine Cole & Son wallpaper adds interest to the walls without overwhelming the small space. The paper’s cool blue tones influenced the dark and refined design scheme.
Sleek and sophisticated, this honed granite slab was fashioned into a desktop by Artistic Stone Design through IKEA. Its durability makes it a great choice for the busy physician’s office, which sees a lot of late-night paperwork.
When space is limited, build up! The large open shelf was custom built from an IKEA Perfekt Ramsjö cover panel and proudly showcases antique urns and a basket without taking up prime real estate on the desk below.
IKEA’s Akurum/Ramsjö cabinet makes the perfect base for the desk: Its lean design leaves ample leg room, and its deep drawers provide plenty of storage. The homeowner customized the piece with handsome Rejuvenation drawer pulls for an extra dose of panache.
These beautifully intricate radiator covers were vintage finds that happened to fit perfectly in the Akurum/Ramsjö IKEA cabinetry. Not only do they give the piece a retro look, but they also let remote signals pass through, allowing electronics to be hidden away behind the ornate brass doors.
Old documents and letters
The age-worn documents and letters that decorate the walls were actually found tucked away behind the bookshelf when renovations began. The homeowners love how they preserve a part of the circa-1930s home’s history.
The top of the bookshelf now pays tribute to the homeowner’s husband, displaying choice prized pieces, such as his literary favourites, a vintage camera and a Darth Vader mask.
Click on the image to see how this part of the home office was renovated.
The bookshelf was original to the house, but its shallow shelves rendered it inefficient. The homeowner had the piece rebuilt to have more depth, then painted it in a rich shade of blue, allowing the unit to act as a standout piece for storage and display.
Large boxes with name tags serve as stylish storage solutions to keep each family member’s documents or schoolwork organized and concealed.
The faux-snakeskin rug from Chilewich speaks to the blues throughout the room and imbues the rich oak hardwood floors with warmth and texture.