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The study is just adjacent to the living room, and the sliding ‘barn doors’ between these two rooms give the option to open the room out into one larger space. When closed, this room will serve as a quiet place to read, study, or work at the computer. Just as with the living room, the furnishings here need to be well-suited to the function of the space.
The study will serve a number of purposes, and will be a room where there will be a lot of movement and activity through the space as a well-visited area between the study and media room as well as a space to sit and relax from the day's activities. When open, the study and living room can also function as one large room for entertaining. Being that the study is visually linked to the living room with easy access between the two spaces, this room has been furnished in a similar color scheme with coordinating furniture and finishes.
As a study, the desk is a central focal point for the room. This piece of furniture is in a dark espresso, as are the filing cabinet and bookshelf. A brown leather desk chair on rolling casters offers both comfort and function. These darker grounding pieces form a visual link with those in the living room. They also allow for a nice contrast with the lighter walls, curtains and other furnishings.
The armchair in a lighter beige taupe coordinates with the sofa in the next room. The polished metal legs of this chair reflect those of the desk chair. Coordinating toss pillows lend further pattern and texture to the design. The polished nickel side table offers a bit more metallic shine to the look as well as interesting negative space. It is topped with decorative spike balls in matte gold for a contrast with the silver table.
The window treatments feature a taupe and cream medallion print outer curtain with a thermal liner in cream and white linen-look sheer on a double rod with a brushed nickel finish. Two different types of shelving in a dark brown color can be seen on the walls. One is a wooden floating wall shelf in espresso; the other is a bent metal wall bookshelf in chestnut, adding an urban rustic flair as well as functionality.
The shelves in the bookcase will serve to hold additional books as well as bookends and other décor. Also on the wall can be seen a contemporary piece of artwork in colors that tie the design together and give the eye a restful place to focus. Next to this, a necessary convenience for any office, is a wall clock with a contemporary twist in a metallic elliptical design making it an interesting décor object as well.
The wide flat desktop features lots of room to spread out papers or feature further décor such as framed photos, vases, sign art, and a metallic spike ball to tie in with the smaller spiked ball décor used on the side table. The desk also features several drawers for storage to keep things tidy, as do the filing cabinet and large bookcase.
Beneath the desk is a set of round wire metal baskets that can be used for waste paper and/or extra storage and organization. A sampling of storage baskets and a set of nesting boxes made to look like books can be seen in the lower left corner as additional organizational items.
As further grounding at the floor level, there is an area rug in taupe and dark charcoal with a contemporary grid pattern. This coordinates well with the darker espresso furniture as well as some of the lighter furnishings in beige, grey and taupe. A faux Ficus tree in taupe grey serves to beautifully fill in the space and adds to the subtle modern ‘botanical’ theme.
One of the most important elements for the design of an office study is light. Ample natural light for this room is provided from the windows during the day, while extra task lighting is provided by an adjustable desk lamp, a surface mounted ceiling light, recessed wall-washers, and a decorative floor lamp.
Windows will be curtained to opt for filtered light in the daytime when desired. The dimmable recessed lighting to wash the walls will add a peaceful element for times of rest and relaxation. The surface mounted fixture offers overhead ambient light. Its design in nickel and frosted glass was chosen to coordinate with the fan light in the living room, further tying these spaces together.
More specific bright task lighting is provided by a fully adjustable desk lamp in polished die-cast aluminum and a floor lamp in nickel with a frosted glass shade. The floor lamp is placed at the left shoulder of the armchair making it ideal for use as a reading lamp.
The furniture with its clean smooth orderly lines is offset by the harmonious balance of softer elements in the pillows, upholstered armchair, and window treatments. Dimmable ambient lighting conveys an inviting and calming atmosphere in the room, while task-oriented lighting and furnishings offer a user friendly space for both function and comfort.
(Decor by B.L. Designs)
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