The mandate for this room was simple; an office fit for a family of five used for light work, homework and crafts, a bedroom for guests and some practical storage for books, family photos, and the printer. Isn’t this what everyone wants from a spare room? Our solution, in this case, was to wrap the room in built-ins. Within the custom wall to wall cabinetry, we incorporated everything the client asked for, right down to a Murphy bed that can easily be pulled down for overnight stays and tucked right back away.
The desk surface was purposely positioned beneath the window to allow for a good view but also to maximize the usable wall space for open shelving and drawers. We opted for a white oak desk top that was stained to relate to the wood flooring. Painted HDF is normally our material preference for white cabinetry, but in this case, we selected a shaker polyester for several reasons, the main one being cost. We typically avoid this material in kitchens and bathrooms because it doesn’t react well when exposed to heat or water, but in this office setting, it was the right fit!
Since the three youngest members of the family would be using this room the most, we definitely wanted to bring in a playful element to its design. The colourful Harlequin feather wallpaper is tied in with the palette found in the geometric fabric selected for the roman shade. A few accessories, some well-placed books, and like magic, this room came together effortlessly and beautifully.