Susan Pridgen and Shona Binkowski of PB Interiors designed this energizing home office for a family in Baldwin Park.
1) WALLS AND CEILING: “The homeowner likes fun colors,” says Pridgen. “She wanted something springy and happy.” Benjamin Moore Shades of Spring 537 sets a cheerful tone. “The white ceiling and built-in bring balance and harmony to the room.”
Designer Tip: When using a bright color, consider painting just one or two walls.
2) LIGHT FIXTURE: The simple lines of the ceiling light fixture add a modern element to this transitional space. “It’s a pretty element in the room,” Pridgen says. “It adds soft lighting and complements the homeowner’s retro floor lamp behind the accent chair.”
Designer Tip: In a home office, consider task lighting as well as overhead. Dimmers are always a nice addition.
3) DRAPES: The creamy white drapes tone down the lively wall color. The designers customized these Pottery Barn drapes by adding a gold-colored band along the inside edge. The height of the drapes balances the height of the built-in cabinetry on the opposite wall.
Designer Tip: Drapes lend warmth and a finished look to a room. They can also make a space feel larger—especially when they are hung ceiling to floor.
4) ACCENT CHAIR: Lee Industries’ “Latimer Green” accent chair works well with the room’s wall color in a playful, lattice print fabric. The designers added a shiny silver pillow as a modern element.
Designer Tip: An accent chair can give a relaxed feel to a room. For a bedroom, Pridgen suggests a chaise lounge or a chair with an ottoman.
5) BUILT-IN: The homeowners wanted plenty of storage, so items like books, as well as the printer and shredder could be housed. Above the computer screen, there is a hidden mail center to keep the desk clutter free. Traditional-style legs were added to create the illusion of a piece of furniture.
Designer Tip: “Good construction is most important—hire a custom woodworking company,” says Pridgen. She and Binkowski used Unique Custom Woodworking in Clermont to construct and install the built-in unit. “Consider the resale value of your home. Keep the design simple and classic.”
6) RUG: This braided jute rug softens the look of the dark wood floors by adding pattern and texture. The smaller rug doesn’t interfere with the desk chair, and it helps to visually divide the music space from the office space.
Designer Tip: A jute rug, which is softer than sisal, adds a bit of a natural element to the room.