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Home Office: Designed to Perfection

Overview

Who Nebulon Technologies Ltd
Where Ossett, near Leeds, West Yorkshire
Budget £2,000 - £5,000
Package Managed Project

Having your own business, but not separate premises, leaves an increasing need for a suitable, separate home office. This can also be the case for professionals who have the flexibility to work from home during the week - this is becoming more popular with city-based employers as the cost to increase office space gets higher and higher.

The need for Nebulon Technologies was exactly this. A suitable home working space, with the ability to close off from the rest of the house, storage for files, computers and other work related equipment and the ability to double up the space as occasional guest accommodation.

The ground floor room has great proportions, which made the job much easier, and naturally sits apart from the main house, on the other side of the hallway from the rest of the ground floor rooms. We made the decision to put a solid oak panelled door on this room rather than a glass panelled door like the other rooms downstairs. This allows an element of privacy, not just for working but for when guests stay over too.

We chose an engineered oak floor, teamed with a cream and navy colour scheme.

The distinctive curtain fabric was unusually the starting point for this design. The stunning 'Kruger' fabric is designed by Emma J Shipley for Clarke & Clarke and is a real show stopper. Colour scheme, furniture choices and accessories, were all chosen to complement this fabric.

We chose the layout of the desk to be at the back of the room, ensuring no glare falls onto the computer screens from the large window. The desk has lots of closed storage, which allow laptops and other equipment to be tidied away when the room is acting as a guest bedroom.

In order to allow the desk to be kept clear of clutter, a large storage unit was placed against the external wall. This houses folders with essential filing, text books for work and paper and other essentials as well as having capacity for the printer, rooter etc. This wall is where most of the sockets have been put, including the telephone aerial and internet point.

The combination of open and closed storage, allows messy items to be hidden away, whilst books and ornaments can be displayed giving the room a familiar feel. Large items such as plant pots and picture frames have been placed to carefully hide some of the more unsightly electrical equipment.

Folders have been replaced with natural cardboard style files. All folders match and the colour blends in nicely with the oak of the unit, giving the whole shelf a uniform look, whilst still ticking all the practicality boxes!

A reading area has been set up in the bay window, with a feature cocktail chair in navy, teamed with a copper side table set. This is a lovely space to take phone calls or have some thinking time away from the screen, with a rejuvenating cup of tea or coffee, of course.

On the other side of the room, the clients existing sofa bed has been positioned, sat upon a woollen trellis rug in navy and white. The trellis pattern mirrors the pattern in the storage boxes under the desk. Cushions in a different navy and white Aztec pattern complete the look.

A copper accent has been brought into the room, to add some brightness to the monochrome scheme. This is seen in the desk lamp, one of the wall clocks, the side table in the window and the magazine rack.