Zones of Function in a Home Office Re-Design
The living room and dining room project is at a standstill at the moment, but we have a good reason!
Being an actively working interior designer it’s sometimes hard to balance all the projects we have going on at once (Yes, I know this is a good problem to have!). Just because we’ve embarked on the living room, dining room, and foyer project for my parents doesn’t mean other projects have stopped. This past week was no exception. We didn’t make much progress on those spaces because we completed a home office redesign for a client.
This is what it looked like on Day 1.
We used many of the same pieces that were already in the space.
I knew immediately we were going to need to change the layout of the office to make it more functional.
We wanted to go bold with color!
The new theme was going to be “farmhouse rustic” mixed with a touch of transitional style!
Although the room’s main function was the home office space, it also serves as a guest room on occasion. The office was a good size and our client works from home so a great deal of time is spent there. We wanted to make it feel more cozy and really emphasize the “home” in home office while also allowing for an easy transition to a guest room and a place to hangout and unwind or have some good conversation. Our design accomplishes all of this.
The easiest way to attack a multi-purpose space like this is by setting up zones of function. Once you identify what activities will be taking place in a given space, you can create designated zones where specific tasks can be accomplished.
- See the pic: Here we needed a space dedicated to the “office” where work tasks can be completed with storage for files and notes. Our client also wanted a view to the outdoors while working. The corner desk was a tremendous asset here.
- See the pic: There was also a sleeper sofa in the space used for overnight guests. We wanted to keep the transition simple so we moved the sofa to the main wall and placed a small, lightweight coffee table in front of it to be easily moved as needed. When the sleeper isn’t pulled out, the sofa functions as extra seating or a place to relax.
- See the pic: Finally, adding a small barrel espresso colored chair not only links it to the sofa and office desk, facing it toward the sofa fosters a space for conversation. It can also be used for doing more solitary activities like reading.
Creating zones of function will keep your space feeling purposeful, functional, and beautiful. At the end of the day, aren’t those the spaces we all want?