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How did you choose the finishes for the room?

I love that the cupboard doors and drawers could be a different finish to the worktop. Mixing materials is such a nice feature that really adds depth and style to the room. I chose a worktop with a wooden grain finish, then plain door and drawer fronts to create a contrast.

 

Did you have a choice of handles?

Yes! I used different handles on the drawers and cupboards below the desk top to the cupboards above. It adds character and stops the room feeling like a uniform kitchen. The cup handles were perfect as they have a worn used feel which worked with the style of the space.

 

How did you choose the key elements in the office?

Flooring is important here. Parquet in a chevron pattern is such a world wide classic design with a real sense of history and warmth. Perfect for this global feel. I dressed the metal crittal windows very simply with linen roman blinds. The linen adds some texture whilst allowing the light through which is really appealing. I chose a muted calm paint to create the ideal zone for work and allow the objects to stand out.

Mixing materials is such a nice feature that really adds depth and style to the room.

Hannah Cork

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How did you go about styling the space?

I wanted a global feel to reflect travel and time, without feeling clichéd. This home office offers so much storage space that I could include collected items, beautiful objects and travelled treasures alongside the necessary files and papers.

I worked to a colour palette of earthy reds, mustard and tan leather to create a cohesive look. I used tactile natural materials - wood, rope and ceramics - to add texture. I avoided styling obvious items; themed rooms are never a success.

 

How did you avoid a bland home office look?

The Marcel Breuer chair, a design classic, really adds some style. As do the big green plants which give the office a fresh botanical edge.

There is so much storage space that I could put the majority of essential papers, files and folders behind the cupboard doors. Those on display I stored in vintage wire holders which aesthetically look strong. I saw every shelf as an opportunity for a still life, arranging objects in groups, as opposed to stacking them full.

Filling every shelf around you can feel oppressive; plenty of books feature on the shelves but in small groups which makes them part of the individual compositions. Avoid the feel of typical home office and make it a really nice space to spend time in!

 

Blush pink is so on trend right now, as are the aqua touches.

Hannah Cork

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