Urban Loft Home Office
Designer Kenneth Brown transforms a bare room into a hip office.
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- The homeowner is skeptical at first but Kenneth convinces him that a cork floor and wall treatment is the perfect raw material to complement the other industrial elements like exposed ductwork and concrete flooring. Cork is a natural, inexpensive material that's soft underfoot. The cork is even carried onto the baseboard for a completely seamless design. If you like this material and decide to install it in your own home, Kenneth says to create the seamless look by staggering each tile so the lines don't match up.
- In the open space above the desk, Kenneth installs glass shelves with a wire cable system, which creates more storage and display space. The transparent quality also helps to preserve the openness of the loft.
- A piece of personal artwork showcasing items chewed on by the homeowner's puppy softens the serious side of the room. Each piece is showcased in a shadow box with captions that include fake Latin names describing the object.
- A vintage lamp from the 1940s is incorporated into the room for a touch of intense color and interesting history. The green resin base is a striking element against the predominantly blue and white room. The existing hardware is replaced with a contemporary nickel fixture and the glass shade is removed in favor of a rectangular shade. Here are a few tips from Kenneth when working with lamps, new and old:
- Always rewire vintage lamps because the existing hardware can be a fire hazard.
- To choose a new shade, look to the base for shape and style direction (a round shade with a round base, a square shade with a square base, etc.) In the home office, Kenneth chooses a rectangular shade for the square green resin base because it helps to extend the size of the lamp making it a more dominant feature in the room.
- Choose round-shaped lamps and shades to soften the feeling in a room and go with angular bases and shades to strengthen it.
The design team helps homeowners turn a room into a home office and guest room.