Web designer Matthew Krivanek turned the bonus room of his Decatur, Ga., home into a 1970s-inspired cyber lounge. During the day, Matthew and his business partners gather in the space to work on new designs. At night the lounge is used for playing card games and drinking cocktails.
Bold Red Paneling
For a touch of architectural interest, Matthew's contractor cut several 4-by-8-foot sheets of MDF down into 3-by-2-foot sections and installed them as paneling. Matthew explains, "To make the entire wall look like custom millwork, I painted the drywall and the MDF panels with red oil paint. While I'm happy with the glossy finish you get from oil paint, it takes forever to dry."
A 1970s-style wallpaper called Shake It Up from Schumacher caught Matthew's eye because of its graphic geometric pattern and also for the way it played with light. "When the light hits the wallpaper, it highlights the glossy sheen of the pattern. I think it gives the lounge a lot of depth," he adds.
In order to add storage to his cyber lounge, Matthew had a $50 garage sale console professionally refinished with spray paint in a unique way: The outside is dark brown and the inside is fire-engine red.
Bright White Hardware
To give the original hardware of the console an updated look, Matthew had it sprayed ultra-white. "In its original state, the hardware was a dark brownish gold which would have gotten lost against the brown finish of the console's exterior. By painting it white, the hardware really stands out," he says.
Since Matthew's lounge is used equally for work and play, he dedicated the console's cabinets to storing board games, decks of cards and dominoes. "Once the laptops are turned off, I simply reach over and pull out my games," Matthew says. "When the games are out, that means work is officially over for the day."
Extra Drawer Space
Matthew assigned the three center drawers of the console for housing laptop accessories including USB cables, hard drives, headphones and instruction manuals, noting, "The red interior of the drawers actually makes it much easier to see what's in the drawers since all of my accessories are white, black or silver."
Although the majority of the furnishings in Matthew's lounge are revamped vintage finds, he opted for ready-made retail drapery panels to dress his windows. "I found these simple white cotton draperies online," says Matthew. "Since they're lined and pleated, they have the custom look, but without the price that goes along with it. My draperies totally saved my budget."
Although the lounge has an overall 1970s vibe, Matthew added some transitional flair with a chrome chandelier adorned with Lucite accents and brown velvet shades. He notes, "I didn't want everything to be 1970s since I can't stand theme rooms. Adding some elements of transitional made it a bit more well-rounded."
To add contrast to his new upholstery, Matthew chose ultra-white vinyl for the body and cushions, brown thread for the stitch detail and brown vinyl for the welt-cord trim.
Glass Coffee Table
By choosing a chrome coffee table with a glass top, Matthew was able to see some of the details he loves most about his lounge. "I love the cowhide rug and the design of the chrome base. A solid top would have covered them up. By going with the glass top, I get the surface area I need for laptops and drinks and the ability to see those details I love," he says.