Creative Multipurpose Workstation

A design coordinator transforms a drab guest room into a creative workstation filled with orange.

Creative Orange

On a budget of $2,500 and a timeline of nine days, production design coordinator Crystal Hopkins turned the lackluster guest room of her California home into a creative, orange multipurpose space. The walls are painted a terra-cotta tone called Clay Pot, and the ceiling is painted with a shade of coral called La Tierra.

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Uninspiring Beginnings

Prior to the room's makeover, it lacked color and personality. Crystal liked the existing midcentury modern wall-mounted desk system and decided to work it into her design by moving it to the opposite wall.  

A Spot to Relax

The ample natural light that streams through the casement window makes it the perfect spot to relax with a book. When her schoolwork and production design preparation are done, Crystal sits back in the chairs and takes in the gorgeous view of the blue California sky and lush orange tree just outside.  

Add a Touch of Glam

Since many of Crystal's production design projects are in Hollywood, she incorporated classic, glamorous style into her new room with a pair of high-back Hollywood Regency chairs with diamond-tufted upholstery.  

Custom Desk Display

Always looking for creative ways to tell a story, Crystal fell in love with an idea she saw on Pinterest and adapted it to fit her own style. She gathered five different tables and a desk, had them cut in half, then attached them to one another as a built-in display system and drafting space. She sprayed them three different shades of orange and affixed them to the wall with drywall screws placed directly into studs.  

Eye-Catching and Practical

Always practical with her set design ideas, Crystal wanted to make sure her stacked half-table wall was useful as well as whimsical. To put open space to good use, she installed bronze wall hooks for bags and hats on the front of the highest table, and she put bolts of fabrics essential to her projects in the space beneath. The metallic brown tone of the oil-rubbed bronze combined with the coral-tone of the tables gives the room a warm, autumnal feel.  

Midcentury Modern Details

Although Crystal considers herself a traditionalist when it comes to interiors, she appreciates midcentury modern design. She moved a brass and wood 1950s chandelier originally in the home's dining room to the orange multipurpose room.  

Salvaging a Desk

She decided to keep the existing wall-mounted rail system desk and moved it to the opposite wall of the room. This not only allows her to look outside the window on beautiful days, but it also frees up the longer wall to function as her drafting and display station.  

Fun Furniture to Match

For a one-of-a-kind desk chair, Crystal had a traditional wooden dining chair outfitted with new paint, fabric and decorative casters. Blue is the complement to orange, so she chose a peacock blue for the chair frame and a traditional velvet fabric with different shades of orange and red for the seats.  

Traditional Flair

Modern in approach but traditional in style, Crystal wanted to ensure her new space felt mostly traditional. She grounded the entire room with an orange wool area rug picked up from the fire sale of a reality TV series shot just a few miles from her house.  

Home Is Where the Art Is

Originally from Texas, Crystal misses the change of seasons. Since Los Angeles stays sunny and cool year round, she hung a vintage painting of a fall landscape given to her by an art director friend.  

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