Color for The Office
Without any doubt, Ralph Lauren’s “Hopsack” paint color was absolutely gorgeous in our previous home. During the weeks before moving to Salt Lake City neither of us was thinking clearly, and in a frantic attempt to pick a color for the new house, we went with Hopsack again… Craso error, since this house doesn’t have all the white accents that made Hopsack look so rich and nice. In our present home, the accent is a warm wood tone, so Hopsack looks like a boring gray completely out of place, and almost poopish… sickly poopish…
Fortunately for us, tragic circumstances didn’t allow us to paint more than three rooms with Hopsack, one of which we have successfully rescued. The remaining two are Joey’s office, and my office. That’s right: MQStudio’s headquarters, which should be bright and sunny, are boring gray instead. And, although neutral gray walls are actually recommended for design studios, I really want a warmer and more vibrant work environment. So here we go again with some visualization mockups: This time for the office.
A few important facts to guide decisions:
- According to Feng Shui, my office falls in the “education and knowledge” area, which corresponds to the earth element. Therefore, if we want Joey to keep the highest grades in his class (which really makes this little nerd happy), we better paint the room in colors that represent earth (yellow), or its producing element: fire (red). This is very convenient, since red and yellow were my preference for the room, and they even match the current colors of the site!
- I want to make sure that the room looks great from two angles:
Coming into the room. Because if this view sucks, my Feng Shui will be ruined every time I come into the office. Also, whenever we sell the house, this is the view that prospective buyers will see first, and the view that will be displayed on the promotional online photo gallery.
Working in the room. Well, obviously because this is where I spend a lot of my time.
With this in mind, I’ve created a few visualization mockups (flickr contacts can see larger versions). At this point I’m leaning towards the unusual option of two red walls:
A single accent wall may be safer, but it feels boring(?). I’ve added notes to each mockup, and would love to hear your opinions…