You will notice the window is situated indirectly behind the desk and is dressed beautifully with interior shutters. We recommended rich walnut stained tier-on-tier shutters (76mm louvre and hidden tilt rods) to this particular customer in order to complement the high end, luxurious, dark timber, marble and brass details and interior finishes used throughout and that are in-keeping with the period feel of the listed property. Alternatively, a pure white shutter with 76mm louvre and hidden tilt rods would work well too.
The tier-on-tier aspect of the shutters will allow the top and bottom panels to open separately to allow light in through the top while working or to be open completely when socialising with clients. Hidden tilt rods help to create a streamlined, minimalistic look – a grooved mechanism is fitted within the side of the shutters to allow the owner to simply adjust one shutter to operate all the louvres in unison. There is no visible rod connected to the shutters.
Choosing the right colours is an important design aspect, not just to suit a person’s taste and style, but to create the right atmosphere conducive to productive working. If you have a creative job for example, orange tones will serve you well to evoke vibes of enthusiasm and energy. Yellow is uplifting and great for providing a lift during afternoon energy slumps. Blue is said to stimulate the mind which would be a great choice if your work is quite repetitive, while softer blues and pastel shades will have a calming effect if you are required to really concentrate – writing for example. Earthy greens are great for promoting balance and reassurance so would be a great choice for accountants or those in financial industries.
Colours should be considered in all aspects of interior design from the wallpaper, paint, fabrics, the finishes, the furniture and accessories such as the mirrors and ornamental, and decorative pieces. We can see from Juliette’s proposed furnishings for the apartment she is working on (above), she has used a colour scheme inspired by her client’s Nigerian heritage that creates a professional and calm environment perfect for the line of work of this particular customer.
Surrounding your workspace with some well-placed artwork or any pieces that inspire or motivates you, will help keep productivity levels high particularly if you work in a creative niche. Mirrors are perfect for opening up smaller areas, they create the illusion of space, as well as providing decorative appeal.