Before and After: The vintage inspired office

The house is slowly starting to take shape. We moved seven months ago so you should think that things are all set up by now. Well they aren’t and I am not going to provide any lame excuses for it. Things simply take time and it’s not like I have a deadline to finish things. Today, I want to show you the room that has become my husband’s office. It is located on the ground floor with a small window facing east and only gets direct sunlight about half an hour a day, right now between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Other than that it gets only whatever natural light comes through this window bearing in mind that there is a very large pine tree just outside on the street. This room as nice as it is simply doesn’t get much light and is always rather dark. Therefore instead of keeping dreadful looking white walls I went the exact opposite way and painted the room a lovely shade of dark green by The Little Greene.

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Once more you get the lovely (not) before pictures with the pre-move infamous tile flooring and the empty room with new oak laminate flooring. Don’t you just love a good before picture? And yes this is my son playing with the previous tenants daughter while we were visiting the house.

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Now you might wonder looking at those pictures. Didn’t I just mention that this room was dark most of the day? Absolutely and I wasn’t lying to you but were you really looking forward to seeing a set of very dark and gloomy pictures of a very dark room? I don’t think so, this is why I used the manual settings of my camera like I always do when shooting interiors and had a very long aperture time to get plenty of light. And after shooting the pictures I even used Gimp (Photoshop’s open-source little brother) to edit the colors and the light. So now you will question if this room really looks like this? Well it actually looks better in person, a little bit darker and moodier but also cozy and enveloping. And you don’t have to wear sunglasses every time you look at the window.

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So my mantra for the day (today and all other days) is really: “Don’t be afraid of dark colors”. This room looks so much better dressed in a coat of paint. Yes paint is magic like this. Go ahead try it out and experiment.

Have a lovely day!

Ressources: Wall color, Sage by The Little Greene – Danish teak desk, vintage – Desk Lamp Abbicus, Habitat – Shiraz Rug, vintage – Tintin Rocket – Berlin Bear Buddy – Forest painting, vintage

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  • It’s unbelievable what you made out of this room…

  • Fabulous job! It really is true with dark rooms to paint walls dark. I’ve been seeing it often lately and works beautifully. I do love white walls too but I can tell that it left that room looking very dull and cold. Where did your husband get the red and white space thing (I know theres a specific name for it sorry)? We have the same that we had from Guillaume’s grandfather. Mel xxReplyCancel