The house belongs to Ann Rowland, a landscape architect running a design consultancy from her home in Pyrford, Surrey. She wanted to create an office space for the business that would reflect her design style and be a pleasure to work in.
Ann explains, “I wanted to create a space that felt separate from the house, so that I can keep the work life balance in check, and somewhere that reflected both my design style and my business. Working from home gives you the opportunity to create a work environment that is non-traditional and bespoke to your own needs.’
“As a landscape architect I focus on connected and contemporary spaces that avoid being clinical. I like to create spaces with layers of interest and texture, have accents of colour, and always aim to maximise the use of space available. Designing my home office was no different.”
The finished space combines a mix of surface textures and colours which blend harmoniously and create a naturally welcoming and modern feel.
“I chose a light ash colour for the joinery which conceals plenty of cupboard and storage space so the office stays uncluttered. Wanting to create layers I contrasted this with a darker feature wall which has been painted in Farrow and Ball’s ‘Stiffkey Blue’. The two finishes together create a lovely combination of natural light and warmth.
“When it came to the flooring I knew I wanted real wood floors to maintain a natural feel and reflect the landscape business, and I was keen to find a surface finish that would complement the light ash and dark blue surfaces already chosen for the room.
“I started researching my options locally and visited my local flooring company. They highly recommended V4 Wood Flooring and provided me with a range of samples to take home. They also said that their flooring worked really well with underfloor heating which was good to hear as I was reluctant to have radiators cluttering the space.”
“I was immediately drawn to the Deco Collection as the boards offered distinctive oak tones and grain variations which created lovely muted and unique surface colours. When I reviewed the sample of Smokehouse Grey at home it was the perfect match, it worked so well with picking up on the textures of the grains in the joinery and contrasting with the blue tones of the wall paint.
“What was also nice was that it worked really well with the colour and texture of the tiled floor in the adjoining room so there is a natural flow between these two spaces.”
Ann went ahead and ordered her chosen floors. The office space was originally a garage which had concrete floors so with a risk of moisture content a liquid DPM was applied before laying the floor to prevent any moisture damaging it. The whole process took just a day and a half start to finish.
The finished space is a contemporary and light home office. Beautiful copper feature lights procured from Pagazzi.com add an extra element to the finished design, along with some lovely soft furnishings. The chair was a bargain purchase from Home Sense in Farnborough, the rug from Made.com and the blinds were made to measure by Sophie Sews of Horsell, all adding a cosy feel in the work space.
“Now the office is complete I’m so delighted with the results. It’s a pleasure to work in the space and I’m really happy with the Deco wood floors. They are lovely and soft underfoot, I love the cool grey undertones that exude from the planks, and they also have a really durable feel too.”
Find out more about Ann’s business at landscapeperspective.co.uk