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floral bath brand photo designed by eyeswoon interior therapy
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Presentation Wall designed by Christina Whiteside
Presentation WallDesigned by Christina Whiteside
Scorpio Vibes designed by Amanda Friemel
Scorpio VibesDesigned by Amanda Friemel
Black bookcases designed by Dalene Barrett
Black bookcasesDesigned by Dalene Barrett
Untitled designed by Sydney Jones
UntitledDesigned by Sydney Jones
Mood Board designed by Brittney Marie
Mood BoardDesigned by Brittney Marie

Design tips for decorating a dark style office

Here’s how to achieve the dark aesthetic room of your dreams.

What’s the best way to design and decorate a dark office?

The design of your workspace can be as crucial to your productivity as your morning cup of coffee. Whether you're carving out a corner in an open-concept living room or in the process of a remodel to create a dedicated office space, these are our tips to help you create a space that works (pun intended) for you:

  • Desk & Chair: The cornerstone of any office, your desk provides a designated workspace for your computer, monitor, books, and other essentials. It often serves as the focal point of an office or study, so place it where it best suits your workflow, ideally near natural light to boost mood and productivity.
  • Bookshelves or Storage: Every office needs storage. The material you choose for your storage can really help lean into the desired dark style of your workspace.
  • Seating: Extra seating options, like an accent armchair, or sofa can add a cozy touch and provide a spot for guests or a change of scenery for you. Position these to encourage conversation without disrupting your work zone.
  • Area Rug: An area rug adds warmth and can define a workspace within a larger room. Place it under your desk and chair to anchor the space, ensuring it's large enough to allow for easy chair movement.
  • Paint or Wallpaper: Select a color or pattern that sets the desired mood for the office and complements the dark style you want to achieve. We are partial to covering walls, ceilings, and trim in a uniform paint color to create a cohesive look. Or consider an accent wall behind the desk to serve as a focal point.
  • Decorative Lighting: Combine task, ambient, and accent lighting for a layered lighting scheme. A desk lamp is common for those late work nights burning the midnight oil. Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to eliminate shadows and evenly light the space. Dimmer switches can adjust the mood.
  • Curtains or Blinds: Window treatments not only help control the light and provide privacy but also serve to tie the room's design together. They offer an opportunity to inject color, texture, and pattern into the living space, making it more inviting and personalized. Whether flowing and sheer for a light, airy feel or rich and textured for a more luxurious look, curtains play a pivotal role in setting the tone and atmosphere of the office. Don’t forget the curtain rod!

Remember, the best office design is one that reflects your personal work style and needs. Experiment with different arrangements until you find the perfect balance of functionality and comfort. If you need an extra hand, check out our step-by-step guide on Home Office Design.

What materials and home decor should I use to achieve a dark office design?

Dark interior design styles embrace moody atmospheres and sophisticated aesthetics through the use of deep color palettes, rich textures, and dim lighting. To achieve a dark office aesthetic, start with paint or wall covering. Walls painted in shades of navy, forest green, or charcoal provide a dramatic backdrop for bold, luxurious furniture and accents in materials like velvet, leather, and dark wood. Metallic finishes in brass or gold can add a touch of glam, while layered lighting creates a cozy, intimate vibe. Decor elements often include abstract art, plush rugs, and statement pieces that stand out against the dark interiors. This style exudes elegance and depth, making spaces feel enveloping and serene.

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