I’m taking a pause from my sweet “maternity leave” (is that a thing for a SAHM?) to share my source of inspiration and mood board for our biggest project of the year: Our Office!
I’ve had a Moody Interiors Pinterest board for years! There’s just something about dark walls, loads of textures, and pops of color that is so warm and inviting. I’ve been intimidated by a can of paint though – as so many others are. I’m not sure if it was the 40+ weeks of pregnancy and all hormones that pushed me to redesign our office/flex room, but I was ALL IN! I was going to paint it all: walls, baseboards, and crown molding!
Here are just a few of my favorite inspiration rooms that helped me commit to the dark walls and trim:
via Pinterest (unable to find original source)
Two Elements of Inspiration
As with any design, you usually start with a source of inspiration, i.e. rug, fabric, art, etc. I found this digital vintage print from BFF Print Shop when they were having their holiday sale, and I knew that it was going to be the centerpiece for our newly redesigned office. Once I found the art, everything else just kind of fell into place.
I knew I would keep our existing furniture because new pieces were not in the budget, and I like what we have. The new items for the space will include this $89 bookcase, these sconces, and my most favorite piece and the grand showstopper: this vintage rug from Revival Rugs!
The Mood Board
Warm | Cozy | Moody | Texture | Natural
One element that I knew would transform the room is the shadow box trim. We have a large wall where the coach is and it was screaming for some attention. I love the simple, yet bold statement of shadow box trim. It’s amazing how it can add so much character to a space.
The other element is obviously the paint. I lived with painted squares all over my walls for nearly 2 months. I stared at those paint samples for more time than I’m willing to admit. I just kept going back to how beautiful Ashwood Moss from Benjamin Moore was. It’s a smoky green/gray with even hints of blue. PERFECTION! I just had to go with my gut.
Benjamin Moore Ashwood Moss
A couple things that have changed from my mood board is the curtain choice and rug. I’m getting the same curtains I put in the nursery (these) because they’re just such a high quality curtain at a great price, plus, they’re a perfect off white/tan that will bring a lighter element to the space. Also, I meticulously chose a rug that would bring the rust color in the art down to the floor. I’ll have a whole post on how I chose a rug to fit with my design later!
As of today, shadow box trim has been installed, and everything is painted. The paint was a big job. I knew it would be. That’s why I took so much time deciding on the perfect color, and I’m so thankful that I love it as much as I do now because it’s going to stay this color for a LONG time. I just have to hang the art and a shelf, install the bookcase, and order the sconces. I say this with every room I finish, but it’s so true, this is becoming my favorite space in the house!