A traditional office space is defined by its opulence and luxurious wood color tones. Raised panels made from exotic hardwoods and built in library shelves filled with leather bound tomes are often the ideas that come to mind when thinking of the traditional home office.
But you don’t have to go that far (and get that expensive) to have a traditional home office space. In fact, you can use faux design elements to create the illusion of exotic hardwoods and real leather furniture. Best of all, its easier than you think.
This design element is both traditional and Mediterranean. It incorporates many design features that are easy to replicate, allowing a wide array of faux painting and finishing techniques that are both cheap and easy to employ.
Tissue paper is often used to create Tuscan designs. How to Create a Tuscan Style Lamp can help you learn some unique tips and techniques for creating faux Tuscan tissue paper covered items. Creating a textured wall with joint compound and a drywall knife, then painted with grey and tan glazes can give the perfect Tuscan wall finish to any office space.
This design feature is typically done in white or cream colors and often employs the use of antiquated furniture. Country styling is easy to buy or create yourself. Whether you buy replica antiques or the real thing, decorating a country themed traditional office space is fun and easy when you hit garage sales, flea markets and antique shops.
One of my favorite faux finishes is the crackle technique. It antiques just about anything and it’s easy to do. Check out my article,” How to Create an Antique Crackle Finish “for more details on this awesome country style faux painting technique.
This design theme for a traditional office space is filled with overstuffed leather chairs, mahogany desks and libraries packed with books. Raised panels, chair railing and crown molding dominate the space with fine woods. But it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Many faux techniques exist for painting cheaper woods to look like the real thing. My article, “Vinegar Painting Techniques” can help you get the rich look of fine wood, without the trouble and expense of hiring a master carpenter.