Originally Posted by sack17
Well the walls are white and I have quite a bit of natural light. I have one large window overlooking the water about 7.5' wide x 4.75' tall and 2 smaller windows about 2.5' wide x 5' tall with no blinds or anything now. I have some pictures on the wall now like some golf plaque's and a small shadow box of nautical knots and a shadow box of fly fishing flys. I have a black table with a flatscreen tv on it and some boat brochures but will probably paint it white. I just built a small white magazine table that is also a shadow box for my collegiate water ski team t-shirts. My desk is all glass (modern style) with 2 charcole colored chairs for clients to sit in that I am going to get re-covered with new fabric because I hate the color and they are just too plane for me and my taste. I am going to get 3 canvas's about 18"x24" with fairly large antique (gold) frames and have my initials AJC painted in the nautical alphabet on each canvas. So the main colors there would be white and royal blue with a little red, and of course the gold frames.
Would the navy blue be the right color to go with you think?
Based on what you've said here, and from your pictures, it sounds as though there are a variety of design styles going on in this room. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but you have very contemporary furniture that you're about to pair with very traditional frames (it sounds like), along with some more traditional decor. Your desk is contemporary, with pretty corporate task seating, but you're considering putting up some pretty rustic shutters inside. It has the potential to be somewhat dissonant in terms of cohesion.
It sounds like you're putting a lot of thought into this, so I'm going to respond with everything I think is worth mentioning so you can take all of this into consideration before you start, if you want to.
First, I LOVE stripes. I've done stripes in the same color but different finishes. It's gorgeous, but very subtle. I actually like your idea of navy stripes (also, navy and royal blue are not the same color - I only mention this lest you end up with a can of paint that's not what you were expecting). What about painting the room a cream color (white next to two dark colors like navy and hunter green would be quite jarring), and using navy stripes just on the wall in this picture: http://www.diychatroom.com/members/s...025-diy-2-005/
That wall seems to be a focal wall for the office and is already home to some nautical memorabilia. I like the life preserver and its location; however, it's quite close to the television (I'd recommend moving it up about a foot), and the framed piece next to it is also very close. Perhaps you could put one of each of the framed pieces in that picture on either side of the life preserver, equidistant from it? This will even out the visual balance and open up that space. If I had my druthers I'd recommend moving the TV (perhaps even removing it from the room), but you probably wouldn't like that!
However, doing something that results in such a strong visual impact (like dark stripes) should come with a lessening of other visual elements. Additionally, the space is small, and your desk is pretty big. I would suggest reducing the amount of decorative items; the more of them there are in a room, the more their individual impact is compromised. Is it very important to you that your golf plaques/art/putting thing stay in the room? Do those shiny pinwheel boat...fans (I don't know what they're called, sorry!) need to stay in the room? What about the fishing poles? If you like the fishing poles in there for what it makes people think of for your business, I'd recommend putting them on display; keeping them in the corner feels like you stuck them there after the last time you went fishing because there wasn't anywhere else for them.
I know you have some marketing materials on that table, but I might suggest moving your brochures to a location where your clients are more apt to pick them up - like right on your desk, where the clients sit. I like your idea of painting it white. Would it be possible to get/build some type of cupboard/storage unit that you could also paint white to house some of the things behind your desk? What's the deal with that file cabinet, is it part of a set with your desk? Could you paint it white? Ideally your furniture would only be in a couple different materials and finishes, so if you feel like replacing your desk, now might be a good time.
Also, it looks like it might not work because of the shape of the room, but could you orient your desk so both you and your clients, when seated, are perpendicular to the water-view window? That way they won't have their backs to it.
From what I can tell, you'll have three styles going: very traditional, rustic, and contemporary, where each style will be manifested in some pretty impact-heavy pieces - big art, window treatments, your desk. This sounds to me like it might seem somewhat frenetic with so much going on. It's so easy for that to happen - there are so many great directions to go, you don't want to miss out on any of them. Trust me, I know! But if you want your office to look cohesive and professional, every single thing in it needs to be closely considered by itself, and in relation to everything else in the room. This is what design is - consideration and designation.
I hope this was helpful to you! Please feel free to message me if you have any questions or want something clarified!