Commercial office space
The room is a summerhouse built to provide additional space for meetings with clients in a busy office. The brief was for the room to look sleek and uncluttered, with the feeling of a cool London space. The client wanted furniture which was comfortable and not of the type typically found in an office, and a round table was essential to allow for larger meetings. The room needed more light, new flooring and extra heating which didn't take up valuable floor space. It could also feel cold, so the flooring choice needed to be warm to the touch, but there had been a problem with damp so a natural flooring material wouldn't have been the best choice. The client had used several rugs as a temporary measure, but rugs aren't the ideal choice as chairs could get stuck when people were moving them to sit down. Overall, the client wanted an injection of colour and a wow feeling when walking in to the room.
The colour palette (including the greys) is drawn from the warm side of the spectrum to create a relaxing atmosphere, and the dark grey feature wall picks up on the colours used in the main building. It also provides a backdrop for the zingy orange and limes used in the scheme. The dark grey blends with the new wall mounted TV, making it more restful to the eye and easier to watch presentations. I chose a TV rather than a computer monitor as it's dual purpose, can easily be wall mounted and has built in speakers, eliminating trailing cables. Slimmer, wall mounted electric radiators provide additional heat when needed, and the round table is extendable for maximum flexibility. I designed a custom pattern for the flooring, choosing a concrete style luxury vinyl tile for the main floor and a contrasting wood tile for the border. The flooring pattern adds warmth and visual interest, and is unique. I added extra lighting in the ceiling controlled by different circuits so that the lighting could be layered, and used LED strip lighting hidden in the ceiling supports to give a soft glow from a concealed source.