I'm renovating my office, which is currently a monument to 80 years of bad decor. Help me modernize and brighten.
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I'm brainstorming how to decorate my office, which is currently a nice-looking 1928 room that has been augmented with a fiberboard ceiling and ten layers of moldy wallpaper. The wallpaper (and probably the ceiling) are going away.
I have a few pieces of nice modern-y furniture that I like and want to center the room around: this sideboard
, this desk
), and this rug
. I also have some black-and-white photo prints
I'd like to keep. (All other pictured furniture is disposable.)
As for the rest, I'm at a loss. The room is currently very dim. It's about 16' deep, 12' wide, and lit only by these not-very-bright windows
. It has original doors, baseboards, and crown molding
) that I'd like to keep. I also have the lamp visible in that last photo, which I like but isn't very bright. Some previous inhabitant punched a hole in the wall so they could mount a plug-in feature and run the cord through the hole -- the darkness is a problem.
I'm thinking of painting the walls a tan color to complement the rug, but I'm worried it will be too dark. I also don't have much stuff in here (a couple guitars, somewhere for the stereo to sit, and maybe some lockers for computer equipment), so I'm looking for a way to make it less sparse. I'd like it to look modern without sacrificing the original elements, but I'm not sure how to do that.
Your suggestions appreciated as I muddle through the problem of being an inept designer. I'm willing to try most things.