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Form and function are equally important in this stylish home office designed by Catherine Murphy of Re-Interiors. With rental prices skyrocketing, and technology allowing you to work from anywhere, creating a professional work space in your home is an ideal solution. By adding a raised platform, Catherine makes the most of a small space. The work zone is on the upper level “and then on the lower zone—the place where you’d bring guests, or clients, to show them your work.” However, as handy as it is to work from home, giving up a guest bedroom restricts your flexibility to have guests stay over. Not to worry—Catherine has cleverly hidden a pullout bed under the platform, so you don’t have to choose.

The colours she’s selected for the room are also doing double duty. Matching the highlight colours of yellow and teal from her father’s midcentury architectural drawings, Catherine takes both of the room’s functions into account. On the main wall behind the desk, Catherine uses Colourtrend’s Frozen Stream 0669, a warm blue that’s ideal for inspiration and focus at work, but also has a calming effect for relaxing before bedtime. Likewise, Colourtrend’s Torc from their Contemporary Colour Collection, which she’s painted her chest of drawers using a satin finish, is a sunny goldenrod for daytime but also matches the warm incandescent light fixtures and glowing globe light for a cosy feeling at night. Colourtrend’s White Kitten 0022 on the wall of the reception area is neutral enough that it draws your attention straight to her prized architectural drawings, but its warm tone is still in keeping with the office’s cosy and relaxed feel.

When painting, Catherine advises us that, “Everything you need to know is on the tin of the Colourtrend paints, and if you read them you won’t go wrong.” Overall, this room design not only solves a pricey problem, it leaves you spoiled for choice.

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