When decorating and furnishing your home office, as with any other part of the house, you will have to take certain things into consideration, specifically when it comes to the colours, textures and materials used.
As well as choosing things for aesthetic appeal, you also have to remember that your office is for working and, therefore, needs to be designed with practicality, as well as comfort, in mind.
Now, you will likely already have some idea as to what kind of atmosphere you want to create, what colours you want to use and how you want to layout your office furniture. What you may be wondering though is what kind of finish that office furniture should be in.
In the same way you agonise over which shade of paint to pop on the walls (who knew there were so many shades of Magnolia?), you should give some thought to what kind of wood or wood finish you want in your workspace.
Depending on your disposition, dark wood might not be conducive to a good mood or high productivity, and if you have a tendency to knock, bump, and spill, a light wood finish probably isn’t the most practical option.
Of course, our desks are constructed from strong and sturdy MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), a specially engineered wood that is durable, versatile and a great base layer for veneers. It is this MDF structure that guarantees our desks last through all those long working days, and they look the part thanks to our quality wood finishes.
If you can’t decide which finish is for you though, see our brief guide to hardwoods below. Whilst the properties might not be exactly the same, the appearance and effect will be.
A popular and hardy hardwood, oak can be either white or red/black in colour, and there are many different species to choose from.
As well as being strong, oak, in its purest form, is heavy. Generally lighter in colour, oak also has distinctive visual features like predominantly straight grains and ray fleck patterns.
Maple is an impressively tough wood. Its strength, durability and shock resistance make it the material of choice for everything from bowling alley lanes to kitchen cabinets, and home office desks.
Depending on which of the 115 species of maple you use, the texture and grain can differ significantly. Some have a curly grain, whilst others have
Walnut is a popular wood due to its great properties and impressive versatility. It is a strong wood, and durable, but it looks appealing in any setting.
Ranging in colour from light brown to more chocolatey shades, walnut has a straight grain. Walnut veneers add particular interest because the grain can get wavy and there are lots of figures, from
These three hardwoods are just a sample of the wood finishes our furniture ranges come in. We also have softwood finishes like