When Claudia DiGiacomo approached New York City-based design consortium Decor Aid about redesigning her home in Florham Park, the first space she wanted to tackle was the office. A room was set apart from the rest of the busy household where she had the flexibility to work from home and remain productive during the rest of the redesign process.
“I loved the bones of the existing space,” DiGiacomo says, but at the same time it was far removed from her own aesthetic. “It was so dark and gloomy and not speaking to me … I wanted bright, airy and more modern.”
The entire space needed to be redesigned, according to the design team, starting with the dark, paneled walls. The team painted the walls and bookshelves a bright chalky pastel blue, which significantly brightened the space and distinguished the office from the rest of the home.
Was DiGiacomo hesitant about taking such a bold step with the walls of woodwork? “Yes!” she recalls. “I had to truly trust my designer that this would look great in the end.” There were conversations about whether they should apply a lacquered or high-gloss finish, but “in the end, it was the right choice not to in this space,” she says.
Because it was her dedicated home office, DiGiacomo was willing to be more daring with the color choices to capture her “bright, fresh, preppy and modern” sense of style, the designers say. Sticking to a strict palette of pinks, purples and blues — and a repetition of motifs — ensures that the bold but feminine scheme does not overwhelm the senses. “If just one particular shade of blue was off, it would throw off the whole space, making it feel less custom.”
The fine details also transformed the home office into a truly individualized space, from the vibrant Lulu DK print on the wall to the Jonathan Adler light fixture — a final touch that complements the room’s modern vibe. And then there’s the tiny side table custom-colored in Benjamin Moore’s Melrose Pink. “It’s so cute, and so pink,” DiGiacomo says. “It would not work in that color in any other place in the house.”