Studio Cabinet Options – Addicted 2 Decorating®

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my studio cabinets, and exactly how I want those to look. I’ve got a lot of decisions to make before I can start building them. Do I want the upper part to be open shelves? Enclosed with cabinet doors? Do I want the two floor-to-ceiling cabinets on the ends to be one solid unit? Or do I want a countertop extending all the way to the side walls with the upper cabinet sections sitting on top of the countertop?

But the main thing I’m trying to decide on is color.

No, I’m not changing my mind on the color. I’m sticking with my decision to use the same Benjamin Moore Bird Of Paradise color that I have on my front door, as well as the side studio door.

But I’m just not quite sure how I want to use that color. And the more I think about it, the more I think that using that color on ALL of the cabinets in the room might be overkill. In this case, too much of a good thing might, in fact, be way too much.

The studio, when finished, will have a whole lot of cabinets. Here’s the general overview of the room layout…

Obviously, a few things have changed since I did that initial floor plan. There’s no mud room, and that area back there is now the back entry that looks like this…

And I decided to go with two movable work tables instead of one. But as far as the cabinets to, the plan is still the same. There are three main areas that will have cabinets.

1. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets on the wall to the left as you walk into the studio from the breakfast room.

These are the cabinets that sit to the left of the cased opening between the studio and the back entry. And these are actually the cabinets that made me wonder if I do, in fact, want all of the cabinets to be coral.

Once these cabinets are finished, they’ll be visible from the front door of the house, the living room, the kitchen, and the breakfast room. And while I do love lots of color, I don’t love chaos. And once my living room is finished, it’s going to be very colorful with quite a bit going on. I already have teal kitchen cabinets that are just right there in the next room, and a darker teal pantry that is also quite visible from the living room. And from the kitchen and breakfast room, where the living room and pantry are obviously very visible, you can also see the green back entry of the studio.

I like it as it is right now. It definitely fits me in that it’s very colorful, a bit busy (probably too busy for most), but just right for me. But if I throw another very bold and bright color into the mix, I’m afraid it’ll push it (even for me) from bold, bright, beautiful, and the perfect amount of busy, right over into the “chaotic” category.

So, as boring as this may be for me, I’m thinking of painting those cabinets white.

2. The cabinets in the “office” area of the studio.

These are the cabinets that will flank the single window on the left end of the wall where the portico door is.

This is the area where I’ll put the desk that I built…

Large DIY writing desk with black base and stained top made from a solid core door

I don’t mind color on those cabinets. They’ll be visible from the music room, kitchen and breakfast room, but even from those rooms, they’ll still be pretty far away.

But I’m thinking that on that wall, a combination of coral and white might be a better option. I’ve had that idea swimming around in my mind ever since I saw this office makeover by Christene Holder in one of the One Room Challenges.

I love that two-color look, but of course, mine would be coral on bottom and white on top. I may even be able to work in some of the scraps of wallpaper as accents somehow — maybe in the back of an open shelf at the top of each upper cabinet. That way, the wallpaper remnant would tie in with the main wall, and the white uppers would tie in with the white floor-to-ceiling cabinets in breakfast room doorway into the studio.

3. The main wall with the wallpaper and long desk.

This is the front wall with the bright floral wallpaper that will have floor-to-ceiling cabinets on either end of the wall, with a countertop-height cabinet in the middle, and a long countertop extending across the wall. This is the wall that’s straight ahead when you walk through the French doors at the back entry of the studio. I had envisioned all coral cabinets on this wall.

studio front wall with floral wallpaper coral cabinets and black pendant lights

That drawing isn’t completely accurate the windows are trimmed with thick white trim, so that brightens up the wall a bit. And the desktop that goes all the way across will also be white.

So that’s what I’m thinking for now.

  • All white on the floor-to-ceiling cabinets on the wall to the left of the cased opening to the back entry.
  • Coral lowers and white uppers (possibly with some small wallpaper accents) in the “office” area on the left end of the portico door wall.
  • All coral cabinets on the main front wall with the wallpaper.

Can you envision it? Any thoughts? And just remember that I do like things really bright, colorful, and a tad busy. 😀

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