Before & After: Closet to Home Office Transformation

Before & After: Closet to Home Office Transformation

Janel Laban
Dec 10, 2010

While reminiscent of the childhood room of the "boy who lived" Harry Potter in terms of location, this small space makeover has another tie to the world of movie making. This previously underutilized storage closet is now the home to a second studio and editing suite for Apartment Therapy reader Christopher's growing wedding video business.

The Afters!

The addition of a big chalkboard-painted wall adds drama and functionality as a giant organizing tool. As Christopher says, "I'm constantly scribbling ideas down and didn't want to limit myself to a pen and paper — a chalkboard wall works well for me!" The contrast of the dark wall against the adjacent white walls also makes the most of the unusual angles of the space.

Installing carpet tiles (a renter friendly solution) in a dark charcoal continues the color scheme, covers the terracotta colored tile and warms up the space, making it both more comfortable and finished.

In a tall room with a small footprint, the vertical space is extra important, especially for a workspace. It's well utilized here, with decorative wall shelves, functional racks filled with movies and equipment and wall mounted lighting. An injection of personality and color in the form of comic themed framed prints finishes off the look.

More info on the project: Office Space Renovate to Create

Thanks for sharing the project, Christopher!

Images: Christopher Sotelo

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