If you’re a doctor, lawyer, psychologist or other professional in private practice, you may spend long hours in an office filled with cold, dull industrial furnishings. By incorporating antique furniture and reproduction pieces into your professional office decor, you can create a warm, inviting oasis that soothes stress and promotes productivity.
Let me show you a few ways to create such an oasis by repurposing antique furniture for modern needs, incorporating high-quality reproduction furniture into your office design scheme, and decorating with tasteful, oversized wall art.
Antique French Country Sideboard as a Credenza
This ornately carved French Country sideboard dates to 1900 and originally was used for serving food and storing silverware and other items. In your professional office, you can put this gorgeous sideboard to use as a credenza. Set your printer on top, along with stacking file pockets or racks. The drawers will hold office supplies, like pens and staples, while the large compartments will easily store reams of paper and other clutter out of sight. Let’s face it: This sideboard makes a far classier credenza than anything you’ll find at an office supply store!
Antique Bookcase as… Bookcase
Why go with boring, open shelving to hold your reference books and binders when you can use an exceptional antique bookcase for the job? This antique French cabinet from the Brittany region has a nautical feel, but you can use an antique bookcase of any style to match your tastes. Here, a glass door affords a view of your tomes for all to see, while the three adjustable shelves offer a variety of configurations to hold even oversized binders. You could even offer clients a glimpse into your personal life by displaying some cherished photos or collectibles safely behind the glass.
Reproduction Dining Table as Conference Table
Tell me this splashy dining table wouldn’t make a superb conference table for your office. This particular model features high-quality solid wood construction with cherry and mahogany veneers. The open-twist legs add a real “wow” factor. This quality of this table probably exceeds that of most industrial conference tables, yet this table has so much more personality! This trestle table measures about 7 feet long, but you can find quality reproduction tables in many sizes and styles. Check out this more stately reproduction trestle table, or this extra-long, 10-foot trestle table with lyre legs and a solid ash and maple top.
Wall Decor for Your Professional Office
No matter where your taste lies, you’ll find beautiful artwork for your walls in our line of exceptionally high-quality giclee reproductions. These prints all come framed and ready to hang. Most of them are oversized, making them the ideal scale for an office setting. For example, the beautiful blue sea life print at left measures nearly 3 feet long on each side. They’re printed on heavyweight paper and depict subject matter ranging from reproduction antique botanical prints to abstract art created by modern artists. Many of these prints are signed and numbered by the artist as part of a limited edition. Just search our site for the term “professional office” or “fine art” to discover the many options available to you for personalizing your office decor. Check out a few more examples to illustrate the breadth of our wall art collection:
I hope you enjoy these ideas for how to use fine antique furniture and reproduction furnishings to amp up the style of your professional office. If you use vintage or antique pieces in the office, we’d love to see pictures! Please email them to me for use on the blog.
Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her hubby and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with Aimee on Google+ or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!