Floor and wall coverings in the home office and library
The home office and library are rooms, which require a calm, quiet atmosphere, which would provide solitude while working. Conveniences are a must and floor and wall coverings help make this possible, if they are appropriately chosen.
There are numerous opportunities for floor coverings – from terracotta and granite, to natural wooden parquet. Terracotta and granite are easy to maintain, but they have the downside of being too cold during the winter. Parquet is more difficult to maintain, but it keeps the floor warm and is very beautiful.
Minimalist home office design
The laminated parquet is very appropriate, since it answers to all the attributes of a floor covering, suitable for most rooms. The wall coverings should answer the needs of natural daylight, spaciousness and air space. Latex paint is appropriate and comes in many colours. Wallpapers are suitable for the office, because they have a soothing effect, but aren’t the best choice for a library. The prime concern about these two rooms is noise isolation. That’s why a cork covering is the best choice for these two rooms. It keeps the place cool in summer and warm in winter and, since it’s a very clean material, it reduces the threat of allergies in a rather dusty place like the library.
Minimalist home library design
Cork also serves as an inner isolation, but also has a downside of its own – it’s more expensive than the other wall and floor coverings. When the library and office are one and the same room, the floor covering for the two separate areas can be different. Part of the surface can be covered in terracotta, like for instance – the zone, meant for the book shelves, and the office area can have a parquet covering.
Minimalist library cabinet interior
The same idea can be used for the wall covering – the room can have a different colour scheme, according to its positioning – be with whether in the zone, meant for storing book at, or in the office. The choice of floor and walls coverings should answer the need of creating comfort and turning these rooms into a solitary place, where work can uninterruptedly be carried out.
Text by B. Angelov