navy boardroom chairs at conference table

A calm, contemporary and versatile meeting space

Following our redesign of the reception and waiting room for this Barristers’ Chambers, our client asked us to give their boardroom a similar makeover. As before, they wanted a contemporary space that retained the heritage of their brand, but it also needed to be flexible, functional and set the right tone for their client meetings.

Although the room will function primarily as a conference room, from time to time it will also be used as a function room. This meant we had to get creative with the furniture and the all-important lighting scheme.

Creating the canvas

The room was an unusual shape with walls at irregular angles, odd recesses and arches that created nooks and blocked the windows.  We began by removing unnecessary ‘lumps and bumps’ in the room to open up the space and allow light to flood in from the beautiful sash windows.

Because the focal point of a boardroom is the table in the middle, we added panelling to the walls to balance the room without making it feel cluttered.  The paint colours for the panelling and walls were pulled through from the reception area creating a calming flow to the whole building.

We designed lighting circuits that allow for functional task lighting above the table, and mood-enhancing lighting on the curtains and art when the room is in entertaining mode.

light conference room with navy chairs at table
white bespoke tea station in front of window

A sophisticated décor

The colour palette for the room was informed by the chambers’ sophisticated brand colours: navy and warm grey with touches of yellow and red.

We went for navy boardroom chairs, blue-grey occasional chairs and neutral carpet and curtains to give an elegant and calming feel to the room. We sourced new abstract art and reframed pieces from the chambers’ own collection to produce understated focal points without distracting from important business.

large conference table in light room
white cabinet in alcove of room

Clever design features

The room may feel serene but don’t be fooled: it’s as hardworking as the people who use it.  The quiet décor conceals many clever features that make this room work beautifully.

First, the table.  This large centrepiece is modular, which means it can be divided into pieces to create a smaller, more intimate table, or removed all together to create a function room. The table-top on each section folds into a vertical position, making it easy to store unused sections out of the way.

Our choice of flooring was a good-looking and deeply practical carpet tile. This provides easy access to electrical boxes in the floor for maintenance. Coffee spills are no big deal when you can replace a couple of tiles, and this floor also provides a comfortable and robust surface for the wheelie boardroom chairs.

For an extra touch of luxury, the three roman blinds can be lowered simultaneously at the touch of a button for presentation blackout.

navy boardroom chairs at conference table

Soft seating

As well as creating an attractive feature that softens the tone of the room, these two informal seats are a popular place for a quick catch up meeting or a quiet phone call when the boardroom is not in use.

two soft armchairs with navy blue cushions


So often over-looked in a corporate space, styling adds the touches that make a client feel comfortable and at ease.  Here we added elegant navy cushions to the soft seating which warms the space and makes it easier to relax.  We also used a few carefully chosen accessories that add a contemporary, luxe feel.

Trays on the boardroom table and the drinks cabinet group together useful objects like pen pots or glasses to avoid them being scattered in a haphazard way.

The final look feels sophisticated, considered and orderly: features that most clients would value highly in a barrister.

elegant glass pot with navy pens
light blue armchairs with navy cushions