The drive to protect the environment is showing up everywhere – even at the White House. President Obama is not excusing himself from the discussion, either. Recently he oversaw a makeover of the White House’s Oval Office. This time the focus was on Eco-minded changes; looking for the green in that office and they have scrutinized every detail of the Oval.
According to official statements, the important thing was to be able to balance comfort and eco-friendliness. Obama’s Oval Office makeover both received raves and subtle criticisms. Many, if not all Presidents who have resided in the White House over the years have set their own signatures in the storied room. This time around, President Obama’s new office depicts comfort, coziness and calm, all of which are vital to Obama’s personality.
From the centerpiece down to the unpretentious recycled wheat colored rug, the president has chosen an all-American finish to the Oval office. The office is set up in very calm hues of mélange, tans and taupe. The colors according to interior designers exhibit a neutral and safe attitude. Workers completed the makeover during the time the First Family was out on vacation. A few hours before President Obama’s speech to Iraq, the new office design was made available to the public.
It is more of the southern modern style redecoration; the new Oval Office is more spacious than the previous design with less clutter. Its thematic design embraces visitors and invites them to feel at ease and comfortable. Visitors can internalize and contemplate the powerful influence of the previous leaders who have graced the room like Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Teddy Roosevelt whose words are embedded in the center table.
The focus on using recycled and renewable materials was important to the president, who wanted to make it clear that remaining environmentally friendly was just as important to him as style and panache. The White House maintains its silence over the overall expense on the said redesign of the Oval office as well as the identity of the designer although some credit famous California designer Michael Smith.