Oval Office Decor Through the Decades

Rachael Sneed | 08 Feb 2016 | Trends

The Oval Office is the president’s space both escape from the world and be more connected to it than ever before. To make the space feel like home, many presidents customize the decor to their personal style.

Today we’ll take you on a tour through the decades and help you find furnishings and window treatments to get the look yourself.

President Obama’s Traditional Oval Office

President Obama uses neutral, golden tones for his 2008 Oval Office decor.


via Vanity Fair

Get the Look

The Easy Pinch Pleat Panels in Seattle Light Bronze have traditional construction and a luxurious embroidered pattern iridescent thread.

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The ivory Pacific 89″ Skirted Sofa has a tailored but understated look that replicates President Obama’s formal, yet casual oval office.

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President L.B. Johnson’s Mid Century Modern Oval Office

Also relying on neutrals, President L.B. Johnson leaned on bright whites and creams for a spare but regal look in his 1963 Oval Office.

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via White House Museum

Get the Look

President Johnson’s slim side panels are lined with red trim for a pop of color. Bring this look to your space with Bali Pinch Pleat Draperies in Poetic Daydream with fringe trim in Clover.

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Give your windows added versatility with sheer Lucerne Wanda Pleat Panels layered underneath.

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In addition to the layered drapes, Johnson has blackout roller shades underneath for complete privacy when needed. If you have presidential secrets to protect, or just want to get a good night’s sleep, Architectural Room Blackout Roller Shades in Vanilla Bean will meet your needs.

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President Carter’s Southern Elegance Oval Office

With the most color of the oval offices we’re featuring, President Carter’s 1977 Oval Office decor brought in pale red, white and blue in mixed patterns. This old world plantation feel spoke to his Georgia roots.


via Vanity Fair

Get the Look

Pinch Pleat Drapery in the color Coastal Sunset give you the full look of President Carter’s inner sanctum. Leaving off the swag valance gives a cleaner look that will feel less dated.

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President Carter mixed in several chair styles in one unified upholstery. The Byson Wingback Chair will give you a regal place to relax and its variegated fabric will match a variety of colors.

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