The Trumped-Up Interior Design of the Oval Office

The new president has a style of his own, that certainly cannot be disputed! And what better place for him to express his rather different presidential manner than in the Oval Office?

Determined to leave their mark on the building, Donald Trump’s administration has been busy tearing down the old and bring in the new. Every newly inaugurated president likes to add a personal touch to the office they will be occupying for the next 4 to 8 years, and Trump has certainly added his. Since it’s construction in 1934 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the room has remained relatively unchanged. Each new President redesigns the office to some degree, but Trump’s changes may be some of the most elaborate yet.

The first thing that stands out is the gold curtains around the windows. They brighten up the room and bring a very luxurious look to the office. It is certainly a big contrast to the old curtains. When Barack Obama was in office, he chose straight, red curtains that gave a bold impression and a more framed look. The new ones, in comparison, are rounded with blue trim. They are no less magnificent and definitely in keeping with Trump’s style.

Donald Trump is known for his expensive taste and gold is a common theme in most of his products and properties. The famous Trump Towers are all covered in gold. His hotel in Las Vegas looks like a shimmering gold bar sticking out of the desert skyline. With his golden trademark, blond hair, and rich taste, it is no a surprise he would continue the theme in the White House. The yellow upholstery and curtains compliment the gold-framed portrait of George Washington.

Melania Trump, the First Lady of the United States, has hired interior designer Tham Kannalikham to decorate the White House residence. She originally started working at Ralph Lauren, and has a passion for classical eighteenth century architecture and design. She’s expected to bring a blast-from-the-past to the Whitehouse interior in the next few years.

The Oval Office serves as a centrepiece to the White House and to the nation. It is the place where some of the most important decisions in modern history have been made. In the middle of the room sits the desk where some of the most influential documents have been signed, including several of Trump’s recent executive orders. The Resolute Desk, as it is more famously known, is a nineteenth century, english oak desk gifted to President Rutherford B. Hayes by Queen Victoria.

Behind the president’s desk is an end table just below the window. Former President Obama filled the table with family photos, while Donald Trump has left it relatively blank for the time being. He has also opted to fill the room with more historical paintings and portraits, compared to some of the newer, more modern paintings from Obama’s presidency. Aside from the Resolute Desk and portrait of George Washington, another thing Trump has chosen to keep is the grandfather clock. It was built in Boston in the late 1700s and has been in the Oval Office since the seventies. Though there have been some interesting changes in the White House, many things connect the circular room it to it’s incredible history at the centre of modern America.


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