Hi! Interior Designer here who might be of some help.
To start off, with the general appearance of a court room,
- The color palettes of court rooms are very standardized, it will always be a natural stained wood (usually oak) with very neutral colors such as white, and yellow.
- You are allowed to have fun with the color of the cushions on seating, but it can’t be anything that will draw attention to the eye
- Flooring is typically just solid concrete, but you can get creative as long as its a smooth surface (no carpet), as long as the design of the floor isnt anything that will draw attention to the eyes.
- No decoration in the room at all. The most fun you are allowed to have is a nicer looking chandelier and a flag. Remember: court rooms are places of serious business that sometimes harbor very dangerous induvials who might make anything into a weapon.
I would consider a court room aesthetic to be very standardized, very wood heavy, and mostly just boring. The most interest that comes into court rooms appearance wise would be the wood paneling on the walls. A quick image search can easily show you what I mean by that. Also I quite enjoy the look of the “fake pillars” that are commonly in court rooms. You are also allowed to make other parts of the room such as the ceiling or door frames match the style of the wood paneling around the room. it just cant be anything very elaborate.
Now onto the long list of items a court room has to have. I made this as much of a TLDR to not overwhelm you.
- There are three doors in a court room. One is the main entrance that is a double door in the back of the court room that acts as the main entrance for public viewing. The other two are single doors on either side of the judges seat. One is a non-public entrance that is used for the judge, jury, defendants, etc. The last one is an egress door (fire exit), this door should not directly lead outside as anyone being prosecuted may make a run for it.
- There has to be public viewing seating, normally its around 4 rows or more with a short fence in front to separate the non public area of the room, sometimes there’s a gate as well, but its not necessary.
- Jury seating sits 12 people, it is on the side of the room and can either be raised similar to the judges seat or like how the public seating is. But it must be closed off with either a half wall or a short fence. It’s fully up to you to decide how you want this to look.
- Opposite to the jury seating will be a bunch of other chairs for important members of court that have no active role in the case proceedings, such as court clerks, translators, and scribes. These seats will be on the side and can be similar to how the jury is seated, but in a slightly more casual fashion. There will also be a seating spot that has space for a computer or two (for the court clerks and scribes)
- Before the judges seat there are 2 tables and chairs, for the prosecuting and defending.
- Between those two tables is a stand, for a lawyer to place paperwork while doing his lawyer things.
- The judges stand is directly in the middle of the room against the wall up about 2 or 3 feet off the floor. This height allows the judge to see everyone in the room clearly so they can properly control the court room.
- Attached to the judges stand is the questioning booth, it is on the floor level
- Lastly, there needs to be plenty of room for security to stand off to the side. Some high level cases there might be up to 5 guards standing directly beside clients.
I hope I didn’t forget anything major, and that this was easy for you to understand.
Feel free to message me with any questions or concerns.