Fear Not the Decorating Police

A few weeks back I went to see a new client for a color consult. She was a lovely woman and she met me at the door wearing white pants, a pink top, pink jewelry, and pink flip flops.  She had called me to help her match a soft white that she currently had on her living room walls. She had moved in a few years earlier and felt the white was “fine” but wanted to repaint it to freshen it up.  It was one of those days when I didn’t have my camera with me so I’m sorry I have no photos. After touring her home I noticed there were hits of pink everywhere. Her accessories, her pillows, and a lot her art work all had varying shades of pink.

Her living room sofa was brown, her carpet was brown, white, pink and green and this fabric  is very similar to the fabric that covered her two living room chairs.

Waverly Penny Stripe in Watermellon


We stared talking about color and she said her absolute favorite color in the whole world was pink  (I kind of already suspected that). When I asked if she might be open to looking at some pink hues for her living room walls rather than white, she looked at me like I had two heads and said ” pink on the living room  walls?  I never heard of anyone painting their living room pink”…and lastly, my favorite…”what will people think?”

I assumed by her reference to  “people”,  she meant those frightening “Decorating Police”…you know, the ones who arrive unexpectedly and walk through your home with clip boards, slowly shaking their heads and criticizing your decorating decisions. They must say things like, “pink walls in the living room… minus ten points”.  “No pillows on your bed..minus 25 points”….”no window treatments in the dinning room…minus 50 points”! The Decorating Police must be very scary because I visit so many homes where the owner is  hesitant to decorate according to their own personal style and personalities.  I think fear of the Decorating Police must be why so many people defer to a home furnishing store like Pottery Barn or West Elm. They simply order everything from one store and call it a day. The problem is, your finished room looks just like a Pottery Barn or a West Elm. It doesn’t look like you. Now I have nothing against either of these stores, in fact I shop them both a lot. I am just pointing out that it is important to put a little of yourself in the room as well.

If you want to use your formal dinning room as an office because you never have formal dinners..use it as an office.

Dinning Room Turned Office


If you want to paint Gamma’s old Mahogany dresser pink, go fot it!



And PLEASE, if you want to paint your Living Room pink…I for one, think it will be beautiful.




If you would like some help choosing pink walls…or quieting the fear of the Decorating Police, give me a call.

9 Responses to Fear Not the Decorating Police
  1. Shelly Reply

    Great idea! My Mom painted our living room pink when I was a teenager. We had a black and coral/pink floral couch ( this was the 80s!) then did the crown moulding in a high gloss black. It was gorgeous!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Sounds incredible..I would love to see a photo of that!

  2. Mira Furth Reply

    Love this post! Your message basically is ‘Dare to be yourself’! The only fashion police is the one inside us, walking around with our inner clipboard, distracting us from LIVING out life!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      exactly Mira…be fearless! It’s your life and your home!

  3. Hannah Reply

    Too funny! When people find out I’m a decorator they start apologizing for their homes! I always tell them I’m not walking around judging or analyzing people’s homes all the time 🙂

  4. kristie@thedecorologist Reply

    great post, linda! kick those decorating police to the curb!!!

  5. Susan Siefer Reply

    Hope she goes with the pink living room! Pink can be such a complex color once we get away from the princess connotation. I love the pink dresser…thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Beth Frede Reply

    Linda, I love the soft pink of Stephen Shubel’s room shown above- and your take on pink walls (and putting yourself into your rooms) in general. Fabulous post! Thank you.

  7. Kelly Reply

    Great post Linda! So funny and true! haha Decorating Police- love it!

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