The scariest color I’ve ever chosen

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and enjoyed some down time with family and friends (and maybe some shopping). I had a nice relaxing day on Thanksgiving but Friday, Saturday and Sunday I was working like a fiend. You see it all started with this rug.

Stanton carpet

Stanton Carpet

I won this beautiful leopard print Stanton carpet on Lisa Mende’s blog  giveaway. I knew the moment I found out I won that it would be the starting point of my long overdue office makeover. I have been working in a mess of a too small office for way too long.  Samples, files and folders were stacked everywhere, my bookcase was an over stuffed mess and all the furniture was old cheap junk that needed to be either tossed or donated.

You know the saying, you throw a pebble into a lake and a tsunami happens in China. Well that is exactly what has gone down. Since my office was just a small room off our “formal” living room and we NEVER use our living room I decided to make both the little office AND the living room my office.

SOOOO all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday I painted…both rooms! Now as you know, I am not afraid of color. In fact, the living room walls up until Friday were a rich dark green. Perfect for sitting in a cozy setting with a book and glass of wine…except it never happened. We are almost always in the family room so taking it over as my office made perfect sense. Since the usage is changing I want the room to feel light, bright and airy. I want the walls to be a clean backdrop for all my colorful samples, design books and artwork. I made the decision to paint the walls in both the small and the large room WHITE.

I will admit it was a scary for me to pick White. In all my years, I have never had White walls; plenty of light neutrals, but never White. I struggled a bit with which White (it had to be a warm White since the room gets a lot of blue/green reflected light from the outside trees) but I did not want a yellowy or creamy white. I ended up choosing a white with a slight red undertone called Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams. I tried their new no VOC Harmony paint and I have to say it went on so smoothly and had absolutely no odor.

Painting over that dark green was dramatic and it didn’t help that my husband walked in half way through telling me he liked the green better.

green wall


I will admit I had a moment of doubt mid way through because White by itself isn’t too exciting. I held on to my vision for the rooms though and kept on painting. The two rooms are about 75% painted and here is a sneak peak of the walls (yes, I have a blue ceiling).

white walls(On Sunday when I took this picture it was raining outside so the light was terrible and the walls look blotchy, which they are not).

I am so happy with how it turned out. It is light and bright just as I wanted. I’m on a roll now but I have so much more to do including having window treatments  made, wallpapering a focal wall and deciding on storage pieces. My big splurge is a custom walking desk that is currently being made in North Carolina. I hope to have it by Christmas and I will show it off as soon as it arrives.

Once everything is done I will show you the full makeover (including the embarrassing “before” photos).  Oh…and just so that you don’t think my new office will be lacking in color, here are a few elements that will be incorporated.

office color palette

I am so excited to finally have an office I can spread out in and feel inspired and energized by. I just know 2015 is going to be a great year. How about you? Do you have/like white  walls? If so, how do you bring in color?





23 Responses to The scariest color I’ve ever chosen
  1. lori fischer Reply

    love it, linda!!! those fabrics are fabulous! we had a client paint a room white recently which was nerve wracking for all of us and it came out beautifully. way to stick with your vision!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Lori. Yes, I spend most of my time trying to talk clients out of repainting their walls white so it was definitely out of my comfort zone.

  2. Monique Johnson Reply

    FABULOUS!!!!!! Love the design direction and the color inspiration. I can’t wait to see the end results.

  3. Kim Macumber Reply

    Love it Linda! I did a white room too …. and LOVE it!! xokim

  4. Kristie Barnett, TheDecorologist Reply

    Wow!!!! I’m scared of white walls, too – but the beautiful blue on the ceiling doesn’t make it seem “all white.” I can’t wait to see how you finish out the rooms – I know it’ll be amazing once you layer everything over the white walls!!!! What a dramatic makeover you will have! Can’t wait to see you work your magic, Linda 🙂

  5. Jill Dippman Reply

    I love the white, I hope you keep the blue ceiling. I have Ben Moore ‘Cloud White’ in my condo. It will be repainted after my wood floor is installed – not sure if I am going to stay with the same ‘shade’ of white – have to see how it looks, it is a nice shade of white. I have a ‘feature’ wall in an aqua shade (Ben Moore warm springs) but it is all going white since I plan to sell in about a year.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      The blue ceiling is here to stay Jill and your colors sound beautiful.

  6. kelly Reply

    Love the blue ceiling!! So happy for you to have all that room for an office. I love a white room done right- that color white looks amazing. Can’t wait to see the afters!

  7. Monique Reply

    OMG Linda I LOVE the colour palette!!! Based on that alone I know you knocked this out of the park. I can’t wait to see the reveal.

  8. Susan Hargraves Reply

    Linda, we are leading parallel lives!!!! In my case the walls were deep Khaki. Now they are dazzling white and it feels so bright, happy and free!!!! And I too was terrified. And that began the revolution. I have ditched my desk. Instead, I have my laptop and a sofa that converts to a chaise. With wall to wall storage over 18′, everything I need is visible and available. Now I have tons to space to spread things out play with samples. Just about to order animal print fabric for pillows. And hee I thought I was unique!!!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Great minds think alike Susan!

  9. Barbara Pirie Reply

    Love, love, love what you are doing!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Barb!

  10. Jil Sonia Interiors Reply

    You’re exactly right – white is the scariest, and the most difficult colour to get right! It’s all in the undertones, as you know. Your room is going to look gorgeous and I cannot wait to see it. Congrats on winning the rug – looks beautiful!!

  11. Veronica Domurat Reply

    It looks great so far. My living room had green walls, and changed it to a beige color, it’s so much better. I wanted them lighter and my husband wasn’t ready to do almost colorless. So I am so glad you sticked to your first idea and went with it. Others opinion can make you doubt so much.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Veronica and you are so right. I really let my husband’s comment derail me for awhile.

  12. Rosanne Palazola Reply

    Linda, Love the white and the accents you’ve chosen! Can’t wait to see the completed look! And what a great way to re-purpose space that doesn’t get used!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Rosanne. It’s so easy for us to tell our clients to use their “unused” spaces but for me it took awhile before I made the decision to ditch the living room and make an office.

  13. Janis Reply

    Love, love, love it! The bright, cheery colors and the warm white walls are going to be stunning.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks so much Janis!

  14. Lisa Mende Design Reply

    So happy you won! Love what you are doing! ooxox

    • Linda Holt Reply

      I’m so happy I won too. Thanks again Lisa for hosting such a fab give away!

  15. Lisa Mende Design Reply

    you are welcome!

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