Seems like everyone has a different opinion about the best paint color for a small room. Like I wrote about in this post here, there really is no magic color that will make your small room bigger. However, I was quite amused yesterday when I opened the brand new issue of House Beautiful Magazine. Look what I saw on page 89.
July/August House Beautiful magazine
Look at those two quotes; even the designers disagree! Well I will tell you that I have lived in homes with small rooms. I have painted them light and I have painted them dark. Based on my experience this is what I have learned. It really doesn’t matter what color you paint your small room; light or dark it is still going to be small. You just need to decide based on the usage of the room if it would function and feel best as a small light room or a small dark room. It’s really that simple. A small light room will bounce the light around and feel more airy, while a small dark room will feel more cozy and cocoon like.
I personally like to paint small rooms a lighter color. I have tendencies toward claustrophobia and a small dark room is just not comfortable for me. The one exception is a powder room. I LOVE a dark jewel box like powder room. After all, you are only in it for a few minutes so why not make it feel cozy and/or dramatic.
Whether you opt for light or dark walls the final word is contrast. The lower the contrast between the wall color, furniture, molding and the ceiling, the less chopped up the room will feel…and hence the bigger the room will feel.
So there you go. Keep the contrast low and your small light room or small dark room will FEEL as spacious as possible.
Low contrast light room
Low contrast dark room.
Hope that helps clear up some confusion. What’s your preference; light or dark small rooms?
Hello again! I am finally back to my computer after almost two weeks of design and blogging related travel. I have so much design and color info to share with you from both Brimfield and Blogfest. I will start with Brimfield and the big color announcement made by Benjamin Moore.
Drum roll please….Benjamin Moore has released a whole new line of paint colors called the Williamsburg Collection. According to Benjamin Moore this new palette is “historic American colors derived from classic American design. Based on original pigments developed more than 250 years ago, Colonial Williamsburg’s curators have re-created this rich, authentic palette.”
The 144 new colors are absolutely beautiful and timeless. Another perk is that since all the colors have similar saturation the colors are meant to blend seamlessly with one another. In other words, you can mix and match these colors in your home and not worry about anything clashing. Of course you still need to get the undertones right so you still may want to hire me!
I am so excited about these new colors and they came at a perfect time as I get ready to repaint to the entire “core” of our house. I have my eye on several of the soft neutrals and plan to paint up sample boards soon. I’ll let you know what I pick.
I also just happen to have an additional Williamsburg fan deck to give away. If you would like to have it simply comment on this post and I will choose a winner next Monday.
What do you think of these new historic colors and do you think you would try them out?
Have you heard about the newest trend in the work place? It’s called a walking desk. Quite surprisingly, studies have shown that long periods of sitting is actually worse for our health than a steady diet of junk food. Well the idea of a walking desk was actually first presented to me by my husband. He is a software engineer and his entire working life has been spent sitting at a desk all day long writing software. For the past 18 months my husband has been working from home and last Summer he decided that he wanted to try a walking desk. Since he wasn’t sure it would be something that he would like or be even be able to work on he didn’t want to spend upwards of $3000.00 on a manufactured walking desk.
Instead, he choose to make an inexpensive DIY version. His current work desk is an antique farm table but since he would soon be standing he needed to first raise the desk.
He simply put the table legs up on jacks …hey, I didn’t say his DIY way was going to be pretty…then he purchased an inexpensive treadmill base. He’s been using his walking desk since last Summer and it has changed his life. After a few weeks of adjustment and getting used to typing while moving he is now walking upwards of 10-12 miles a day! It’s incredible to see him almost speed walking all the while typing away on the key board. This is his current set up.
DIY walking desk
A few weeks ago he decided that the “cheap” treadmill had served it’s purpose (the smell of burning rubber may also had something to do with it) and it was time for an upgrade to a high end treadmill base that could handle his daily miles. This is when I decided I should try the whole thing out. I took his “cheap” treadmill and for my desk we purchased one 4 x 8 piece of plywood from Home Depot. We first had them cut the sheet down the middle and then one piece in half again. After measuring my height while standing on the treadmill the two half pieces became the “legs” and support braces of the desk and the larger piece became the top.
I gave it a quick coat of Annie Sloan Napoleon Blue Chalk paint and one coat covered all the knots and grain just fine.
It has now been just over 2 weeks and I am happy to report I haven’t walked or fallen off the treadmill once. I am no where near my husband’s speed walking pace of 60+ miles a week but everyday I feel more comfortable and at ease with the whole set up. I can’t do everything while walking (it’s difficult to use the mouse curser, write or draw) but at the very least I can email, do social media and write my blog pots while walking.
Again, it isn’t pretty but if it adds years to my life and takes some weight off I can live without the pretty….for a little while anyway.
How about you, have you heard of a walking desk? Do you think you would ever want to give it a try.
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When I received a call from an editor at House Beautiful Magazine back in November I was driving home from an appointment and only answered my phone because I thought I must have left something at my client’s house. When the caller, Christine Pittel, said she wanted to interview me about painting my first nanosecond thought was ”oh, she must be looking for the OTHER Linda Holt“. There actually is one and she lives just a few towns away from me and is a well known Artist. Although we have never met we have been confused for one another for the past 20 years. In the next nanosecond I heard Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painting furniture and it was at this point I pulled off the road to try and collect myself and calm down my rapidly beating heart…OMG…House Beautiful, OMG…House Beautiful! Many of you already know that I am a huge Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fan. My good friend Susan Siefer of MadPatter Art Design actually was the one who turned me on to it a couple years back. She was likely one of the very first around to check out and start using the paint. Now of course it seems like EVERYONE is using it.
Since I am basically lazy when it comes to painting furniture, I love the fact that you don’t have to sand or prep a piece before starting to paint. It’s instant gratification and you can have a fresh updated piece in a day…love that! Painted furniture is so “on trend” right now and I usually try and incorporate at least one painted piece into each of my projects. My client’s love to have something unique and custom without spending a huge amount of money. As I recently shared in a previous post, I just painted two chairs with Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange for one of my clients.
Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange
Anyway, I digress… Pittel asked me to name my favorite Annie Sloan paint color and to talk about a piece I used it on and why. My pick? Florence: one of Annie’s newest colors.
Annie Sloan Florence
How funny that I picked this color even before I knew that Pantone’s Color of the Year was to be Emerald Green. Below is my actual quote in the February House Beautiful feature on Color Painted Furniture. (click on photo to enlarge) and here is the piece in mention; done with my painting partner Susan.
If you would like to see other pieces Susan and I have painted that are currently for sale check out my Pinterest board here.
If you had told me 5 years ago when I was still working full time as a photographer and only dreaming of being an interior decorator that one day I would be quoted in House Beautiful I would have said you were crazy. It’s been an exciting journey and I have to give credit to a few teachers and mentors who made my quote possible: namely Maria Killam for her True Color Expert training, Leatrice Eiseman for her Color Expert training class, Kate Smith for her friendship and advice, Susan Siefer, close friend and painting partner and most recently Tobi Fairley, my teacher and business mentor. They have all educated me, inspired me, and fueled my passion and love of Color and Design. I thank you and love you all.
If you would like a custom painted piece of furniture in your home or decorating help, give me a call.