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We’ve Hit The Halfway Mark On Our Mentee’s First Partnership – Here’s how It’s Going (+ An Ask The Audience)

Emily here – today, I’m so excited to share Keyanna’s office progress with you. She’s such a talent with so many exciting ideas (uhh, rope partition? Incredible!) and it’s been so fun for myself and my team to work with her, cheer her on, and see this room unfold in real-time. Before we get too in the weeds, I just wanted to say a quick ‘thank you’ to KILZ, a brand that heard the story of this room and its oil-based paint nightmare, said ‘yikes, let’s fix that,’ and gave Key their blessing to freely design a bright, happy, personal retreat (a dream for any blogger). So without further ado, I’ll let Key fill you in on how far this room has come…and stick around to the end because of course, we have a big design dilemma for you. Keyanna, take it away 🙂  

Well, that escalated quickly! It feels like just yesterday I was here introducing my office makeover project and now, here we are just a few weeks away from the final reveal post. In all honesty, I’m not as far along with the progress as I’d hoped, which has kind of been a recurring theme in my life lately (#PandemicProblems). But, I want to give you guys a little update and have you help me with the most important design decision, yet!

design and photo by studio mcgee

First, I just have to say THANK YOU for sharing all your suggestions, tips, and advice on my last post. This was my first time having a huge community of folks weigh in on my design ideas. Initially, I thought having a ton of eyeballs examine my (novice) work with a fine-tooth comb would be nerve-wracking… and it was! BUT, overall I loved hearing all your suggestions and gained so much insight and direction for the design plan. So if it turns out bad, you guys are to blame 😉 I kid… 

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps that’s also true when it comes to design, because the EHD village is definitely helping me “grow up” this office (or as the cool kids say “glow up”)! So needless to say, I’ll be soliciting more of your advice later in this post.

When we last spoke, I was having a bit of a design identity crisis, having newly discovered an interest in more colorful, maximalist design styles, yet being born and raised a neutral, minimalist. Shout out to reader RachieT who diagnosed me as “design-poly”. There is no cure. 

Also, another one you made an interesting analysis that the reason I/people may be craving more color in their home is because of quarantine, and prior to the pandemic we would get visual stimuli out in the world, so we wanted our houses to be calm and serene. But now since we’ve been trapped inside (with less stimuli), we crave color. 

I’m not sure if that’s been scientifically proven, but it makes complete sense to me and can totally be the cause of my “design-schizophrenia” (diagnosed by reader, Meredith). 

Who needs WebMD when you have EHD readers for a consult!

In my quest for answers, I created a bootleg “I Design You Decide” series on my blog, and asked you guys to vote between the two different (yet somewhat similar) mood boards: Organic Coastal Cottage VS Understated Maximalist. 

Organic Coastal Cottage resembled my tried and true, neutral, California casual’esque aesthetic that I know, love, and trust. While Understated Maximalist embodied my newfound attraction to color, pattern, and layers of styling. 

I spent hours (exaggeration) tallying up all your votes. I doubled, tripled, and quadruple-checked my count. And to my surprise, Understated Maximalist won by a landslide! 

A lot of you guys mentioned that although Organic Coastal Cottage was “pretty,” it’s a very popular style, which makes it start to feel “generic” and “overdone.” But Understated Maximalist felt more “inviting” and “unique”. Which I completely agree! 

I should have left it there and just went with UM, but in attempts to be a star EHD Blog School student, I decided to also do a poll on Instagram (like I’ve seen Em do)… and then I forgot to save the results so I could share it here (rookie blogger mistake). But strangely enough, Organic Coastal Cottage took the lead on IG. 

Not sure how/why my Instagram audience votes were polar opposite from my blog audience? Are you guys even on Instagram? Or is everyone on Clubhouse now… (sigh: I can’t keep up)

All that said, what was intended to be a solution to determine a design direction for the space, led me right back to indecision. So in true bipartisan fashion, I decided to combine the two mood boards (as some of you suggested) to create a room that can appeal to both my love of neutral and colorful, generic and unique design. 

I hereby introduce you to Understated Organic Coastal Maximalist Cottage! 

I’m still tweaking, but the plan is to keep the foundational pieces neutral and then add in (bright?) pops of color with textiles and art. I want the space to have a bit of a boho vibe and feel fun and playful (but not juvenile). And of course, no (understated) maximalist space is complete without plants. Lots of plants. Which makes me question if someone with a black thumb, like myself, can even be a maximalist. 

Now for some real-life progress. THE WALLS ARE PRIMED! That may not seem like a big feat for some, but this has been a task I’ve been dreading because 1: all the trim, windows, doors were painted with oil-based paint and 2: blue is notorious for being a hard color to paint over/conceal. But KILZ came to the rescue, yet again! 

For those who don’t know (because I surely didn’t until a painter told me), you cannot put latex/water-based paint over oil-based paint without preparing the surface and using a special bonding primer. 

Take a look at exhibit A…and exhibit B… and exhibit C. All areas in my home with peeling paint because the previous painter did not prep the surface and/or use a good bonding primer. I’m also working on making over my living room (and will be revealing that space over on my blog in a few weeks #ShamelessPlug) and had to spend hours scraping peeling paint off the fireplace before I could (re)paint it. ::insert expletives here::

hours…

To anyone else dealing with this, I feel you. I’m here for you. And I’m making it my life’s mission to educate as many people as possible on how to properly paint over oil-based paint so no one has to go through what I went through.

But, before I get into the steps you first need to check whether you have oil-based paint on your walls/trim. All you need is rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad or cloth. Rub it on the surface and if the paint does NOT come off, that means it’s oil-based paint (proceed to prep steps below). If the paint does come off that means it’s latex/water-based paint (proceed to enjoy your stress-free paint life). 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional painter or paint expert, but I scoured the interwebs and this is what Bob Villa says is the proper way to paint over oil-based paint:

Step 1: Sand/De-gloss the Surface

Use 180-220 grit sandpaper and lightly sand down the surface. You’re not seeking to remove all the paint, you just want to rough up the surface some for better adhesion.

Non-expert Key popping in. Ol’ Bob-O didn’t mention this, but if your home was built before 1978, there could be lead-based paint, so be sure to take any necessary precautions before sanding surfaces. Also, fun fact: although I’m not a professional painter, I’m actually Lead-Paint Certified. I used to work for a construction company and it was required for employees to be EPA certified in lead-paint removal. 

Okay now back to Bob…

Step 2: Deep Clean with TSP

You want to make sure the surface is free from dust, dirt, and grime (all of which reduce adhesion) so wipe down the surface with TSP. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions and safety guidelines.

Step 3: Prime with a Bonding Primer (Read: KILZ 3 Premium Primer)

KILZ 3 is specifically formulated to cover all types of paint, which I love. Being able to use the same product on my trim and walls made the whole process so much easier. It also helps adhesion, so my top coat of paint will stick better. I followed these steps when I painted my kitchen bedroom and living room and so far so good, no peeling! I like to use two coats on all the trim to ensure maximum stickage. 

Thankfully, the walls in my office are not oil-based, but boy are they blue! I had already witnessed the “power of primer” on Chandler’s living room reveal, so I felt confident that covering these blue walls would be no battle for KILZ. I obviously also used the same KILZ 3 Premium Primer here and as soon as I poured it into the tray I knew this was a quality product. It wasn’t thin and runny like other primers, but very thick and glided on with ease. And similar to Julie, I was shocked by the coverage of just one coat! It’ll also help my new paint color stick better and it’ll block any medium or heavy stains. Win/win/win. 

Look how much better the room looks with just primer! 

Now that I have a blank canvas to work on, it’s time for me to make my toughest decision, yet. WHAT COLOR DO I PAINT THE WALLS??? 

There were a few comments/concerns that the room doesn’t get enough natural light to paint the walls white. But contrary to popular belief, the room (and really the whole house) gets a good amount of sunlight. Obviously not as light-filled as some of the inspo photos, but enough to not make white walls look drab and dreary. 

design and photo by keyanna bowen (me!)

Last year, I painted our bedroom (which is adjacent to the office and receives the same amount of natural light) white, and I love how light and airy that room feels. And I just painted my living room white (did I mention that reveal is coming to my blog soon? ;-)). And my kitchen is also white. Although I can’t deny my love of all-white spaces, I think 3 white rooms in one house is enough! Or is it?

top left: design by kai ethier, photo by jason stickley via house & home | top right: design by virginia howard, photo by paul massey | bottom left: design and photo by lizzie green | bottom right: design and photo by anna haines

Lately, I’ve really been drawn to subtle peach/salmon/blush hues. Even Orlando’s vibrant peachy pink gym gave me heart eyes, although I don’t think I’m ready to clad my walls in that much color, yet. 

KILZ has some really pretty options in that color family. I got a few samples and made swatches on white paper (in true EHD fashion). 

And now I need your help (again)! Initially, the plan was to paint the walls white/off-white and then load in color with art and textiles. But now I’m thinking maybe I should paint the walls one of these pink/ peachy hues. 

It’s so hard to get the color to read accurately in these early swatch photos, but some of the swatches are a very close match to the above inspo photos that I’m so drawn to! What do you guys think, do I stick with the original plan and just paint the room a shade of white or do I shake things up a bit and go with color? I’ve narrowed it down, and I think these 6 are my front runners.

1. Family Heirloom | 2. Blushing White | 3. Cameo Coral | 4. Arizona Clay | 5. Conch Pink | 6. Angelic Pink

But would love to know which one of the above colors on the wall speaks to you! Would the swatches on the top left make a nice, neutral base for some bright and maximalist layering? Or should I just dive in with the color? What do you think??? xx

Em again. OH WOW. Get a load of those gorgeous peachy pink picks – they look so warm and glowy in Key’s space! As always, a huge thank you to Keyanna for letting us into your creative process, for working on this project alongside us, and for being so darn talented. And thank you to KILZ, our favorite primer, for helping us bring this makeover to life – we literally could not have done this without you. (Like, literally – this room would have been periwinkle and butter forever.) And last but not least, thank you to YOU for reading, commenting, and for supporting the brands who help us bring new room reveals to your eyeballs – we are so, so, so grateful. Now hop down and fill us in – what say you?? Xx 

Opener Image Credit: Design and Photo by Laura Resen

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HerselfInDublin
1 month ago

Love your style Key, and your writing style too. I say go for the colour, you can always paint over it if you don’t like it.

My favourite pink, both in the inspiration pics and the swatches, is the Cameo Coral. The others read a bit muddy to me, and the Arizona Clay looks to dark, too. Cameo Coral for the win!

1 month ago

Cameo Coral is my second choice too! Based more on the room pics than the swatch pics, but it looks like a winner.

Key
1 month ago

Thank you! Cameo Coral is very pretty! We shall see… 🙂

Key
1 month ago

Thank you so much! Cameo Coral is definitely a top contender! We shall see… 😉

Nina
1 month ago

Way to go on all that progress!
I quite like the blushing white, it looks like it could be both a true neutral or a blush tone depending on how you style the room = less commitment because you can kind of do both? maybe?

Jenna
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

I agree with Nina, love the Blushing White. So pretty!

Maggie D
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

Another vote for blushing white!

1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

I totally agree with this! Pump up the color with bold art and patterns or let it be the color of the room by pairing it with woods, creams and taupes.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Courtney Bell

Thats exactly what i’m thinking !

jen
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

Blushing White FTW! 🙂

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  jen

We shall see… 🙂

Michelle
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

Yes, loving the Blushing White.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

I really leaning towards Blushing White too!

nic
1 month ago
Reply to  Nina

blushing white, too – because I think, it keeps the options open to go in different directions with the space .. bolder, or not .. it’s really nice with whites, but also different, contrasting colours .. even if you venture into grey’s, navy’s, greens ..

Lisa
1 month ago

Ouh exciting! I’m kinda also craving blush walls at the moment so I might be biased but I’m really into this! I also thin in a way colourful walls could be a calmer way to bring in the maximalist feeling of colour without having to bring lots of loud colouful things if thats not really your jam. I found it a bit hard to connect the paint samples to the graphic at the end since they do look quite a bit different, but if I deciphered the penceled name on the painted sample correctly I quite like Family Heirloom #1 it looks bright and airy but still calm and pulled back without being too muted! Conversely if you’d rather have the versatility of a white room I’d say go for it – they can be just as beautiful! 🙂

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Lisa

Hi Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing! I was thinking similarly — if I put color on the walls I would tone down the amount of color/pattern I bring in with art/textiles. And yes, I’m really leaning towards Family Heirloom as well, but we shall see 🙂

Kelly
1 month ago

Oh my gosh WHAT A DIFFERENCE ALREADY with just the primer coat up! Wow! I actually find myself drawn to the beige-ish color on the top right of the left side of the window (lol). But also wow, it’s wild how different those colors look in real life vs. the swatches. KILZ is very lucky to have someone like you to do those shades justice 🙂 they look so much better in your home. If you are committed to peach, I’m surprised by how different family heirloom and blushing white look in your swatches and those would be my picks, just warm enough. Good luck and can’t wait to see the reveal! Thanks for sharing with us!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelly

So much better with just primer! And the swatches look SO much different IRL then they do on the website (atleast in my room). Yup, Family Heirloom and Blushing White are my two favs right now. Thanks for reading!

Kate
1 month ago

Blushing white! Like fog at dawn.

If you go too peachy/southwestern-desert-clay as is all the rage right now, you’ll confuse your coastal feeling.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Kate

oooh! Yes, it does remind me of dawn. And you may be right, if its too peachy I’ll lose the coastal. Thanks for reading!

Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Key

Good point! I think she is right!

okay, so i am ALWAYS team pink. it’s pretty much a neutral in my book, so i vote pink. based on your room where you hung the swatches, i saw any of the 3 on the bottom right would be great. i can’t wait to see how it turns out!

oh, and, that lead picture is so good!!!!!!!!

1 month ago

Well I might be joining your team! We shall see 🙂 #teampink

Donna
1 month ago

Beautiful blog post! Just a tip from someone with oak floors similar to yours – Try your paint swatches closer to the floor for comparison. I have found that the strong undertones of stained red oak can have an effect on wall color.

Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Donna

Donna, great advice/idea! The floors could influence how the colour ‘reads’ in the light.

Caity
1 month ago
Reply to  Rusty

Yes, this is so Key ! (hahaha see what I did there 😉

1 month ago
Reply to  Caity

Haha! Good one!

Reply to  Donna

i would never have thought of that! great advice!

Donna
1 month ago

Ha! Neither did I until my BM Linen White wall paint reflected the red on the floors and looked slightly pink after the whole wall was painted.

MKK
1 month ago
Reply to  Donna

Example: look at floors pre and post prime and they look different. Conversely, the paint can effect floors.

1 month ago
Reply to  Donna

YES!! you’re 100% correct! I actually hate how orangey the floors read and plan on covering up a big portion of them with a jute rug and then layer a vintage rug on top.

Alice
1 month ago

Ooh I love the direction you’re going! I like the paint colors 1 or 2 for sure. The others read TOO pink for me. Excited to see what you do!

1 month ago
Reply to  Alice

Same! 1 & 2 are my favs right now. We shall see 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Katie
1 month ago

Family Heirloom looks like it just glows- like the inside of a shell. That’s my vote!

Sheila
1 month ago
Reply to  Katie

Yes! My SIL painted their main living spaces in a very similar color and it was just lovely. Neutral but with a very subtle warmth.

1 month ago
Reply to  Sheila

Love it!

1 month ago
Reply to  Katie

It really does! SO pretty! we shall see… 🙂

Jessvii
1 month ago

#3 cameo coral

1 month ago
Reply to  Jessvii

Noted! Thanks for reading

E
1 month ago

Would love the EHD (writing) style guide to nix joking references to debilitating and highly stigmatized mental illnesses. In this case—schizophrenia.

Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  E

Really disappointing to have a comment removed, twice.
All I said was that I agree with the comment above.
Wot the is going on with EHD??

Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Rusty

😳

Rusty
1 month ago

Angelic Pink or Fa ily Heirloom!
Great job with all that hard work!

And, you stayed clean?!? If I go near paint, I end up with it on my clothes, hands, etc. I have to have a set of “painting clothes” for that reason.

What are you going to do with the ceiling? White?
If so, then even more reason to go with your pink penchant for the walls.

Big improvement all ’round and in every facet!

Rusty
1 month ago
Reply to  Rusty

‘m’

1 month ago
Reply to  Rusty

Thanks! Yup, the ceiling will be painted 🙂

Molly
1 month ago
Reply to  Keyanna

I wondered about the ceiling too. You could go pink on the ceiling and leave the walls white!

Catherine
1 month ago

Congrats on finally tackling the dreaded priming step! That sounds daunting and like something I would totally put off. I feel like your gut is telling you to do pink walls, and I think you should go for it, especially because the rest of your place is white. I, too, love white walls, but this is your chance to go bold and do something out of your comfort zone, and add a bit of interest to your place. I can imagine getting up in the morning thinking “ooo, can’t wait to step into my fun pink room!” Also… I think you can still go maximalist with pink walls and layer in a bunch of artwork/textiles/color etc. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of your choices. I’m feeling the Cameo Coral, though! Can’t wait to see what you choose.

1 month ago
Reply to  Catherine

Ugh, yes definitely a dreadful process! But so happy its done. Thanks for the advice and for reading!

meredith
1 month ago

Another vote for color! My favorite is Family Heirloom 🙂 on my screen it looks like the perfect pink/peach combo.

1 month ago
Reply to  meredith

I’m really leaning towards Family Heirloom (and blushing white)…we shall see 🙂 Thanks fo reading!

Brittin
1 month ago

My vote is Arizona Clay! Yess to colored walls!

1 month ago
Reply to  Brittin

Noted! Thanks for reading!

ottan
1 month ago

If your other rooms are white, I think it would be fun to try some color. And even Orlando likes a pale pink room (see his bedroom at Chateulando for example). Pink is also really flattering to the people in the room.

If you are afraid of color, I think pinks with a bit more brown might read as more neutral to you. I like Family Heirloom in both the inspo pic and the swatch, so that gets my vote.

I like Arizona Clay in the room but it reads a little dark in the swatch. Maybe a screen issue? So that’s my second choice.

1 month ago
Reply to  ottan

I totally agree!

Sophia
1 month ago

Please caption the photo with the 12 swatches on the wall, it’ll give us all a much better idea of how the colours are “reading” than the cropped close-up swatches (but caption those, too)!

1 month ago
Reply to  Sophia

Good point! Sorry about that!

1 month ago

My vote is for Cameo Coral. Second choice would be Blushing White.

1 month ago
Reply to  Allison

Noted! Thanks for reading!

Vera
1 month ago

Key, I’m so excited for your reveal! Any of these will be beautiful but peachy pink will always have my heart!
Random tangent about white walls: I recently read Designology, a book written by an environmental psychologist about what works best for different personalities. It reassured me that it’s okay that I just want white and off-white walls in my own home even though that would feel boring to many other people!
Now I am off to hunt for photos of your bedroom on your blog – That little peak is gorgeous!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Vera

Hi Vera! That makes me feel so much better about white walls! I was talking to my mom the other day and she said “white walls are so boring”. So it makes me feel better to know that its okay if I want to paint every room in my house white. lol! I haven’t posted my bedroom reveal yet because it isnt finished yet. That’s why I could only share that little snippet because the rest of the room isn’t complete. How’s that for a little camera magic 😉 lol. Hoping to share in the Spring though.

Lisa
1 month ago
Reply to  Key

I love colored walls too, and have tried them multiple times over my life. But I always end up feeling locked into a color palette and get tired of them eventually (usually within a year or two), and ultimately end up going back to white/off white. I now get my color fix from art, rugs, lamps, throw pillows, and accessories. Bonus of that is you can totally change up the look of the room really easily by swapping those out occasionally without going through the nightmare of priming and repainting. 😊

1 month ago
Reply to  Lisa

Thats my one concern…getting tired of them. Perhaps I should just stick to white… We shall see 🙂

Nora
1 month ago
Reply to  Vera

Just to say – thanks for mentioning Designology! Looks like an interesting book.

Alice
1 month ago

Blushing white looks magical to me.

1 month ago
Reply to  Alice

It really is a pretty color!

Elizabeth
1 month ago

Cameo coral! Or any other peachy pink. One thought— are you going to paint the ceiling? It reads a bit ivory next the the primed white walls. Might be better to paint white, especially if you go with a pink? Or just paint the same as the wall color!

1 month ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Yes DEFINITELY painting the ceiling. Just didn’t have time to do it before the post 🙂

April
1 month ago

Love the direction you’re taking this room. Based on your Understated Organic Coastal Maximalist Cottage design board and the bedroom and kitchen photos, I think either Family Heirloom (warm undertones) or Blushing White (cool undertones) would work really well. You could incorporate more saturated tones like Cameo Coral and Arizona Clay with terracotta pots, textiles and art. Excited to see what you choose!

1 month ago
Reply to  April

Those are my two favorites! We shall see… 🙂

1 month ago

In my office, I painted the walls white and the ceiling a very subtle blush (BM first light). I love it, so I don’t think you can go wrong either way!

Suzanne
1 month ago
Reply to  Darcy Clark

I love this idea. I have a craft/sewing room with open shelving, so I stuck with white walls and trim, but I painted the ceiling sky blue. Painting the ceiling is such a nice way to add color!

1 month ago
Reply to  Darcy Clark

Love this idea!!

MKK
1 month ago

Looking at the photo with the window and the twelve swatches, my eye immediately went to the top row on the left. Below this row appeared to be too muddy and drab. The six to the right of the window leaned too hard into what could be a “little girl’s room.”
Once dropping further into your post, I found Blushing White seemed to have a purple undertone with Family Heirloom had more of a peach.
Depending what it looks like “live”, I vote either Family Heirloom or Blushing White.
I always wonder if those who state you can always just paint it again if you do not like it, have actually painted a room themselves! For me, choosing paint falls in the well used adage: “Measure twice, cut once.”
Loved your kitchen.

Suzanne
1 month ago
Reply to  MKK

Ditto!

1 month ago
Reply to  MKK

DITTO! Especially because I actually dislike painting very much. I want to get the color right so I don’t have to do it again!

Lucy
1 month ago

I always love white, but the blushing white looks so serene and calming to me.

1 month ago
Reply to  Lucy

It’s really pretty!

1 month ago

Ooh fun! One thing I’ve learned from Maria Killam (whose decor sensibilities I don’t mesh with but whose colour/undertone/fixed finishes advice is always spot on) that you can’t just tack up the big samples like this, you actually have to compare them against a plain white piece of paper as the backdrop (because even your blue+primed wall has a bit of an undertone that affects how the paint swatch looks by comparison). See if you can get a giant white-white Posterboard or something for underneath, maybe? I know what you mean about photos of swatches never being true to real life (stuff like that is what always makes me shy away from e-design type packages–I feel like I can never trust that anything via image/video is really the same as in person, you know!?) but if I’m voting based on all the pics here, it’s Blushing White. (I never seem to remember this but no matter how well you swatch, the entire room being done up will make it feel more intense than it ever does in a swatch, so given your design history/preferences, I’m angling for one of the subtler ones that still reads as distinctly “pink” to me.)… Read more »

1 month ago

Great points! I will try to find a big poster board. I’m leaning towards blushing white as well. We shall see … Thanks for sharing!!

Kim
1 month ago

Hey Virginia, I totally agree with you about Maria, she’s spot on about undertones but I don’t care for her design aesthetic. Undertones are everything!
Definitely get the poster board Key. I vote for Family Heirloom with Blushing Pink #2. I absolutely love your new inspiration board. Everything in it! I’m so excited to see it finished 💙

Mariangela Sassi
1 month ago

Blushing White! We painted strong warm colors in a bunch of rooms (think Moroccan red dining room) with lots of bold art that we now spend a ton of time in, and we’re actually looking to neutralize. We want to rest our eyes on a quieter wall color field which will let art and decor pop against a more soothing field color. Congrats on the hard work!

1 month ago

Thanks so much!

Denali
1 month ago

Those inspo photos of pink walls are GORGEOUS! I say go for it! Having the pink walls will give your other color choices more dimension and make it easier and more dynamic to play with any additional pinks you bring in via art, textiles, etc. You’ll be able to work with some brighter color accents, but still have the option to keep them feeling subtle by matching back to your wall’s undertone or contrasting against it to make a statement. That use of tone on tone is another commonality in the inspo and is what really takes it from pink paint to something special. It’s one of the reasons Family Heirloom is my favorite inspo picture because the drawers painted to match the walls is just so so good. It also makes the white light fixture/headboard/art in that photo pop — which seems really complementary to all the white in your mood board. It makes pink the neutral and white the splash of color and there’s something so refreshing about that! I agree with the other people who’ve said that you should choose your pink paint based on what looks best with your floor color. I like all of your… Read more »

1 month ago
Reply to  Denali

Great points! Quite frankly nothing looks good with these orangey floors (not even white). I plan on covering the majority of it with a large jute rug and then layering a vintage rug on top (that’s what I had to do in my bedroom because even with white walls they are just so orangey and distracting)

Hana
1 month ago

I painted my living room pink 30 years ago and it was such a bright warm and happy room. I went a bit too pink and regretted it so I would pick Blushing White as my choice for you. It is such a happy color but still sophisticated enough for an office. I’m looking forward to all your reveals!

1 month ago
Reply to  Hana

I’m leaning towards blushing white as well! Thanks for reading!

Suzanne
1 month ago

Looking at the photo of the swatches next to the window, I like the colors on the top row to the left of the window, specifically, the one closest to the window and the one furthest from the window. Hopefully that’s clear. Super excited about the progress! The primer alone made a huge difference in the room.

Suzanne
1 month ago
Reply to  Suzanne

I figured out that one of them is Family Heirloom. Blushing White is next to it in the photo with the window, I think, and it leans too lavender. I can’t figure out the name of the swatch on the other side of Blushing White, but I really like it, too. It glows in that photo, so I’m guessing it would enhance the light in the room in a good way.

1 month ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Family Heirloom, Blushing White, and Angelic Pink are the top row to the left of the window. So I think the one you like is Angelic Pink!

1 month ago
Reply to  Suzanne

Yup, very clear! Those are Family Heirloom & Angelic pink. Thanks for reading!

Suzanne
1 month ago
Reply to  Keyanna

Yes! I thought that was it, but Angelic Pink looks different in the photo with just the swatch. In the inspiration photos, I realized I like Family Heirloom the best, followed by Cameo Coral. Regardless, I’m sure you’ll make it beautiful, Keyanna! Can’t wait for the reveal!

Lisa
1 month ago

Hi EHD, just wanted to say, I love this post, and I love the paint choices, and IF headlines have an impact on Google searches you might want to change this one because I wasn’t too excited from the headline and would never have searched for it but I would have searched for, for example, What To Do When Your Moldings Are Oil-Based and Your Heart Is Set On Water-Based? Or some such much better worded thing;).

Grace
1 month ago

Blushing white!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Grace

Noted! Thanks for reading!

1 month ago

one vote for Blushing white! the feature image looks so good…

1 month ago
Reply to  HOMEiA

Thanks!

Kim Pollard
1 month ago

I love “family heirloom” — I think it feels fresh & fun but also timeless!

1 month ago
Reply to  Kim Pollard

Agreed! Thanks for reading!

M
1 month ago

Congrats on the progress! Priming is an arduous step but an investment that will pay dividends as you move forward to painting. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but did you prime the ceiling as well? It appears more yellow in the photos than your fresh white walls but may be lighting trickery. I noticed the ceiling because you have the beautiful curved architectural detail on the walls that runs into the ceiling. It may make sense to match the ceiling colour to the wall colour so the curved detail flows into the ceiling instead of a hard stop. Looking forward to your next update!

1 month ago
Reply to  M

Thank you! DEFINITELY painting the ceiling, just didn’t have time to do it before this post 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Stacey
1 month ago

I vote Conch pink or second vote Family Heirloom. I’ve tried to paint a room a beautiful warm peach-pink 10 years ago and learned you have to have a TON of natural light to make it work. Maybe those cooler hues will work better? Ended up painting over my attempt- rooting for yours to work out!!

1 month ago
Reply to  Stacey

Oh geeze…that makes me nervous. I definitely don’t want to have to repaint this room. We shall see…

kk
1 month ago

LOVE this post your style and writing is lovely. After 23 years in a city apartment with multicolored walls, in my new country home I have a similar decorating style to yours, retro furniture, lovely old rugs, minimal decor, warm white walls. Its soothing but not stark, soft but not kitsch. (-: As for paint, it’s hard for me to say without knowing which direction the light is coming from, but Family Heirloom or Angelic Pink are my faves. Lovely and glowy at sunset, esp in a South facing room, subtle shifting hues during the day, not too blue or mauve, not too ‘girly’. I’d def check samples through the day. Cant wait to see the reveal!

1 month ago
Reply to  kk

Thank you so much! The house is south facing. Room has windows south, north, and west so gets that beautiful glowy sunset light you mentioned 🙂

1 month ago

I’m loving the look of “Family Heirloom”! Not too dark of a pink and it leans warmer than some of the other pink options.

1 month ago
Reply to  Sierra

Agreed!

Nancy Shaw
1 month ago

I think Blushing White. It allows you to go either way with your design. I think it would work great with the rest of your house. I don’t think there is anything wrong with all white rooms, by the way. Your kitchen and bedroom are gorgeous.

1 month ago
Reply to  Nancy Shaw

Good point! And thank you so much!!

Karyn
1 month ago

Love the Conch color!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Karyn

Me too! Unfortunately, it read very purple in the room though…

priscilla
1 month ago

I tried painting my bedroom a delicate, light peach color; it looked like Elmer Fudd’s bald head. Now, I go BOLD or go white.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  priscilla

LOL! Welp, you just made me reconsider everything! lol

PH
1 month ago

Amazing progress!! Can’t wait to see the final reveal of the office (and the living space). I vote for leaving the space bright and airy. It already looks 100x better as is. If you do leave white, though, please paint the ceiling so that it matches the other walls! It’s driving me bonkers that the ceiling is a different color.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  PH

Don’t worry, the ceiling is definitely getting painted! Just didn’t have time to do it before the post 🙂

Eleanor
1 month ago

I’ve always read that paint is the last thing you choose for a room. The rationale being that you almost have limitless options with paint color – so once everything has been chosen, you pick the color that works the best for all your other selections. Picking a wall color at this time will limit your choices for the other items that will go into the room.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Eleanor

Good point! I actually have picked out a lot of things already 🙂 and these colors will work nicely with the selections.

Maria
1 month ago

I love the pinks!! Cameo Coral is my fave!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Maria

We shall see 🙂

Caity
1 month ago

Love Blushing White or Cameo Coral. I couldn’t figure out what the other colors might be. I was going to screenshot and circle the ones I like but I wasn’t sure if that would be overdoing it lol.

I just painted the kitchen cabinets in our small basement kitchenette a really pretty light pink, the color is Moxie from Behr. I too am craving warmth and coziness, glamour and glow and I figured people renting out an airbnb might be too!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Caity

Haha, I appreciate your commitment! I’m really leaning towards Blushing White. And omg your kitchenette probably looks so pretty! Smart move!

Hilary
1 month ago

I love the pink…and that is so interesting about people doing more color because they have less exterior stimulation! I have noticed the move to color style-wise and have wondered what’s driving it.

I love the room that is next to the cameo coral pic, so I assume that’s close to what cameo coral would look like on the walls? So pretty.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Hilary

So interesting, right!? Makes so much sense! The cameo coral is so pretty…we shall see!

SusanM
1 month ago

I love it! I vote for a color other than white, no reason not to go for it! I love Family Heirloom and Blushing White and I think both would work well with the wood floors and the carpets you showed. I also like Cameo Coral but I would put a sample near the floor as others suggested and check it with the carpets or carpet swatches if you have those. I always like having some rooms painted neutral, white/beige/greige and at least one a color especially if you have a room that is set off or its own space which it looks like this room is. Plus I think all of these colors would mesh well with the rope divider, reclaimed wood and rattan chair.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  SusanM

Thank you! Family Heirloom and Blushing White are my top 2, as well! We shall see…

Aimee
1 month ago

I LOVE the pics of the actual painting process, I know this is sponsored by Kilz, so it makes sense that they are there but it makes me feel all “Designers- they’re just like us” (except I don’t look nearly so cute when painting).

This blog has become so much more aspirational vs. inspirational for me so it’s really nice to see something that is totally inspiriational.

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Aimee

Haha thanks! I 100% am “just like you/everyone” and I definitely put on jeans just for the photo op 😉

Kali Benbrooks
1 month ago

It’s family heirloom for me – all the way. So soft and light and airy but still has plenty of color! A great way to satisfy both designs!

Key
1 month ago
Reply to  Kali Benbrooks

I’m reeeaaallly leaning towards Family heirloom …(and blushing white lol). We shall see 🙂

Marilee Vickers
1 month ago

Blushing White !!

Key
1 month ago

We shall see 🙂

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