Working from home editing interiors title 91 Magazine and writing her blog, Patchwork Harmony, means Caroline Rowland spends a lot of time in her office.
So doing something radical to this dark room was a priority.
‘With its tatty, old carpet, dark blue walls and peeling mural of the Statue of Liberty, my creative space was uninspiring,’ Caroline says. ‘I don’t often stray from white paint, but I wanted to try something different. I’d planned to leave half the walls as bare plaster, and thought the pale pink of Dulux’s Light + Space Jasmine Shimmer would complement it really well.
‘We had to steam off all the paper and have the walls replastered. My dad painted the floor for me, but I did the walls and woodwork myself, with my husband helping to do the ceiling, as I’m only 5ft 2in!
My husband also made the plywood bookstand, which I love.
‘As I only painted the top half of the walls, the biggest challenge was making sure the line was perfectly straight. I used a spirit level and good-quality masking tape, which I took care removing in case of flaking, although I found the Dulux paint didn’t do this much at all.
‘I was unsure how it would turn out, but I love the walls and I’m so pleased I took a chance with this colour – it looks great.
The space is so light and airy, and filled with things that inspire me – it’s my favourite room in the house.’
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