Once again, the ‘winter doldrums’ in February had me itching to freshen up a room. This time the dining room was my target. I was inspired by a color I had seen in a magazine and immediately knew it was for me! However, I was torn between a lighter and a darker version. I’m usually pretty quick to make a decision since I am confident with what I like, but because this particular room can change dramatically depending on how much light it gets, I had to paint both colors on each wall and see how it reacted to various light conditions. Ultimately I went with the lighter version and could not be more pleased. I couldn’t believe what a difference it made. The brown furniture and antiques just seemed to pop and the soft gold and creams in the window treatments became even softer. I can’t emphasize enough how much a color can change the look and feel of a room. I highly recommend playing with color. If you’re hesitant, remember, it’s just paint!