And it did look a little bit better. For a time. But the longer I lived with it, and the more I got to figure out what colors I liked and my personal style, I realized that it wasn't working. So I started trying to figure out what would work.
I've been wanting to do a dark colored ceiling for a while now, and I figured this would be the perfect time to do it. Matt got to choose the bright orange of his band room, so I should be able to do a dark ceiling for my office. But what color?
I bought samples of purple, green, and gray. But in the end I decided on a gorgeous blue/green color.
The color I ended up with on the walls is Rock Candy by Sherwin Williams. The ceiling color is Martha Stewart's Plumage, which I had color matched to Sherwin Williams.
I installed a new semi-recessed light fixture on the ceiling. I also added a new mirrored desk lamp, which I got at Target.
I made the desk from several Ikea pieces. I used 2x2 Expedit shelves for the sides, and a Linnmon table top. I'm really happy with this, because I was looking for a large working space and a lot of storage, and this has everything I wanted. My dad gave me the drawer inserts for Christmas, so I installed them for even more storage options. The purple baskets are great for holding craft supplies, or will be good for school books when I start grad school this March.
I still need to put in trim and closet doors. I'll also probably change the window treatments, but for the moment I'm just enjoying the calming blue ceiling and massive workspace I now have.
And really, the biggest test of a room is whether the dogs are comfortable, so I think we're good with that!