Photo of a small nautical home office in Kent with white walls, medium hardwood flooring and a built-in desk. —  Houzz
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mkfrazemkfraze wrote:21 January 2015
  • mkfraze
    6 years ago
    You answered my question yesterday and it really helped. Just bought a small cottage which front and back doors face east and west but most all rooms face north and south. Dark hallway has paneling which we are drywalling due to poor quality then painting white. Also small maybe 9x 12 ft bedroom which faces north with 2 narrow tall windows. The lower wall has blonde ugly paneling and the upper wall is painted. I for sure will go with a brilliant white to open it up! I was nervous about stark white until I saw all of your photos. Need to brighten it up and let the sunshine in!!! Thank you so much for your response. Very helpful!
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    Whitstable Island Interiors
    6 years ago
    You're very kind, you raise further questions for me tho! When you say the panelling is poor quality; really, really think about removing it - unless it's modern and doesn't appeal. Painting old wood makes it far more beautiful and goes with it very well. It also makes it far fresher than it looks in what sounds like its current state?

    The biggest advice i can give you because of sizes and orientation of rooms is to go as light as you can [NOT creams] and get as many reflective surfaces as you can. Try gloss [yes I know it sounds horrid but it's often not].

    If you get stuck, let me know and I'll happily offer my tuppencworth, and BEST OF LUCK X

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