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I have five words for you.

Wait. Until. You. See. This.

This room.

This color.

This before and after.

You know when you have an idea for a room and it turns out even more amazing than you even hoped or dreamed for?

This is one of those rooms.

All inspired by the most amazing paint color.

And the most amazing day.

Because today? Today is the day to announce the Sherwin-Williams 2023 Color of the Year. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I never miss a color of the year announcement or chance to make over a room.

Like this one.

And this one or this one from last year that went viral.

And the best part?

This year the room has a surprise. Something that takes it to the next level and will have you scrolling up and down to check out the room again and again.

Are you ready?


Let’s see where we started.

This is the before.

This is my daughter Whitney’s room before she left for college and took half of the room with her to decorate her new apartment.

(Total aside: that little bear on the bed? Don’t tell her I told you, but his name is Butterscotch and he’s now pursuing a higher education degree in Waco).

The desk is gone.

The hope chest at the end of the bed is gone.

The rug is gone.

Even that lamp is gone.

The room is almost empty now and all that’s left behind is sadness.

A lonely room without direction or style or any decor to call its own.

Good thing I’m here.

Good thing I discovered the most amazing paint color to inspire an entire room makeover that will have this entire space (and Butterscotch if he were here) doing cartwheels.

This color is all about shaking off the old and bringing in the new—a sense of new spaces and soul-deep satisfaction.

It’s about destinations worth moving toward.

It’s about finding beauty beyond ourselves and appreciating what we have.

It’s all about coming home.

This amazing color?

It’s the Sherwin-Williams 2023 Color of the Year.

Redend Point SW 9081. It’s a beautiful blush-beige color that can make any space feel calming and warm. 

And now?

Are you ready for a little before and after?

From this…..

To this.

I wanted to create a focal wall for the space. 

And nothing says focal wall like stripes. I paired Redend Point SW 9081 with Pure White SW 7005, which I painted on the other walls of the space. 

But why just paint the walls?

What about curtains?

I came up with this idea about painting the curtains on the walls the same colors and the same width of stripes so that when you closed the curtains, it would look like this.



It’s a curtain optical illusion.

Go back and scroll up between the pictures.

It’s like the window disappeared.

I’m going to show you exactly how we painted the curtains to match in another post because today we have a little more before and after to get to.

On this side of the room, I created a reading nook.

There’s the prettiest painting of flowers (which she loves) with pops of yellow and red and pink and blue.

I added a cozy pillow to the chair with tassels and texture.

On this side of the room, I added these beautiful wood artwork pieces.

There’s a cozy throw at the end of the bed.

The rug on the floor is designed to ground the space. Its layers of tufted khaki and cream and it has the prettiest overall pattern.

On the bed, I added layers of warmth and comfort.

There are quilted euro shams with pom pom fringe, gray patterned pillows, and this XO XO pillow on the bed.

There’s also a white comforter and this quilted blanket along with a pom pom throw to make the space feel extra cozy.

On this side of the room, I found the prettiest dresser at the thrift store.

We painted it Evergreen Fog SW 9130 (which was the 2022 Color of the Year).

I loved it so much and knew it would pair perfectly with Redend Point.

And those are the original handles spray-painted gold (post to come soon on this makeover, too).

On this side of the room, we took down the barn door that leads to the Jack and Jill bathroom and replaced it with curtains instead.

It’s such an easy fix when you have a closet with odd-sized doors that don’t really work with standard-sized doors.

I also added this wood bookcase on this wall to bring in the organic texture of wood to warm up the space.

But the real star of this show?

These painted curtains.

Here’s another before and after just to show Butterscotch what he’s missing.

This was such a fun makeover.

I love spaces that feel like they were always meant to be.

I love paint colors that inspire me every day.

I love painted curtain projects that make me smile.

But most of all?

I love creating spaces….

….that feel like home.


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  1. Image for JC JC

    Ingenious!!!! How did you paint those curtains so perfectly? You are amazing! Looking forward to hearing how you did that. What a beautiful room for your girl to come home to!

      1. Image for KariAnne KariAnne

        Teresa, Here’s the link to the rug: https://rstyle.me/cz-n/gwxc8xb5nef It comes in tons of colors and it’s kind of next level!!!! happy day, karianne

  2. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    I love it all. So feminine. The curtains are beautiful too. It is absolutely stunnung. I want to spend the night just to sleep there. 😊

  3. Image for C. Thompson C. Thompson

    Another time you have brightened my stressful day. Thank you for adding so much happiness . Best wishes to you and your family.

  4. Image for Linda Linda

    Your talent never ceases to amaze me! Love this room and the color. The curtains are so great! Can't wait to see how you did those. :}

  5. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Love the room and the accent wall especially -- you are so talented! I also love what you did with the art pieces. Where did you get them?

  6. Image for Donnie Donnie

    You’ve done it again! Just amazing. From high school girl to Sophisticated Miss! As always, a feast for the eyes. All the best to you!

  7. Image for Lauren S Lauren S

    Wow, KariAnne, this room looks fabulous! I love the striped wall and am seriously impressed with the painted curtains. Your daughter will be thrilled when she and Butterscotch come home. Do you get advance notice of the Sherwin Williams Color of the Year? I'm sure they'd love to use your photos for their advertising. Your talent only seems to be matched by your energy!! Too bad you can't bottle that!

  8. Image for Madeline M Madeline M

    Hi KariAnne, I look forward to getting your email each and every day! I love your style. I have a question for you..... I have downsized, and I'm trying to create a more cottage feel to my new home. I re-did my kitchen with white mission style cabinets and grey/black granite counter tops. ( not crazy about granite, but it is done so I'm going to have to live with it. Floors are vinyl grey/white, which I do love. I want to give the walls a cozy cottage vip, and I saw your newsletter a few weeks back about different shades of grey. You also mention SW evergreen fog in this newsletter. Could you give me your opinion on what shade of grey I should try in the kitchen. Thanks. Madeline

  9. Image for Kristi Essman Kristi Essman

    It looks Marrrvelous Darrling! What an amazing makeover. Once again Karianne, you have performed your magic and we are all in awe! :D

  10. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Oh that is awesome, KA!!! Love that color - and how clever about the illusion curtains! Well done! Love it! And I know Butterscotch and a twin will love it too. And may I also say I love when you show super close up shots of those antique heavenly amazing floors. ♥

  11. Image for Teresa Teresa

    Did you do the Be the Change that is framed? The Boys Ranch here uses that for their motto for their boys living at the ranch. I love it! Would like to order for them possibly if you purchased it. Your new room looks FABULOUS! Thank you, Teresa

  12. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Another amazing transformation!!!! I don't know how you find the time or ideas to do what you do, but I love seeing each and every one of your projects. Is it possible to find out where you purchased the two lamps by the bed. They are perfect.

  13. Image for Marlene Marlene

    You are so clever and creative all at the same time. I love what you have done it is so pretty! I don't see how you matched the curtain stripes with the wall. I love that rug also. Thanks for sharing your genius ideas!!

  14. Image for Maureen Merrow Maureen Merrow

    Karianne, I knew you designed this room before I saw your name at the bottom. You have a beautiful, soothing style. I love following your blog!! This room is absolutely gorgeous.


    KariAnne, you are absolutely amazing! Whitney's bedroom is so beautiful! How nice for your girls to come home to such beautiful bedrooms you have created for them! Whitney will love her bedroom -- and Butterscotch, too! Thanks for always sharing your fabulous decor ideas with us! I appreciate you so much! Have a blessed week!

  16. Image for phyllis phyllis

    I love your creativity and use of found items. Please answer the other reader questions so I don't have to ask them all myself! Seriously, we all just want to be you...or at least have all of your talents. Bravo.

  17. Image for Ashley Clayton Thorpe Ashley Clayton Thorpe

    I love this makeover!! The rug and wooden bookcase are perfect. Where can I purchase those or something close?

  18. Image for carol carol

    KariAnne Definitely a winner; did I miss something.....you have 'twins', another room redo in the making? Thanks for all your energy and ideas Carol

  19. Image for Sue Sue

    Can you be my fairy Godmother and come to my house, waving your magic wand? Seriously, you truly have a knack of creating beauty.

  20. Image for Karen B. Karen B.

    Kerianne, You are amazingly talented! I love the idea of the curtains being painted the same stripes as the wall. And you're so right, it makes the window disappear. I'm always inspired by your ideas. Thank you. Karen B.

  21. Image for Linda Linda

    Hello CariAnne, You have a Beautiful home, But I would love to see more Color. Warm colors shades Of orange, greens, soft browns chili red. Pillows, Couch, soft leather chairs, Colorful rugs. A room you never want to leave, cozy, Warm, fireplace going, a Place called home. The white is such a cold feeling, Like being in a room where You never feel warm. I know You could Put this together And it would be beautiful. Just a little idea. Take care CariAnne, Sincerely, Linda

  22. Image for Jill Jill

    Great use of Redend point for a lovely makeover! I've been surprised that SW leaned so heavily into marketing this COTY as Southwestern. The moment I saw it, I thought of grand old houses and antiques.

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