December 2003. The year I painted two walls a grayish-green (you can see paint chips tucked into the smaller mirror on the mantel), and thought better of it since the room, with only one large window, felt cave-like during the day. So I painted the walls back to their former cameo white. The room is still cameo white, which has a hint of yellow in it: though I kinda miss where I was going, the idea being a dark room, which faces north and doesn't get a lot of light, can look great even darker.
Blue once suggested that I try a dark teal or green. Nothing would be spared. Only the ceiling with its coffered beams would remain white. Very English gentleman's library circa 1880, which would be fitting since the building was constructed in 1885-6. Now that the room has more lighting from those same coffered beams, it could be pulled off, right? That's what I tell myself anyway.