Winters here are cold, dark, gloomy, gloomy, and also gloomy. The room we had pegged for our office / den was on the northeast side of the house. The paint scheme included bluish charcoal walls, blue-grey window and baseboard trim, a dingy white ceiling, a tan door, and taupe baseboard heaters. Yes, that's five colors in a small room, none of which actually worked with one another. The wood floors were spotted with water stains and an add-on closet consumed more floor space than it provided in utility. Rough walls, cracked and peeling paint, and some truly hideous granny drapes finished it off. After experiencing the darkness of winter — because of our village's location in a valley, sunset in December starts before 4pm — we decided that our home office needed some serious pop to combat the gloom.