Only the small corner room opening off the kitchen received the slightest decoration. Its walls were whitewashed, and large red spots applied with a sponge measle-like to walls, joist, and ceiling. The striking difference between the traditional decorative treatment in this rear chamber and the newfangled fielded panels in the parlor and parlor chamber gives dramatic visual testimony to the fact the New England farmhouses were making significant new distinctions between public and private spaces by the third quarter of the eighteenth century.
(T)he small chamber...was given a doorway into the parlor, the new opening being trimmed with a molded backband of ca. 1820. The sponge painted chamber walls ands joists were concealed behind a layer of lath and plaster.