Progress in the Main Bedroom- picking a paint color
Updated: Feb 3, 2021
Usually when we move into a new place my first instinct is to paint all of the things. In our last two homes all the walls have been beige and dirty looking so it was high on the priority list to do some painting asap. In our last home I distinctly remember long nights of painting the walls white in preparation for our second baby Lincoln’s arrival. For some reason I couldn’t imagine not being done with that project before he came home, ha! In reality I knew once he came home painting the walls would no longer be a priority, but I also remember Kris saying- he’s not going to care about the wall color in the living room Jenn!
This house has been different. The paint colors here are pretty good. Light taupe in the living spaces, soft grey blue in the kitchen (seriously the most subtle blue ever that we are still trying to determine if it is in fact blue), and everything has white trim. That is a luxury right there…that I don’t have to paint trim. All of the doors are already white too. The house was already so light and bright! The fact that I didn’t like the color of our bedroom didn’t feel like such a huge problem. I truly dislike painting, unlike other home bloggers who seem to think it’s so easy…and while I do understand that it is easy compared to say- ripping out walls…I still think it’s a huge project and it’s one of my least favorite tasks. It’s also one of those things that as long as I can reach the top of the ceiling I’m not going to hire someone else to do it because that seems ridiculous. But the fact that we only needed to paint one room in the house (at the moment anyway, the upstairs may need some attention at some point) felt very doable. Here is the color before – it was a light seafoamish green…it wasn’t hideous at all, but it definitely didn’t go with the vibe that I was envisioning. It was also a very light color and was making the room feel HUGE. Which it is, but I knew a darker paint color would help bring the walls in a bit and make the space feel a bit smaller and cozier.
That is a king size bed in there and the room just dwarfs it. I knew I wanted to use a Farrow and Ball color, this is my life hack for picking a fool-proof paint color. They don’t have a ton of color options, but every single one is beautiful. Their paint is quite a bit pricier than a can you can grab at Lowe’s and we chose not to color match because I didn’t want even a slight inconsistency in the color, but you certainly could go that route to save some money.
I knew I wanted a dusty blue color and there were 2 choices. I ordered sample pots of De Nimes and Oval Room Blue. They were both darker and grayed out tones of blue. I think either would have worked, but I ended up going with De Nimes in a flat finish, which was slightly darker than Oval Room Blue.
nightstand | lamp | lamp shade | mirror | headboard (upholstered in performance basketweave natural)| bedding (in flax/white) |blue pillows | lumbar pillow | bedskirt | rug (ivory) | bench | paint- Farrow & Ball De Nimes
I really love how it turned out, my only issue is that painting the walls blue did bring out this large wall of white shutters and make them a little…I don’t know extreme?
I’ve been brainstorming what to do here, I think curtains will definitely help soften this wall up a bit, but I’m also contemplating removing the shutters to see if they could work in our breakfast nook…I need to do a bit of measuring, but we would much prefer them in there I think. We rarely ever open them in here and while they are great for somewhat blocking the light during mid-day naps for Lincoln, they obviously don’t do what light blocking curtains would do…even if we leave them here I think curtains would be a great addition. And curtains and shutters can totally work together as seen here.
Have you been doing any painting lately? What colors are you drawn to in your home?
Want to see the entire process of our bedroom?
Here are the before photos and mood board/inspiration
Swapping out the lamps in our bedroom
Creating a gallery wall in our bedroom
DIYing a curtain rod for a large bay window