Like I shared last week (in excruciating detail, for those of you who like the rationale behind decisions), Corey and I recently decided to change up the colors in the nursery and on a whim ended up repainting the whole room.
When you saw it last, it looked like this – pretty mint green/blue-ish ceiling and primed walls ready for paint.
When we started talking about what color to choose for the walls, Corey was (as usual) immediately drawn to the bright, saturated colors. I told him that if we went with something like that, we’d end up in exactly the same place we were in before.
I explained to him that if we went with a bright color on the walls, we’d want to go with more neutral and subdued accessories. If he wanted bright, fun accessories in the room, we’d need to stick with a neutral on the walls. Once I explained it like that, he saw my point and agreed. Finally on the same page, we started chatting colors – we decided the best route for us was to go with a very light gray on the upper half of the walls, which leaves us totally open to doing just about anything we want with the rest of the room.
Then the fun part came – choosing a gray.
I wanted something with slightly brown undertones, so it wouldn’t read as too blue or too green once we added in the accessories (and put it next to the blue-green ceiling), so we gathered a few different samples and brought them home.
…and they were brown. Not gray with brown undertones – just straight up brown.
We weren’t thrilled.
There was one color that I was almost happy with – the one on the left. It was almost gray enough, but it needed just a tiny bit less brown in it.
So back to Lowe’s we went. Thankfully, their paint samples happened to be on a 50% of sale that day, so it wasn’t too expensive to buy 7 different paint samples. This time, we tried to focus on grays with super subtle brown undertones, and we came home with a few more options.
Do you see it? The one on the top right? It was perfect. Almost the exact same shade as the one we liked from the first round, with just a tiny bit more gray and a tiny bit less brown. The color is Notre Dame by Valspar, and we were head over heels in love – it was exactly what we wanted.
Relieved to finally have a decision, we grabbed a gallon and got to work. While we worked on the room, I was also busy at work painting the closet. We’ll chat more about it later, but it’s just a tiny little closet with not much in it – nothing special (though it will be once we’re done with it!).
A few hours (and a lot of paint) later, we had a freshly painted room and closet!
Love, love, love. It’s exactly what I wanted, and I think it’s a perfect blank slate for a lot of fun accessories and colors.
It’s hard to see the color in the closet because there’s no light in there, but it’s a nice, bright green – which fits perfectly with the new color palette we’ve landed on for the room.
I’m smitten. I think this color palette will make both of us very happy – it’s bright with a lot of variety, which is exactly what Corey likes, and I love that we’ve got some pretty neutrals on the walls (and in the big pieces in the room) and will bring in most of the color through accessories like curtains and rugs. It’s also gender neutral, which we wanted to stick to, even though by this point we already knew that we are having a boy.
So that’s where we are at right now. We know the direction we’re going in (and have some exciting ideas of how we’re going to get there), and the room is finally painted and ready for us to get started.
Of course, there’s one big project still in the way…I’ll give you a hint…here’s what the room looked like about 24 hours after we finished painting it:
!!! That’s right – new floors are happening (they’re actually already done!). Look out for the big reveal next week!
How do you decide on color palettes for a room? Do you like to have it chosen before you start, like us, or do you find a jumping off piece and go from there?