This post is sponsored by BEHR Paint.
Slowly but surely, I’m getting every upstairs bedroom painted. (I say slowly because I’m doing it myself.) After finishing my son’s room, it was time to start working on my oldest daughter’s space. Despite the title of this post, she’s not quite a teenager yet (although she often acts like one), but we’re designing this room for the years ahead. I’ll be sharing more of our progress along the way, but I started by coming up with a color scheme. Her only request was that the walls were some shade of light pink. Here’s our plan:
We landed on a color called Ole Pink by BEHR Paint. It’s a soft blush that doesn’t scream “I’M A FAIRY PRINCESS!”
Of course, there’s always the question of which sheen to use when choosing paint, and I opted for a satin finish (in BEHR Premium Plus Ultra®) because it has a pearl-like look but most of all, because it’s easy to wipe clean. (Need more sheen help? BEHR has a complete guide here.)
Here are a few other tips when choosing a color:
-Pull color inspiration from a favorite accessory. A painting, a pillow or even a fabric dress could be a good starting point. (You don’t have to be a designer to put a paint palette together for your space, by the way. Pulling several swatches and laying them out can help you envision how you’ll work in accent colors, too.)
Since we wanted this room to feel a little more grown up, we went in an unexpected direction with the rest of the color palette. Our inspiration was this colorful painting I previously had above our fireplace.
-When pulling colors, don’t (necessarily) try to match your walls to the exact shade of anything else in your room. Layering shades of the same color adds depth to a space. We used her pink lamps to come up with a lighter color in the same pink family.
-And lastly, don’t judge a paint color by its name. I know this sounds like common sense but I’ll admit to sometimes leaning toward or away from a color based on what it’s called. (Same deal with nail polish!) For example, I pulled this green called Tuscan Herbs to paint a few storage boxes for her desk and shelves. (I used a semi-gloss sheen to make them look less like paper.) Nothing about her room says “Tuscan” but it ended up being just the right shade of green.
And now, for some fun news. . . This Wednesday, March 14, I’ll be available live on Instagram (@behrpaint) to answer your burning paint questions! The BEHR Color Clinic will start at 10am EST and run until 1pm EST. You can find more details here. I hope you’ll join me.
This post and my participation in the BEHR Color Clinic is sponsored by BEHR Paint.