Becoming a paint geek

Just a few days into this blog, I'm antsy to show you that I have more than a sad little rental on my hands. So, let's do a speed post...

Almost immediately after closing on my condo, I had the bedroom emptied and taped off to start painting. I hadn't really become a design nerd that that point and my color and product choices reflect that. I used inexpensive Valspar paint and picked a very deep cranberry red color (my brain has blocked the name of the color) for the walls (thank goodness I used white on the ceiling). My obsession with getting rid of all the beige put here by the builder led me to make the decision about the paint way too quickly. I didn't have an inspiration picture. I didn't search Garden Web, The Nest, Flickr, and other sites for rooms painted the same color.

It shouldn't be any surprise that I could only live with that red for a few months. In that time, I prowled design websites for color ideas, read about different types of paint, and bought sample pots of a few colors so I could "live" with my next choice before painting the entire room. I bought my first fan deck at Sherwin Williams and I went through it so often that I had certain parts of it memorized.

The winner: Sherwin Williams' Harmony paint in Compatible Cream on the walls and Napery on the ceiling.

Now, the finishing details took quite some time to come together and I'll do a few posts about the sources for some of this stuff in the future, but let's get to the good stuff: the finished (for now) bedroom. These pictures went over pretty well at Rate My Space and Mi Casa Style (now defunct). Mi Casa Style even used a picture of the room in ads on Facebook (thanks to message board friend Beantown for sending me a screen shot!).


  1. Love the paint color and the bedroom is so chic and soothing!

  2. I found this post the other day when I was totally procrastinating. Wanted to pop back to tell you how fantastic I think it looks!
    I had an aha moment looking at it: The way you layered the bedside lamps and other items in front of the art made me realize I can layer things and it's not a bad thing. I know I've seen that done a million times, but somehow your setup really stood out to me!


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