I am so, so, so glad I challenged myself to use a completely different color palette than my own home. At first, I was tempted to make this project a continuation of what I always gravitate toward and love, but branching out has been really inspiring! I am already learning so much.
We partnered with Ace Hardware on this post, and they were super helpful to work with while picking out paint colors for this room. Ace actually just started a program called the Extra Mile Promise, meaning they’ll help you with a checklist in store and promise to help you get everything you need for your paint project in just one trip! We’ve all been there when you realize you’re just short on supplies and have to make all those trips back to the store (Ha!). And at the bottom of the post, I’ll share three ways to transform ANY room with color.
Time for project photos … but first, a little walk down memory lane. Although this time we don’t have to time travel too far because it looked this way only a few weeks ago!
Remember how I said there was a “Frozen” themed room?
Here it is in all its glory. Blue walls, blue trim, blue doors and a blue ceiling. All the blue.
To get started, Collin painted the whole room white. FRESH, CLEAN WHITE. He used Marshmallow, which is what I used in my house, and after talking with the team at Ace we learned that it is a universal color. That means you can order it from any brand. So we ordered it in flat, interior Valspar paint for the walls and ceiling.
For the trim, I always like to go as white as possible, so we chose untinted, pure white Valspar Aspire paint in semi-gloss. We also replaced all the plates with bright white and swapped out the old wood veneer fan for a white modern fan.
The bed I chose was a very simple platform bed. I loved how clean and simple it was, but to be honest, it was a little boring. And the room looked empty. So I decided to create a faux headboard with paint!
Not going to lie, I spent forever choosing the color and I fell IN LOVE with this color once it went on. It’s Thunderbolt by Valspar (in flat finish). I love it because it’s a pop of color that doubles as a neutral.
We taped off a rectangle around the wall behind the bed to create the faux headboard. It can be any size you want, but be sure to choose the size when you have the pillows on the bed how they are going to be, because they add a lot of height.
I had to do a teeny touch up round with a small brush and white paint, but it wasn’t too bad.
Peeling back the tape is my favorite moment!
This was shockingly easy to throw together. Anyone could do this project in an afternoon!!
I wanted to use my new favorite color in at least one more spot in the room. So I decided to create a really unique shelf situation from budget-friendly shelving and a little paint in the shape of a half circle.
First, tape a straight line where you want the base of your shelving to be. Pro tip: A lot of people hang everything (shelves, art, hooks, etc.) too high. Keep it eye level, which I know is relative—so we usually split the difference between eye level for me and my husband.
Hold a string down in the exact center of the taped baseline. Pull it tight and draw the half circle (pulled tight the entire time) with a white pen or pencil.
One more little DIY detail!
I took a plain gray planter and added rainbow paint all the way around it! I did so in a messy way without any tape and I love how it turned out.
The colors I used are Aromatic Blend, Cosmic Sunset, Pineapple Lily, Promised Land, Wild About You and Harmonious by Clark & Kensington. I also snuck in a little bit of the room color: Thunderbolt by Valspar.
Here’s the finished result …
And here are some more images of the completed bedroom.
Three ways to transform any room with color.
1. Go bright.
This past year, I have started to notice colorful painted walls coming back into style, but white walls are still a solid choice in my book! What I love about white is that it can so quickly make a room look larger, more airy and open. It can also hide architectural flaws and generally make a space look more clean.
I love color, but when I choose a neutral I almost always go for bright white over beige or gray. I tend to choose wallpaper or painted walls for my more dimly lit rooms and bright white for space I want to seem endless—like a hallway, a living room or open living spaces that connect.
If you are someone who craves a home full of bright light, I highly recommend sticking as close to untinted white as possible. I’ve never found any other color that creates the same airy feeling.
2. Go bold.
Bright yellow is one of the happiest colors in the world, in my opinion. Blush pink can make a room feel romantic and very cool. Poppy red is inspiring me like crazy lately. Black rooms are insanely stylish. And I am pretty sure I will be using this Thunderbolt color in other rooms through my project house. Maybe kitchen cabinets or possibly in the dining room? Going bold with color is so worth the risk because if you hate it you can always paint over it!
3. Choose a tight color palette.
Rooms decorated with every color in the rainbow can be stunning, but they can also look messy and cluttered FAST.
To transform a room quickly and ensure it feels curated and intentional, limit yourself to three main colors. Less is more!
Thanks so much for reading. I am having SO much fun with this house. It’s a dream project for me. If you have any questions about sources or anything, just ask me in the comments! xx- Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Amber Ulmer, Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.