Pop quiz time–how many paint colors can you find in this room?
I’ll get to the answer below, but I’m going to tell you a little story first.
When we moved in to the new house, I decided to try a new decorating approach in the guest bedroom. A “no work” approach. I was simply going to put our furniture in there and call it good. Part of this was out of necessity, because we are living in the downstairs bedroom for a while until we can things upstairs sorted out. Another part of it was because I made a value judgment that the downstairs bedroom was FINE. Not great, but OKAY. GOOD ENOUGH. As a reminder, this is what it looked like before.
Nothing much happening here, but nothing too terribly wrong, either. So we tried the no work approach, and for about three months it went really well. It turns out that putting your stuff in a room and calling it good is a very relaxing and hassle-free way to decorate, which is probably why I couldn’t stick with it for long.
The trouble started when I wanted to hang some curtains. I needed to raise the rod, so I took everything down and patched the holes left by the anchors. I want to mention that the anchors were poorly secured, and a few of them came out of the wall and left unusually large holes. That’s my excuse for why I made such a big deal of the patches later on. The previous homeowner left all her paint cans out and neatly labeled, so I figured out would just find the right color, paint the patched drywall, and be done. But after digging through all the cans in the house, there was NO matching paint.
In hindsight, what I should have done at this point was to hang the curtains anyway. Two of the patches would have been covered by the panels, and the third one would have been visible, but so what? Instead, I decided there was no alternative but to paint the entire room.
I also decided that I was going to be thrifty and pick a color from one of the many spare cans of paint in the house. That didn’t exactly work out. I’ll save you the tedious details of this series of fails, but suffice it to say that there are now FIVE colors on the wall in the guest room.
Did you spot them all? 1 is the original color, 2 is the first color I painted that was too dark, 3 is the second color I painted over #2 that was then too light, and 4 and 5 are colors I tried out from testers that probably just aren’t going to work.
And the paint isn’t even all of it. I mentioned here that our plan for the windows was to keep the windows themselves wood but replace the casings with white trim. Well, I decided to test that plan on the window in the guest bedroom, and I immediately had to get in bed and languish for a while indulging my regrets. Our windows are a dark stain, and the contrast initially looked VERY stark to me. Now that I’ve lived with it for a couple weeks, I’ve come back around to the idea that painting the trim a good choice. The majority of the wall is a cream color right now, but a darker wall color would probably balance it out better. Plus, there is this rule (which I just made up): Never make a final judgment based on a naked window in a haphazardly painted room. I think that seems reasonable enough.
Since I ruled out the previous 5 paint colors, I’ve been paint swatch collecting and Pinteresting some inspiration, and I think I’ve figured out the direction I want to take this room. I’ll be back next time to talk details, but for now I’d love to hear your thoughts/feedback! Or, if you’ve had a painting mishap, please share–it’s therapeutic!