I recently decided to take on my newest home project: my bedroom. When we first moved into our house last fall, I was in a highly saturated color phase after living with linen white walls for years while we were renting in the city. So I painted most rooms in the house and brought in as much color as possible. I had painted the bedroom a dreamy deep indigo, which I loved for a while. But now I’m ready for a change and want to brighten up the room.
Finding the right white
My first task was finding the neutral color for the walls. Finding the right white is always a challenge because you need to experience the color in the room to get a true sense of how it will look. I tried a few whites that all looked too warm with yellow or pink undertones. I definitely don’t want the room to look yellow at all, and the curtains I have and plan to keep are a creamy-colored silk that give the sunlight a golden glow, so I think that made the whites I tried look more yellow than I had expected. Then I remembered that I had an extra gallon of True North made by Freshaire, a great paint that’s Greenguard certified, no-VOC, and available at Home Depot. I decided to give it a try in the bedroom and love how it turned out. It’s sort of a grey-white, taupe color that I had originally purchased many months ago to try in the hallway. Not yellow at all!
Accent wall ideas
I decided to try to give the wall behind the bed a special treatment to make it a focal point. It’s tricky because that wall is slanted down above the bed where it follows the roof slope. I tried painting it charcoal to tie it in with the black accents I’m going to bring into the space, but that did not turn out to be such a good idea. When I was lying in bed below the wall it felt like the grim reaper was hovering above me. Definitely not the peaceful and relaxing feeling I was going for! My most recent idea for that wall is the world’s most insane DIY project because I was blown away when I saw the project on the Hello Gorgeous blog. It involves making a stencil of the Imperial Trellis wallpaper pattern and painting the pattern onto the wall. I love Imperial Trellis but don’t love the price or the idea of removing wallpaper in 6 months when I decide to change my room again.
The never-ending stencil
So far, the project is coming along well but very slowly. Making the stencil was much more challenging than I expected. If I hadn’t just received a master’s degree in Exacto knifing, I don’t think I would have been able to get through it. I’m onto making my third stencil now because as the paint builds up, it’s harder to control placing the stencil on the wall, especially because on the slanted wall I’m working against gravity and the stencil just wants to hang straight down.
I’m very happy with the color I chose for the pattern, Benjamin Moore pearlized white. It’s subtle and ranges from white to silver depending on the light, especially on the slanted wall where the sunlight hits at an angle.