We spent a good portion of this last weekend re-painting the guest room. Before we get to what it’s looking like now, we need to back up a bit and explain a few things. First off, here’s what the room looked like when we bought the house…
And here’s what the room looked like after the new floors, freshly painted trim and a few coats of paint on the walls. (Obviously, this is the view from the other side of the room.)
We (well, mostly I) have been hankering to paint this room since the day after we painted it the first time. True story. I liked it, but it still wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. It was a lot bluer than we thought it would be–even bluer than it appears in some of the photos. Basically, it was a very pretty color, but looked more “nursery” and less “classy calm” – “classy calm” being the look we thought we wanted.
We kept trying to make it work by adding dark furniture to add some “weight”. We’ve also changed out the bedding twice, trying to make it look less “nursery”. After trying to make it work for so long, we realized the room as a whole just wasn’t jiving for us. It felt really contrived, forced and not at all “us”, so we decided to start over from square one. We didn’t start painting right away, though. We knew this room wasn’t working for us, but we decided to hold off on repainting again until we were completely sure what color to paint it this time around.
Since we’re kicking the forced “airy classy clam” idea to the curb, you’re probably wondering what direction we’re heading with now. Well, simply put, we’re going with our guts. A while back, we even put together this mood board hoping to generate some direction. Now that we look back on it, we’ve decided to just go with the flow and create a room that forms organically as we go along. We’re still aiming for a room with a “modern rustic vibe with touches of vintage”, and we’re planning on keeping the bed, dresser and (maybe) the sconces… but that’s about it.
A few weeks ago, thanks to our friends at Target, I got the chance to have a phone chat with one of my favorite interior designers, Nate Berkus. (Yeah, I’m still recovering.) During our talk, I told him a bit about the guest room and the look we were aiming for, then I asked if he had any wall colors to suggest. He talked about how pretty much every guest room looks the same, so if we go with a deeper / moodier color, it’s more unexpected and overall cozier. “Cozy” is definitely something we’re aiming for, so he hit the nail right on the head. That being the case, one of the colors he suggested was a medium “classic gray” similar to vintage Christian Dior hat boxes. Needless to say, this gray-wall-loving gal was happy to hear his suggestions and couldn’t get to the paint store fast enough. For more of our conversation and phone-charging difficulties, check out this post.
With iPhone in hand, we went to the paint section at Home Depot and collected a bunch of gray paint swatches that we thought were similar to the vintage Dior hat box. Without looking at the names, Greg and I both pointed out Anonymous by Behr – the same color we painted the laundry room. We’re still really loving the color of the laundry room, but we thought maybe would be best to do something a little different. So, we kept looking… and still kept coming back to Anonymous. That’s when it hit us, if we love that color, why not?! Two gallons of Anonymous by Behr in flat finish, please!
We spent the majority of the day on Saturday and a few hours on Sunday painting the room and the closet (ugh, painting closets are the worst!). But… here’s what our not-so blue room is looking like now…
Huge difference, right?! Unexpectedly, the black bed and dresser “pop” a lot more than they did with the nursery blue walls. Right now, there isn’t much color going on because we’ve taken everything down to the bare essentials – think of this as the “foundation of the room”, with more color to come.
We’re coming back later this week with a post about how we prepped and painted the room and some of our painting tips, so we’ll hold off on the details on the actual process. For now, we’ll just bask in the awesomeness that is Anonymous by Behr – or as we’re now calling it, the “Dior hat box paint”.
Hat box image from here.