When it comes to interior home paint colors, I’m definitely drawn to warm creams, cool grays, moody blues and rich indigos. Buying a new construction spec home a few years ago was great because we literally had 2500 square feet of blank space to test out many of our favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors we’ve admired over the years. Just one look at the palette below shows that we stayed fairly true to our desired colors – and we could not be happier with the blue-gray scheme throughout our home.
Are you eyeing that bright peachy-salmon color in the lower right corner and thinking, “Jenn, that color’s neither blue nor gray; it’s not really “warm,” not really “cool,” and it’s definitely not “moody.” You’re right, Sherwin Williams Peach Fuzz exhibits none of these qualities and seems like an unlikely buddy to the rest of our palette, but that is precisely why we love it!
In 2016, Pantone chose Rose Quartz as one of it’s colors of the year and the Millennial Pink craze officially went into full swing. Shades ranging from supersoft muted beiges to rich salmons began popping up everywhere – walls, cabinets, furniture, and accessories!
Of course, I wanted to incorporate one of these shades into our interior design and was initially inspired by this so so pretty West Elm triptych abstract art. That was all I needed to see – the walls of our empty guest bedroom were the perfect canvas to give it a try!
After reassuring my husband I wasn’t looking to recreate Barbie’s dream home, we headed to Sherwin Williams to pick out some swatches. This task was no easy feat! Pinks on a paper card swatch look NOTHING like the actual color on the wall. What we thought were really pretty initial color picks ended up looking like bubblegum on our walls! (Tip: Always get a few sample pots of various colors and paint small sections in your room. Paint all the walls where different light will hit the color and look at the color at various times in the day.) After three or four sample pots, we chose Peach Fuzz and loved how it looked. Here’s the final result. What do you think?
And yes, I recreated that cool West Elm triptych art using some leftover paint, aluminum foil, and gold spray paint.
My husband and I LOOOOOOOOOVVVEEEE this bed from Overstock. It balances out the pink, but honestly, neither of us think the room is overly feminine. The color combinations are more glamorous and edgy than soft and sweet.
The bed also wins major comfy points because it holds a Casper mattress. This mattress is seriously more comfortable than our Sleep Number that cost three times more and was delivered right to our door. If you’ve been thinking getting one, you won’t be disappointed.
Let’s talk about the nightstands for a moment. Would you believe that’s a plain jane Ikea Tarva nightstand? The key to getting the most longevity out of Ikea products is to look for pieces that are made from real wood instead of a particle board or laminate. We snatched up two Tarvas for $40 a piece, then gave them a little mid-century modern flair by sawing the legs at an angle and adding a few coats of Sherwin Williams Creamy paint. Since we saved moocho moola on the furniture I splurged on the hardware – these brass beauties are from Schoolhouse Electric. (These are the same drawer pulls we used on our custom office cabinets).
I love styling dressers! Little details like a pretty textural lamp, fresh flowers, and one of our favorite prints of the Provincetown, MA coast from our honeymoon on Cape Cod are just a few elements that take this space from standard spare bedroom to luxurious guest suite. Doesn’t the paint color look so pretty and calming? I’ll come in this room to read and get distracted just staring at the color!
On the wall directly opposite of the bed is another low dresser. At one point I loathed these old hand-me-down dressers, but they bring a certain warmth and character to the room. And honestly, I could see myself sourcing something pretty similar on Craiglist, Chairish, or at an antiques fair.
The artwork is another custom arcylic piece on canvas orignially created for our living room. The beauty of handmade artwork – I could amend it a little to fit in this space. Notice the subtle strokes of Peach Fuzz and Creamy? They were added after bringing the piece into the room.
Never in a million years did I think I’d find the matching pink curtains to create a tone-on-tone look near the windows. And no, these are not custom curtains – not even close – they are $15 Ikea’s I found on a whim while walking through the store! (The funny thing is, I go to Ikea only one or two times per year, but this room made out with all these great buys.) By getting them in a floor-to-ceiling length, it not only makes them look more expensive than they really are, but it elongates the look of the window and gives the appearance of a higher ceiling.
I’ve been anxious to write this post for over two years now because this room is so darn pretty; I get happy just walking by the door everyday! If you have a unique space looking for a special touch, I encourage you to incorporate a pretty pink hue like peach, salmon, or blush. Every room in your home should make you feel happy, calming, confident, and inspired. Maybe pink isn’t your thing, but this space sure does that for me!