Monday, May 12

Brainstorming with Sherwin-Williams


I've been thinking for a while now about how to bring our nursery up to speed. You know, since it's not actually a nursery anymore. It's been sort of thrown together and shifted around to grow with Big Brother, which has resulted in a kind of not functional-totally blah space. But its days are numbered because Sherwin-Williams is sponsoring a Big Boy Room makeover! They are giving us a chance to try out their Emerald™ paint and primer in one. It's the best paint with advanced stain blocking technology. But they really had me with its exceptional washability. A certain little boy has been known to color on the walls, so easy clean-up is an important factor for his own personal canvas... I mean bedroom. Besides testing out a great new paint, we'll also be using some really fun color selection tools.

But before we talk about where we're headed, let's look at where we've been. The colors and layout worked really well when we got it ready for our first bundle of squish. I still look at this picture and think, "Awwww, my baby's room!"

But times change. Tan walls are super boring when the room is for such a vibrant little fella (plus our second little fella will be moving in before too long!).  With a room that's just 9' x 11' we need every inch to pull its weight both with function and style. So we're making some plans:

Room for two little boys to sleep is the easy(ish) part. We can flip Big Brother's bed to make a loft on top and room for a second mattress underneath. This is assuming that Big Brother can safely scale the ladder before Baby Brother moves in (hence the "ish"), but that's looking pretty promising since he already climbs up and perches on the top rail. That's also called "giving your mother a heart attack."

Now on to the more pressing issues. Number one is the books. We need a place to stash them and this basket just isn't cutting it. Something like a small bookcase/nightstand might be the perfect fit.

Toy storage has also become an issue. Keeping in mind the room is small with two doors and two windows (which we are so thankful for) this is pretty much the only place that works. But our current set up of... wait for it... a small bookcase, three milk crates, and a tiny recycling bin... is bursting at the seams. We'll definitely be adding some hefty storage to hold all this and hopefully more.

The dresser is working for now with two drawers for each boy and one shared for socks and jammies. I feel like they'll probably need more drawers when they are bigger (and have bigger clothes), but we're probably just going to stick with this for now and cross that bridge when we come to it.


We'll be updating the curtains or at least adding a second panel to each window. Or we might hang some art to better fill the space by the windows instead.

The other big problem in this room are the colors. The walls are totally lifeless. And then there is every other color imaginable on the curtains, green bedding, and a blue canopy. Want to see more?

BOOM. It's rainbow and then some. Some better organization and storage will calm this area down, and some new paint should help tie everything together.

So let's have a little fun and see what kind of color this room needs!


First I played around a little with the Sherwin-Williams Chip It!®
 tool which can instantly turn any picture into a paint palette using more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams paint colors. It works kind of like Pinterest because you can pick any picture on the web, hit your Chip It!® button, and Sherwin-Williams will create a palette with up to 10 colors that match. I played around with this art print hanging in their room. It was fun, but ultimately I didn't have one single picture that embodied everything I want for the room... so I had even more fun with the next tool!

Color Visualizer will turn your computer into a virtual design studio. With this tool you can actually put colors on the walls to see how they work together! They have stock photos like this you can work with:

Or you can upload your own photos to see how colors work in your actual room! We had some fun with this.

We knocked a few things out pretty fast, but there were a few front runners. We decided we definitely wanted to go with a grayish blue since it felt very boy but could still work as a neutral backdrop. We toyed with the idea of blue under the chair rail and light gray above, but that felt too formal for a little boy's room. We're still tossing around the idea of a green canopy to tie it into the bedding, but a little boy would be so sad to lose his moons (the white spots on the blue canopy) so I don't think we can do it.
SW 6230 Rainstorm, SW 6162 Ancient Marble
Next we tried something a little more dramatic with a solid blue wall. Hmmm, getting better.
SW 6230 Rainstorm, SW 6199 Rare Gray

Then we went even a little crazier with blue all around. But with such a small room I was afraid this would feel too small and dark, so it was knocked out of the running
SW 6230 Rainstorm


So we tried a compromise and dressed up the one-wall look with some horizontal stripes.

SW 6230 Rainstorm, SW 6162 Ancient Marble
We didn't want to totally abandon a solid color, though, so we tried it out with some lighter shades. It didn't tickle our fancy quite like the contrast that came with the darker blues, but the calm, cool feel still made it a favorite.
SW 7617 Mediterranean

When it was all said and done, SW 6230 Rainstorm and SW 7617 Mediterranean were our runaway favorites. So we ran down the street to our friendly neighborhood Sherwin-Williams store to grab the swatches and see how they played out in real life. We especially wanted to make sure whatever we chose went with the wood trim throughout the house. We taped up our favorites, along with the lighter and darker shades of each. Then the hard decision making started. We felt like our original two would feel a little too dark, but we still wanted a lot of contrast. So we were really drawn to the second from the bottom, SW 6221 Moody Blue. (I also got some light gray/white chips and we decided that a really light almost white would work best)

So we gave it a try in the Color Visualizer. It was great as an accent wall!
SW 6221 Moody Blue, SW 7010 White Duck

And then we had another idea to make things more exciting... stripes on the storage wall, anyone?
SW 6221 Moody Blue, SW 7010 White Duck

We made that little mock up and it was love at first sight. So that's the plan - one wall blue, two walls white, and one wall striped. We can't wait to share the finished product with you guys! In the mean time feel free to visit Chip It!® or Color Visualizer to create your own perfect color combinations. For even more tips and ideas you can check out Sherwin-Williams on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram.

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28 comments:

  1. I would make over the basement...it could use some paint!

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  2. I would paint my bedroom. It's starting to need a little TLC.

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  3. I would love to make over the kitchen if I won this one.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  4. I would love to makeover my living room. I just moved into a new apartment and the walls are bare and I have no paint on the walls. I need some new furniture too!

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  5. I tweeted under @yarbr012 https://twitter.com/yarbr012/status/466275814137688064.

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  6. I would love to make over my master bath, and I would start with a new coat of paint!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  7. tweet--https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/466281121043341312

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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  8. I would redo our living room

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  9. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/467653164150190081

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  10. i would makeover my livingroom

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  11. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/468100690053955584

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  12. I would love to make over my children's playroom, it’s a very bland color and just not an inviting space for them to play in!

    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  13. Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/mummytotwoboys1/status/468151228736622592
    mummytotwoboys@yahoo.com

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  14. My kitchen needs painting. I would do a kitchen makeover.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  15. I'm actually working on my spare bedroom now! Would love to give it a fresh coat of sherwin williams paint!

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. i posted a tweet:

    https://twitter.com/bellows22/status/469682055131828224

    debbiebellows (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. Our bedroom!
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

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  18. I would love to makeover my master bedroom If I win
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  19. tweet -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/471634973061947392
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  20. I'd like to makeover the kitchen.

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  21. I would make over the kitchen.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  22. I promised daughter I would paint her room. I would go ahead and do that for her as long as she doesnt pick a crazy color! neyabenz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I would makeover my master bedroom.

    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  24. https://twitter.com/ajoy1332/status/472586351213178880
    ajoy1332 at yahoo dot com

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  25. I would makeover my living room.

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  26. https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/472958158961659906

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  27. I would make over my kitchen

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  28. tweet https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/473192464551903232

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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