Meg Makes: Painting our spare room a calming gray

This may be the 300th time I've mentioned it on my blog, but I love interior paint.

It is the cheapest, fastest way to completely change the feel of a space. I am all about instant gratification, so it follows that I'm all about painting.

Last week, I decided on a whim that I needed to freshen up our spare room. I got a great deal on what looked like a decent color of gray, mistinted paint. (Read below as to why I shouldn't recommend impulsive paint buying, but mistints are my exception. They're so cheap that if they turn out horrifically, you haven't invested too much.) I'm also off of work this week, so I knew I'd have time to actually get the job done. 

Blog PhotoI chose our turquoise spare room paint on the spur of the moment about this time of year in 2009. It was nice and bright, for sure, but it was a little jarring, and not very grown up. I've heard that dark colors can make small spaces seem bigger, but so far that has not been my experience in our house.

So after having such great success painting our hall, bathroom and main bedroom bright white, I knew the turquoise had to go. (You can see lots of photos of it in my posts about our Murphy bed.)

Blog PhotoI finished painting Monday and am still in the process of moving everything back in to the room. The gray is heavenly. It doesn't contrast too much with the ceiling, which makes the room less cave-like. It also looks great against the dark-stained wood of our built-in cabinet and the Murphy bed we made to mimic it.

The gray also looks nice with black and white art (I had one piece and made another), which fits nicely with my black and white shelves and a black and white lampshade. It's a color scheme that was meant to be. I also have some big plans for black and white curtains, but that's a long story that doesn't have an end yet.

I admit that this is the third room in our house that I've repainted for a second time, but the results are so worth it that I'm not even annoyed with myself. I'm just glad to have gotten it right the second time. More to come on curtains and art for this room, as well.

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