Paint Colors: My Boys’ Bedrooms

The first item on our new house to-do list was painting our boys’ bedrooms. I was excited to begin making the house our own, but I was a bit stressed about choosing paint colors on a deadline. We wanted to paint B’s room before we moved his bunk beds in, so I only had a few days to test colors, and it rained every day. I don’t recommend choosing paint colors without the sun! B wanted blue walls, and I wanted a color that would play nicely with the blonde wood tone of his furniture, so I decided to go with a light blue-green. I tested two colors from Benjamin Moore: Bird’s Egg and Clear Skies.

Bird’s Egg is a pretty color, but “pretty” wasn’t what I had in mind for my little boy’s room. I think this color would be lovely in a little girl’s room. Or, if you’re looking for the perfect haint blue for your porch ceiling, this is a winner! In B’s room, I decided to go with Clear Skies, which is lighter and leans slightly more blue. I have to admit, once the whole room was painted and I saw it in the sun, I freaked out a little because I thought it was too bright. However, it calmed down with the addition of furniture, and I think I’ll love it once I complete the space with bedding and other accessories. I plan to bring in some darker colors to add masculinity to the pastel backdrop.

After we moved in, I had a few more days to choose the color for C’s room before we left for vacation. I wanted a classic, neutral background that wouldn’t fight with the Americana theme he requested. With several bold red and blue items already selected for the space, I knew the wall color needed to be subtle. Again, I tested two colors: Edgecomb Gray and Rever Pewter.

I started with Edgecomb Gray, but found it was too light for this particular room. I was surprised to discover that it’s a very light beige – almost what I would call off-white. I tried Revere Pewter next. There’s a reason why Revere Pewter is Benjamin Moore’s most popular color. It’s an ideal blend of beige and gray hues in a humble shade that is neither too light nor too dark. This color seems to understand that its job is making everything else in the room look good. And how appropriate for an all-American room to begin with a color named for Paul Revere!

Now I’m on the hunt for furniture, bedding, art, and window treatments. In the meantime, the boys are enjoying having their own bedrooms for the first time in about four years. Click over to my Instagram to see a picture of B in his newly painted room.

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