This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Valspar.
One of the things that’s been so thrilling about moving into our own house---apart from the fact that we can finally justify buying one of those awesome metal tape measures; you know, the kind that you can pull out really far and then snap back with a satisfying zhhhhhrppppp---is the knowledge that we can paint the walls any color we like. Sure, we painted a couple of rooms in our old apartment, but they were safe, small spaces---the bathroom, the hallway---that we could whitewash back to rent-friendly conditions the weekend before we moved out.
Our new house is, quite literally, a blank canvas---and I mean a really, really blank canvas: every single room is white---and we’re itching to get started on livening it up. Of utmost importance is the bedroom. The rest of the house might be in chaos as we struggle to organize and unpack, but in order to maintain my sanity, I need the bedroom to feel like…well, kind of like a hotel room.
Yeah, I said it, I want my bedroom to feel like a hotel room. I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms you see, and I find them rather comforting. Everything’s so clean! And so calm! There’s a place for everything in a hotel room, and everything’s in its place. And I’d like my bedroom to feel like that too: like a very upscale, very nice, very you’re-only-staying-here-because-your-company’s-paying-for-it hotel room. You know, the kind of hotel that has three types of hummus on the room service menu and the sort of toiletries you hoard in your suitcase so the maid brings you more. (Wait, we all do that, right? Oh, we don’t? Well then, I don’t know what you’re talking about, I bought all these mini bottles of Kiehl’s shampoo at the store!)
“Anyway,” you’re wondering. “This is all very well, but where do I come in?” Well, here’s where you come in: I need you to help me choose a color to paint the walls. Thanks to Valspar and BlogHer, who are letting me run wild in the aisles of Lowe’s, I’m going to be painting this boring bedroom of ours---and I’m going to be asking for your help.
But first you probably need to see some before pictures, right? Hey, I know how this makeover stuff works.
Welcome to the world’s most boring bedroom. Is that not the blankest canvas you ever did see? To be fair, it does have a couple of things going for it: a lovely big window with a view of a big tree and the ocean (the latter appears only about eighty percent of the time: if it’s a good day and you squint), and also some excellent hardwood floors.
As for what I’m hoping it will look like, I’m thinking something dark would be nice: the room gets enough light to carry it off and all our bedding is white and airy, so the contrast would be perfect. I’m wildly inspired by this French hotel room my sister and I stayed in during our trip to Paris earlier this year: the walls were dark and sharp and modern but also cozy and inviting and warm.
Could I do that? Do I dare? Is gray the way to go or should I go in another direction?
Anyway, here’s how it’ll work: if you want to help me choose what color to paint my new bedroom, have a look at Valspar’s color chart and leave me a comment letting me know which of the shades there you think would look best. (You might also find the Virtual Painter Tool quite helpful---particularly if you have a sudden urge to procrastinate for three hours when you’re supposed to be working, because trust me, that thing is addictive.)
One lucky commenter will be chosen at random win a $100 Lowe’s gift card, and everyone else’s suggestions will be pored over obsessively by me (and Sean too, probably; I guess it’s his bedroom as well) until we come up with the perfect color. We’ll narrow it down to a few final choices, which we’ll reveal next week and have you cull further, and then we’ll start painting immediately in the hopes of changing our boring white bedroom into the first room in our new house to be exactly as we want it.
So to recap: head over here to choose a color. Leave a comment with your suggestion and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card from Lowe’s. Read the official rules if you’re the rule-following type. And we’ll pick this up again next week and have a look at some of the colors that have made the final cut. This is totally just like watching a makeover show on HGTV, right? Except instead of yelling at the TV, you can yell at me!