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!

253 Comments

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elisa
Aug 06, 2010

City Storm. Do it!!! :)

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Lisa
Aug 06, 2010

Go for the gray! I like Empire - It's a dark taupe/gray so there's warmth behind the gray.

Can I come over and help? I love to paint my house. Each room has changed color at least twice!

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Michelle
Aug 06, 2010

City Storm. You need to start off with something light as it will appear darker on your walls. Maybe do one wall in muted ebony for a focal wall.

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Camille
Aug 06, 2010

I like City Storm or Metropolis. They're both kind of steely grey that I think would look great with white bedding.

I'm really wanting to paint my bedroom. But painting and I do not get along.

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Theresa
Aug 06, 2010

We painted our bedroom Filoli Ginkgo Tree (5006-4B). It's a grey-ish tinted green with blue undertones. I think it looks great with our cherry toned wood furniture, and it's dark enough without feeling like we're sleeping in a cave. I love it.

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Kimberly
Aug 06, 2010

OK, I know you mentioned grey, but I'm going in another direction. Knowing how much you like teal shades and knowing you have crisp clean white linens and are looking for something dark, what about Shaded Lake (5011-9)or Vintage Teal (5010-9)? If you don't like it, you can always repaint! But it would be an amazing statement color.

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B
Aug 06, 2010

I'd love a gray blue with the wood and the white trim- I say go with 5001-2B Relaxed Navy.

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Marcheline
Aug 06, 2010

Ultra Premium Purple Royalty 4009-10

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NOt to make this a gazillion times more difficult (read: annoying), Martha has a new set of paints that are quite lovely AND the paint chips have helpful tips and matching/coordinating suggestions..right..on..the..back! Word. Check it out.

http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/08/i-get-by-with-a-little-help-from-m...

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Kate in Ohio
Aug 06, 2010

I like Grandma's Linen because I like the name. Good luck.

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Meagan
Aug 06, 2010

I like Lincoln Cottage Brown (don't let the name fool you) or Hunting boots.

Also, I would like the job of naming paints. It's like naming bands only better.

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April
Aug 06, 2010

I really like the Earth Elements Undertoe (do they mean Undertow perhaps?). It's deep and ocean-y.

Have you seen Anna Beth's bedroom at Hashai.com? It's a super dark color and looks amazing.

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bacioni
Aug 06, 2010

I like April Morning -- greyish but with a blue note to it; calm and soothing and very pretty! I would go with some white trim to accent your white sheets and it will look clean and inviting.

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Brandi
Aug 06, 2010

I think Black Raisin would be just the sort of color you would see in an upscale hotel and wonder, would I ever paint my room this color? Oh yes, I would! :)

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Tara Griffin
Aug 06, 2010

I like Rugged Suede. It is hard to tell if your wood floors have a cool cast to them, if so, then I'd pick Rugged Suede.

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Nancy
Aug 06, 2010

I vote for Rogue Blue.

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Lisa
Aug 06, 2010

I like Lilac Grey, I think it's a great neutral and would lovely with different accent colors!

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Kris
Aug 06, 2010

I love Frappe from the Ultra Premium collection, 6003-1B. It's a gorgeous neutral grey that would look great with white bed linens.

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Deb
Aug 06, 2010

Lyndhurst Mahogany
So pretty and warm. I have a similar color in my bedroom and it looks beautiful with the white trim and accents. Casually Elegant and very restful.
Grey is a cooler tone. Very pretty but different feel.

Have fun and congratulations on the house!

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Miranda Tuttle
Aug 06, 2010

I like Elephant Gray. And Sharkfin.

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Tracy
Aug 06, 2010

I like Seine. Too grey and it looks like an elephant skin. Seine has just a little brown.

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M
Aug 06, 2010

Twilight Purple

I really like Spring Meadow...It's such a fresh, crisp kind of tone. (Not sure if green is the right thing to do in the bedroom, since it's not especially flattering to the skin tone, but I like the color enough that I'd make that sacrifice.)

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Chris
Aug 06, 2010

My vote's for Seafoam Storm. It's light enough to open up the room, and it's a lovely mix of blue and gray.

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Jackie
Aug 06, 2010

I like almost charcoal - it's right in the middle so you could accent with darker and lighter gray. I just painted my kitchen Woodlawn Silver Brook and it looks awesome with my white cabinets.

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ChrisB
Aug 06, 2010

I like blue bedrooms best so my pick would be Ultra Premium Summer Sky 5001-9B with white trip and crown molding

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Carrie
Aug 06, 2010

Ultra Premium Coastal Villa. It is dark enough that when the light is fading it will become a deeper grey but it is warm enough that in full light it will brighten the room. I think the tone will look beautiful with white trim and white linens. It is worth buying the smallest size can of paint available and testing the walls though - you can never really tell until you see it on the walls and in the available light. I paint rooms in our house often and it is worth doing that to be sure you love it.

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Carrie
Aug 06, 2010

post script - I would put a small crown molding at the ceiling line and paint it the white of the woodwork. Also I would pain the ceiling with a flat bright white ceiling paint.

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Allison
Aug 06, 2010

Roaming Pony looks like a winner to me :)

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Nancy
Aug 07, 2010

http://www.valspar.com/painter.html?colors=5004-2A&byColors=true
I like this traditional look or the colors, I hope you do too.
We live in Nice, so no Lowes here, keep the 100. Just enjoy the lovely new home.

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Elizabeth
Aug 07, 2010

Ultra Premium Seine. I know it's the one cause I keep coming back to it.

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Wendi Blair
Aug 07, 2010

I absolutely LOVE gray walls! A bold dark gray with some flowy (is that a word?) white curtains is so classy!

My vote would be for Rogue Blue... definitely bold, and very elegant. Love it!

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bonkrood
Aug 07, 2010

I like National Trust Filoli Carriage House in the Historic collection and it looks great with Semi-Sweet too.

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nan lara
Aug 07, 2010

i like lake country which is a muted blue/green...for the lil bit of ocean in the background
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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Erika
Aug 07, 2010

Beguile

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Lindsey
Aug 08, 2010

I think ocean storm is lovely!

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Alice
Aug 08, 2010

NOT being a gray person, I went right to the Seaside Retreat colors and chose Hidden Lagoon, SR914, if you're stuck on a gray color or Shaded Cove, SR911.

Why would anyone paint a room they wanted to live in gray?

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Amber
Aug 08, 2010

I love Valspar's London Coach (a slightly purpley grey) and Valspar Signature Storm (a beigy grey). I have both of these colors in my home and they are beautiful, warm and inviting.

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Karin Jakubowski
Aug 08, 2010

Elephant gray... to remind you of your time in Asia.

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Karin Jakubowski
Aug 08, 2010

Elephant gray... to remind you of your time in Asia.

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Texasphotochick
Aug 08, 2010

I got the paint for my kitchen and living room at Lowes... Orange Toffee, Cosmic Creme and then Autum Fire for an accent. But that's not dark or neutral. LOL.

For a dark neutral I like Hunting Boots. In fact, I think I may go that direction for my room. Maybe mix in Rasberry Wine and March Breeze somehow.

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agirlandaboy
Aug 08, 2010

What I've found with gray (my favorite walls in our house are gray) is that you don't have to go too dark to get the cozy, warm feeling that gray creates. All you have to do is be careful about undertones (green-gray, pink-gray, red-gray, etc). I really like Valspar's Lead Cast.

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Carrie
Aug 08, 2010

Ultra premium labrador. Cuddly.

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Jemia
Aug 08, 2010

I'd love a grey bedroom myself.

I'd go Turbid Amethyst as a first choice, or Seattle Haze (despite the depressing name, it's a great color) if the man does not want a purple room.

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Janet
Aug 08, 2010

Evening Eclipse with Dove White trim.

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ANGEL JACKLYN
Aug 08, 2010

I THINK ULTRA PREMIUM AQUA QUARTZ 6001-10A OR ULTRA PREMIUM MERMAIDS SONG 6001-9C WOULD LOOK GOOD MYSELF, THEY ARE SEMI-BRIGHT COLORS AND WILL PROBABLY MAKE THE ROOM LOOK BIGGER kytah00@yahoo.com

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Tracy P
Aug 09, 2010

I love to accent walls with color, so if you are going to stick with the "gray family". I would suggest painting one wall (normally the one with windows) Semi-Sweet (it is a darker gray), than the remaining walls Bleached Shadow.

I, myself love browns and tans, though my husband would say it is boring because that is our house.

Experiment with color, though definitely have an accenting wall!

Good luck!

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Malena
Aug 09, 2010

Filtered Shade. Grey but not dark. Would contrast nicely with crisp white linens and trim.

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jess
Aug 09, 2010

i think twilight purple is the perfect balance dark and calm, while still maintaining style and femininity. i'm sure whatever you decide will look gorgeous!

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Ashley
Aug 09, 2010

Elephant Gray gets my vote!

Definitely go gray!

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Angie
Aug 09, 2010

I like the Relaxed Navy under the grays.

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Amanda
Aug 09, 2010

I did something very similar to Deep Sea Diving and everyone RAVES about it. I also have light, airy bedding, and the room is so relaxing. It's my favorite room in my house, without question.

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Shannon C.
Aug 09, 2010

I really like Plum Good!

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fancythis
Aug 09, 2010

You could TOTALLY do a gray-ish color! What about "premium porcelain shale" it's a stunning color. And neutral enough that you wouldn't have to change it if you decided to change your bedding up one day.
HAVE FUN! :)

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Charity S.
Aug 09, 2010

I like Mark Twain House Oak.

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tanyahayesdesign
Aug 09, 2010

Dark walls look great when retiring at bedtime but make it harder to rise. Also, keep in mind that dark colors are fading fast and the bright colors of the '80 are coming. What would you say to Morning Fog (a nice light warm gray) with hits of turquoise (the re-occurring color from your photo gallery)?

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EmRobb
Aug 10, 2010

Hmmm what about Brown Velvet? It would be dark enough to look hotel-ish, but is also a "warm" color so it wouldn't make your room feel like a cave. And you could add pops of color (turquoise!) that would stand out.

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Jeanne
Aug 10, 2010

I like both Gypsy Rouge and Plum Good.

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Chandra
Aug 10, 2010

So my color choices may need work, not sure if it's my monitor or the lighting in my office.
But for walls I would go with a Dark Brown like Bridle Leather Brown
Ceiling a blue, summer splash or a paler shade like River Mist.

Keep trim and doors white

Accent with Yellows in pillows/accessories

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Melissa Shea
Aug 10, 2010

Winter in Paris 5002 - 1A

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cwaltz
Aug 10, 2010

I'm really not a dark color person(after an unfortunate experience with a maroon color in a bathroom). However, I did think Hotel St Francis Spirit blue was a pretty color.

Christine

dazed1821@aol.com

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Amber
Aug 11, 2010

Mountain Smoke gets my vote! Have fun making that room beautiful.

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jamie
Aug 11, 2010

I would think the Ultra Premium High Speed Steel would be along the lines of what you are looking for maybe with the white fabrics and some red accessories.

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Catherine
Aug 11, 2010

I think painting rooms a darker color is the way to go. It helps you sleep and lends a sophisticated air to the space.

I would recommend Sharkfin 4007-2A or Churchill Hotel Olive 5008-2A.

The Sharkfin is an amazing blue grey. Blue bedrooms are amazingly restful and relaxing and the color is still dark and subtly blue.

The Churchill Hotel Olive is a great choice if you're looking for a neutral color that you can use as a backdrop to play up accessories and other pops of color. Also this one has more of a green undertone that will change colors depending on the time of the day and reflections of the treees.

Good luck and happy sleeping!

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Linsley
Aug 11, 2010

Rugged Suede is my favorite!

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MLB
Aug 11, 2010

I vote for SuperNova!

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Taylor
Aug 11, 2010

I think you should do 4007-2B (Iron Frost) for the main walls, then at the baseboard and around the windows do a nice punch of turquoise- I like 5004-10A (Rapids). Grey against the warm floors may look wonky, but the blue will break it up nicely and add a splash.

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jenny b
Aug 11, 2010

I like Italian Ice and Betsy's Linen with a white crisp chair rail splitting the colors, one above and one below. Very relaxing:)

Jenny

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Patty V
Aug 11, 2010

My vote is for High Speed Steel. I could never go that dark, but it's a beautiful color.

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Kayla
Aug 11, 2010

I like Blue Twilight. I painted my entire house in varying shades of blue...I find it so wonderfully homey and calming and that color looks like the perfect gray blue. Not too overwhelming.

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Rell
Aug 11, 2010

I like Woodlawn Silver Block. I just did our bedroom in a color very similar to this with one bright red contrast wall. It came out perfect. I love my grey walls! We accented with white trim and curtains and black ties on the curtains and it's lovely. Go grey - I dare you.

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jenniferc
Aug 11, 2010

you need to go with Plum Good or Purple Royalty - maybe Sumptuous Purple with white trim and a white tint called Stillness for the ceiling and maybe an accent wall. You will be happy, or mortified :)

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Wendy McBride
Aug 11, 2010

I like Ultra Premium Clear Blue Sky!
Remember colors have effects on your mood. I wouldn't choose black,grays,or reds for that reason.

wendym at cableone dot net