Since moving to Florida and subsequently living in rented spaces, we’ve moved a few times. Through every move, though, one of my main priorities is to make our bedroom space an inviting oasis. No matter whether renting or owning, creating a cozy and relaxing space to unwind and call “your own” is so important. My brain also works differently when I’m in a clean and put-together space; I can mentally and physically relax more when items have a place and I feel like the space around me is taken care of. In a room with less clutter, I have less to clutter my mind and that helps me to better take care of myself.
When Valspar invited me to check out their full line of Zero VOC paints, which are free from harsh fumes and Volatile Organic Compounds that can negatively impact indoor air quality, I thought it was the perfect time to add a little color and drama to our newest Master Bedroom + Nursery suite. I was playing with and choosing paint colors while pregnant and knew that once our baby was born, we’d be in the room together, so I was all about finding products that would be safer for all of us, and also for the environment, while still having high quality and durability. I was excited to discover that With Valspar Signature Zero VOCᵻ, we were able to paint with one coat, giving us that high quality we were looking for without compromising our air. We went with Ultra White to freshen and clean up the majority of the walls, and decided on Chimney Smoke from our paint swatching day for a dramatic accent wall!
A fresh coat always brings a neutral space to life! It was easy to bring in items that we already had because the dark blue/gray color of the new accent wall is still technically a neutral color; it just adds dimension to the room and allows the bronze, golds and textured creams and whites to really pop. It’s a dark enough color to infuse personality too, which means you don’t have to do a lot to make the space exciting.
I always like to bring in layers of texture with textiles, like rugs and pillows, because it adds such an element of coziness to a room. Just give me all the rugs and pillows, please! I am that person that can keep adding these and need to edit myself.
We reused many items, like the Nursery Wardrobe Shelf we made, Skylar’s old crib, the New-Sew Banner and our Ikea Hack Nightstands we DIY’d for our master bedroom before. Then of course we DIY’d some new elements as well, like the DIY Rolling Garment Rack.
Since there was room in this space for a small desk, I actually converted one of our Ikea Hack Nightstands into a small workspace, and used simple wooden clasp hangers to show some art (including the print from our Inspiration Board) and tie it all together.
To be honest, this was the first time I’d painted with such a dark color (well, maybe second time, I have used chocolate brown before), and, I have to say, I’m thrilled with how the room turned out. Simple, happy, dramatic – without being overpowering. It’s perfect for the wide variety this room holds; not overly feminine or overly masculine for our master bedroom and sweet enough to encompass our nursery nook into the design.
What about you? Have you painted with dark or bold colors in your home or master bedroom? I’d love to hear about it!
*This product contains 0 g/L VOC as calculated within the margin of error by EPA Method 24