Jamie’s Painting Diary — Finding Accessories For a Room


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In case you’ve missed it, I’ve been converting my daughter’s old bedroom into a guest room. It’s been quite an adventure so far, from becoming an empty nester, to finding a new paint color, to deciding on a paint color scheme. In my last diary entry, I was focused on selecting the right shade of paint. Now, something I often struggle with — finding accessories for a room.

First off let me say, I love the colors! The guest room is completely painted and I love it. If you remember, we went with a complementary color scheme — yellow in the comforter and purple for the walls. These two colors are across from each other on the color wheel.

The purple (Notorious) is a deep purple without being too dark. We used it as the accent wall behind the bed. It complements the yellow on the bedspread. The gray (Silver Shadow) is the right amount of gray providing a nice contrast while still keeping the room warm and inviting.


Using SureSwatch really came in handy here, especially when picking the gray. Grays can easily shift depending on the room’s lighting. Remember to look at your gray on different walls and at various times of the day.

bedroom colors

Finding Accessories For a Room

Now comes perhaps the hardest part of a painting/redecorating project — finding accessories for a room. The big stuff is easy, it’s the little stuff that I struggle with. Do I need one nightstand or two? What height should the lamps be? Can I find accessories that work with the room’s color scheme?

When finding accessories for a room, I start with a list (every project starts with a list!) and just work my way through it. It’s always a good idea to paint a few extra SureSwatches so you can take them to the store with you, it will help you narrow down your choices.

Can’t even decide on what accessories to add to your room? Here are some good suggestions that can be easy to pair with your paint colors:

  • Window treatments
  • Table lamps
  • Ceiling light
  • Flowers
  • Dresser trays

The Million Dollar Question

So … how does Ilyssa like the looks of her former bedroom? “It’s so grown up! Can you come paint my room in LA?” Well, Ilyssa, you’re going to be the first guest, so I guess it’s off to the store to find some accessories for your new “adult” room (and maybe book a flight)!

Until next time, happy painting!


Jamie’s Painting Diary is a series by SureSwatch inventor and president Jamie Peltz. It chronicles her adventures in painting — and in life — from finding accessories for a room to the trials and tribulations of a home improvement painting project.

Find SureSwatch at Home Depot, Walmart, and Ace Hardware.

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