Jamie’s Painting Diary — What I Learned From My Bedroom Painting Project

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My bedroom painting project is finally complete! Well, mostly anyway …

If you’ve been following Jamie’s Painting Diary, you know that I’ve been redoing my daughter’s bedroom. Becoming an empty nester was hard, but diving into this bedroom painting project helped ease the pain. And it taught me a few things along the way.

What I Learned From My Bedroom Painting Project

Follow my bedroom painting project from start to finish:

A Few More Things to Think About When Tackling a Bedroom Painting Project

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right paint colors for bedrooms. If you already have bedroom furniture, you probably want to make sure that your walls coordinate with what you have. If you have a chair, area rug, or bedspread that you love, pull colors from the fabric. An accent color on your bedspread may make the perfect paint color for the bedroom.

When picking paint colors for bedrooms, ask yourself what your goal is. Do you want a soft, calming, subtle room? If so, stick with unsaturated, natural hues: natural greens, tans, pale blues. These colors are found close to each other on the color wheel and produce a mellow and serene effect when used together.

If you want a more exciting, contemporary look, consider using a complementary color palette. This means choosing colors from opposite sides of the color wheel: green and red, blue and orange, yellow and purple, etc. A great way to accomplish this is through the use of both paint and accessories. For example, if your bedspread is white with large purple flowers, a beautiful and complementary paint color for the bedroom walls would be a sage green. The sage green of the walls will really make the purple of the flowers pop.

When choosing paint colors for bedrooms, it is usually advisable to save the bold and bright colors for your accents. A bright pink may look great when used in a couple of throw pillows and in a vase on your nightstand. Painting your walls bright pink, however, is another story. A bold color on the walls will likely be too energetic, even shocking, in a bedroom.

My painting adventures will continue! To follow along, be sure to visit our blog and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!


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

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