Accent walls bring character into a room and can bring the room together. As I’ve mentioned before, we painted our whole house one solid color when we moved in, and I’ve been desperate to add more color to our rooms and cover what I call “boring beige.” Luckily, thanks to my transformation series with Ace Hardware, I’ve been able to start with little projects like dressers for both of my girls’ rooms. I even added a splash of color to my front door. But it was time to tackle a big space that has slowly been transforming piece by piece over the years.
My bedroom has been getting a gradual makeover, and it reached the point that nothing matched in there. I had brought in new bedding when we bought a bigger bed and the paintings on the wall, along with the paint color, didn’t match it at all. After searching Pinterest for days, I still couldn’t picture how I wanted the room to look. I knew I wanted to paint it a light gray color, but I wanted there to be an accent wall to make it pop. So I visited The Paint Studio at my local Ace Hardware to get some color inspiration. While I was perusing the Valspar paint swatches, I found a color inspiration card to look at some of the popular colors for the year and the colors that coordinated with them. That is when I saw the Valspar Ganymede paired with Valspar Botanical Bliss. Those cards are awesome for getting ideas for different rooms in your house. Take a look at them the next time you’re looking for the right color.
I grabbed a gallon of the Valspar Optimus in Ganymede (VR088C) to cover the walls (or, rather, so my husband could tackle the walls). I also grabbed a Valspar paint sample of the Botanical Bliss (VR079C) for the accent. I still wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but the color combo looked so good I knew this was what I wanted. And I was also confident that Valspar was the right paint for the job. Valspar Optimus is Ace’s best paint and it’s so durable that it can stand up to just about anything. It also has a color guarantee, meaning if the final color isn’t what you hoped for, you’ll get a second can for free
I decided to sleep on the matter of the makeover for the evening, and, when I woke up, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to incorporate some diagonal lines on the wall, but most accent walls only include one wall. My idea was to incorporate the surrounding area as well. So I painted two triangles on the walls, one in the bottom left and one in the top right. When I explained my vision to my husband, he looked a little confused, so I ended up drawing it out on paper so he could visualize it better. He gave me the shoulder shrug and said, “Whatever, worst case scenario, if it doesn’t look good, we can just paint over it.” That’s the beauty of paint; you can change it as much as you like!
After he had painted the whole room, we put down painter’s tape to see how big we wanted to make the triangles. Once I got them to the size I wanted, we taped two of the same size on either side of the room, which was challenging because there was a window on that side that we needed to tape around. But it worked out perfectly. Once we finished painting, I told him there was no painting over this masterpiece because I’m so in love with it.
I’m ready to tackle the rest of my house now, including my laundry room that has never been painted. As in sheet rock white walls. I'm loving the creative process of making something look renewed and fresh with paint. I'm working with Ace on a few more projects over the next couple of months to Ace my place. Make sure you follow our creative journey to add more color in my boring beige life.