Lucy’s bedroom is PURPLE! We’re sharing how we decided on the perfect shade to suit her personality: Mellow Mauve (1004-7C) from Valspar.
Lucy’s room is PURPLE! My neutral-loving heart is already finding this space to be creatively challenging, and I mean that in the very best way. The more Lucy requests – pink! purple! shiny! – the more I push myself to bring her ideas to life in an attractive, attainable way, and it has been so much fun. You can see a rough outline of Lucy’s big girl plans here, and painting her room purple is the first step of many more to come. We can’t wait to take you along, so let’s get started!
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Choosing the Right Purple
Where do we start when choosing the perfect purple? For Lucy, this question was an easy one. As I held up dozens of Valspar paint chips on the wall, Lucy was quick to nix any that she deemed as ‘gray.’ Or in her words, That one is so boring, mom. One evening, while reading this unicorn bedtime story, Lucy squealed as she pointed to the book liner and said, This! This is the color I want! It was a mid-tone purple-pink that was neither too bright, and definitely not boring.
Scott and I held the book up to several paint chips, which we ordered for free on Valspar’s website, and Valspar’s Mellow Mauve (1004-7C) was near identical and beautiful! Do I like purple now? Yes, I think I might.
Valspar Reserve® Interior Paint and Primer is our go-to for the bulk of our paint projects! We turn to Valspar Reserve® again and again for rich color, durability and awesome coverage. It’s also scrubbable and fade-resistant, which is a non-negotiable in a kid’s room. We purchased ours from Lowe’s in an eggshell finish, which provides us ultimate wipeability in the case that Lucy gets extra creative with her colored pencils and glitter glue (because, hey, it’s happened before!)
Feeling Mellow Mauve
And the verdict is… we love it! Well, we love it now. Going purple was an initial shock to my system, and as the paint went on, I couldn’t help but wonder, did I go TOO bold? But when the last stripe of white was covered by the Mellow Mauve (including the ceiling!), Lucy’s reaction changed my mind completely. She loved it. I loved it. We all love it!
Her room is still in the very early stages, but I couldn’t help myself from adding a few new pillows and accessories to her convertible crib. Her new bed won’t arrive for another couple of months, but seeing the crushed velvet pillow and starry sheets helped me to see the direction we were heading. It’s official: Lucy’s very purple, very unicorn-y room is well underway!
Should We Paint the Trim?
Perhaps the biggest dilemma I had after choosing the perfect purple was deciding whether or not we wanted to paint the trim the same color in a different sheen. I love the look of millwork painted the same color as the walls, but was it a fit in her room? She has thick window trim, 8″ tall baseboards and a floor-to-ceiling closet (this is how we upgraded builder-basic bi-fold doors), all painted bright white. In the end, Scott and I agreed that there’s something so fresh and sweet about contrasting white trim, and I am so glad we decided to leave it that way. Doesn’t the contrast feel playful, somehow?
Transitioning from a Nursery to a Big Girl Room
The hardest part of this process is helping Lucy through this big transition. She enjoys being a part of every step of the process, but it’s a lot of change for one tiny human! While she enjoys the new, exciting changes, she’s still miffed if we move her bookcase. She’s confused why there are three curtain panels, instead of two. She wants to know if her new bed will be the same size as her crib, because that’s what she’s used to! So if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s being open to her questions and sharing the next steps before we implement them. This has helped her be a big part of the process, which was important to us from the start.
Next up, we’re building a lofted bed! This has been the top item on her wishlist, and our plan is to paint the frame the same color as the walls. The reason for this is two-fold: Painting the frame Mellow Mauve will be less visually distracting in her small room, and it will also give the illusion that her loft bed is truly floating. Of course, we’ll share every step of the process with you!
PS: This is Lucy’s nursery, if you’d like to see how different the room was the day we brought her home from the hospital. But first, someone please pass me a tissue.