The Power of a Purple Wall

It’s spring break for us this week. Hallelujah to not getting up at the crack of dawn, making breakfast, lunches, and getting three out of four boys out the door and in the car by 6:45 am to get the oldest to sports practice by 7 am. This year, we are staying put and enjoying various activities around town–and I’m sleeping in until 6:30 am (hello, four-year old!) The absence of driving to school and back twice a day means I can start a painting project and not have to clean up, change out of my dreadful looking paint clothes, pack up all of my supplies midway through and get the kids. It’s awesome.

I still have my sights set on painting the back wall above the ledge over the front door. But when one of my sons was gone for an overnight with a friend, I saw it as an opportunity to finally paint his room. When I asked him about a year ago if he wanted me to paint his room he said, “yes!” When I asked him what color he said, “purple!” It wasn’t exactly the answer I was hoping for. I have never done a purple room and I’ve already used some very strong colors (red, green, peacock blue) in other rooms of the house. Adding purple to the mix could make me seem a little cray, cray and completely unrestrained. I wanted to be sure he was going to love a purple room for a long time and in the meantime, I had to find just the right purple.

A year has flown by and he still wants a purple wall. I have to say, I am so glad I didn’t talk him out of purple! I know it might sound strange coming from a girl who painted her powder room emerald green and her dining room peacock blue, but for some reason, purple pushed me out of my comfort zone. But I absolutely love it! It’s regal and luxurious on its own. And that’s saying a lot since it’s in a kid’s room.

Here is the room before:


Here is where I am at right now:

purple room

I used the color “paparazzi” by Behr. I still need to finish painting the trim at the top. I did everything I could with the step-ladder and snapped this picture because I loved the way the light was illuminating the purple.

I’m looking forward to seeing the room with the gray linen curtains and any bits of gold or yellow I can talk my son into. The pillow on the bed with the yellow, black and gray geometric triangles looks so good held up against the wall. I was so excited to show the color to my son. He came home and saw it after the sun had set, when the purple in his room becomes dark and moody in a cool way. He didn’t react as joyful as I had hoped when he first saw it. But when morning broke, I could tell, he was kind of giddy about the purple wall. He just needed to see the sun shining in his room. It’s really wonderful how painting a wall can elicit happiness in us. I have loved walking by his room since. Now I need to scale a ladder and get that trim done!


2 thoughts on “The Power of a Purple Wall

  1. The puprple wall has added a punch of color to the room, and I love how purple looks when illuminated by light. Purple pairs beautifully with yellow and gray, so I can’t wait for the final reveal of the room. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and taking time to leave a comment.


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