Presenting the Purple Room

It’s official. I’m in love with the purple. Collaboration is a beautiful thing because if it were not for my son’s desire for a purple room, I never would have gone in that direction.

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I chose to paint the purple up the wall, on the angle because it makes the ceiling appear higher and draws your eye up. I am not painting the whole room. For some reason, maybe our high ceilings, maybe my uncooperative body, I have chosen to paint just one wall in each room of our home.

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I used whatever we had on hand for his bedding. The quilt was made for me by my mom before I went to college. I have it reversed. The alpaca blanket is from South America. A gift for my son from my mom and dad last Christmas.

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How I wish the headboard and bed frame would sand and stain or paint themselves. The color of the wood makes me think of outdated kitchen cupboards. I’m in love with the geometric gray and yellow, wool pillow found some months back on clearance at Target.

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The horns were $5 at an estate sale. I’m so glad they found a home here.

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Here is my attempt at a DIY string pendant. I learned what not to do when making one and was also pleasantly surprised by the results–as were my older sons. My four-year old is easily impressed and joyfully helped in the pendant making process. Crafting buddies rock!

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We could do without the pendant in the room. But my son loves it. It also adds a great source of light in the evening.

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It’s like having a moon in your room.

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The curtains were on sale at Target and are a great linen texture.


They are gauzy and see through. I would love to leave them as is, but I layered them with room darkening curtains to help my son sleep.

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We started here.


And now we are here.

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Anyone on board the purple train with me? Thoughts on the headboard and bed frame being painted black? I’m reluctant to paint over wood grain, and think maybe sanding and staining a deeper color is the answer some days. For now and maybe forever, it will do since my son loves his purple room.



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!