I didn’t think we’d ever get to the point of painting this little bathroom and yet, this week the time came to pick a color and paint that tiny bit of wall this windowless room has. A small room with no windows can present a challenge when it comes to choosing a paint color. Your instinct might tell you, “I want this room to be light and bright so I’m going to paint the walls white!” But unless you have extremely perfect artificial lighting, it isn’t going to look good, it’s going to look dingy.
We had a few goals for the paint color in this room:
We wanted it to feel light.
We wanted it to feel warm.
We wanted it to complement a reflection (you should automatically nix any sort of bright green in a bathroom unless you want to see yourself looking ill every day).
We wanted it to pop against the tile.
No matter what kind of room you’re painting, don’t attempt to choose a paint color without actually being in that room with the lighting (and light bulbs if it’s windowless!) you plan on having so you can see the colors in the light they will be in. After sitting in the bathroom with my swatch books, I narrowed it down to two Farrow & Ball colors: Calamine (a beautiful, neutral pink with an unfortunate name) and Shadow White (and warm, light griege).
We ultimately decided on Calamine because it popped so beautifully against the tile and we knew the girls would love it. After painting the ceiling a bright white, we popped out the disposable liner and put in a fresh one for the wall color.
We’ve talked about our love for the HANDy Paint Products before, but they really nailed the design of this tray. It can hold a full gallon of paint, which means less time wasted refilling, and it has ergonomic handles on both sides which makes transporting it a breeze. Plus, it has a magnet I can easily store my brush on when not in use. They really thought of everything.
This room only took Chris about 15 minutes to roll and I don’t even think he had to move his feet (haha!), but the cutting in took me about 45. However, with each stroke, I fell more in love. It’s warm, soft, and inviting and still feels like a neutral thanks to those undertones. I don’t even miss a window in here.
We’re so close to finishing this room (finally!) and could barely wait for the paint to dry so we could start loading in final the final pieces–mirrors, art, more lighting, a linen closet! We’re officially in the home stretch!