If you know me, you know my style consists of mostly black, white, and gray. Most days, I wear jeans and a black t-shirt. My apartment is minimally decorated and uncluttered. I keep things simple because I find it easier to manage life that way. Keeping things simple also gives me more time to work, cook, travel, and spend time with friends.
I recently moved to a new apartment so of course I bought a new gray sofa to fit the space. I also found a pink marble coffee table with brass legs, and I fell in love right away. I decided to step out of my color comfort zone and buy it.
Soon after I moved the opportunity to work with Dunn-Edwards came up, and I knew I had to take it. I had painted rooms before, but always a light shade of gray – simple, clean, and boring! My new pink coffee table inspired me to bring more color into my home.
When I am drawn to color its usually to soft and warm pink tones often found in nature. I created a mood board to help inspire my paint color choice.
Pamela, my Professional Color Advisor at Dunn-Edwards, was awesome! I showed her my mood board and pictures of my space, then I explained that I wanted to paint an accent wall in my new living room. I also told her that I’m pretty color averse, but I really wanted to change. Hey – admitting you have a problem is the first step, right? 🙂
Pamela went over to a wall that was full of color swatches, and started pulling out different shades of pink. She showed me a few options, and I narrowed it down to the ones I liked the most. Once she had an idea of the tone I was going for, she pulled a few more samples. Then she showed me the samples I liked in a larger format and held them up on a white background. This was really helpful to see how the pink would look with the other white walls in my space.
With Pamela’s guidance, we found that the perfect shade of pink for me is Tan Whirl. She also talked to me about different finishes and showed me all of the supplies the store has to complete the job. Then she had the paint mixed up. I took home the paint, along with a box of supplies – rollers, spackle, brushes – and got to work.
I wish I had a team of people to help me paint, like in the movie Camp Nowhere, but I managed to do both coats on my own. I only needed help from a tall friend with the ceiling trim since my step stool wasn’t high enough for me.
I must admit that I was nervous to paint a room pink, but I’m so happy I decided to do it! My space is so much warmer and welcoming now. At night, I turn on the floor lamp, which bounces off the pink and radiates a warm glow around the entire living room. It’s still a simple space, but now, it’s so calming and relaxing.
After the experience with my Professional Color Advisor, in the future, I will only buy paint this way. There are so many color options and the paint quality is great. Pamela saved me so much time – helping me decide which shade of pink would be best for me!