Lake House Update | Beachy Guest Room BEFORE and Choosing Paint Colors with Sherwin Williams…

beachy guest bedroom before Looks oddly similar to our old master bedroom, no? ;)

I tend to be one of those people who doesn’t paint every room in her house a different color. I like neutrals, I like consistency, and I don’t like walking into a room of a house that doesn’t look like it fits with the rest of the house. But our house now is a little bigger than any we’ve lived in before and has so much potential to be more than just sandstone, which was the color of every singe wall when we moved in. And, while I love it for a few rooms, it’s a little boring for every room.

When we moved in, I had my office painted a light silvery gray/blue and our master bedroom painted a deep purply gray, and other than having my closet and ceiling beams slathered with fresh coats of bright white, that was it. At the time, I only had a vague idea of what the four other {small} bedrooms upstairs would be used for and how they would each be decorated.

At the end of our long, slanted upstairs hallway are two rooms separated by a bathroom, which we designated as our “guest quarters,” LOL. Since we don’t have kids, we have plenty of space for guests, and now that we’re living in a land far, far away, guest rooms are a must.

I knew the larger of the two guest rooms was going to inherit all of our old master bedroom’s beach-inspired decor in blues with brown furniture. In fact, I knew when we bought it all for our old house, it would eventually end up in a guest room, so I had a head start there and recently installed the bamboo shades on the windows. But I had no intention of painting the room until BlogHer approached me about this opportunity to work with Sherwin-Williams, and now I’m actually really excited to give this room a finished look.

beachy guest bedroom before

beachy guest bedroom before

beachy guest room before


But what color to paint?

The walls in our old master bedroom were a similar sandy hue to the one on the walls in the guest room now, but I remember LOVING how our backyard pool reflected blue into the room, cascading watery shadows all over the walls, so I immediately was thinking in the light blue hues.

I went to the Sherwin-Williams website and was drawn to the Chip It!™ feature, where you can find your perfect color palette in seconds by uploading photos to it. FUN! I dragged the Chip It! button onto my toolbar then went directly to my nautical, Beachy Blues Pinterest board to find my favorite rooms for inspiration. I couldn’t believe how fun and easy it was to use Chip It!

Here are a few of my inspiration photos with color palettes generated by Chip It!

beachy blues room inspiration color palette
beachy blues room inspiration color palette
beachy blues room inspiration color palette
beachy blues room inspiration color palette

Then I sort of went for the color that was common in all of them, a bold but lighter shade of blue.

sherwin williams color palettes

But they all still seemed a bit dark…

sherwin williams color palettes

So, I clicked on the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer to compare and contrast my blues and kept landing on “Blissful Blue,” and since the room was to be a relaxing beachy lake getaway, the name was perfect.

sherwin williams color palettes

But when I opened it on my iPad and brought it upstairs into the room, “Blissful Blue” seemed a bit too dark still, so I went back to the color visualizer one last time, opted for one shade up, and finally chose…

sherwin williams color palettes

And, of course, I hired my favorite painting team, Mike Zweber ~ Z Painting (909) 273-0466, to do the job for me because, while I have patience with so many projects, painting walls is not high on that list!

And I can’t wait to show you the final results… but here’s a little something for you first!

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67 Comments

  • astr!d

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    i stalk the ole pinterest for color inspiration for rooms. my problem is that i love colorful walls and clean white walls. i love bright vintage goods and also love to incorporate nature. i like sleek and modern but also love messy boho! im all over the place!!! and it just so happens that i need to redocorate my entire house. well…when i get one. i had a recent house fire and lost everything :’( so now i have to start all over. which one would think would be exciting, but instead its very overwhelming and stressful.

  • Jodi

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Pinterest!! And shopping for a statement piece and coordinating around that.

  • Kim

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Pinterest is a big one! Both my new bathroom color (Behr Spa Blue) and my bedroom (Benjamin Moore Owl Gray) were colors I found on Pinterest and I love them!

  • Bee Alice

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Hey love the post, but I was just thinking how the reason I fell in love with your blog was: the relationship drama you have with your loving momma, because I can relate. You don’t blog about that anymore, so maybe you guys are now the best of friends… what’s up? If so I can relate as well, my mom and I have grown closer now that I am in my 30s.

    love,
    Bee

  • kellyr78

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I find color inspiration from nature. I like green, blue & brown colors so I usually go for these types of shades.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  • kellyr78

    May 1, 2013 | Reply
  • PAIGE

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I read decorating magazines and take home many color swatches.
    elysesw@aol.com

  • Forrest

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    Definitely pinterest!

  • Anonymous

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I look through catalogs and websites (including yours!) that have similar aesthetics to mine. I am still waiting to officially finish our place, but have big ideas including paint!
    keely_starr@hotmail.com

  • Mysharona

    May 1, 2013 | Reply

    I get inspiration by looking outside or by watching shows on TV.

  • Elizabeth

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I get inspiration from vintage magazines and artwork. Everything old is new again.

  • Elizabeth

    May 2, 2013 | Reply
  • Erna

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I love, love, love the colour you ended up choosing. Not just because it’s oh so pretty, but also because I am Icelandic!

  • slb3334

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I find fabrics I like and go from there.

  • Tamar

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I do a lot of searching on Pinterest and ask for opinions.
    tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  • Darla Cook ddecember@aol.com

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I find color inspiration in items from garage sales.

  • Ginny

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    We are moving soon, I could use this! I’ve been getting my ideas for the move from pinterest!~

  • Mama

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Oh man I am getting tons of inspiration from this post! I can’t wait to try out tons of new colors in my house!

  • pave

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    Nature, mostly. National Geographic photos from other cultures.

  • kroch

    May 2, 2013 | Reply

    I find inspiration in magazines and home improvement stores.

    Katie Roch
    dancehottie1621(at)aol(dot)com

  • sweepmom

    May 3, 2013 | Reply

    Usually I just go to the paint store and see what colors catch my eye. Sometimes I will find colors in the materials I am using in the room.

  • Stephanie Larison

    May 3, 2013 | Reply

    I use pinterest and country home type mags to find inspiration. I like a lot of blue and gray colors for the home.

  • Kimberly

    May 3, 2013 | Reply

    My color inspiration usually is grounded in my favorite two colors- purple and green!

  • Kimberly

    May 3, 2013 | Reply
  • Rebecca Graham

    May 4, 2013 | Reply

    I find inspiration by looking at home decorating magazines.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

  • Rusty

    May 4, 2013 | Reply

    Websites and Pinterest are enormously helpful. (Unless I get carried away with too many different ideas.) rustysrambles(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Erica Best

    May 5, 2013 | Reply

    I love design blogs and cool art work to get ideals for paint

  • Karla

    May 6, 2013 | Reply

    I find color inspiration through browsing Pinterest.

  • Karla

    May 6, 2013 | Reply
  • rachel

    May 6, 2013 | Reply

    By seeing what other people did — blogs are great for this

  • Jessica

    May 7, 2013 | Reply

    I get inspiration from the blogs I read!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • Jessica

    May 7, 2013 | Reply

    I tweeted too

    https://twitter.com/jessrwarfield/status/331562809068515328

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

  • jlafount

    May 7, 2013 | Reply

    Look through magazines to things that catch my eye

  • One Frugal Girl

    May 7, 2013 | Reply

    I like to take tours of homes that are for sale.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  • One Frugal Girl

    May 7, 2013 | Reply
  • Angel Jacklyn

    May 9, 2013 | Reply
  • Angel Jacklyn

    May 9, 2013 | Reply

    I FIND INSPIRATION WHEN GOING TO OPEN HOUSES! THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING DIFFERENT… kytah00@yahoo.com

  • cw

    May 10, 2013 | Reply

    I get color inspiration from the outdoor places that I love….forest, beach

  • Kerry

    May 11, 2013 | Reply

    I usually find my inspiration from a piece of artwork that I want to hang in the room. Or if it’s my bedroom I find my inspiration in a comforter I love. And then I match the paint to that.
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • Kerry

    May 11, 2013 | Reply

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/333348954035085314
    nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

  • Gina Wildorchid

    May 12, 2013 | Reply

    I find inspiration in my favorite decor accessories.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  • Gina Wildorchid

    May 12, 2013 | Reply

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/333387267655745536

  • smilekisses

    May 12, 2013 | Reply

    From magazines, most of the time.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  • Alliey

    May 13, 2013 | Reply

    I love to browse through paint chips, much to my husband’s dismay. I’m just the opposite of you, I like my house to be full of different colors but they must work in a cohesive flow from room to room and area to area. My house is an open concept so in the living areas most of the walls are one color (I decided on Earl Grey, and all my paint so happens to be Sherwin Williams, lol) but each room has one accent wall in a different shade. This strategy creates a seemingly endless number of beautiful color vignettes depending on where you stand, which thrills me because I am a dork about stuff like this.

  • Amy

    May 16, 2013 | Reply

    I love looking at different home improvement websites to find color inspiration for my home projects.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Amy

    May 16, 2013 | Reply
  • one frugal lady

    May 16, 2013 | Reply

    I look for timeless colors that flow well with the rest of the home… but with a great color pop for fun!
    onecheaplady@yahoo.com

  • MCantu1019

    May 16, 2013 | Reply

    I look through magazines to find color schemes to find something I might like.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

  • Kim

    May 17, 2013 | Reply

    i like to look at blogs and watch hgtv
    addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    i find color inspiration in nature! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous

    May 18, 2013 | Reply
  • B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I search through magazines.

  • Christine Jessamine

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    i am inspired by earthy tones and colors

  • Tara

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/_aspectacledowl/status/335640128196325376

    tara at aspectacledowl dot com

  • angie lilly

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    My hubby and I almost always choose from our favorite colors: green and purple. Our whole house is done in different shades of these colors!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • angie lilly

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/335776924330770433
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  • K. Cleaver

    May 18, 2013 | Reply

    I find inspiration from what is already around me. I’m not good at visualizing something. I have to see it.

  • Betty C

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    I find inspiration everywhere. An especially beautiful flower, sailboats at a marina, a garage sale photo all have inspired me to make a change.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Betty C

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Tweet – https://twitter.com/willitara/status/335943212013350912

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Susan Smoaks

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    I am inspired by colors that I see in nature. I love the colors that God shows us and I love to use them in our home.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  • Caitlin McClure

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    Nature! and pinterest, lol

  • cassandra

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    I watch a lot of home design shows for inspiration. I am addicted to them!
    cmarquez482@outlook.com

  • cassandra

    May 19, 2013 | Reply
  • Atreau

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    I get ideas through magazines.

  • Tabathia

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    May 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm
    I always find great inspirations from the DIY channel and magazines

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia

    May 19, 2013 | Reply

    tweet

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/336268505961885696

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Sally @ Homemaking Reality

    May 20, 2013 | Reply

    These days, I get my color inspiration from blogs mostly :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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