The Guest Room // The Paint

Guest Room-Paint-1-Design Crush


I’ve really wanted to paint a room black for a few years now, and my guest room was the only candidate in my house for it. But once I chose the wallpaper for behind the bed and matched it up to Sherwin-Williams Indigo Batik blue, well, it was Love with a capital L. All the drama of black without a total void of color.


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I went with their Emerald Interior acrylic latex paint in a satin finish. (If you recall, I used the Emerald Exterior on my front door.) It was the best fit for the vibrant hue I’d chosen because it offers incredible coverage and hide, and includes a built-in primer. It really is my favorite paint to work with, inside and out.


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Here’s a little peek at the before, after I’d moved all of the things destined for my September yard sale into the garage. You guys, it was full of crap and ugly. When I bought my house this room was the brightest of reds, I even casually referred to it as the Murder Room. The day I closed on the house we started painting, and over the next two days we painted every space with the exception of the living room (which got a coat of light grey a year later). This room ended up being blah beige simply because I wanted to cover the red, but had no clue how I wanted to decorate the room just yet. So it stayed that way for the next five years.


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Bebe was a great helper, she didn’t even eat any of the paint.


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Even though I was planning on wallpapering over one wall the next day, I went ahead and painted all four instead of trying to save some time. It paid off in dividends by covering any little mistakes we made while hanging the paper and is highly recommended, I’m so glad I did it. The color was even better that I thought it would be, and I kept stepping back and stating “I really like this!.”


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I splurged for this project and bought an actual canvas drop cloth after years of buying the cheap plastic kind. I’m weirdly looking forward to using it for years to come and accruing paint splatters!

Would you ever paint a room in your home this dark? Or have you already?

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  • Robin @oursemiorganiclife

    August 27, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    We are moving into a new (rental) house next week and I am excited to paint! I’ve never in my life painted a wall before. I don’t think the landlord will go for a color this dark but I love the color you choose!

  • Laura

    August 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Beautiful color! I’ll bet that finish just glows, too. I just went dark in my bedroom, ceiling and one wall, and love it!

  • Emily

    August 31, 2013 at 4:03 pm Reply

    I love navy paint. My bedroom when I was a child was a variation of navy. I think the key to a great navy is to make sure it has some grey in it, which you accomplished here. Looks great with the rest of the room.

  • Beth

    September 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Wow – that color is bold but I dig it! I used to have a chocolate brown bedroom and I loved it. I moved into a new house in July and most of the walls are still white because I’m so overwhelmed with what to do! I’m going to chew on this color for sure…

  • Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating

    November 25, 2013 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I discoverd SW Indigo Batik from my West Elm catalog and have been trying to convince The Mr. to turn our living room to that lovely smoky blue. I am done with the current greige. Our room doesn’t get much natural light, so he is incredibly resistant to putting darker paint on the walls. I continue to try to work on him … we’ll see how that goes!

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