the great paint debate (guest room, bath, and powder room before & afters!)

You know when you agonize over a decision over and over, then finally choose something completely off the wall, so different than the things you were originally considering? 

Well that's exactly what we did with our guest room, guest bath, and powder room paint color decisions. I figured these rooms aren't used as often and they were my chances for having a little fun. 

We randomly found ourselves in Lowe's last Sunday and I pulled out the 200 paint chips I've been hoarding in my handbag over the past month. I laid them all out on the counter, basically closed my eyes (ok, you know this isn't completely true, but I may as well have had them closed since I'm usually so analytical with decisions) and pointed to a pretty gray color for the guest room and bath. I wanted this color to be different than our common living areas, where we're going with a barely there, warm gray. For the guest room, I knew I wanted something soothing, a little darker, and a cooler tone than elsewhere in the house. So I picked the first pretty paint color I saw... Aloof Gray by Benjamin Moore. I had Lowe's color match it with Valspar's Reserve paint. Ok, that was easy.

Here's the guest room before...
...and after.

I haven't done any styling whatsoever, so pay no attention to everything except the walls, but you can see how the Aloof Gray completely brightened up the space. I suppose it also helps that I took the photo when it was sunny outside vs. at night, when I took the before photo.

We used the same color in the guest bath. Here's the before...
...and after:

Still have work to do on the shower curtain, rugs, and styling in general front. But overall, I love the color! It's a nice, slightly greenish gray. Almost a silver. I think it rocks.

Now for the powder room. I originally wanted to do wallpaper in there and don't tell Brandon, but I probably will still do wallpaper eventually. But I really love the paint choice we made. This was completely off the wall. I looked on Valspar's giant wall of paint colors and went where my brain took me first. Blue.

I love a good french blue. We have a few pieces in Le Creuset MarseilleI've always been drawn to that color. I found a beautiful dusty blue color that's a little more muted and a little more gray than Marseille. It's called Cornflower Blue and basically, it was game over for the half bath paint decision.

Here's the powder room before:
and after...

We originally wanted to put this faux bamboo in the bathroom, and we still might, but it didn't fit between the console and the light. We'll just have to tackle that later. One thing at a time now. Paint only.

We're definitely taking baby steps over here, but there's our progress so far! Brandon started on the paint for our common areas tonight, so that reveal will come next!


  1. so glad you posted this I have been considering aloof gray for our kitchen and glad to see it looks awesome. I may half the strength to make it not quite a dark but love it!!

  2. I really love the powder room color! Where did you find your rug?

    1. It's an oriental rug from Fletcher's Finds in Yemassee, SC!

  3. It looks amazing! Finding the perfect gray is seriously hard and you nailed it! Can't wait to see more! Also, major props on patience. I too am a right now instant gratification gal and it's been SO hard having patience with our new house. Y'all are doing great!

  4. Loving the paint choices. I am taking tons of notes as I know I will have to worry over the same decisions come next year in our new home.

  5. The guest bath almost looks like a different bathroom! We're getting ready to move next month and I will definitely be looking at grey paints now :) Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see your common areas!

  6. I love the colors, especially the powder room! Glad you picked the colors on the spur, good choice :)



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