the great paint debate - SOLVED. (master bedroom before & after)

You may have seen the "great paint debate" mentioned once or twice (or um, thrice) here on the blog. And now that it's said and done, I realized I wanted the wrong color all along. In my mind, I wanted gray, but in all actuality, it was an off white that I really wanted. I feel silly for going through 16 paint samples of true, pigmented grays, but alas. Here we are, with off white walls.

But these aren't any off white walls. Gosh, there are beaucoup of shades to choose from. I wanted a warm gray, off white color. Of course, after the 16 paint samples, I probably should rephrase that and say I wanted a cool beige, off white color. Yes, there's a difference. (Do you see my agony?)

I was so overwhelmed with our walls of various paint samples—and so very ready to get our bedroom and bathroom painted—so I picked up one of my paint cards from Sherwin Williams, picked out a pretty color and said, "This is the one." No sample needed this time. I was so over it.


We picked out the one at the top, Zurich White. Everything yielded cooler on our walls than on the paint chip, so I wanted something that looked warm (almost beige, even) on the paint chip, but still crisp. You can see the other paint samples I put next to it ...the two colors that were previously my top contenders. The warmer one is Benjamin Moore "Edgecomb Gray," which was a little too warm for me. The cooler one on the left is Benjamin Moore "Classic Gray," which was a little too gray on our walls.

Here we are before.

We used the Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint. I chose this one because it meets the most stringent VOC regulations, which is a big thing for me because I read somewhere that VOCs can stay in your walls for up to 42 months, allowing for you to breath them in for that long, too. (Don't ask me where I read that?) It also has a primer built in, it's washable, and it's supposed to apply like butter. 

Oh, and it did. Here's what this beautiful paint left us...



Nothing hung on the walls yet, but to be honest, I'm kind of loving the clean, crisp feel right now. Picture frames and other wall hangings will come in the near future, but no rush at this moment. 

I love this shade, Sherwin Williams "Zurich White". It's light and bright like I wanted, while not too cool and not too warm. Just right. I'd also highly recommend their Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex paint. It may be a little more expensive than their other options, but it allowed us to paint this bedroom in ONE coat!  


  1. wowzahhh what a different beautiful paint makes! great choice. i love the fresh, crisp white color. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  2. I am not even lying I love this color and I am debating painting my master this! You may have convinced me!

  3. Looks amazing! I love before and afters!

  4. The wall color you chose looks great - also, I love that it is washable! Great job!

    ~ Christina

  5. It looks beautiful! Completely transformed with just some paint! I'm glad to see your paint-ence paid off ;)

  6. What length curtains did you buy? I love the look and need to order some for our new master. Thank you!!

  7. Wow, I love the transformation! Can I ask where you got your curtains? Thank you :)



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