Weâ€™ve been working on fixing up our little apartment since we moved in a year and a half ago, and for all the painting, sanding and decorating weâ€™ve done, our smallest bedroom hasnâ€™t seen its fair share of love. At just a touch larger than 4â€™x 6â€™, the tiny space comes with itâ€™s own unique dÃ©cor dilemmas and besides patching holes, painting and tossing in a bed and an Ikea Malm dresser, weâ€™ve left it alone. But for a long time it irked me. The bedspread was too much; the paint color too sea-foamy, but because we may move in the next year, I was hesitant to address it. Then I finally decided to make a day of the project. Having a place I love is important to me, and the benefit of a microscopic room is that it can be painted in a day with a toothbrush if need be, so I took the plunge. Picking a paint color has always been a challenge but it proved even more difficult with such a tiny space. I wanted something light and calming, but not white, because I was planning on pulling the trigger on the pin-tuck duvet of my dreams, and what better place to glean inspiration than from someone who already owned it and was also painting her room? Rachel DeSchepper of Fresh Home shared her thoughts on my pin-tuck problem, so I popped over to her room-redo and loved what she did with a light gray (Benjamin Mooreâ€™s Whitestone) in her bedroom. After much obsessing over paint chips, I settled on Benjamin Mooreâ€™s Silver Fox, which I loved: not too light too be overlooked, too heavy to make the room look dark, or cold enough to inspire jail cell chic. And no sooner had I gleefully lugged home a gallon, I stumbled upon Shelterpopâ€™s â€œPaint Color Trends to Move On Fromâ€. First on the list? â€œGreigeâ€. Oy! Click to see the outcome of my mini room redesign!
Gray has indeed enjoyed a renaissance in recent years (non-colors: so hot right now) and while debatably overplayed, I wanted a simple look that would keep the room calm and allow me to dress it up with a few pops of color. A few hours and a trip to West Elm later my little space took on a whole new look. What do you think readers? Was gray the right choice, or are you over it? What next? Iâ€™d love to put some framed photos up, and maybe the print from the Michelle Armas Antonia calendar that I plan on purchasing, but Iâ€™m looking for ideas. Scale is a big consideration for this tiny space! â€“Sarah C.