Picking paint colors and late term pregnancy

by Jessie K on December 5, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had all these big plans to have at least one room of the new house painted by the time my mom arrives on Monday but that hasn’t happened. The only house related projects I’ve managed to tackle are a) keeping the place somewhat clean and b) unpacking June’s bedroom.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI find that my nesting instincts, that desire to have everything looking pretty, organized and peaceful by the  time the bambina arrives, is clashing hard with my new house’s general sense of disarray and my own indecision.

The pattern goes something like this: I still have 12 boxes of books and loads of kids’ toys and clothes to put away. But I have nowhere to put them. I go to the store or troll Craigslist looking for something amazing, affordable or even mildly appropriate but always come up empty. Ergo, I’m back to looking at clutter and boxes. On and on it goes and it’s making me nutty. Late term pregnancy horomones aren’t helping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve been playing around with colors for June’s room, but even that has proved challenging.The tricky thing with this bedroom is the carpet. It’s essentially mauve with a little berry in it. The first time I laid eyes on it, I wanted to tear it out  to show off the gorgeous old hardwood I know is underneath. Is there anything chic or stylish to say about mauve carpeting? Even the name sounds put-out-to-pasture, like “Oldsmobile” or “creamed ham.”  But the more I thought about it, I decided to keep it because Jake thinks there may be a problem with the hardwood underneath and fixing it is not in the budget right now. Besides, the carpet is in great shape and relatively new (we also got it professionally steam cleaned before we moved in) and it will give the girls a soft place to play and land until we decide what to replace it with. There’s really no reason to get rid of it other than the satisfaction of saying No to Mauve (which is actually a very good reason for getting rid of anything).


I decided I could live with the mauve for now if I selected a wall color that brought out the carpet’s berry tones. Lessen the mauve, if you will. White or yellow only seemed to heighten the mauve. I settled on aqua — Benjamin Moore’s Quartz Stone, to be exact —  after being inspired by this tween bedroom makeover here, which is totally young, fun and doable. June’s bedroom is huge so I want to play with a few sparse accent colors to delineate the separate sleeping/playing spaces and also lessen the impact of the aqua. I’m thinking minimal shots of subtle pink, gold and a bit of cobalt or indigo could be really cool. The color palette of this room caught my eye. Obviously, I don’t want to go overboard with color for June’s room because it could easily end up looking way too busy with all the competing toys and  accessories.

I’m so glad my mom will be here for a two week visit on Monday! She’s amazing with space and color and making things work with what you have. Unlike me, she’s very decisive, a pro with homes, so I’m hoping she can help me come up with a general blueprint for how to attack at least a few rooms in my new house. I can’t wait until she gets here! And that includes the baby!



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim December 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

hmmm… I think we might have had this conversation before, but I think a green would be a good color to make the berry pop. And if you go with one that’s a bit less pastel – like, say, Ben Moore’s ‘spring meadow’, or something of that value – it will also go well with the primary colors of kid toys while still being light/bright enough to be youthful and cheery!


sarah December 6, 2013 at 9:29 am

maybe just go nuts..green grass along the bottom border, blue sky clouds and flowers..bring the outside in, and the girls can live in a fairy garden( does that make you gag?) it totally sounded better in my head! another thought is paint a good sized chalkboard on a smaller wall for june, i did this for mine and it really helps to keep the older one busy


Kim December 7, 2013 at 2:35 pm

BTW – to heighten a color, use its compliment, the color opposite it on the color wheel. That’s why yellow seems to heighten the mauve – yellow and violet are compliments so yellow brings out the violet component of the mauve.
Aqua pulls the red/berry tone out a bit more because aqua has green in it. Green would make it pop even more.


Jessie K December 8, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for the tip, Kim. I’m now considering minty / celery greens.


Molly O December 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Amazing how the lighting makes the carpet look so different in the first two photos. Can you give us an up-close pic of the carpet so we can see the berry tones?? I love the aqua idea and the tween room.


maria December 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I e-mailed you a few pics of awesome kid set ups that use your color choices—for inspiration :) I know I’m probably annoying you hahaha…but I do it because I care


Rose December 5, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Bookcases for storage!


Susan December 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

I think you should wait to decorate till after the baby…like way after the baby. Let the house settle on you, get a feel for it. Also once the baby comes you’ll be exhausted so personally I would put the house on the back burner for a few months. In the meantime you can organize your stuff and really decide what you want…from the posts it seems a little panicky…but the blue is really pretty. Congratulations on your house!


Janelle December 6, 2013 at 7:29 pm

What is/was your due date?


Jessie K December 8, 2013 at 12:56 pm

The due date was Wed, Dec 4. Still no bambina!


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