What do you do when your college student comes home for Spring break and asks to paint her bedroom? Since you would do anything to spend time with her, of course you buy the paint and get to work.
She wanted to paint her bedroom purple. Purple? Hmmmm? This is where I hoped she would be careful to choose a shade of purple that was subtle and sophisticated. After, all she’s an adult now. But it was her room and her choice.
I was both relieved and impressed when she chose Benjamin Moore’s Majestic Mauve.
When she was 12 or 13 years old, we painted her room turquiose blue and lime green. Yes, those colors were chosen by her. I believe you should always let your kids choose the paint colors for their bedrooms. It’s a small way for them to express themselves and a huge way for them to love being home.
This time around, however, she still wanted color, but color that was much more subtle.
The Benjamin Moore color deck showed purples ranging from blue-purple to pink-purples to lilacs. Do you have one of these color decks? It’s so worth keeping one on hand. You can find them HERE.
My daughter immediately narrowed her choices down to the more subtle purple tones.
Then seeing the choices in front of us, I also emembered being in a home picking up a dresser to refinish and the homeowners painted their entire living room Majestic Mauve. It was stunning. It was a very subtle gray purple so it worked really well in the living room – giving it color without being too intense. So Majestic Mauve it was!
Tip: Remember when choosing a wall paint color, the color will always be much more intense on the wall than on the small color chart.
This color swatch shows the true color. See how it’s just barely purple against the white page. That’s exactly how the color displays on her bedroom walls against the white woodwork. Really pretty and colorful yet calming.
Cutting in the mauve paint color was incredibly easy with my two favorite paint tools. The first is this Shur-Line paint edger. Which you can find on Amazon HERE. I couldn’t cut in along the ceiling without this one. Simply tap the pad into the paint and run the guide along any straight edge for a perfect paint line. So easy!
My second favorite paint tool is this super-trim Purdy brush. It’s so thin that it makes cutting in and straight lines almost effortless. You can find it on Amazon HERE or click the image below.
You can see how against much deeper purple and pink colors, Majestic Mauve has gray undertones.
And against the white furniture, it shows very soft.
Benjamin Moore’s Majestic Mauve is a color that works well in any room – bedroom, bathroom, living room. During the daylight it’s cool and light with true purple tones. At night, it’s still cheery and doesn’t turn drab like many grays do.
So what do you think? Would you paint a shade of purple in your home?
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