For today’s one room challenge update, we’re talking paint. Choosing a paint color is often a very tricky business. Yes, white is an obvious (and actually deceptively challenging) choice. I certainly have never seen a white room I didn’t like. But white can also feel a little too simple. There’s always the accent wall idea. Kinda meh about that one too though. When it comes to a kid’s room, especially a toddler room, you have the liberty of getting extra playful with how you paint. I have committed to doing just that for the challenge, but the question is how??

As a reminder, here’s what the room’s paint job currently looks like.

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The room is currently a soft blue gray, painted up to about two feet from the room’s 11′ foot ceilings (rough life, I know). I still really love the paint color and the effect it has on the room – it really helps draw the eye up and makes the room feel bigger than it is. Rather than repaint the entire space, I plan to add a playful modern accent moment (or maybe two!). You can just have so much fun with it.

The first idea is to highlight the bed. It’s going to be the new big-boy toddler bed so I think it would be wise to make an extra big deal out of it.

paint inspiration on apartment 34

I could do a mountain motif.

paint inspiration on apartment 34

Or perhaps a super hero theme?

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Or maybe go prehistoric (though I guess this is technically an accent wall).

But I’m really gravitating to a more modern, abstract accent around the bed.

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I think the triangle idea is cool, simple and would still feel fun a few years down the road.

But I don’t want to stop here. I also want do something on the room’s set of closet doors. Something like this…

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I love the idea of painting the doors just half way up. It offers an unexpected focal point without being too strong.

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Or perhaps going full height with a bold dark color like this! Go bold or go home right?

I’m still zeroing in on the final look. I’m also trying to not be intimidated by the DIY factor of all this (not my strong suit). And of course, I actually have to select my paint color. I’ll be finalizing my paint design and color selection sometime this week, so be sure to follow along on Instagram stories! I’ll be sharing all and most likely asking for your opinion there.

And if you have any creative ideas or DIY painting tips, please send them my way! This might be the scariest part of this whole project.

To catch up on weeks one and two of the ORC click HERE and HERE.

And be sure to take a look at everyone’s week 3 updates by clicking the links below. Can you believe we’re already halfway through?



Beginning in the Middle | Coco & Jack | The English Room | The Gold Hive

Gray Malin | Jenna Sue Design | Jojotastic | Kelly Rogers Int. | Linda Holt | Marcus Design

Michelle Gage | Natasha Habermann | The Painted House | Rambling Renovators

Sacramento Street | Shannon Claire | Sketch 42 | Stephanie Kraus | Bisou Style

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  1. Love the paint treatment ideas. That triangle idea is really cool!

    Here’s a paint tip: Once you have your painter’s tape on the wall marking out your pattern, paint over the edge of the tape with your base colour. This seals the tape to the wall and ensures no bleeding. Once that’s dry, paint your accent colour. Good luck!

  2. What a great round up of paint ideas for a kids’ room!! I would be hard pressed to pick my favorite. Thank you for the great inspiration and looking forward to see what ideas you go with

  3. I love the triangle over the bed! Can’t wait to see what colors you choose. 🙂

  4. Love the triangle ideas and the painted closet. Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  5. Wow! I love these unique paint ideas, especially the paint divide on the closet! I am excited to see what you choose! Good luck, it’s coming along great!