FACT: My son has always been completely and utterly change resistant. FACT: He fought back tears when I tried to convince him to let me paint his room a couple of years ago. FACT: He didn’t fight the tears, but let them flow when I got rid of an old rug that he had in his room from the time he was a baby. FACT: I’m totally and completely obsessed with singing the song ‘Let it Go’ at the top of my lungs just to annoy my children. Oh wait…um….I’m getting off track here.
FACT: Recently my son has had a change of heart about painting his room which may or may not be related to seeing me move things around in his sister’s room and how excited she was about it and realizing that he was finally ready to make changes in his room too. Nothing like a tad bit of sibling envy to motivate, right? 😉 So, we started making plans and looking at inspiration photos and talking paint colors.
We decided to rearrange and re-do, keeping some things but changing up others.
Have you ever tried to choose paint colors with an almost 11-year-old boy? It’s an adventure to say the least! So far I’ve vetoed painting his room neon blue, completely black, and stripes in the colors of the rainbow. But when we decided to keep his current bedding, that definitely helped narrow things down a bit. And then we discovered the Chip It!® color selection tool fromSherwin-Williams which helped us narrow down our choices even more!
All we had to do was upload an inspiration photo, and it instantly pulled up the perfect paint color choices to go with it. The first thing we tried was just using a photo of my son’s bedding and you can see the coastal cool-inspired color palette that was suggested.
Next we uploaded a larger view of my son’s room and Chip It!® gave us an entire new set of paint colors to choose from.
What we absolutely LOVED about this tool is that you could click the button where it says ‘Edit Colors’ at the bottom of the recommended colors and it expanded our options even more. My son and I saw several that we both agreed on, but you will just have to stay tuned to see which ones we selected!
Now, as cool as Chip It!® was, what my son was the MOST excited about was getting to virtually ‘paint’ his room using the Sherwin-Williams Paint Color Visualizer. And, frankly, I was pretty excited about using it too!
We were able to upload a photo of his room, select paint colors and see exactly what they would look like on the walls. I could have done this for HOURS! It was so much fun!
And my son finally got to paint that rainbow in his room while his sister decided to add the sun over in the corner!
We decided to put together an inspiration board to help capture our vision for his room and my kiddo is just so excited about this makeover. You know, this son of mine just keeps getting older and older no matter how hard I try and slow him down. And I’ve realized that getting to plan this room makeover with him is really about so much more. I’m learning more and more about what he likes and dislikes and how his taste and style is evolving. I have loved sitting with him and discussing his vision for his room.
But what I’m loving the most is that so often our conversations turn to what else is happening in his almost-11-year-old world. You know, who gave who a wedgie on the playground…who laughed so hard at the lunch table that milk came out of their nose…who was leaning back so far in their chair that they fell over right there in the classroom. So, while it seems like we are only talking about paint and furniture and how to properly store all of his Legos, I know that it’s about so much more. Not the least of which is that my change resistant son is finally ready to embrace how fun it can be to try new things, branch out a bit and let some new colors come into your life. As long as they don’t end up being as a rainbow all over the walls! 😉
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