After a month of unpacking boxes, rearranging furniture, and trying to master the art of small space living, I’ve officially finished moving into my new apartment. While most people hate moving, I actually enjoy it! It gives me the opportunity to rake through my closet, donate home décor pieces that I’m no longer into, and provides a fresh start for a new place.
This is my first time living alone – no roommates, no sisters, just my puppy and me. I’ve been super excited to design a space that completely represents my taste and fits my lifestyle. I partnered with our friends at BEHR® and ShopStyle Collective to add some color to my space and make my 600-square-feet feel like home. Scroll down to check out my apartment makeover and enter for the chance to win some Behr paint of your own!
With thousands of colors to choose from, Behr’s 2017 Color Currents simplified my decision by presenting me with the most popular colors of the season. I’ve been loving the pairing of blush pink with light gray and was happy to find Behr had created the exact shades I was looking for.
It was important to me to purchase a paint that would go on easily and stand up against any bumps or scuffs (having a 60-pound puppy can get a little crazy!). With so many varieties on the market, it can be difficult to navigate the paint section at your local hardware store, so I’ve listed my favorites below as a cheat sheet. I chose BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Eggshell Enamel.
- BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Paint & Primer – best performing paint and primer in one under $25(!) with a low odor, and can be tinted to match any color you’d like.
- BEHR PREMIUM PLUS ULTRA® Interior Paint & Primer – paint and primer in one that has the technology to adhere to a variety of surfaces, has an easily cleaned finish, and can be tinted in over 2000 colors.
- BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint & Primer – most advanced paint and primer in one with a one-coat application, which is perfect for a big project (like painting your whole house) when you don’t want to have to do two coats, and comes in over 1000 colors.
After gathering some inspiration photos and polling all of the girls in the office, I decided to go with “Life Is A Peach” for my living room. I’m not a super girly girl so I never thought I would go for a pink room, but I absolutely love how it turned out!
The color is light enough that it doesn’t overpower the room, and it adds a fun and spunky personality to the rest of my décor.
Because I own such colorful art and coffee table books, I have always leaned towards white washed walls to make these pieces pop. But I actually found that my living room looked more put together with a coat of paint. The pink plays off of the brushstrokes in my framed prints and takes the focus away from my large gray couch.
One of my favorite things about my small-sized apartment is the built-in desk nook. As someone who often works from home, I love having a designated space to spread out any projects I’m working on that isn’t my kitchen counter.
The most surprising part of this project was that the paint dried so quickly. I didn’t have to worry about dancing around my apartment waiting for the paint to cure all day. It was completely dry in the time it took me to go grab lunch!
When it came to choosing a color for my bedroom, I knew I wanted something darker to pop behind my neutral headboard and wall hanging, but was worried that if I chose a color that was too dark, my bedroom would feel like a cave.
The solution was to only paint the wall behind my bed and let it serve as an accent color. It makes my bedroom feel “finished” and when the light bounces off of it, it brightens up the space. I went with “Laid Back Gray” but “Aspen Valley” was a close second on my list.
Since completing this project, I am convinced paint really is the easiest and most cost effective way to update your space. Are you ready to transform your home in an afternoon? What BEHR color would you use for this project? Enter for a chance to win your own BEHR paint here!
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