Redoing the Boys’ Whoops! Bedroom

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Thank you Sherwin-Williams for sponsoring and for making me redo my Whoops! Room, it was the push I needed to get rid of the much too bright colors!


I’ll call this bedroom my Whoops! room.


When we moved into the house, Henry was about 18 months old, and I wanted a fun, bright room for him. And, that’s what I gave him. A very, very bright room! The green was a little electric, I’d say. [The boy illustration is done by my husband’s aunt! I absolutely love that!]

My husband has been after me to redo this room pretty much since day one. But since we live in an old Victorian home that needs a lot of redoing, I wasn’t about to redo a room that I already redid. That seemed like a step backwards to me.

But, all my kids have now moved through this room. Its our ‘nursery,’ I guess. Each boy has started in this room and, when ready for a big bed, has moved into his own new room to make room for the coming baby. [Ha. That sounds like we’re manufacturing babies… we only have three… and this is it.] So Louis gets this room. And, it was time to make it nice for him, and make my husband happy in the process.

I started browsing for colors of rooms I’d like. I found a few that struck a chord with me and I thought would be perfect for a boy to grow up with.

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  • Bright colors in orange and blue but toned down with some lighter shades of blue. From RoomZaar on HGTV.
  • Same colors I currently have but as subtle accents. From Today’s Creative Blog.
  • Subdued colors in green and brown and clean with lots of white. From Decor Demon.
  • More bright colors, but just one wall with white as well. Calmed down with brown on other walls. From RoomZaar on HGTV.


With a couple of photos chosen, I used Sherwin-Williams’ color selection tool Chip It!™ This is so slick. You just give it a photo, and it pulls up to 10 paint colors out of that photo! Excellent!

After the colors have been chosen by Chip It!, I entered them into the ColorSnap Studio™ for iPad app and took them to my Whoops! room to see what I’d like to do with them. [I even snapped a photo of the room and did a little painting within the app to see firsthand what those colors would look like.] That made it so easy to decide what colors would look best, firsthand!

Stay tuned to see what colors I chose. I’m curious if you would choose what I chose for colors…

What colors would you choose for a boy can grow up in? How do you find color inspiration for your home projects?

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  1. Stephanie G says

    For a boy I like most shades of blue or beige as colors they could grow into! I usually find my color inspiration for projects from projects on home improvement websites!

  2. Jane H says

    My son loves sports, so we find his favorite posters to hang on the wall and find a color that accents them. In our case tan or blue or some combination thereof.

  3. Rachel B. says

    We went with shades of blue and green but kept them on the brighter side for my son’s room. I figured they were safe enough to get him through his kid years!

  4. says

    The room for our oldest son was already painted a light brown when we bought the house and I left it that way. It works with most colors and I think it will be a color he can grow up with, even though it isn’t all that exciting. These days, I get my color inspiration from blogs mostly :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Margaret says

    We painted our son’s room a neutral tan color and gave it a kick with accessories which we can swap out as his interests have developed. Our inspiration tends to come from pictures we see or just looking at the paint chips in the store but we love nature which shows in that we always lean toward greens and browns.

  6. Amy Lindsay says

    I just received your email update of the new soothing room and I had to comment, those were the exact colors I chose for my son as a nursery and as this big boy room. It’s been a great combination for him and opens the door to many boyish themes. As Louis gets bigger and you discover his interests this room could be turned into an outdoor (hunting or fishing) room, it could be a safari or jungle room, or it could even be a farm style room. I am familiar with these themes as they were/are the themes of my son’s room. Enjoy the new little one :)

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