Ever since I started working from home I knew I needed to start putting together my home office. As comfy as my couch is, it’s not really conducive to sitting on for hours on end to write. We have a second bedroom in our apartment that would make a perfect office, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the fact that it is currently a glorified storage room. It needs a lot of cleaning, organizing, and freshening up.
When Pittsburgh Paints & Stains reached out to me and asked if they could help me tackle a home project I answered back with a big YES. It was just the push I needed to get started on designing my home office.
Today is a special posting day in that I will be posting THREE times about the process involved with decorating my office. (Morning, afternoon, and evening!) This first post highlights me choosing a paint color, the second post today will show how my office came together, and the third post will offer an amazing $500 Menards giveaway for a lucky reader! So make sure to check back often today! Alright, let’s get this party started…
I love color. It is amazing how much life it can add to a space and the effect it can have on your mood. When deciding on what I wanted to do with my office I knew that I wanted to add an accent wall to stand out amongst the white and brighten up the space. This past weekend Josh and I headed to Menards to pick out paint colors for the first time ever together!
I don’t know what it is about choosing paint colors but it just seems like such a grown up activity. It’s also more than a little daunting. I mean look at all those colors! How are you supposed to pick just one? And how do you know which one is the right one? I nervously imagined Josh and I getting home with the paint, putting it on the wall, and realizing it wasn’t the right color for the space. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
This is where Pittsburgh Paints & Stains becomes a lifesaver. Using their Digital Inspiration Studio you can see what any of their paint colors will look like in a room. You can even upload your own room photos online and see what your room would look like in different shades before you paint it.
It was so simple to use. You simply pick a room layout.
Then pick the colors you’re interested in. This was the hardest part for me and Josh. Talk about option overload! And they’re all so pretty! I knew I wanted something that was warm, inviting, and would foster creativity.
Then scan your chosen colors into the design studio to begin the virtual painting process. Josh and I had picked out about ten colors that caught our eye. It was amazing getting to see them on walls and against trim and windows. Some colors that looked great on paper were not what we were looking for in the room. Others that only one of us originally liked ended up impressing both of us and becoming real contenders.
I’m an incredibly visual person so I really appreciated the fact that the Digital Inspiration Studio made it easy to lay out my options and see which ones I liked best. We were able to narrow it down to our top three colors pretty easily: Parakeet Pete, Donnegal, and Silver Laurel. Narrowing our paint choice from three to one proved to be the harder decision as all three colors were so similar but had unique properties we really liked. In the end, we knew couldn’t go wrong with any of them. Check back later today to see which one we picked!
Questions of the Day: Have you painted a room before? Which color would you pick out of my top three? What is an activity that feels really grown up to you?
Thanks to Pittsburgh Paints & Stains for sponsoring this post!
Heidi Kokborg says
It’s so exciting that your are decorating your own office! i am soon going to do the same thing in my apartment! 🙂 I am excited to follow your journey and see the result!
Nicole @ Simply Nicole says
I love my home office, however it also sometimes becomes a storage room. That’s what I get for having a small apartment!
Nicole @ Simply Nicole
Gretchen | Gretchruns says
What a cool tool! I love that you used Pittsburgh Paints (as a Yinzer that makes me very happy). I saw a sneak peak thanks to snapchat, and I cant wait to see the rest of your process!
Gena @ orgenazation says
How exciting! Can’t wait to see the progress throughout the day.
I’m just in the begging stages of getting a home office together for myself! I really like the Silver Laurel.
Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie says
Picking out paint can be so tough! I know this is weird, but I always let the name of the paint be the deciding factor for me.
joski byrne says
I fantasise about having a peaceful office with a lovely view. 🙂
Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food says
Our second bedroom is a storage room, too!
I just picked a new color for our dining room and am planning to repaint our living room, too. I always change my wall colors every couple of years…and my mom does the same…I guess that’s where I get it! There are just so many options out there and I guess I try to experience them all! 🙂
Where was this when I painted my bedroom last year? I don’t hate the color I chose, I just like playing with the computers at stores. LOL.
Joanna @Makingmine says
Oh wow! That’s a super deluxe way to pick paint! Can’t wait to see how it all turned out!
Decorating is always so much fun! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!
Aishwarya S says
Must be an exciting process! 🙂
It’s so exciting to be decorating your own office!
Amanda Elizabeth says
We use our second bedroom as storage as well……dying for the day I can have my own at home office!
Alexandra @ My Urban Family says
It’s so hard to tell on the computer, but I think my favorite is Parakeet Pete! I love that you have that interactive computer there to “test” out the colors.
Jen @ Skirt The Rules says
This is such a cool project – excited to see how it unfolds!
Skirt The Rules
Alyssa @ Renaissancerunnergirl says
Such an amazing thing to get to design the space where you work. I hope one day I’m lucky enough both to have a family, and to work doing something I enjoy from home, so I will go all out if that time ever comes, personalizing it to my working style!
Jenn Peters says
How fun! I wish I had my own little office area to paint. I just painted the bathroom this week and got uber excited…. Well… I guess my husband does like calling it “the office.” lol
Heathers Looking Glass says
How fun! My dad is a good painter so he painted EK’s nursery for me last year!
Wow that is amazing! I just love being able to customize anything!! Have fun decorating 🙂
xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries
Tara | Treble in the Kitchen says
Your office will look great! I always choose a lighter color over darker, but that’s just me! 🙂
I wish I had a home office. I can’t wait to see photos of yours.
I am so bad at making decisions! Especially paint colors. I applaud you for narrowing it down. I can’t wait to see what you went with!!
First off, I LOVE home decorating. It’s so much fun! And I love picking out paint for some reason. It’s strange haha I can’t wait until we purchase a home and I can paint every room in the house.
Liz Mays says
I’ve painted before, but I’ve never gone into a fun color palette. You picked three great finalists.
LizZ H. says
OMG….I have always wanted to go to Menards…We get the flyer in our saver but it’s an american store LOL… It just looks so cool though.
I loved the post and loved The detailing on it . Redecoration is always fun