Choosing a color and Tips for DIY painting like a pro

What to do? What to do? My teenager wants a bold color on all four walls in her bedroom.  {Yikes!} I’ve pondered this for too long and today’s the day we finally go for it! Here’s what I know about choosing a color and some tips for DIY painting like a pro.

I’ll be totally honest. I took the very easy, no-brainer approach to helping my teenage daughter choose a color scheme for her new bedroom. I told her, sweetie Pick the bedding you like first.

Teen Vogue's - Paloma Bedding via Macy's
Teen Vogue’s – Paloma Bedding via Macy’s

Especially for a teen {or anyone really} if you find a print or pattern you like first (or complimentary combo of solid colors) it makes it much easier to narrow down what paint you want on the wall. Once we knew we were going with the uber-bright and stylin’ set from Teen Vogue, we had something to work with besides just the flooring.

I should mention it’s very important to keep in mind the color of your floor. Whether it’s hardwood, carpet or anything else, consider the floor color as part of your color equation when selecting your wall paint. (We have Shaw carpet in Houston Hue in all of our bedrooms and we went with that to compliment the hand-scraped hardwood flooring we have.)


Don’t ignore your floor color! If you have a room with great light, it’s hard to go wrong with any color. Light colors will let the details shine and dark with give you a bold backdrop that you can accent with plenty of white (like furnishing, lighting, art) to break it up.

Use the largest print or pattern to guide you on your trip to the local paint store. We took a pillow sham to Home Depot and they color matched my daughter’s two favorite colors, blue and green.Teen Vogue bedding upclose

We bought two sample-sized paints to get a better idea of how they’d actually look on the wall. Teen Room choosing a wall color

Wow, this is going to be a ton-o-color! Especially when these are the paint colors in our new houseOur Paint Colors

But keep in mind this is for a teenage girl. I felt like it’s her personal space…Our Second floor

(right there in the front on the right) and she should have the opportunity to explore and learn about designing it herself. And, have to live with it, either way.  {Wish me luck on that one, please. It’s a hard thing for me to “get” as a parent. We’ll see.}

I’m not sure if you realize this…but teenage girl’s tend to know everything. :) Except the color of the year, of course. I have to admit though, I am secretly overjoyed that she was daring enough to go with a bold shade, fashion-forward version of  – emerald/jade green. image

 I believe “if you don’t try, you won’t ever know” and hey it’s just paint, folks. {baby steps}I diverge.

So our color is chosen and today it goes up today!:)  Follow me on Instagram if you want to see live action, ha!

And for those tips on DIY painting like a pro…here’s what I took note of from the lovely and experienced Sharon of Mrs. Hines’ Class. Prep is key, tape, tape, tape and remember to use plastic wrap on your roller if you need a break. {check!} Thanks Sharon.

OK, I’m off to get my painting clothes on. Wish me luck!

Cheers to you and yours,Signature

Have you gone bold before? What are your thoughts on choosing the right wall color? Would you paint it yourself or hire a professional? So many things I’d want to know from you. Leave a comment. I love to hear from you.



  1. Tabetha says

    Good luck with painting the room!!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!! Not to mention I can’t wait to see the color she finally chose.

  2. says

    Therese, I went through this same experience with my teen daughter last year. She chose an equally bold color for her walls….aquamarine.. but like you said, it’s their room and they should get to experience the design process. In the end I was very proud of the room she put together. I’m looking forward to seeing your daughter’s room all finished. Congratulations on the new home!

    Thank you so much for sharing my painter’s tips!

    • says

      I love that you can relate to the joys of having a teen.;) It’s been fun seeing her go for it with her ‘design’ choices. I can’t wait for the big room reveal next week. Most importantly, let me say, thank you for stopping by to visit Fresh Idea Studio and for your awesome DIY paint tips.

  3. says

    As you said before, go bold or go home! Love the colors – fun and bright – perfect for a teenage girl! I’m sure she is loving it too! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday! Love having you party with us!! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    • says

      Thanks Jenna! Love having you and so glad you liked it. Your baby girl will be there before you know it. :( It goes by in a flash!
      Enjoy your weekend my dear!

  4. says

    Gorgeous color combination! I’m with you when it comes to “it’s just paint”. I have gone bold but find that I prefer neutrals on the wall and bold in the accents since I tend to change my mind so often. lol And I always do my own painting. Looking forward to seeing the room reveal! So fun that you’re working on it together. It DOES go by so quickly. :)

    • says

      Thank you Roeshel! I’m with you on neutral walls and bold accents. Somehow a teenager seems to want it all Bold, go figure?! lol It has been very fun to see her get so involved in creating her own space. So for that I am grateful. Stay tuned for the room reveal coming to your fabulous That DIY Party soon.


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