I finished painting Eleanor’s ceiling dark blue last night! Some people have wondered about how much input she has over the design, since I seem to be bowing to a four-year-old’s whim. Especially in regards to that ceiling color.
I’m no stranger to a painted ceiling, even in a darker color. It’s not exactly playful though, and I would have chosen something more fun for a kid’s room if Eleanor hadn’t insisted otherwise. I told her that I wanted to paint stars on her ceiling, and she said that it needs to be dark blue because she wants to feel like she’s outside at night, sleeping under a starry sky. We looked at several test swatches in her room, but she wasn’t swayed. I would have gone with something closer to the minty background of my inspiration, Osborne & Little’s Coronata Star wallpaper, but I like the way E thinks and it’s her room, so dark blue it is!
Now, as for the exact shade, she would have chosen something more primary. These were some of the swatches we had looked at before choosing a color. We went with Sherwin-Williams’ Loyal Blue (very bottom, right), but you can see E’s choice.
She’s not going to hold the paint chip up to her walls for an exact match, so I took her input and then chose a similar hue with more depth to it. I would have done the same with any other color that she liked. I love that E has opinions about decorating — it’s seriously cute that she notices end tables and chairs that she likes — but her choices are direction, not dictation.
I still have the stars to do before I can call the ceiling done. There’s some metallic paint testing to be done first, though; I want to see how opaque my various options are. Plus the ceiling took about 10 hours to do (dark tinted primer plus three coats of paint), and I think my neck and back could use a break.