A Soft Pink Ceiling

We did it! We can put three big ol’ check marks next to “paint the walls” and “paint the closet” and “paint the ceiling” in Clara’s room. It was definitely a bit of a painting marathon, but how sweet is the soft pink up there on the ceiling? It’s Pink Cadillac by Benjamin Moore in their eggshell finish. In some of these photos it’s pretty subtle, but in person it’s soft-but-noticeable – so while it’s not the entire room’s focal point, it’s a fun layered detail in the room. We thought clean white walls would complement the fun ceiling color without fighting too much with all of the color and pattern in things like the rug/pillows/curtains, so we went with Simply White in eggshell by BM, which is also what we use for trim and doors in a glossier finish.

We also used some leftover ceiling paint in the closet, just to add something in there too. Someday I want to add a built-in bench in there and I even think about doing something interesting to the slanted ceiling (little cedar roofing shakes could bring out that “indoor playhouse” vibe – and maybe even some playful wallpaper on the back wall could be fun).

Oh and you’ll notice that the rug and the curtains from the living room have migrated up here. Clara’s pink rug was shedding like a maniac (the new hardwoods made the giant pink tumbleweeds especially noticeable) and Clara loves playing on this blue rug (she pretends the light blue parts are the ocean for her toys/dolls) so we rolled it out up here to see how we liked it. When we plopped everything down after moving we figured a bunch of things would find their way around the house, so it’s fun to see things making the rounds, and now this woven rug is in the living room – although the jury’s still out on whether we like it there for the long haul.

But let’s rewind to the room all prepped (we moved everything into the center and covered it with a few plastic dropcloths). Remember those old stripey walls from spraying the doors before we installed the hardwood floors? Well, we decided we didn’t want that primer/paint “flashing” (meaning that it could show through the paint if we didn’t prime) so we took a minute to prime just the areas that we worried about that happening.

Here’s that area all primed along with the ceiling painted (we painted the ceiling first, then moved on to priming just select areas of the walls where we worried about bleed or flashing).

Then we broke out the white paint for the walls. I grabbed this shot so you can see the difference between the yellowed old wall paint, the cooler toned primer, and the Simply White wall color.

Of course we’re still missing a bunch of things on the wall, like something I’m halfway through sewing for over Clara’s bed (COUGHcanopyCOUGH) so I can’t wait to get that done and hung – along with some other art and eventually a light fixture that we’d love to add too. But it’s already a huge improvement not to have the old yellowed walls and to finally be rid of those stripes from spraying the doors!

And it’s certainly a far cry from the room full of blue trim that we started with:

We’ve also been trying to work on our photography skillz (picture us both laughing and blushing as we say that since we have such a long way to go) but we shot all of these after photos in manual for the first time! They’re definitely not perfect, but we’re slowly getting the hang of it… I think.

Clara is in love with her pink ceiling. When she came in and saw it she said “now when I’m sleeping I can look at the pink and the pink can look at me.”

I love that it’s a balance of crazy and calm in here, thanks to the fun mix of patterns (in the pillows, curtains, and the rug) combined with the white furniture and the white walls to sort of temper things so the room isn’t too wacky.

Here’s a shot from the closet, looking back at the other side of the room. That wall above the crib definitely needs some art, although Clara seems close to being done with her crib so we might just wait until she’s outta there to move it out of the room and then decide what will live on that wall, which will definitely inform the art above it.

Ooh look, I focused on the book and blurred the alligator. I feel like I should make myself a construction crown that says “Photoshoot Skillz In Da House” … and then promptly crumble it up after checking out my other favorite blogs, which all have infinitely better photos.

This cute kid makes any picture better though, so big ups to my girl for making this shot.

Oh and if you look closely you’ll see that we didn’t quite get into all the cracks where the wall meets the ceiling since we’re planning to add some crown molding – hopefully pretty soon!

What are you guys painting? Any clean walls + playful ceilings going on?


  1. says

    I love it!! I really want to paint the ceiling in my girls’ room, but I just haven’t gotten up the courage to do it yet. It seems so intimidating to paint overhead. Clara has such a peaceful playful space. Wonderful job!

  2. says

    Her room looks so great! Love how fresh and playful it feels. Just the perfect room for a little lady! Thanks for always sharing such useful tips and advice. I’m a new homeowner going through reno’s myself and often come to your site to look for inspiration! If you ever have time i’d love feedback or thoughts on some of the little home projects i’ve posted on our blog. xoxox

  3. Lisa says

    Its coming together beautifully! I’m surprised the curtains got switched out since Clara picked out the fabric for the others. Is she over them now? The girl’s got a good eye–who am I to argue! :)

    • says

      We tried the living room rug with the old curtains but they had more ivory and navy (the rug seemed to go better with these since the base is white) so we asked her if she wanted the blue rug and the polka dot curtains up in her room and she was down. Haha! I definitely hope we can use those other curtains somewhere else though (we have so many curtainless rooms to fill that we think they’ll find a place).


  4. says

    I love this room! It came out so beautifully! May I ask where you got your curtains & curtain rods? I am currently looking for curtain rods identical to the black ones you used. Any info would be appreciated & once again, absolutely lovely!

    • says

      Thanks so much Danielle! The curtains are from Ikea a while back (don’t think they sell them anymore, but maybe try ebay?) and the rods are from Target (where we got those ring clips as well).


  5. says

    Bummer on Clara’s old rug shedding. We got a similar rug from Joss and Main that did the same thing :( Great design…not real life friendly. Love the changes. Must ask…where did you purchase the cute curtains? I’m struggling to find some in a similar style.

  6. Angel says

    Love that you went with white walls!!! I am planning to do that for my sons “big boy room” and everyone keeps saying its not “fun” enough for a kid. The thing is though, kids have colorful bedding, curtains, rugs, and TOYS TOYS TOYS. The white wall is like a canvas that everything else pops against.

    I wouldn’t have thought of it either until I noticed all the kids rooms I was “pinning” had white walls. Anyway, I love it. And I love the “de-pinkifying” (totally a word, right?), but thats just my taste.

    • says

      Totally! I have pinned so many white walled rooms lately but in my head I don’t even realize they’re white walls because the rooms themselves are so colorful! But when I look closely that color is just brought in with art, bedding, curtains, rugs, and other details like a colorful ceiling or a cool fabric tent. It was such a crazy thing to notice! I thought “surely those walls must be some color” and looked closer and squinted, but nope, all white!).


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