Refresh – a bedroom paint color?

What do you think about Refresh as a paint color for a bedroom?

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Here’s the story. Everything’s got a story, doesn’t it? I don’t know why. It just does. Anyway, back to the story…

Tad’s family has a lot of people involved at Christmas. Because there are so many people, we pick names for a gift exchange. That way we only have to come up with one gift rather than a dozen or so. I like it. The funny thing is that I often end up picking Tad’s mom’s name. This last year was no different. My little Secret Santa paper, picked at Thanksgiving, revealed Tad’s mom’s name – again.

I had a couple of gift options that I tossed around in my head. I eventually decided on the gift of a painted bedroom since she had been wanting a painted room for a while now. I wrapped up a few paint supplies and a paint color fan – with the promise to spend a day painting, once she decided on a color.

Four months later and more than 5 but less than 10 paint samples, a color was finally decided upon.

The decision: Sherwin Williams #6751, Refresh – as pictured above.

I was nervous about it.

It seemed kind of bright and reminiscent of a spring day. The emphasis being on bright and day.

I tend to like darker, moodier colors for bedrooms.  I feel like I sleep better when the room color is a bit darker and moodier.  I assume everybody else is the same?

I was surprised that anyone would want to paint their bedroom the color of Refresh. It is just so…bright.

I was nervous. Oh, sorry, I already mentioned that.

I tried to talk her into a darker color.  She wouldn’t go for it.

I tried manipulation in the form of a friendly threat – “Are you sure? I am only painting this room once, so you better be sure this is THE color…”  She wouldn’t budge.

I procrastinated a week or so thinking that she would come to her senses. She didn’t.

I called her from the paint store telling her I was buying the paint right then, and it was her last chance to bow out of Refresh. She said “I am going to stick with Refresh. See you on painting day.” That might not be an exact quote, but you get the gist.

I showed up at her house on painting day with the Refresh. There was no going back at that point.

Tad’s niece showed up while I was cutting in around the baseboards, windows, ceiling, etc with the Refresh.  She agreed to help out for a few hours. Thank goodness, because it was slow going up until that point. I was 5 or 6 hours into it and only had the prep, ceiling, and a really small amount of Refresh up.  I asked her opinion on the color. She was skeptical that it was the right color for a bedroom.

Now, there were two of us that were nervous.

Tad’s sister checked in. She was added to the nervous list.

Tad’s mom came to check on us. She said she liked it, but I got the feeling she was also a smidge nervous.

The nervous numbers were quickly growing. And – it was all about Refresh as a bedroom paint color.

Tad’s niece was dying to roll on the first wall of Refresh before she had to leave.

It was the single most surprising moment of the day! It looked great! It looked a lot darker up on the wall than it looked on the paint swatch. What a relief!  We both stood back and agreed that it was surprisingly lovely.

Refresh contrasts perfectly with the white ceiling and the white blinds.


Refresh is also a beautiful backdrop to her medium toned antique wood furniture.


Upon completion of this painting project, I told Tad’s mom that I was a Nervous Nellie about her color choice initially, but that I really liked it in the end.

She admitted that she was pretty nervous, as well, when she saw the first swaths of color going up.

It was enlightening…


The lessons learned:

  • Go with your gut. It is almost always right.
  • Don’t let someone else tell you what you want for your bedroom wall color. You know what you like.
  • This one is not a new revelation. We’ve all heard it before. Let’s call it a reminder. Paint always look darker than the paint swatch once it gets on the wall.
  • Easier said than done, but there is no need to be nervous about paint color. Just go for it.

So,  should Refresh be considered as a bedroom paint color? I am going to vote yes (obviously). It is nicely bright during the day and adequately dark and moody for sleeping at night.