When we decided to do a space-inspired kids’ bedroom makeover, we knew the perfect place to go. Our coworker Marisa gave us the keys to her house back in February so we could create a campout on the moon for her two little astronauts.
If there’s one thing you need to know about Marisa, it’s her affinity for all things space. She’s a card-carrying member of The Planetary Society and loves diving into cosmic reads, so it’s no surprise her passion for space has been passed on to her son’s Bradley and Wyatt. Just like their mom, this sweet duo is always curious about what’s going on in the universe above them.
When Marisa bought her house last year, it was the first time the boys wouldn’t have to share a bedroom, but since no space adventure is complete without your co-astronaut, they wanted to stay together. When we were brainstorming ideas for the makeover, we came up with the perfect project – a campout on the moon! With an accent wall full of stars and a few camping accessories, we could transform their bedroom into an out-of-this-world galaxy.
Our kids’ bedroom makeover started with finding the perfect color for our accent wall. We wanted a hue that felt like it mirrored the night sky, so we chose our 2020 Color of the Year for the job. Naval’s rich shade of blue captured that galactic feel while the matte finish we chose created an even more dramatic look.We also love using a matte finish because it instantly hides any imperfections on the wall.
We grabbed our pencils to start drawing the star stencils while the paint was drying. We wound up cutting them from mylar sheets and created three different sizes to give the set some twinkling variety. Once we had our final stencils ready to go, it was time to tape them up and start painting.
The best thing about this part of the project? There’s no wrong way to do it. Just like the stars in the sky, the more variety you have, the better! So, when we started painting the stars on the wall, we did them one at a time, varying up the sizes and placement, until we had a well-balanced look and a wall full of glossy stars.
DIY Hack: A crisp shade like High Reflective White already pops against dark blue, but we decided to amp up the contrast even more by using a gloss finish to give the stars a subtle sheen.
Adding the Finishing Touches
Once everything was dry, it was time to turn this starry accent wall into a full-on campground. We rolled out a moon-inspired rug and set up a tyke-sized teepee lined with comfy pillows for kicking back and stargazing. Bradley and Wyatt added their final touch with Moony – their treasured (and adorably named) stuffed animal.
Want to create a starry accent wall at home? Visit our Project Center for a step-by-step guide that walks you through this interstellar DIY from start to finish. Don’t forget to share your final project with us by tagging your social media posts with #SWColorLove.
I love the idea of painting our “bunkroom”/Grandson’s nursery “Naval” but I am concerned that it might be too dark. The room is currently painted Mega Greige with white bunks and trim and is a little too dull for a child’s room. I have a nautical theme with yellow and white bedding. Accent pillows are navy and white with anchors. What do you think about the Naval shade on the walls? Do you have any other recommendations? Thank You
Hi Lynn! Naval SW 6244 will be stunning in that room, especially paired with white wood and yellow and white bedding. If you go lighter, you will not get the dramatic look you want for that room.