How to choose a paint colour for a kid’s room
A kid’s room or nursery can be one of the most fun places in your home to decorate. This is not the time to go conservative. Be playful, especially when it comes to paint colour. But how do you narrow your choices? We turned to interior design and colour experts to learn their best tips for choosing the right colour for your child’s room.
Get your kid’s input
“If your child is old enough, consider letting them help select paint colours for their room, allowing them to express their own unique creativity!” says PPG Paints senior colour marketing manager Amy Donato. “Let them choose a colour family and then choose the specific shade to help match the décor and style of the rest of the room.”
Test the colour virtually
Explore the paint colour online before making a decision.
“Take advantage of paint brand websites that offer virtual colour simulators, so you can show your child how it might look on four walls,” says interior designer and colour expert Diana Hathaway. “Some sites feature a photo upload option so you can see exactly how the colour will look in their room.”
Different colours can evoke different moods in your child. So when choosing a paint colour, think about the type of emotional environment you want to create in their room. “If you want to instil a sense of calm and relaxation in your child’s room, turn to cool blues and subtle greens,” Donato says.
Warm colours like yellow and orange can help increase energy, improve mood and stimulate creativity, according to Colour Psychology. Keep in mind these might not be great choices if your child has trouble unwinding at bedtime.
Kids’ room paint colour: Coral
If you want to use a vibrant colour in your child’s room, try limiting it to one accent wall, like in this cute nursery by @hayleed11. By keeping the other three walls neutral, the bright colour adds energy without overwhelming the space. This panel wall adds texture as well as colour.
Kids’ room paint colour: Dark Blue
Dark blue is one of the best interior paint colours of 2021 — kids’ rooms included! Take a cue from @balanceinteriordesign and balance that dark paint with light bedding, art and accessories to give the room balance and cheer.