Beyond Pink And Blue: Tips For Using Color In Kids’ Bedrooms

Nursery painted in Pale Powder by Farrow & Ball


Kid's bedroom
Wall is Clearspring Green HC-128 | Drawers are Billowy Down 206470 | Benjamin Moore

A child’s bedroom can be a refuge. It can be a wild rumpus playroom. It can stoke the imagination, and it can be a sweet spot for storytime and snuggles with parents. In fact, your child’s bedroom may be one of the most important and functional rooms in the house. Why not invest a little time in thinking through your color choices? Here are tips for using color to create the perfect space for your child:

Be inspired by the child-like. Do you have a favorite children’s book from when you were young? Take a look at the colors that were prominent. Perhaps you’ve picked out the perfect whimsical bedding set or you plan to display the crib quilt your grandma made for your child. When it’s time to add color, the inspiration is all around you.

Pink and blue have long been the go-to colors for a nursery, but today there are unlimited baby-friendly colors. Lavender is the perfect lightened-up pastel version of Pantone’s Ultra Violet, the 2018 Color of the Year. Another fun color popping up in nurseries and children’s rooms is the cheerful bright golden hue dubbed Gen Z yellow.

Yellow Highlighter Paint by Benjamin Moore
Yellow Highlighter 2021-40 by Benjamin Moore

After the nursery stage

Babies don’t stay babies for long, so you may want to consider choosing a look that can grow with your child. Think about selecting a soothing neutral hue for walls and flooring, which will allow you to adapt your child’s décor as he or she grows. Neutral tones let you choose a few accent colors or pieces of furniture that make the room a special place for your newborn, while giving you easy options for updating the room’s overall feel and look in the toddler years and beyond.

Nursery painted pale blue
Walls are Bunny Gray 2124-50 | Ceiling is Chantilly Lace OC-65 by Benjamin Moore

Fortunately, we’re no longer limited to Disney characters and cartoons when it comes to creating the ideal environment for our children’s rooms. You can create a cheerful pastel jungle with mocha walls, green trees, aqua water, and an array of tropical-colored birds. Or give your mini-me a playful, childlike version of your favorite grownup color scheme. For example, a palette of robins egg blue with black, white, and gold accents can be right for any age.

Nursery painted in Pale Powder by Farrow & Ball
Farrow & Ball Pale Powder #204 on the walls and the circles are All White #2005

Even if you have your heart set on a traditional gender color, you can play with unexpected accents to give the room an updated feel. A pink room with soft greige or a mossy green is a modern take on the classic color for girls of all ages.

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