How to Choose Paint Colours for a Girls Room (baby, toddler or tween!)
Whenever I have clients with kids there is often a struggle between what the kid wants and what the parent wants. The kids often gravitate towards colours in the ‘primary’ – aka ‘visual punch in the face’ range (blue/red/yellow), whereas Moms usually lean toward the softer, more subtle versions of these colours. And yes, of course, there is the odd brave parent who lets their kids pick their own colours – bless their hearts. NOT THIS MOMMA! I am waaay too much of a control freak for that!
Tips for choosing paint colours with your kids for their bedroom…
DO NOT let them pick the colour they want
- Ask them to tell you 2 different colours that they would like on their walls (ie: green or pink). Then go to the paint store (by yourself) and pick up 3-4 different versions of these colours that you can live with. Now don’t go all boring and earthy – stretch your comfort zone a bit and look for those colours that bridge the gap between their need for bright and your need for sane.
- When you get home, show them the 3-4 colour chips that you have pre-approved and let them pick the one they want and really…let them pick it. You may have a fave, but you’ve already narrowed it down to what you can live with so leave the rest up to them.
Shown above is an SW colour called Embellished Blue
If honey boo-boo is insisting on some crazy colour then choose a SINGLE wall for that colour to go on
- Tell them that 3 of the walls will remain white/cream and they can put WHATEVER colour they want on their one feature wall (usually the wall that the bed is on). When they get bored of this colour (which they will) it’s an easy change. Consider Cloud White or a soft subtle gray as your main/neutral colour.
Shown above BM Simply White with BM Black 2123-10
Install a chair rail
A chair rail is basically a piece of trim, usually 3-5″ tall (1/2″ thick) that is placed horizontally around the room at approx 36″ from the floor. Choose a neutral/off white/light gray for the top portion of the walls and let the wee one choose the colour for the bottom (either their own choice or one of the ones you’ve narrowed down for them). This works for a few reasons….
- When they inevitably get bored with that months’ favourite colour you won’t even need a ladder to change it up. All it will take is a gallon of paint, a bottle of wine and an afternoon.
- If lil’ Janey chooses Flaming Pink as her most fave colour, it won’t feel like you get punched in the face with colour every time you walk in the room as the colour will essentially be only on 1/3 of the wall space.
- You don’t ever have to change the top colour. If you choose a colour that is neutral/off white/white/gray, then all you ever have to change is the bottom.
Read more: Benjamin Moore’s Best Cream Paint Colours
Shown above BM Pink Bliss
Shown above BM Lily Lavender
So, now let’s get down to the fun stuff!
How to Pick the PERFECT Paint Palette for Your Girls Room
Now, of course, there are many many more gorgeous paint colours out there, cool grays, soft creams and much more. And I’m happy to help you pick the PERFECT one for you and your chickadee via my E-Design, but these ones should give you a great place to start!
Shown above BM Icy Moon Drops
Shown above BM Pink Bliss
Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue. A light paint colour with a blend of blue/green and gray. This is a ‘colour first’ colour and the gray is only there to soften and tone it down a bit – see more blue/green paint colours here.
- These are just some general colour ideas, don’t take them TOO literally. You can tweak them to feel more vintage, lively or earth-toned – whatever suits your girl the best!
For accent colours to be effective they generally need to be seen 3 times in a room – and ideally, you’d be able to draw a triangle between the 3 so that your eye will carry the colour throughout the space.
While this might SEEM like the non-exciting part, this is where things really start popping. With the introduction of a neutral or ‘foundation’ colour, the accent colours will come to LIFE!
- If you’ve chosen 1 accent colour from Step 2, choose 1-2 neutrals
- If you’ve chosen 2-3 accent colours from Step 2, choose only 1 neutral
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