BLUE, PINK, GRAY, VIOLET & MORE
Whenever I have clients with kids, there’s often a struggle between what the kid wants and what the parent wants. The kids often gravitate towards colors in the ‘primary’ – aka ‘visual punch in the face’ range (blue/red/yellow), whereas parents often lean towards the softer more subtle versions of these colors. And of course, there’s the odd brave parent who lets their kids pick their own colors – bless their hearts. NOT THIS MOMMA! I am WAY too much of a control freak for that.
So what do you do when you and baby-boo are at odds over paint colors? You read this…
Tips for choosing paint colors with your kids for their bedroom…
1. Don’t let them pick the color they want
- Ask them to tell you TWO different colors that they would like on their walls – ie: blue, green
- Go to the paint store (by yourself) and pick up 3-4 different versions of these colors that you can live with. Now don’t go all boring and earthy – stretch your comfort zone a bit and look for colors that bridge the gap between their need for bright and your personal tastes.
- Show them the 3-4 color chips that you’ve 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.
2. If honey boo-boo insists on a dark or wild color then choose a SINGLE WALL for that color to go on
- Tell them that three of the walls will remain white/cream/gray and they can put WHATEVER color they want on their one feature wall (usually the wall that the bed is on). When they get bored of this color (which they will) it’s an easy change.
3. Install a chair rail
Choose a neutral/off white/gray for the top portion of the walls and let them choose the color 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 this month’s favourite color 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 Johnny chooses Fire Engine Red as his most fave color or sweet Petunia wants a black feature wall, it won’t feel like you get punched in the face with color every time you walk in the room as the color will essentially be only on 1/3 of the wall space.
- You don’t EVER have to change the top color. If you choose a color that is neutral/off white/white then all you ever have to change is the bottom.
I don’t have photos of each of these colors in KID’S room’s colors, but you’ll still find the info you need, along with other photos for general reference.
The Best Benjamin Moore Paint Colors for KID’S Rooms
1. BENJAMIN MOORE STONINGTON GRAY
Stonington Gray is an awesome light gray with subtle undertones. It’s a great color for a south-facing room or a well-lit NORTH-facing room, but you may want to go a touch lighter if you have a room with low light.
BTW, in the above photo, Stonington Gray looks CONSIDERABLY warmer than it usually does; the color by the orange drape is the truest.
2. SHERWIN WILLIAMS SEA SALT OR RAINWASHED
3. BENJAMIN MOORE LILY LAVENDER
If you’re looking for a violet that both you and your child can live with, one that isn’t too punchy nor too passive, Lily Lavender might just hit the spot!
4. BENJAMIN MOORE NEWBURYPORT BLUE OR HALE NAVY
If you’re looking for a striking navy blue that isn’t TOO heavy, Newburyport Blue is a STUNNER. It’s a classic navy blue look without the visual weight of Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, which is equally as stunning.
OTHER NAVY BLUES TO CHECK OUT: Read this – The 12 Best Navy Blue Paint Colors
And speaking of samples, undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- Samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on location
- At $6.99, they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing for traditional paint sampling
- If you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
5. BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY
If you’re looking for a gray with a bit more meat on its bones, look no further than Chelsea Gray. This is a SOLID charcoal gray paint color, and while you wouldn’t know it, it’s even slightly warm. It also has a slight green undertone that doesn’t always show up to the party. A color like this also makes for an AWESOME feature wall!
Benjamin Moore Platinum Gray shown in rose/white bedroom
6. SHERWIN WILLIAMS CLOUDBURST SW 6487
If you’re looking for a FUN color, either for the whole room or as a feature wall, Cloudburst is BURSTING with color, without going too far.
7. BENJAMIN MOORE BALBOA MIST OC-27
Balboa Mist is a BEAUTIFUL warm gray with a soft, violet undertone. It looks especially gorgeous with charcoal and white accents.
8. BENJAMIN MOORE PINK BLISS 2093-70
- What is the room’s exposure? North facing rooms often suit warmer colors, whereas south-facing rooms love the cooler end of things. Have an east or west-facing room? read THIS
- Is the room dark, does it have good natural and/or artificial lighting? This can play a big part in choosing the best paint color!
- What color is the carpet? Make sure that the undertones of your carpet jive with the undertones of your wall color.
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 2017, AWESOMELY UPDATED IN 2021