New parents have a lot to worry about when they’re setting things up for their bundle of joy. Choosing the best color for your child’s bedroom shouldn’t have to be one of them. Whether you have a new born or an 8 year old, there are many factors you should probably consider before putting your painters pants on. From the color, to the types of paint which work best, we’ve done the research to ensure that you’ll get exactly what you need.
Children’s Color Palette
The color of a room cam be more than a choice between tacky and stylish. Indeed, studies show that some colors can have a positive or negative psychological impact on your child. With that in mind, you’ll want to do choose the right color. For some inspiration and information check out this article titled Kids’Room Color Wisdom: How Colors Affect Behavior.
Studies show that bold reds can have an energizing impact. This vibrant color can also produce feelings of agitation and even increase heart rate for the people living in it. Painting your child’s room bright red is probably not as bad as spray painting “Let’s Go Crazy” over the dresser, but red is probably not the best color for your child’s bedroom.
Note: pink is not red! Lighter shades of pink can have a calming effect. Also, pink can be a great starter color for a new baby’s room!
Whitening Things Up
White, and its many variants, are traditional colors for rooms. White makes a room look bigger and affords the opportunity for using color more boldly in accent pieces, bedspreads, drapes, etc. My favorite technique is to paint an accent wall in a bold primary color and leave the other three walls a soft white.
The problem with white is it can cause a room to look sterile and cold. The good news is that most kids are not going to leave a white wall white! My kids have covered their white walls with finger prints, paint and some how oatmeal…
Blue and Yellow
When considering the best color for your child’s bedroom, blue and yellow are at the top of most lists! These colors are known for their calming effect on children, and trust me, you will be thankful for anything that helps the kids get to sleep faster. Additionally, blue and yellow are primary colors which lends well to many color schemes. We’d recommend avoiding over use of dark cobalt blues or really bright yellows, a more subdued hue can be more peaceful. Before going further, you may note my recommendations center around getting kids to be calm and sleep. I’m biased and I admit it!
Picking the Paint
Once you have the right color for your room, you’ll find out there’s still an astounding number of different paints to choose from. Spend some time learning about them, since some are much more suitable for children’s room than others.
Satin or Semi-gloss
The finish you choose can have a big impact on the overall feel of a room. I think of the paint finish as the bass guitar of color scheme. If you pick the right one you might not notice it, however, if the finish is off it can destroy the feel of a room. I prefer satin to flat when painting most rooms. Satin has a warmer feel than a flat and enough sheen to look nice without being overwhelming. Every paints different, but if your using Benjamin Moore or Valspar you should be good to go.
Semi-gloss paint is ideal for trim, doorways and window sills. A semi has much more of a sheen and in most cases is not appropriate for a wall. If you’re not going to be getting into specialty paints, then our best recommendation is to use satin on the walls and semi-gloss on trim. The contrasting paint finishes can also make for great aesthetics if you’re careful about your choice of colors.
Let’s face it, kids tend to get into things. The younger ones like to explore, and having a paint which is super safe can be a great way to increase your peace of mind. These paints generally don’t use any of the harmful solvents which are found in nearly any other type of paint. This obviously makes them attractive but they have another use: they’re much less likely to trigger any allergies which your child may have inherited. Each of them is a little bit different, however, so make your choice carefully. The color range can also be a little bit subdued compared to traditional paint finishes.
For parents, there are two kinds of paint which stick out as above and beyond.
Chalkboard paint… turns the wall into a chalkboard. It’s a good way to foster creativity within your child, and it avoids the problem of drawing on walls quite neatly. There are also magnetic paints available. By using them and magnets you can avoid the troublesome holes which tend to be caused by hanging things with pins. Once again you’ll be a bit limited in colors, but it’ll allow your child’s interests to evolve naturally without having to put tons of holes for hangers in the walls.
The best color for your child’s room is something you should think through, but it isn’t rocket science. As long as you don’t paint the little ones room black or spray paint “Let’s Go Crazy” above the bed you’ve already made a great start! It’s all about planning for the future and making sure that the choice you make work for both you and your child. The below video is not specific to children’s room’s, but offers great advice on picking a color.