Color Schemes for Kids' Rooms
Picking a color scheme for a kid's room can be a lot of fun since spaces for little ones allow for more creative freedom. Whether your children are playful and energetic, calm and sweet or a mixture of the two, explore their personalities to discover the right color scheme for their rooms.
Preppy and Classic
Navy blue and white stripes create a striking focal wall in this boy's nursery. To add dimension to the wall, designers Jennifer O'Dowd and Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group use flatboard to create the white stripes. The space will grow easily with Jack since the striped wall can act as a headboard to a big boy bed. Photography by John Woodcock
Serene Nursery Retreat
When planning a kid's room, designer Laura McCroskey of McCroskey Interiors says to first make sure the floor plan and furniture choices are functional and safe, then add in the wow factor. For this nursery, she brings in furniture that will grow with the child, like a dresser that is a changing station now but will continue to be storage in the future. Photo by Chad Jackson Photography
Mod Transportation Theme
Since children can outgrow themes quickly, designers Julie Frank and Alessia Corpino of My Tiny Nest keep the theme in this boy's room subtle and sophisticated. The focal wall behind the bed features a mod transportation wallpaper, while the navy blue, light blue and white color palette evokes a classic yet youthful atmosphere.
Modern and Playful Nursery
Since visual stimulation is important even at a baby's earliest age, interesting mobiles are a must-have decoration for any nursery. Designer Susie Fougerousse of of Rosenberry Rooms creates a one-of-a-kind mobile with small pom-poms and paper lanterns to hang above the modern crib.
Enchanting Nursery for a Prince
Designer Sherri Blum of Jack and Jill Interiors creates an over-the-top, royal-inspired nursery. An elegant four-poster crib takes center stage in the room and is dressed with silk bedding that features white roses. A pewter chandelier adds drama and light to the 12-foot-high ceiling.
Contemporary Punches of Color
Built-in cabinetry provides tons of hidden and open storage, an absolute necessity, for this shared boys' room. Designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors loves to use classic blue in boys' rooms, but she gives it a fresh perspective with an aqua hue and incorporating shades of tangerine.
Simple yet Cozy Shared Space
Shades of blue are combined with creams and whites to create a clean, classic color palette for this shared boys' room. A mix of patterns, including stripes, graphic and Ikat, add visual interest and texture to the space. Design by Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors.
Sweet Cottage Inspiration
Blue isn't solely a boy's hue. Designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms uses a soft blue to set the scene for this girl's bedroom, and then brings in touches of pink and apple green as well as cottage-inspired furniture to add girly charm to the space.
Include Your Child
If your child is old enough to have an opinion, make sure to include him in the design process. Designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors finds that children as young as two have an opinion, so ask your child what favorite color he wants to incorporate into the room.
For nurseries, focus more on the feeling you want to have in the room since you'll be spending hours upon hours in the space. Designer Sherri Blum of Jack and Jill Interiors says the room should reflect your taste since baby only requires a safe, warm environment. The space needs to feel special for both parents and child.
Charming Woodland Nursery
Inspired by the bumper fabric, designer Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group uses bold pinks and greens to create her daughter's whimsical nursery. Below the chair rail, she painted the wall pearl white and applied a dark pink glaze in a faux bois pattern. Photography by John Woodcock
Modern and Sophisticated
One of designers Julie Frank's and Alessia Corpino's favorite color palettes for girls rooms is crisp white and hot pink. "It's a modern take on the traditional pink and white. It feels vibrant and young," says the team. Wallpaper featuring a bird motif is used on the wall behind the bed to create a focal point, while a deep pink is used in the window seat area to visually separate it from the rest of the room, creating a cozy reading nook. Design by My Tiny Nest
Just because a nursery is for a little one doesn't mean it can't be grand. In this space, designer Laura McCroskey of McCroskey Interiors brings luxury into the room with traditional moldings and wainscoting, cascading draperies hung at the ceiling and an elaborate chandelier. Even the salmon shade she chose for the walls adds richness and depth to the room. Photo by Chad Jackson Photography
Starting with light pink walls and bedding in this girl's bedroom, designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors brings contrast into the space with black-and-pink floral curtains, deep pink-and-white stripes across the ceiling and touches of turquoise in the chandelier and knobs on the nightstands.
Create a retreat for children in their bedrooms by incorporating an imaginative spot that is all their own. Designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms brings a pink teepee into this girl's room to be used for playing and reading.
To add drama and height to the room, designer Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors creates a floral-printed canopy over the iron crib. So that the room isn't overwhelmed in pink, she uses white fabrics on the curtains and chair and trims them with hot pink.
Light and Airy
An easy way to personalize a kid's room is with the baby's monogram. Designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms uses simple letters on a damask-inspired canvas to create a monogram above the crib in this girl's nursery.
Graphic patterns, from the wallpaper to the pillows, play a big role in bringing a modern vibe to this girl's room. A vibrant, saturated pink contrasts against the crisp white furniture and bedding. Design by Liz Carroll of Liz Carroll Interiors
Subtle, Soft Palette
Designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms uses light, muted shades of pink and blue to create a sweet girl's nursery. To ground the space and add soft texture, she brings in a light pink shag area rug.
Pretty and Functional
A daybed with trundle is a smart option for a small space girl's room since it takes up less room, but also provides an extra bed for sleepovers. A trio of artwork above the bed adds a punch of color to the light pink room. Design by Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms
Think About the Future
Kids grow up quickly and their tastes change even quicker, so Carroll suggests to select a scheme that has some longevity to it, "Kids grow up so fast and nurseries become big boy or girl rooms before you know it. It's nice to have a color scheme that will transition with your child so they can grow into the room, rather than having to redo it after a few years."
Designer Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group also suggests sticking with more sophisticated colors. Her solution: paint three walls a neutral shade and have one focal wall that brings in the fun color choice. The bonus with this option is when you or your child is ready for a change, you only have to redo one wall.
Broad gray-and-white horizontal stripes create a fun design element in this nursery, which features accents of complementary hues blue and orange. Large furnishings in the room are kept crisp white to keep the mood of the space calm and fresh, while a soft jute rug offers a neutral grounding to the space. Design by Lindsay Brier of of Anyon Interior Design
Starting with a typical builder-beige room, blogger Megan Wade of Wades of 108 wanted to add architectural interest to the space, so she and her husband installed crown molding and board-and-batten. Bright white furniture adds to the clean look of the space, while the addition of light gray and pink brings in a layer of girly elegance.
To enhance the cottage-inspired architecture of the space, designer Holly Mathis of Holly Mathis Interiors brings in an iron rod bed, galvanized light pendant and plaid and striped fabrics in the hanging pennants. The bedrooms doubles as a playroom, so she also incorporates a reading nook, table and chairs and even a fun teepee.
Clean and Modern
Soft blues and tans mix perfectly with the white furniture and draperies to create a contemporary boy's nursery. Little details, like the navy blue piping on the chair, help to add definition to the space. Design by Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms
Mix of Styles
Blogger Caroline Wise of Wise Mama Blog designs a light and airy nursery that mixes contemporary and antique pieces. The new streamlined crib juxtaposes against the wicker rocker, an antique her mother used to rock her children. Above the crib, a unique monogram features animals and other items that begin with "H."
Touch of Lavender
Soft lavender curtains matching the bedding are used behind the headboard to create an eye-catching backdrop. A curvy table in bright yellow adds a burst of color to the space, while also reflecting the softer yellows in the pillows and bedding. Design by Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms
The shared girls' room features twin beds with flowing canopies. To keep the space from looking too matchy, designer Susie Fougerousse of Rosenberry Rooms selects coordinating bedding that doesn't match exactly.
Consider the Rest of the House
Not only does the color scheme for your child's room need to fit their personality, but it also needs to work with the style of your home. Designer Laura McCroskey of McCroskey Interiors says to ask yourself, "Does it flow with the style of my home?" For example, if your home is traditional and your girl wants a pink room, choose a more muted hue of pink rather than a contemporary, brightly saturated shade.
Picking the Color Scheme
The most exciting part and usually the kicking off point to a kid's room design is selecting the actual color scheme. We asked designers to share their favorite tried-and-true color combinations to get you started.
- Blum loves navy blue, white, khaki and punches of orange for a boy's room, since it has a timeless, classic appeal and works well for all ages.
- Carroll tends to stick with classic blue for boys' rooms, but for a new and fresh twist she'll combine aqua with tangerine. Navy and apple green is another favorite combination that is young and fun.
- Designer Jennifer Duneier of Duneier Design loves navy blue mixed with camels, chocolate brown, reds and whites for a boy's room since the colors are both masculine and fun.
- McCroskey prefers cool colors, like muted blues, grays or navy with a splash of bright orange or red.
- Pale pink, creamy white and aqua are a top pick for Blum, "I love these retro colors because they remind me of my own childhood dresses and retro phones and appliances."
- Carroll hasn't met a little girl yet who doesn't like pink, whether it be coral, hot pink, raspberry or another shade. She suggests using raspberry and gray with orange accents to incorporate pink in a new way or classic ballet slipper pink can be combined with aqua, white and gold for a fun mix that will grow with any little girl.
- "For a girl almost anything goes," says Duneier, "but I love turquoise mixed with browns, corals and creams."
- McCroskey likes the warmth of blush pink or lavender with an accent of teal or soft green for girls' rooms.
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- Blum opts for baby blue, light pumpkin and white for gender-neutral spaces since it can easily go boyish by adding brown touches or girly by adding bright pink.
- McCroskey suggests using a soft wheat for gender-neutral rooms or painting the walls in gold or green tones.
- Duneier likes to mix chocolate brown with either turquoise or cream for gender-neutral spaces.