18 Playroom + Kids’ Space Color Schemes We Love

Step up your kids’ space with one of these fresh, stylish color schemes. We’ll show you how to pull off the palette with ease.

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August 07, 2017

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Confetti Color

"Who doesn’t like a little confetti, right?!" says J&J Design Group’s Joanna Gick, who can't get enough of those adorable dots. "They were the perfect lead to pull in all the colors of the furniture and pillows," Gick says. If you’re a fan of rainbow color, consider wall decals like these to tie your colorful space together.

Primary Punch

Primary colors and playrooms have paired together effortlessly for years, but it’s time we brought a fresh twist to the tried-and-true combo. Luckily, it’s as easy as adding a generous dose of crisp, bright white to the palette. Consider painting your walls a cool white hue to create a backdrop for the bold punches of blue, yellow and red.

Bumblebee Inspired

This color scheme takes cues from everyone’s favorite pollinator. Clean white brightens the fun, black-and-yellow palette. Add more playful colors to the mix for a youthful feel, or keep it a bit more sophisticated with just the three.

Blushing Blooms

Soft and feminine, this look conjures up a quaint cottage garden bursting with sweet scents and dainty blooms. Blush serves as the primary color, while accents of verdant green, muted aqua and peach bring the palette to life.

Navy + White

This pairing is noteworthy in that it can feel completely kidlike or totally grownup, depending on how you decorate. This is a major plus for those of us who are all about a quick decor update — but not so much a remodel. Here, colorful "PLAY" letters ensure this space leans more toward a kid-friendly aesthetic. Designer Joanna Gick of J&J Design Group says the multicolored letters serve as a great juxtaposition to the navy-and-white striped walls.

Retro Flair

Deep teal and hot pink create major '80s vibes, especially when paired with graphic patterns. This color combination is the perfect choice for kids with spunk; the vibrant, punchy colors offer a launch pad for creativity. Deep navy and bright white work great to ground the palette.

City Chic

A classic black-and-white color scheme is chic and timeless, and while it works anywhere, it’s oh-so-fitting for downtown digs. Play up the urban feel with a cityscape decal or skyscraper playhouse. Bold, graphic patterns also work well. A major plus for this palette? It can grow with your kid, eliminating the need to paint every few years.

Margarita Yellow

Cheery and bright yet versatile and gender neutral, this lemon-lime hue is a choice option for a shared play space. Use other neutrals for additional base color, and decorate with vibrant accents. Textural elements will help bring interest to this color scheme. Consider statement rugs, blankets, poufs and pillows.

Lovely in Lilac

Lilac is a feminine hue that brings serious sophistication to the table. Paired with bright white, the purple tone feels modern and upbeat. Natural touches, like light-hued wood and rope add warmth to the cool palette.

Super Hero-Inspired

Designers Joanna Gick and Jennifer O'Dowd of J&J Design Group based the colors for this room on a peppy, super hero-print bedding. Gick suggests the palette of Kelly green, navy and red for any super hero-inspired space. She also suggests a cityscape wall mural as the perfect backdrop for this type of design.

Zoo Whimsy

Black and white is a pairing so lovable, it deserves a second mention. Instead of taking cues from the city, though, this play space takes a more whimsical approach. Zoo animals bring the classic combo to life, making the otherwise harsh contrast feel exciting and kid friendly. To get this look, embrace dainty lines and quirky accents — and don’t be afraid to incorporate small touches of soft color.

Desert Tones

Cactus greens and warm, sun-baked browns create this Southwestern-inspired color scheme. Fun, plant prints work well with this color palette, as do earthy materials like terra cotta. To add a touch of modern flair, mix in matte black accents.

Vibrant Aqua

Go bold with a lovely shade of aqua blue. The color is happy and energizing, but its cool undertones offer a touch of calmness. Gick says brighter jewel tones work well as accent colors.

Nature's Neutrals

Let your little one’s favorite outdoor spot inspire his or her space. Nature’s neutrals — from blue and green to gray and brown — play well together without much design effort. The calm, agreeable colors will also age with your kid.

Very Berry

Raspberry pairs with blueberry for a delectable combination in this girl’s room. Designer Sara Touijer says the pairing works well thanks to the purple undertones found in the two colors. When working with this palette, be sure to incorporate plenty of texture for richness and warmth.

Citrus Hues

Looking to infuse your kids’ space with energy? Citrus hues are the way to go. Here, grapefruit, lemon and tangerine tones offer zingy personality to the light-filled space. Clean white pairs well with the fresh-squeezed palette.

Flamingo Pink + Tropical Teal

Picture a cheery pink flamingo flapping around in tropical teal waters, and you'll have all the color inspiration you need for this palette. Draw from the trendy bird's face for your backdrop — bright white and crisp black will help ground the palette.

Stormy Blues

When aiming for a more sophisticated kids’ space, try choosing deep, subdued color tones, like the moody blues in this toddler’s nook. Use a variation of the same color to keep your space interesting, and balance that color with a calming neutral. 

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