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20 Kids' Room Paint Color Ideas

By: Mina Hochberg
July 22, 2021

From subtle to bold, interior designers share their go-to paint colors for nurseries, kids’ rooms and teen rooms.

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Photo: Laura U Design Collective/Amy Bartlam Photography

Choosing a Paint Color for a Kid's Room

Whether you’re designing a nursery or giving your tween’s room a makeover, deciding what color to paint the walls can be a daunting decision. After all, there are many factors to consider when painting kid bedrooms. Different colors evoke different moods, so it’s important to think about your child’s personality. Some colors dominate the room, while others serve the colors of the furniture and textiles. Some colors are bold and vibrant, while others are neutral and calm. If your child is young, you may want to pick colors that your child will still like five years down the road. With so many considerations, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed before you’ve even picked up a paintbrush. Here are 20 ideas for painting kids’ rooms to help get you started. Design by Laura U Design Collective; photo by Amy Bartlam Photography.

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Photo: Mike Van Tassell

Gentle Purple

Sanctuary by Benjamin Moore is a nuanced purple hue that transforms this attic bedroom into a serene kid getaway. "Parents hear purple and may cringe," says Campbell Minister of Decorated Interiors. "However, there are some lovely tones that will stand the test of time as a child ages." This color also serves as a fine backdrop for neutral textiles. Photo by Mike Van Tassell.

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Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Aqua Blue

A bright aqua blue like Benjamin Moore's Dream I Can Fly is guaranteed to make a bedroom pop — especially rooms with nautical themes, such as this bunk room designed by Phyllis Taylor of Taylor & Taylor. "In a space designed for children, aqua works well as it's energetic and gender neutral," says Taylor.

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Photo: Hulya Kolabas

Neutral Gray

Don’t underestimate the power of gray, especially if you want just a hint of color and nothing more. Silver Chain by Benjamin Moore works for any age or gender and it allows other colors in the room to shine. "I chose this paint because it brings out the beautiful gray veins in the marble wallpaper on the ceiling," says Malka Helft of Think Chic Interiors.

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