Understanding Interior Design

3 Ways To Choose A Paint Color For A Child's Room

A child's bedroom is one of the most versatile rooms in your home. It can be a place of rest, the site of magical adventures and even a place to invite small guests to come and play. Thus, when it's time to change the paint colors of your youngster's bedroom, you may be unsure of how to find the perfect hue to fit with the room's purpose and design. Here are a few ways to help you choose the right color for your child's bedroom:

Don't overstimulate.

If your child's bed is brightly colored and shaped like a car, having walls that are painted fire-engine red may be overstimulating. All-white furnishings can be paired with practically any paint color without clashing. However, too much of any primary hue can be overwhelming. 

If your child's furniture is comprised of dark wood, you can brighten up the space with lively but soft tones of yellow or other light colors. However, be careful that the intensity of the colors is not overbearing. Bright hues, such as pure red or sunshine yellow, can overstimulate your child and make it difficult for him or her to settle down and rest. Some tones have even been associated with an elevation in heart rate.

If you do like a certain primary color, it is best to ensure that a pure tone is reserved for an accent wall or trim. For the rest of the room, loud tones can be subdued by ensuring that the colors selected include a bit of gray to tone down the intensity.

Have you already chosen a bedding set?

If you have already chosen a bedding set, choose a paint color that complements the tones in the comforter or pillow shams. You don't have to overdo it by applying the most prominent color on the bedding to your child's walls. Instead, look for the other less-obvious colors in the comforter set. Chances are that these secondary hues are already perfectly matched to the leading color.

What is the color scheme throughout your home?

If you are still unsure of the perfect wall color for your child's bedroom, consider following the color scheme of the other rooms in your home. If you have chosen a soft, neutral pallet throughout the other areas of your living space, consider doing the same in your child's bedroom. You can always decorate the room with bright pictures and age-appropriate accents to personalize the space.

If you are having trouble selecting a paint color for your child's room, contact an interior design firm in your area.