• Kate Coslett

CHOOSING COLOURS FOR KIDS ROOMS

Updated: Dec 10, 2020

So you want to paint your kid's room... but where to start? Instagram and Pinterest are incredible sources (much love for both!) but can often leave you feeling even more confused having been inspired by numerous different colour schemes.



It feels like an easy option to choose all your favourite colours and just throw them together in one place hoping your vision will miraculously come together however not having a clear plan can be a recipe for disaster. To explain, we'll need to consult our trusty colour wheel.





The general rule of thumb with choosing any colour scheme is to decide on the following groupings of colour:

- Analogous colours are colours which sit next to one another on the colour wheel

- Monochromatic colours are colours of the same base hue (colour) in different shades

- Complementary colours are colours which sit opposite eachother on the colour wheel.


Complementary Colours For Kid's Rooms


My favourite scheme to create a fun, interesting colour match perfect for a children's room is to go with complementary colours! Children love colour and tend to be most attracted to blocks of colour rather than pastels or muted shades. Choosing bright, bold complementary colours injects some fun into the space and also allows you to play around with pairing up bold colours. Some complementary colour schemes I'm crushing on at the moment: green & burnt orange (of course!), raspberry & pale blue and lemon & sapphire.


Once you've chosen which two colours you'd like to see paired up I'd suggest keeping one colour for the wall paint and finding accessories in the next colour. Unless you are absolutely colour mad and totally confident (absolutely no judgement here hats off to you!) then I'd recommend sticking with this rule. This still creates a visual impact whilst looking considered and well thought out.


Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained!


Although it can seem scary going for strong colours, if you've got the colour bug then be brave! Perhaps I take after my Mum (who is well known for having repainted several walls as soon as they were finished) but I say go for it. The worst case scenario is having to repaint.


The Valspar colour wall is a great place to start once you've chosen your colour scheme as they have plenty of choice and their testers are of a generous size too, allowing you to paint a large area to ensure you're keen on the colour you've chosen before you go the whole hog. I'd recommend limiting yourself to no more than 5 colour cards of a similar colour when choosing (there are so many colours you could end up bringing hundreds of colour cards home!) Be ruthless- I've come home before with several cards which look almost identical- try to short list in the store to avoid stressing over ten very similar colours once you get home.


If you're finding the Valspar wall or similar is just a little too overwhelming I'd strongly recommend The Little Green Paint Company paint charts. I swear by these beautiful colour charts which contain the best colours and their selection isn't so vast that you get lost. This paint is on the pricier side but for good reason. The quality is gorgeous, it's lovely to paint with and the finish is beaut. If your price tag doesn't stretch to this though Johnstones paint mix LGC colours for a more affordable cost.


I hope this has helped and good luck with your colour choice. I'd love to see pictures once your project is complete so do tag me on Instagram. If you're still feeling that you'd like a hand with your interior scheme then please get in touch!

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