Paint Ideas for Kids' Rooms

Forget plain pink and blue. Use less traditional paint colors and textures to give your child a room that captures his or her personality while serving as the perfect retreat from the rest of the house and family. Leading paint providers Sherwin-Williams, Benjamin Moore and Behr offer plenty of options.

Kid-Friendly Paint Colors
Bold colors work well for a kid's room, as do neutrals that allow decorative elements in bright colors to pop. Sherwin-Williams offers an entire Kids Color Collection, with options for ages newborn through teen.

The Enchant palette for baby girls takes pink to an entirely new level by alternating stripes of White Dogwood and Lotus Flower with gray and green hues Frostwork and Shagreen to create an accent wall that inspires visions of an enchanted world.

Wish by Sherwin-Williams uses Blue Cruise accented by a lighter Balmy and Red Bay, with Extra White on the trim, for a baby boy's room with a locomotive theme.

The Tea Time palette for elementary-school-age girls features a trio of purples - Breathtaking, Dahlia and Free Spirit - on the furniture and walls, with Gleeful green popping at the windows on indoor shutters.

Junior Varsity by Sherwin-Williams gives sports-minded tween boys an option. The more neutral brown of Hopsack allows the Chinese Red to pop atop a closet door. Chinese Red also takes part in a horizontal stripe around the room, joining Needlepoint Navy, Pure White and Cilantro for a decidedly sporty look.

Teen Room in Harmony by Behr uses non-traditional choices such as Dark Granite, Wild Grapes, Jungle Trail and Rain Washed to create an urban retreat any young person would be happy to have.

In Teen Life in Rich Color by Behr, Flaming Torch and Spice cover the walls, allowing the white of Guesthouse on the furniture to pop for a total effect that proves smart for either a young woman or man.

When choosing a color palette for your child, once he or she reaches school age, allow him or her to take part in the process. You want colors that both energize and refresh for a kid's bedroom, but you also want to take into consideration his or her favorite hues so the room can truly reflect your child's personality.

Murals as Accent Walls
Murals allow you to personalize your kid's sleeping space, as well. In its Kids Color Collection, Benjamin Moore shows a fairy tale mural as part of a young girl's bedroom. Sherbet-inspired Butterfly Wings, Golden Honey, Purple Easter Egg, Spring Lilac and Springhill Green all take part in a castle mural that also serves as a headboard. Unless you have an artist in the family, you will need to call in a professional painter to complete the look.

Other Unusual Elements
Instead of creating patterns or painting murals on accent walls, another option involves bringing a bit of school décor into your child's room. Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint allows you to create chalkboards big or small. Cover an entire wall with the paint and let your child use it as an ever-changing mural space, or cover doors to allow for easily erasable to-do lists or calendars.

No matter which route you take with the kids' rooms in your home, involve a professional painter early in the process for best results. He or she can advise you on color choices and take on tasks that require more advanced skills, such as painting a mural or creating patterns with different colors. You want your children to see their bedrooms as personal retreats, and the right paint color combinations and textures, as well as professional execution, contribute that feeling of home inside the home.

This post is a part of our series on Interior Painting Tips.

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