Home improvements: Colour for children’s rooms

A tip for picking out which colour to use in your child's room – decide on a colour palette and stick to it throughout the room.

Colour is the easiest and most budget-friendly way to change a space. However, it can be very personal for children, who tend to grow in and out of colour really quickly, so get their input on favourite shades. Do, how­ever, decide on a colour palette and stick to it throughout the room. You may decide to go with monochromes, which are different tones of the same colour, for a clean and ­uncluttered feel.

Choose a handful of colours yourself and let the children choose from your picks. Most younger children will be drawn to vibrant tones that you may not want on their walls, so be prepared before you take colour chips home. As an alternative, let them choose a colour to paint the room’s ceiling, while leaving the walls a clean white. Another option is to paint two walls in their choice of bold colour and use a less intense tone for the remaining walls.

Why not also let them hand-paint a great quote near their desk? Something inspirational such as “You can move mountains” or “A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear”.

* Toni Snyder, colour specialist, Benjamin Moore

Published: September 21, 2016 04:00 AM