Color 101: Utilize Color Basics for Your Kid’s Room

When you have the right colors in a kid’s room, suddenly you have transformed just a bedroom, nursery or playroom into a space that is fun and exciting. Color is what brings energy and life to a room and by choosing different combinations you will bring about a different emotion and “feel”. Some of you may choose to stay with a more conservative or safe palette while others are willing to try something a little bit more original. Whatever you decide is fine, because in the end color is something very personal – you have to be comfortable with your choices or you won’t be happy with the result.

Okay, so you are ready to decorate (or redecorate) the kids room…now what? Well, when talking about color and the right combinations, you will want to consider some important basics which I will highlight for you. Hopefully these pointers will help you decide on the right colors for your child’s room. Once you take these simple ideas of color and how to properly mix and match, you can transform any room and make it look really good.

So the basics…there are two groups of colors: warm colors (reds, oranges, yellows and beige) and cool colors (greens, blues, purples and grays). Warm colors are best used in living or gathering spaces because of the energy and warmth they create – living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, playrooms. Cool colors are more soothing and relaxing, making them perfect for bedrooms, nurseries, and bathrooms. Next are the different color combinations: monochromatic (one hue/color), analogous (two hues/colors adjacent to each other on the color wheel: yellow, green), triadic (three hues/colors equidistant from each other on the color wheel: red, yellow, blue) and complementary (hues/colors located across each other on the color wheel: orange, blue) are the most common. Lastly, is how much of each color should be used in the room? To achieve a good balance, follow the 60-30-10 rule (read more details here) with 60% being dominant color usually on the walls, 30% secondary color typically with upholstery or bedding and 10% being the accent color that really gives the room a bit of pop. You can use these basic principles of working with color to really create a coherent and exciting space for your child and it leaves little room for error. Now to highlight some great color schemes for kid’s rooms with great décor to showcase them…

Pink & Green – we all love this sweet combination for a little girl’s room. Staying on the side of soft pink and sage you get a traditional look like with this Maribelle Crib Set by Little Bunny Blue:


If you want something a bit more modern then the brighter, bolder pinks and greens, like in this Lucy Bedding Set by Maddie Boo are for you:


Orange & Blue – this is such a great combination for a boy’s room. It is strong, bold and so visually appealing and I just can’t get enough of this Cole Bedding Set by Serena & Lily :


This bright and cheery Loin and Birds Canvas by Oopsy Daisy will make your little one smile for sure:


Red, White & Blue – don’t just think of this as being overly patriotic…it is actually great for a boys room to have these colors mixing like in this sharp looking Mariner Rug by The Rug Market:


What about these preppy Plaid Wooden Drawer Knobs…Mix these with any theme for an interesting finishing touch:


Shop for more great decor on Rosenberry Rooms, either trying one of the color schemes I mentioned above or follow the color basics to create your very own color combination!

Adriana Dehring

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