Unexpected Sources for Color Inspiration For Kids Rooms

Unexpected Sources for Color Inspiration For Kids Rooms

Alison Gerber
Sep 26, 2013

With a whole world of color at our disposal, sometimes it's hard to know where to start when choosing a color scheme for a new or updated room. And to add to that - choosing colors for kids can be particularly tricky. If you are having trouble deciding on a color scheme for your child's room, here are a few places you might want to look for inspiration.

1. A favorite garment or outfit. A favorite shirt or dress, like above, is a good clue what colors your kid is really drawn to even if they can't articulate it. Get inspired by something they love to wear or even a favorite that you don't own from a catalog or website.

2. A great print, that you either have, or might buy. We have this Tintin poster, and I hung it recently in the kids' shared room - and I love it there!

3. A favorite toy. There are many, many kids out there who love their Thomas Train Set, but how to make a room that outlives the love for a particular toy? Go with the color theme. Blues look great with a pop of red, and better yet - leaving the train set out can be part of the "look" of the room.

4. A photo of a grown up room you really love. Especially for a nursery, a place you will be spending a lot of time, why not start with a color palette inspired by one of your favorite rooms? I really love this shot from Nikki's Fun and Funky Room, from last year's Room for Color. Wouldn't these colors look both fresh and relaxing in a nursery?

5. Last but not least, a photo of a kids room you really love. There's no shame in using someone else's room for inspiration. If they've made it work then it's a safe bet it will work for you too! And it will never come out looking exactly the same. I really love the warm colors in Basil's room that we toured a while back.

I used Sherwin William's Chip-It tool for this exercise. Some other tools you could try include MyColortopia by Glidden and DeGraeve's Color Palette Generator (although this does not match to paint products).

Hopefully these ideas give you a few starting points for your color scheme treasure hunt! Try working out a few different color palettes, and pinning them on Pinterest or using an old fashioned cork board to compare them side-by-side. It shouldn't be too long until you work out which one appeals to you the most.

(Images: 1. J. Crew Crewcuts 2. Allposters.com 3. Amazon 4. Nikki/Apartment Therapy 5. Lauren Pavao. Each of these photos were "chipped" using the online Chip It! tool from Sherwin-Williams.)

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