Bedroom Colors – Best Colors for Children

Discover the right colors for children’s bedrooms so you can boost creativity, calm, soothe, aid learning and more.

Young children tend to veer, when left to choose for themselves, towards the red, orange and yellow end of the color spectrum.  These bedroom colors create a clear, bright environment and are also popular for play areas.


I would, however, exercise caution when it comes to painting children’s bedrooms completely in red.  As mentioned in my newsletter of two weeks ago, red is an active, energizing color which may over-stimulate your little one.  So, if your child is hell bent on red, introduce it as an accent color on curtains, bedspreads and cushions etc.


A soft yellow, although not recommended for adults, can often promote positivity in children’s bedrooms and help develop their thought processes.  However, avoid strong, citrus yellows that can often be too intense especially for a small bedroom.


Blue (light and warm) can often be useful to calm a hyperactive child.  However, if your children’s bedroom is north facing or lacking in natural light, blue can have too much of a sedative effect.


A light green is one of the best colors for children’s bedrooms, in particular those with learning difficulties (dyslexia, for example).  Green has soothing, healing qualities.  Green also lies in the middle of the color spectrum so helps to balance the right and left brain and aid learning.


Pink is one of the preferred girlie colors for children bedroom and again is a great soothing, loving color.  If baby pink doesn’t appeal, you can always add a bit of zest and life to the color scheme by adding a deeper, crimson pink or magenta.

Young Children

Remember, lighter or softer bedroom colors are best for younger children.  Try not to stimulate your child too much by introducing wacky mobiles, wall stickers or jazzy or floral wallpaper.  Leave the stimulating, fun element of the room to bed covers, posters and toys (but not too many toys).


Climate should also play a role when choosing appropriate bedroom colors (for adults and children)!  If you live in a cool climate, you may want to think about bedroom colors from the warm end of the spectrum.  Similarly, if you live in a warm climate, lighter shades of blue will prove cool and refreshing bedroom colors.


Teens tend to move towards blues and greens but I’d always let your child have a say in what bedroom colors he or she wants.  It’s their space after all and many children know intuitively what they need.  Plus, it helps give them a sense of independence, preparing them for decision making at a later stage in life.


If children’s bedrooms are small, stick to one color throughout.  This will make the room look a lot bigger and reduce the negative effect of any unwanted angles or cutting edges or chi.

Children grow up so fast that you may need to change their surroundings to reflect this.  Be prepared to go with the flow in terms of new ideas for bedroom colors and furniture rearrangement.  I’d recommend taking stock of a children bedroom at least every 2 to 3 years.


So, are you fully armed regarding bedroom colors?  Do you know what bedroom colors to avoid and what ones foster a sense of peace and tranquility?

I truly hope so!

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