Color Palettes for Kid’s Rooms

June 20, 2013

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Now, normally I am a big proponent for children’s rooms that are colorful with a refined palette. You know, whites and other neutrals being predominant with colors brought in with smaller moments. But I forgive this room for using color with broad strokes because it’s so cute! Orange and blue are complimentary colors which means they look fab and dynamic together. Bits of chartreuse with the side table and rug are a super playful addition. The key to the success of this room’s color palette is that while yes, there is a lot of color, there is also a lot of white breaking it all up. Many people might have been tempted to, for example, find bedding that matches the drapery. No, I tell you. Not everything in a room has to have a “partner”, something that “goes with it” color-wise or even stylistically. Don’t limit yourself by thinking this way!

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Ah, that is a might easier on the eyes, isn’t it? I support this minimalist all-white look just as much as the first room. It all depends on what feels right to you. Do you want the room to be energizing and exciting? Or soft and soothing? Both are valid endeavors. Remember: the kid’s toys will be plenty colorful to stimulate that little brain; the walls and decor don’t necessarily need to be colorful too!

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How about something in between? Mostly neutral but with bits and bobs of color and fun? This is currently my favorite type of color palette for a nursery. The walls would be just as lovely with cream or a light gray. This whole room is just wonderful and you can see it all on designer Morgan Satterfield’s blog!

one | Amie Corley via 6th Street Design School
twoMarion Alberge, photo by Cyrille Robin, via 79 ideas
threeMorgan Satterfield

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  • Reply Marthafied June 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Oh my.. these are some of the cutest kids rooms I have seen in a long while!! Especially the first room such clever (and fearless) use of colour and patterns!!

    • Reply Christina Ebbers June 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

      I’m so glad you like them! You’re right, the first one is very impressive.

  • Reply Brian June 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    The first room is my favorite. The second one is a little to sterile for my tastes. Number three woks well except for the “adult” rug (is that the same rug as in #2?). I would replace it with something more childish and easier to clean; it is a child’s room after all.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers June 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      #2 and #3 do have the same type of rug, a sheepskin. They are actually supposed to be easy to clean. I mean if you think about it, sheep live outside and they don’t need baths all the time to stay clean. But you’re right, when it comes to kids and smashed Cheerios, a plush rug like that is probably not your best bet. Both #2 and #3 are nurseries, so since the baby isn’t crawling around yet I think it works just fine. Offers something super soft underfoot for the busy parents. 🙂

  • Reply Iris Interiors LLC June 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Wow. Every time I see the photos you choose for your blog posts I can’t help but pin. Awesome choices. The first room has the potential to have too much going on, but I totally agree that because it’s not “matchy matchy,” they can pull it off. I also love the blend of the two in the final picture. Kids’ rooms are definitely a place where you can break some design rules.

    • Reply Christina Ebbers June 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Iris, your sweet words made me smile. 🙂 The whole point of this blog is to inspire; I so appreciate you letting me know you like what you see! And yay for breaking design rules. 🙂

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