A child’s room is a special place that can be both magical and comforting, depending on how the room is styled and decorated. The paint selection can set the mood and have a significant effect on a child’s feelings about that space. Many parents make the mistake of selecting either blue or pink colors for children’s rooms, but there is no need to limit your selection to those colors! Instead, consider using alternative colors, such as yellow, blue, green and white variations in your child’s room. You can feel free to experiment with bold colors because many of the colors that work best for children can be used for accent walls. Here, we offer a few popular color options for young children.

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Green is often closely associated with the tranquility of nature (think, for example, of taking a walk in the woods.) You can evoke the calmness of nature or outdoor play by using green in your child’s room. Try to use a lighter shade of green, such as a tea green or mint green, to create a soothing atmosphere for your child.


The right shade of yellow can add a cheery and upbeat mood to the room. On top of this, yellow may help your child study. Yellow adds an upbeat and sunny vibe to any room. One study found that subjects in yellow rooms concentrated better and had improved memory recall. A light shade of yellow can work well for young children, while a bright and exciting darker shade of yellow may have a stimulating effect on an older child.


We could not leave pink and blue colors off the list, of course! Pink works well for both boys and girls because the color has been said to create a nurturing mood. This color works well for very young children. However, many children tend to grow out of the color as they get older, so expect to repaint the room in a few years.


Blue can be calming for many people, so look for a light shade of blue if you want to create a calming environment for your child. In addition, many children love nautical themes, so blue colors fit well with children who love oceans and other sea themes.

Accent Colors


Red can create a stimulating feel, which is why it is often used by pharmaceutical companies to color stimulant drugs. Too much bright red can be overwhelming. Instead of using red to paint your child’s entire room, consider using the color for an accent wall.


Orange is also a stimulating color for many people. Softer shades of orange may work as accent walls.


Gray can be used in conjunction with other colors because it complements brighter colors. On the downside, too much gray can create a depressing or dark mood in the room. Gray works well, for example, as an accent wall along with red, blue or yellow colors.

Are you looking for guidance on how to select paints for your child’s room? McDermaid Painting provides color consultations for stains, finishes, and paints alike. Our team will make sure everything matches and you discover the color that best compliments your space.
Call 650-961-7415 to make a consultation appointment with our team!