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Color suggestions for kids room - Paint color suggestions for kids room
@bounce58 (17524)
Canada
January 12, 2010 6:26pm CST
With my success on tackling the dripping kitchen sink, I've become more ambitious and have decided on tackling room painting. This would be my kid's room. It would be a necessity, as I am starting to hate the crayon writings on the walls, the peeled stickers, and the pencil scratches. Not to mention the dings and bumps caused by toys being hurled against the walls. This will not be immediate, as I would like to wait for spring so I can open the windows while drying. And of course there is the little business of learning how to do it, and doing it well. Currently, the paint is just (dirty)beige. I was wondering if blue would be a soothing color for hyperactive kids. What colors do you suggest I paint the room with? Or should I just do with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, some elbow grease and start scrubbing the marks off the wall? Wadyatink?
8 responses
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
13 Jan 10
If they put the marks on the wall, then shouldn't their elbow grease be working the mr clean eraser? I love those things for crayons. My grandson put some of his art work on a wall in my hallway upstairs..I hung an empty frame around it, it looked prety cool actually. Painting is easy, I have done almost every room in our house, the nicest thing I like about paint is if you hate it, for a little work and the price of the paint, you can change it. When I can't decide on a color or am not sure how well my color will take on the wall, I go to my local hardware and get small samples of what I want and actually paint a little on the wall somewhere and live with it for a time..And the best trick I ever learned was from a professional drywaller..because drywall and in some of my rooms plaster will soak up the paint so much primer is needed, my drywaller told me not to get talked in to the expensive primer, but to go to walmart and buy the cheapest white paint I could and use that for my primer..it works like a charm and has saved me ALOT of money.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
Hi J. Judging by the time on this response. You must have been here while I was at your wings' game discussion. Great tip on the primer! I will do that. I'm sure that after the kid's room I'll do the hallways too. Sometime ago, my 3-year old had a pencil in his hand, and ran up and down the stairs. I've already tried the eraser on it, but there's still lots.
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
13 Jan 10
I think we just missed each other..I just came back from the other one..my notifiers are popping up in my messenger, I have concluded bounce, that you don't sleep any more than I do...I dont know what time it is at your house, but its almost 2 am here. The primer is a good tip..one small room with fresh dry wall soaked up like 3 gallons of expensive primer before the drywaller told me that little secret...Now I buy the walmart brand cheap white enamel for primer every time..If you go real dark though it seems t be best to get your primer tinted alittle with your color we found that out when we painted my son the Michigan fans room dark blue and maize.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I'm at the west coast, so it's actually just half an hour before midnight right now. I was wondering about you last night. I also thought that you must have been still myLotting at the wee hours of the morning. Get some sleep. Now blue and maize, that's a wonderful color for a kid's room. Two or 3 walls blue, and the wall with the window will be the yellow one.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
13 Jan 10
We painted our children's rooms before we moved into our house. My daughter's room is pale purple and we painted all of the trim seafoam green. My son's room is pale yellow with light blue trim. Both of their rooms look lovely and they seem to be very soothing as well for them. There aren't too many rookie mistakes that you can make as long as you are careful. First thing you should do is wash the walls. Then tape along trim, windows, doors, etc. Then you will paint away.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
Oops! Thanks for the tip of washing the walls. In my vision and planning of painting the walls, it never crossed my mind to wash the walls.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Jan 10
hi bounce it should be easy with mr cleanmagic eraser, and some shade of blue or pale green would be soothing for very active children. I love pale lilac too but not everyone has my odd tastes. Painting is so easy I just love to do it but I am stuck here in this retirement center, no painting needed, all rooms the same white shade, what else huh? no imagination here at all. get yourself a paint roller and tray and have fun,its super easy and what a difference a fresh new color makes.
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I will Hatley. I figured I'd start with my kid's room first. So that if I make any rookie mistake, it'll be in their room. And when I really get super ambitious, then I'd move on to the other parts of the house. I'm sorry that you only have white shades to stare at. Hopefully, you have windows or paintings and decorations that would break the monotone of the room.
@shell2784 (752)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Well bouncey baby... how old are the kiddos? Are they old enough to help decide the paint color of their room? You'll never resent a parent more then when they paint your room the wrong color! hahaha My daughters room is pink! And I don't mean a nice baby pink... although its not hot pink either - but its a good solid pink. But if I had it my way... I'd paint her bedroom the colors of her old playroom. One wall was purple, one blue, green and a pink... and these were ALL very BRIGHT & BOLD colors! It looked amazing!.. but that doesn't mean she liked it. Anyways - I'd get a good take on your kids. You don't have to paint all the walls just one color and be done with it. You can do one wall one color, and the other ones something else. Or do shapes/patterns on the wall... mixing one or two (or three or four... I don't care!) colors into it. There's always the border options, or where you wall paper just 1/2 way up the wall and leave the top painted. But, you'd really be surprised what ANY color other than beige can do for a room! If your kid(s) 3 years old or more - I'd ask him :) If you get the kids involved, they'll be a lot more excited to see their idea come to life when its complete!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Jan 10
Thanks for the tip! I wouldn't like it if they resented me just because I wanted to paint their room the color of my favorite hockey or football team! Yes, the youngest is 3. So, I may just bring him to pick swatches at Home Depot. But I doubt it if he would understand that it'll be the color of his room. Anyway, by the time he starts hating the color, it might just be time to repaint it again!
• United States
14 Jan 10
Well, you see... my Mom once painted my bedroom basically the color my daughter's is now - but you see, I hated pink! Resented it... I was kind of a tomboy for awhile or tomgirl or whatever the word is that I need to put there. I had that room from when I was 4 to 8. Hated going in there... never got used to it. So now I get to pick on my mom for it. She did make it up to me when I was 12 or so. I painted my room lime green... and took bright orange paint and a really pretty blue paint and wrote and doodled all over my walls. Talk about the coolest room EVER! But anyway - my Jossy's 3 and I think your little one is going to surprise you. She has dreaded wood panneling in her room and I kept saying that her room looked kind of drab... we had just bought the house. So TJ, Jos and I were at Walmart for something and we walked past the paint swatches and Jos said "MOM! Look at all the colors! I want to look at them!" So we went looking at colors. She started grabbing them at random like any other kid would and she just stopped, looked at me... basically like she had just seen a ghost, I was terrified - but she was ok, don't worry she said "Mom... the walls in my room MUST be this color! I insist it!" Well... I"m sorry, but when a 3 year old says something like that... you kind of gotta go with it. So I painted her room one weekend while she was away at a sleepover and she came home, saw her room and said "MOM! You really made it happen! You did it! Just like I asked!" And she had to call, oh, at least 1/2 a dozen people and tell them that her room was pink just like she showed Mommy!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Jan 10
Very cool story! Makes me want to bring my little one to Walmart too! But I'm sure he and his brother will just grab me to the candy isle or to where the Wii games are. I think girls are more advanced, or matured compared to boys, like that.
• Estonia
13 Jan 10
If there are too many of those traces, paintings and other stuff, then I'll suggest you to paint that room. If it was the room of my child, I would paint it with some warm colors, like orange or yellow, perhaps I would paint the background with yellow and then make some pattern with orange color. The room would be nice, light and cozy.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
Hi biomechanoid. Yellow and orange? If it were my room, I'd always feel hungry. Somehow I always associate yellow and orange to food and restaurants. But that's just me. Thanks
• United States
14 Jan 10
and reds too - its a "proven fact" that those colors are associated with hunger. Look at the color schemes in McDonalds, Burger King, Arby's, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Sonic, Long Johns (ok, so now we have some blue... but you get the picture, right?) =)
• Estonia
14 Jan 10
Aha, I didn't notice the connection between these restaurant color schemes and the hunger!:D But if such colors make you people hungry, you can try some light blue and spring green colors, they relate to grass and blue sky, just like this Windows desktop wallpaper.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
14 Jan 10
Hi bounce, when we moved in here my son was five and requested green so I got a not to dark green. It wasn't dark enough as I can see footprints and grubby marks all over it. So I'd suggest a very mucky looking dark colour for children.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Jan 10
Thanks thea, I am also leaning towards darker colors. So, that when it gets dirty, it wouldn't show too much.
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
hey good for you trying to do it yourself! how old are your kids? are they boys or girls? what colour do they like? its not really that hard. if you live in North America, you can go to home depot and they will help you.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
14 Jan 10
I got a 9-year old and a 3-year old. Both boys. And I do live like a couple of blocks away from Home Depot. Maybe I will bring them in one day so they can pick color swatches. Thanks cher913.
@allen0187 (32597)
• Philippines
13 Jan 10
hi bounce! i suggest you let your kid go all sistine chapel in the room. let your kid plaster as many stickers and crayon drawings as he/she can. you can also offer to help and this will be a much valued quality for both of you. of course, it will look dirty at first but you and your kid will get used to it. after your kid is tired of drawing in the wall (i would presume that when your kid tires down, you'll stop drawign. unless of course, you enjoy the activity yourself and decide to continue on without your kid. lol!), then you can decide on what color is best to cover up all the art that you and your kid came up with. something out of the left field but i'm sure somehtign you'll appreciate. cheers!!!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I might just do that! I might just let them draw whatever they like on the walls, a day or two before I paint it. Thanks.