Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Fortune favors the bold - using bright colors in kids rooms

This post grew out of a funny conversation with my boss who was lamenting that her son wants a lime green bedroom in their new house.  Everyone sympathized that kids are often attracted to the hardest colours to live with; either pink and purple, or the loudest shades of green, blue and red.  That got me thinking - is there any way to make these saturated colours livable, gorgeous even?  I think so and here's how...

Paint the furniture - keep the walls a neutral colour; white, grey, cream or soft beige and make a statement with furniture painted in saturated hues.  Try and focus attention on one or two standout pieces such as the bed, dresser or desk.  Too many pieces will look like you got carried away!

Twiggy & Lou: September 2012sweet


Wallpaper and wall decals - wallpaper has got to be the easiest way to use bold colours successfully.  See  here and here for ideas.  Now, wallpaper can be pricey and it isn't always possible to hit on exactly what you want.  Decals allow you to customize your own colour combinations.  They are easily removable, so you can go bold with confidence.  I prefer to avoid the overly cutesy decals and go for something more quirky, such as a realistic animal.
p.s.  I think giraffes are the new "it" animal.  Who doesn't love a giraffe?

Baby Floral Giraffe Wall Decal - White decal - Bold floral - Modern baby nursery - Yellow, orange, white, beige, safari theme.Wall decals, giraffe vinyl wall stickers, kids wall decals - T4

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Choose and unusual colour - this olive green colour is not what springs to mind when I think "kids' room" but how cool is it?  It's totally kid appropriate and yet sophisticated at the same time.  Grey is another colour not usually associated with children, but it makes a wonderful base to highlight  colourful accessories.  It looks especially good with red, pink, yellow, green and bright blues (did I just name most of the spectrum?).  Wouldn't kids' paintings look lovely on grey wall?

Ideas decoración infantil barata.

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Use black - black is not commonly used in kids rooms either but it gives any colour scheme instant edge.  It's the antidote to the sugary-sweetness of pastels.  

Creative Kids' Bedroom    Create a bold accent wall with black chalkboard paint, so kids can "redecorate" their room.    Black shelves disappear against the dark backdrop, making their contents appear to float. Conversely, bright colours pop: a red vintage store display has tiers of rotating shelves for keeping the floor clear of gear.

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white kids room with lovely detailstweeting birds wall stickers

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Accessorize - tried and true; keep everything else neutral and let some seriously cool, seriously colourful accessories do the talking.  Art, especially prints, are a great way to introduce bold colour.

yellow bed with a dot bedding setColourful cushions | Varpunen: Odottavan aika

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