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Top Color Combination Schemes For A Child's Room

Updated on September 30, 2012

Color Combination Themes Are Endless

Room color themes may represent a child's personal interest such as sports teams.
Room color themes may represent a child's personal interest such as sports teams.

Designing Personal Space

A child's bedroom is his or her own personal space representing privacy and individual personality. Color enhances the space and provides an enclosure for different emotional ties such as energy, rest, warmth and tranquility leading to satisfaction and uniqueness in a child.

Rarely do we start from a clean slate in choosing a color combination scheme for a child's room. Most likely color choices rely upon a favorite comforter, sports team colors, a collection of toys, the bedroom furniture or other items already chosen as a central theme for the room.

However, it is important that you allow a child to be a part of the process when possible. When I was a teacher, I allowed children to decorate their storage cubbies because it was their own private space.

This tiny cubed space identified them as special and, besides being a place holder for their possessions, it allowed them a sense of control. Similarly, a child's bedroom is a much bigger cubby that identifies them as unique and special. They should have an opinion as to how their personal space is decorated and a choice in selecting wall colors.


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Choosing The Perfect Paint Color Scheme

Color in a child's room can elicit emotional responses in association with the wall colors that dominate his personal space. Color has an amazing effect upon children and can enhance a living environment. The lighting in the room, as it reflects off the color scheme, also affects a child's comfort in relation to rest, play, and study habits. According to a study by Rikard Kuller in 1976, color and visual patterning affects not only the cortex but also the entire central nervous system. Additionally, further studies proved that as color is transmitted through the human eye, the brain releases the hormone, hypothalamus, which affects our moods, mental clarity and energy level.

The following chart represents how color affects a child's mood. Understanding how colors can affect a child's perception and mood, will help in choosing the best room color combination.

Color Mood Perception

Color
Affect Upon Child
Green
Nature, reinforces self-esteem and suggests hope, restfulness and calmness.
Blue
Represents the ocean and sky; evokes feelings of calm, tranquility and spirituality.
Red
Use as accent to nuetral colors, adds life and energy
Yellow
Cheerful, dynamic; brightens and warms a room. Said to be the color of intellectuals.
White
Represents peace, faith, joy, cleanliness and purity. Reflects light making room bright, cool and spacious.
Purple
Evokes different feelings; children respond to the energy of purple.
 
Source: True Value, Paint A Child's Room With Color

Basic Color Wheel

Color wheels are helpful in choosing complementary color combination schemes.
Color wheels are helpful in choosing complementary color combination schemes. | Source

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Gender Preference in Color

Now knowing how color affects a child, you can begin to select a color combination scheme that will help a child relate well to her personal space. Keep in mind that some children, if given a choice, may select a color combination that does not appeal to your own sense of style. You and your child may have to compromise on shades and tones of paint color. Younger preschool children, prefer bright colors such as red, yellow and orange. Older school-aged girls may opt for purple and pink, while boys prefer blues, greens, and neutral colors such as brown, black, and shades of green.

Interior designers use a color wheel to make paint choices easier. Color schemes are chosen based upon complementary pairs of colors. These colors are opposite on the color wheel (i.e. blue and orange) and are used in varying shades extended or mixed by neutral colors such as white, brown, grey, and black. You can find color wheels at paint stores, craft shops and art stores, but I suggest that you match these colors to your child's personal toys or room décor to make it meaningful. I have included this method in the photo section below: Top Color Combinations For A Child's Room.

Red, blue, and yellow are the primary colors on the color wheel and using these cheerful, basic colors may satisfy your child's wall color choice. Wonderful, you can stop there and get to work! However, the secondary colors (i.e., orange, green, purple), made by mixing the primary colors, will give your child additional choices in the palette of color.

The customized color wheels below represent the favorite colors in females and males and can be used as a guide to select color combinations that will remain popular over a few years as a room color.

Choosing A Color Combination Scheme

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Use scraps of material to help children make the perfect room color combination choice. Use your little girls toys to help her make a color choice.  The perfect shade may be within the color palette of shades. Using toys gives a boy a better visual image of color preference in his room color scheme.
Use scraps of material to help children make the perfect room color combination choice.
Use scraps of material to help children make the perfect room color combination choice.
Use your little girls toys to help her make a color choice.  The perfect shade may be within the color palette of shades.
Use your little girls toys to help her make a color choice. The perfect shade may be within the color palette of shades.
Using toys gives a boy a better visual image of color preference in his room color scheme.
Using toys gives a boy a better visual image of color preference in his room color scheme.

Top Color Combinations For A Child's Rooom

Ready to choose the paint colors? Even though it is an important decision for both parent and child, make it fun. Once your child is past the two's, you can both have fun selecting color combinations that reflect your child's personality and style. Most likely, your child's room will change color a few times over the years, and don't worry if the colors don't exactly line up with your personal taste or the rest of the home's décor. What does matter is you are allowing your child to have some control and decision making in the environment he will spend a good part of his day enjoying.

Here are the top color combination colors popular with children:

  • Green and yellow
  • Red, yellow, and green
  • Orange and blue
  • Purple and golden yellow
  • Lilac and spring green
  • Purple and pink
  • Blue and green
  • Red, blue-violet and gray
  • Grey accented with shades of black or blue

Parents, keep in mind your preteen or teen may choose darker colors. A lighter shade of blue or grey on the walls accented by black or purple accessories and décor will provide a "cool" space, yet keep the mood balanced. It may not be your color combination preference, but compromising will create a space for your teen that reflects individuality and comfort.

Top Color Combinations: Modern Designs

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Paula, I too love teal and have it as a color in one of my rooms. I find most little girls love shades of purple and the color is so fun to use as a backdrop in decorating. Glad you came by and hope your weekend is wonderful.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      My favorite color is teal. I choose it for most things often. We decorated my daughter's room in purple and mint green a few years ago. It is perfect for her and looks great. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      RTalloni, our granddaughter just had her room repainted. We all thought she would choose purple but she wanted it a pale blue. Yes, I think it is something we should give thought to before we disappoint a child. Great add to this conversation and thanks for your support.

      Till, including a child in the process is so validating to their self-confidence and decision making. I love your thoughts on this.

      Audrey, I think aqua is making a comeback with the younger generation. You may want to hold on to it for awhile - just kidding! Enjoy your week.

      Wrath, I had to share a room with my sister growing up but I do recall we had our own special areas. I loved having a space all my own. Thanks for adding this thought to the content. Be blessed and stay safe.

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      Terry Chestnutt 2 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      You sure ut a lot of work into this. But the thing I renember a;lmost the best from my childhoosd was my room and the things that happened there.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Such a great article--we have aqua in one room and purple in the other--time to repaint!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      As always you've done your research well. Most people don't consult their children when redecorating their rooms, but there are some. Choosing their own bedroom color can give them a sense of power over something they never thought they had and they're the ones that have to look at it ;)

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Giving real thought to the color scheme of a child's room is important and this guide will be really useful to any parent making the decisions with their child. Pinning to my Painting Walls/Furniture/... board.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glad the hub is useful to your brother, Alocsin. Painting is easier when you don't have to worry about what color makes the best choice. Thanks for reading and commenting. Be safe out there.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      My brother is redoing his kids' room. I'll forward this hub to him, which should help him pick the right colors. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you for coming by here today, Comfort B. I think having kids take part in the room color and décor helps to make it enjoyable for them.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Great hub teaches12345! Children and teens should always be an integral part of décor decision, especially when it comes to their room. Love the "Favorite Color Wheel' for male and female, right on point.

      Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey, Mary. I know what you mean on the purple. My granddaughter loves it and it does say "hello" when you see the room. Thanks for your insight. Always good to hear from you.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I always allowed my children to choose their favorite color to paint their room. One of my daughters loved purple. Oh, dear...when I'd go into her room I would get an instant headache, but she loved it and was happy with it.

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glad this hub was useful to you, Vinaya. Your sister will be impressed! Thanks for your visit here. Take care out there.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      My sister has a boy and a girl. All the time she asks me about the interior of her children's room. Now I can give her wonderful advice. Thanks for helping us out.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I like your add here, ignugent: a kids room is their sanctuary and if it should be a place they feel a connection to - even by the color of the walls. Blessings.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Kids must really enjoy choosing the right color for their room. It must be fun to mix and match. They learn and love their room. A room is like a sanctuary and a place to relax. Color is really important.

      Great hub ! Voted up and more. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Unknown spy, thanks for your support here. I prefer the lighter shades of color as well, but a bold look in some spaces is nice.

      Blond Logic, I believe I missed out somewhere on the clothing choices, still love jeans & shorts best. Thanks for stopping in here and for the added value on the topic. Take care.

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      Mary Wickison 4 years ago from Brazil

      Great idea for a hub. I think it is important to allow a child to have a say in their room décor. It is after all 'their space'. This could start a love and understanding of what colors work together and which don't. This is important, not just for decorating but also into clothes choices as well. This is something I must have missed out on, I can't select colors that work together.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I prefer the lighter colors..im not much into dark and bold but it sounds fun too when in the right mood. :) Perfectly written hub :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      It sounds like your kids have good color choices, and they do match up with the color favorite choices. Thank you for supporting this hub topic. It was good to see you here today.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Teaches12345, letting my children pick their wall colors has been exciting. We are not there with the color schemes yet. My boy chose a lighter green and my girl chose cheery (darker pink). Fascinating article.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vellur, it is surprising how much color plays into our overall behavior. It was nice to see you here this morning.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A great hub about colors. The color chart is very useful, did not know colors had so much behind them. Thank you for sharing, voted up. Useful and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Skarlet, your parents were wise to include you on the decorating of your space. I agree on the neutral background with blue accents. Thanks for your support.

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      Skarlet 4 years ago from California

      Interesting hub teaches.

      I love the way you presented this. I would think that some type of blue would be good. I was super hyper and I had a blue room as a child, and somehow I did manage to get some sleep. But, I think I would use a neutral and add the blue accents now. More versatility.

      It was really nice that my parents actually involved me in that choice years ago.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Practical, your home must be very beautiful what with an artist in the home. Greens and blues are good combos for kids- peaceful and calming. Thanks for your add to the topic- valuable!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      What a useful article! I love that you suggest giving the kids the reign with picking the colors without interfering with your own preference as a parent.

      Since my husband is an artist, we have a lot of color in our house, including reds, yellows, greens and blues. My kids rooms are my favorites; simple palettes of lights blues, and greens with accent colors. Those colors really are soothing!

      Great hub! Will be sharing!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Millionaire, that neutral color base, will be good with any color accessory your little girl choose and will last for years to come. Great choice! Enjoyed your visit here today. Take care.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Peach is such a great backdrop for sunny dispositions. You must be one of those wonderful people! Thanks, Karen, for coming by for a visit. I appreciate your support. Have a great week.

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      This is great advice for decorating a child's room. I always let my daughter choose her favorite scheme. Right now, her room has white walls with black trim. That goes with pretty much any scheme she wants to use with her bed coverings and floor coverings.

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      Believe it or not, orange, or any shade of it has always been my favorite color, with yellow being my second favorite. In terms of room colors, that would translate into a peach. Nice hub and I like the picture. Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Lindacee, for your added value to the topic and support. I do value your opinions. Choosing the wall colors take some time, for any room in the home and not often fun when it is just me and my hubby!

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      lindacee 4 years ago from Arizona

      I loved your color analysis and suggestions for kids' rooms. This is very helpful information -- color is one of the most difficult decisions in room design. Your Hub will help eliminate the stressing and guesswork! Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared on Facebook.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mhatter, shades of blue is the most favored color, as you can tell by the charts above. Good backdrop for a room as it provides a sense of peace. Smart woman you have there!

      Girishpuri, if you get them involved they will appreciate their space much more than if you did it all yourself. Great add to the hub! Have a wonderful day's journey.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      great color analysis, very much informative guide about the color choices, and i agree children must be involved in color choices, thank you o much, voted up and above.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Both of my kids are now on their own. My wife went with shades of blue for their rooms.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I would guess that yellow would be all over your home, Drbj! You are so savvy!! Ha, he, ha. thanks for coming by here today and making lightening my spirit. Take care and enjoy the weekend -- sit in your yellow haven of rest!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I've always enjoyed, Dianna, reading about what our various color choices may mean. I have two rooms in my home where one wall is painted bright, really bright yellow - my office and my dining room. Now I know why yellow is my favorite color thanks to you. It's said to be the color of intellectuals. Of course, I knew that! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You can link this to your hub, Ruchira. Thanks for the honor! Green is a good background for a boys room - very earthy and natural. I will get over to read your hub -- I think I have seen it, but want to just support your writing on the topic. Take care, dear friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nell, thanks for visiting. I appreciate your views on the topic. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pamela, involving kids is always a great idea when it comes to their personal space. Maybe it will motivate them to keep it clean? Thanks for your visit here today.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, have fun when the time comes to redo those rooms. I'm sure your little girls will have lots of great input. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mecheshier, glad you were here today! Thanks for your votes and support of the hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Carol! I too wish I would have had more information on this when my son was younger. Thanks for the votes up and sharing. Have a great weekend.

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Informative guide, dianna.

      I have colored my kids room basic green to keep him balanced.

      Btw, can I connect this hub of yours to my hub titled, how to furnish your kids room?

      Let me know your view...thanks

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      I love all the color guides, color is so important especially for children, great info and so useful, voted up! nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      This color analysis is very interesting. I think it is great to involve you child in the decorating choices for their room Very interesting hub.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Awesome hub article and have pinned to use in the future as my girls get older and possibly want to redo their own rooms. Have also voted and shared too :)

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      mecheshier 4 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. Great suggestions and info. Especially the color chart. Voted up for useful.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love the color analysis...wish I had this information when my kids were young. Thanks for sharing all this. Up and share.