December 1st, 2016

Use neutral colors to create a restful child’s bedroom


There are 2 types of people in this world. Those that find a riot of color energizing and those that find it aggravating. Count me in the second camp and based on the popularity of neutral colors, I know I’m not alone. Particularly in a room meant as a place to rest, I’m a fan of using neutral colors to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere. And that is nowhere more true than a child’s bedroom that tends to be overwhelmed with color with toys, books and clothing no matter how hard you try for monochrome.

So put down your vibrant colors and let’s take a look at some neutral shades for your boys and girls.

For my daughters room, I went with the most neutral color scheme of all: classic black and white. To add texture, we added picture molding trim on the large blank wall. The brass chandelier adds sparkle while the gold stars surrounding it add a bit of whimsy. To add interest, the ceiling was painted black. And finally no little girl’s room is complete without at least an accent of pink so a cozy tufted chair completed the scene. Everything else was kept in shades of black, white, cream or gray.

In the daytime, with the light streaming in, it’s a bright and cheery place to play and have friends over. The white walls make a great canvas for all the prized artwork that comes home day after day. And even when this room is at it’s most messy, the white walls give it balance that a vibrant shade could not provide.
At night, when the toys are put away, the black and white creates a relaxing space where she can lay her head and get a good’s night rest without over stimulation. And as she grows, I know neutral colors will never feel too “babyish” and we can change up the room to suit her style.

Of course black and white is not the only option. Neutral colors come in endless combinations that you can make work for your personal style and preferences. Try gray and cream for a slightly more masculine take on the same concept. Or go with rich shades of navy and white – always a classic.
The colors I used in this room were Glidden Marshmallow White and Deep Onyx. For other color combinations try French Grey and Antique White or Approaching Storm and Drifting Snow. Happy Painting!


Black ceiling white room gold stars

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.