When it comes to decorating children's bedrooms, our number one advice would be: get your children involved in the decorating process. And no, we don't mean handing them a paint roller and a pair of dungarees (unless you're raising a mini Bob Ross, of course). What we actually mean is ask them about their favourite colours, what they like and don't like, how they want to feel in their own bedroom.
Or, even better - grab a few paint sample pots in the colours they like and a few sheets of lining paper and let them physically connect with the colours while helping you test the paint samples correctly. And speaking of testing paint samples, here's a handy step-by-step guide on how to do this the right way.
And now, let's get to the best part - choosing the colours. Emma Bestley, our Co-Founder and Creative Director, is jumping in to share her top three paint colour combinations for a children's bedroom. Get ready to immerse yourself in colourful ideas and embrace your creativity when it comes to decorating the dreamiest bedroom for your little ones.
1. Passionate Lilac and Electric Mint Green.
This is one of our favourite YesColours colour combinations and a colour pairing we often suggest during colour consultations too. It's truly versatile and can be used in many ways, which makes it great for any space, depending on the colour proportions you use. And, of course, especially great for children's bedrooms, playrooms and even nurseries.
Our Passionate Lilac paint colour is, in fact, extremely popular right now due to the rise of people's love for cornflower blue hues. It's essentially a cornflower cobalt blue purple shade that's perfectly poised and balanced, full of self awareness and confidence.
Next up - one of our bestselling paint colours ever - our Electric Mint Green. It's zingy, it's bright, it's fun and it brings so much energy to any room. It's as if we've stolen Wikipedia's description for 'the perfect children's bedroom colour' and we've turned it into the real thing
Both Passionate Lilac and Electric Mint Green paint colours have relatively cool tones, so because of that (or if you'd rather have a neutral thrown in the mix), you could pair them with our Electric Hot White paint colour. Feel free to mix and match all three and play with the colour proportions to suit your taste and the taste of your children.
Need more neutrals? Paint all walls in Electric Hot White and use our Passionate Lilac and Electric Mint Green paint shades as accent colours. Want to create a more exciting and fun space? Use our Electric Mint Green paint in eggshell finish on woodwork and doors and our Passionate Lilac paint just on the ceiling to create a nighttime scene. You could also create zoning areas within a predominantly neutral colour palette. Children's bedrooms are used for playing AND sleeping so, to nurture both aspects of their daily routine, paint a colour cube or a colour corner that could serve as a reading area, playing area or sleeping area. So much colour, so many possibilities.
2. Mellow Green and Mellow Yellow.
If you're new to the YesColours paint colour palette, you've probably noticed our Colour Collections and have already spotted words like Passionate, Loving, Mellow... now, you're probably wondering what do these actually mean. We won't blame you. We're actually incredibly proud of the way we think, see and talk about colour. It's universal to each person and each colour brings a different emotion and feeling to everyone. Plus, let's be honest - choosing paint colours that pair well together is sometimes so overwhelming that you'd rather play it safe and splash a neutral all over the place. Good for you if you're a neutral colour lover, but if you're not - we're here to help... yes, through our Colour Collections. Each of them combines colours that have similar tones and evoke similar emotions. Decorating has never been easier and creating colour combinations has never been more fun... so run, don't walk and explore all of our paint colour collections to find your favourite.
And speaking of favourite collections, our recently launched Mellow Collection is definitely amongst the favourite ones in our home decor community. It's still vibrant and saturated but all the colours in it have a touch of black that we deliberately added in the mix to calm the shades down and make them more muted and easier on the eye. Perfect for a heritage, vintage vibe but also for playful, earthy tonal palette that will make your heart sing.
It's no wonder that our second colour combination for children's bedrooms is Mellow Green and Mellow Yellow. This is a warm and inviting colour combination that's playful enough but not too overwhelming for the senses.
Our Mellow Green paint colour is so calm and restful that you could easily use it to colour drench the whole space to create a soothing environment for the best night's sleep for your children. It will also bring the outside in due to its grass green hue and therefore create a colourful bond with nature, even if you're simply having a cup of tea inside. Bonus tip: use this green colour everywhere and add Mellow Yellow on the woodwork.
When it comes to yellow colours, they are often bright, vibrant and energising, which could create an unnecessarily overwhelming space if we're not careful with the colour proportions. Our advice when using yellow for decorating is to use it on small areas rather than colour drenching the entire room. You'll be surprised how much more effective this approach would end up looking too! Use our muted, mustardy Mellow Yellow paint colour on the ceiling to represent the sunshine, or paint an area (or a few) in your children's bedroom to create a zoning space for playful activities. Mellow Yellow would look incredible used on woodwork too!
Alternatively, if you'd prefer a neutral scheme with little pops of colour, use our Mellow Neutral paint everywhere and add Mellow Green and Mellow Yellow on woodwork, doors, shelves, picture frames, or to create zoning areas for playing, reading and sleeping.
Our Mellow Green and Mellow Yellow paint colours are zingy, bright and saturated and yet muted enough to not be too overwhelming. It's like a summer fruit bowl splashed all over the room, if you ask us. In a good (and very delicious) way, of course.
3. Loving Teal and Fresh Peach.
One thing we see time and time again in children's bedrooms is a lot of artwork, photos and small details on the walls. When you think about it, it feels like you're in an art gallery already. If your children's bedroom fits the description, we've got just the right paint colour combination for you - our Loving Teal and Fresh Peach paint colours.
Use our dark and soothing Loving Teal paint colour as your backdrop. It works and looks amazingly well with artwork as it makes it pop without blending with it, which is exactly what you need in this scenario. This is quite a dark paint colour so might not be your usual choice when decorating a children's bedroom but it has so much warmth added to it that it's relaxing, calming and cocooning. Perfect for a good night's sleep or for children who need less visual stimulation or sensory triggers.
Colour drench the whole room in Loving Teal and add our delicious Fresh Peach paint colour on the ceiling for a cheeky pop of warm, pinky peach goodness. If you scroll up, you'll see this exact colour combination in action in one of our customers' children's bedroom... yes, we're truly obsessed with it.
It's all about colour balance and colour proportions here, so if you'd rather have a lighter colour in your children's bedroom or playroom, you could simply switch the two colours and colour drench your walls in Fresh Peach while adding Loving Teal on the ceiling. You could also paint the entire room in Fresh Peach (including the ceiling) and add Loving Teal on small details around, such as woodwork, wardrobes or upcycled furniture. We guarantee your children will love it!
We hope you loved our three paint colour combinations for children's bedrooms, playrooms and nurseries. Use this handy guide as your dose of a little inspiration and a lot of motivation to grab the paint brush and start decorating.
And, in case you need more help with choosing the right paint colour for your space, feel free to book a colour consultation with us and we’ll sort your colour puzzle in no time. Free option is available too!Share your YesColours home transformation by tagging us on Instagram.