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Beyond Pink and Blue: Color Schemes for Kids' Rooms
by Jessica Ackerman

There is no reason to limit the color schemes for kids' rooms to the more traditional "pink for girls and blue for boys" guidelines. It can be much more appropriate and fun to explore other choices and involve your child in choosing a color scheme that suits their tastes.

Bright Colors for Babies and Toddlers
When choosing a color scheme for babies or toddlers, bright primary colors are often a good choice. These types of colors are cheerful and bright, and kids just naturally like them. Many toys for small children are also in this color palette, which can create a good overall look. You can choose just a few primary colors, such as blue and green or yellow and orange, or use many different primary colors together. This provides plenty of flexibility, especially if the walls are painted a neutral shade and the bright colors are added as accent shades.

Character Themes for Young Children
Young children often have a favorite theme or character that can become the inspiration for the room's overall color theme. By choosing a bedspread or other accessories for the room in a print of your child's favorite character, you can then pick up these shades throughout other areas of the room, creating a nice coordinated effect. Other themes can be used as well to create a color palette. For example, a jungle theme could be created - using wall decals or other decorating elements, and then a green and yellow color scheme could be used in the rest of the room.

Designing Around the Child's Favorite Color
Other times the child might not have a particular favorite theme, but instead they have a favorite color. While it can sometimes may seem difficult to utilize a particularly bright or dark color in a child's room, such as black or fire engine red, with a little thought and creativity you can use the color in large splashes throughout the room, such as the bedspread or area rugs, while leaving the walls a more neutral shade. Colorful wallpaper borders and wall decals can also be used to add bright colors without the need to paint the walls dark.

Give Older Children the Independence to Choose Their Decor
Older children will want to help choose the colors and overall theme for their room. This can be a lot of fun for them, and should be encouraged whenever possible. Popular themes for older children include themes focused on the beach or other outdoor themes, horses, sports, music, television shows or stars, or a room decor based upon a favorite color or colors.

These types of themes can provide a lot of inspiration for choosing a color scheme. For example, using blues and beiges for a beach-themed room can provide a nice effect. Overall color combinations using neutral shades such as white and black, or earth tones are also very popular and versatile choices. The overall look of the room can be changed frequently by adding different accent colors when a neutral overall color scheme is chosen.

Teenagers often have a preference for bright and bold color combinations as well. For instance, a popular girl's retro bedroom look can be achieved with bright floral patterns from the 60's.

By using a little creativity, it's possible to move beyond pink and blue, and choose a color scheme that expresses your child's personality and interests. Of course, if your child's favorite color IS pink or blue, there's nothing wrong with that color choice either!

About the Author:
Jessica Ackerman of WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, is an award-winning designer who illustrates how simple it can be to build abstract wall art whether or not you have candle wall sconces.

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