Painting Your Daughter's Bedroom Walls the Perfect Color


When it comes to painting the walls of your little girl's bedroom, choosing the right color can make the difference between a room she loves and a room she hates. As the parent, it's up to you to figure out the perfect color palette to bring smiles of joy and appreciation. Because this will be her personal space in which to do homework, play and dream, try to discover which colors most suit her personality.

Cheerful little girls usually love bright pinks, tangerines and cool blues. More introverted children will feel at ease surrounded by soft greens and gentle yellows. If your daughter is a serious soul, she may prefer chocolate brown or rich navy blue. Because the bedroom walls will be the backdrop for all the other decorations, get this part right and you are almost home free.

The most obvious way to discover your daughter's favorite colors is simply to ask her or to show her a color wheel and let her choose from it. If there are no clear-cut winners, notice which crayons or markers she prefers to color with or which clothing choices she loves to wear. A bit of careful observation should provide clues to the perfect paint colors for your little princess.

Be wary of doing themed bedroom walls for your young child. While circuses, castles, fairy kingdoms and flower gardens are trendy, little girls change their minds frequently. Your daughter may want to be a ballerina today and a princess tomorrow. Since redoing a bedroom can represent a considerable investment in time, money and energy, choose a decorating scheme that can easily grow with your daughter's maturing interests. On the other hand, papering or putting a mural on one wall as a focal point and painting the others a coordinating color is an affordable compromise.

Most young children love those bright, bold colors that may be stronger than your personal taste. Sherwin-Williams offers a youthful palette that includes Gleeful lime green, Free Spirit purple, Breathtaking blue, Ice Plant hot pink and cheery Daffodil yellow. If this is a bonding project, you can still win with another compromise: Keep the walls within your comfort range but add pops of your child's favorite brighter colors in pillows, linens, wall art, removable decals and other bedroom accessories. Shopping together for just the right bedding and decorations can be fun and rewarding. Even a neutral white wall such as Sherwin-Willliams' Pure White or Alabaster white will come alive with the perfect wall art. How about letting your daughter be the featured artist? Graphic art companies such as Kiddie Designs can take your child's masterpiece and transfer it to a canvas masterpiece suitable for mounting.

For 2014, the trendiest colors for little girls' bedrooms are still pinks and purples. To keep this special room from becoming overpowered by color, consider toning down these bright shades with a green or cream (Sherwin-Williams' Lucent Yellow) of the same intensity. Another pretty option would be to paint a rich chocolate or charcoal on one wall and use hot pink or white as a complementary color. Even black furniture and accessories can be used to moderate many pinks. Fortunately, you do not have to worry about matching bedroom decor to the rest of the house.

As a personal retreat, a bedroom should always should reflect the unique personality of its owner. Your daughter will love the time and effort you invest in creating a bedroom that's just right for her, but she will love it even more if you let her become part of the decorating process.


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