Color Combos That Last

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 5, 2011

There are so many choices when designing your child’s room.  And more than anyone else, children tend to move from one fad to the next quickly.  So, what’s the best way to go?  Princess theme?  Superheroes? Outer-space?

We talked with one of our in house design experts, Melissa, to get her opinion.  Here’s what she said:

“Typically in the past, what you might have seen were the common pastels and animal themes.”  

For example, you have a probably seen countless nurseries and toddlers’ rooms with these color combinations:

Traditional Girl Colors    Traditional Boy Colors
However, many of us have learned that once our toddlers learn to express their opinions, they often quickly decide that they want a “big girl” or “big boy” look to their bedroom.  However, redesigning your child’s room based on their current tastes over the next 18 years can be a costly enterprise.  Here’s what Melissa had to say about keeping your child’s room timeless:

“What you might want to consider instead of pastels, are just deepening up the colors a little bit.  Going a little more grown up on your color palette early on can still work for young children and will grow with your child.”

Here are a few examples that you might consider for a boys’ room.

Timeless Boy Colors Timeless Boy Colors 

And here are some more “grown up” colors for girls’ rooms.

Timeless Girl Colors Timeless Girl Colors

By choosing some of these color schemes that can be cute for a little one and cool for an older child, you can make things easier on yourself when it comes time to those transitions.  Instead of repainting or stripping off wallpaper, you can then make adjustments to the room’s accessories.  For example, you might change out the night light for a trendy bedside lamp or a changing table for a new bookshelf.

In the long run, you may not be able to predict what your child is going to like and dislike over the years, but you can start with colors that make it possible to make simple changes that reflect their young personality.

Have you had to redesign your child’s room over and over again? Or did you start out with a less traditional color palette?  Let us know in the comment section. We’d love to hear your story! 

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