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polka-dot-roomIf you have children, they will most likely want some input into the design of their room. Allowing them to choose the paint color can be risky. I still remember the day when my daughter, then about 9-years old, wanted to paint her room dark purple. Years later, as an angst-ridden teen, she wanted to paint her room black. Neither of those ideas panned-out, but in both instances, we came to a mutual agreement. Now, in her 20’s, she’s opted for a lovely shade of creamy yellow for her very own room in her very own house.

Thanks to modern technology, the Internet provides lots and lots of places to find color wheels, tips and even places to give your kids a chance to do a virtual makeover.teenagebedroomlarge

One thing to keep in mind is that room colors can affect your child, both psychologically and physically. Maturity, cultural influences, personal experiences, light and even physical makeup are just a few of the elements that influence how an individual will respond to color.

kids-bdrWarm Colors – these colors are on the red side of the color wheel. These colors usually give one a feeling of warmth, intimacy and relaxation. However, intense warm colors such as reds and oranges tend to stimulate and excite. If your child is warm and affectionate, you might suggest choosing colors from the red side of the wheel.

Cool Colors – these colors will be found on the blue side of the color wheel. Cool colors often have a calming affect, although intensely cool colors (very dark) have a tendency to depress the viewer. Painting kid rooms, light cool colors such as blue green, light blue, blue-violet and even white have a calming effect and make rooms feel more spacious and elegant.

Earth Tones – Ground colors like grays, browns, and beige (muted yellows) ground you. They are a good choice for hyperactive children, creating a sense of warmth, comfort and relaxation.

Muted ground colors are best. Just look outside for examples of the browns and grays found in squirrels, trees, and the earth.

Picture 43Black -Black is best used sparingly if at all. Traditionally it represents darkness, despair, sorrow and mourning and subconsciously it is strongly associated with death. When it is used in large amounts it absorbs light and it can generate depression and/or zap the energy out of the viewer.

While discussing painting kid rooms, teens often mention black as a color choice. For them it’s creates a sense of mystery and modern style. The style they want to communicate can still be reached using black in restricted amounts, as accents or accessories. That said, black should not be used in large amounts, especially in rooms that are used frequently.

White – White predominately represents peace, faith, joy, cleanliness and of course, purity. Since white reflects almost 80% of light, white rooms seem brighter and larger than rooms painted in other colors. It’s a great palate that can enhance other colors in the room.

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