Some moms and dads choose neutral colors for kid’s rooms as they’re able to grow with their child. But let’s face it, creams and off-whites are far from being fun colors. Sure, they’re “practical” but they could also be quite boring, especially for kids.

“Kids thrive in colorful spaces and one thing we know for sure is that color has a huge impact on mood, feelings, and emotions—things that can be all over the place when kids’ brains and bodies are growing at rapid rates,” says interior designer Jessica Geller.

Choose Between Cool or Warm

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Make an informed choice. Choose a wall paint color that’s suited to your child and what you intend for the room—a lot of energetic play or for winding down at night?

Color psychology tells us that colors can affect mood, emotions, and even behavior. Warmer hues, like red, orange, and yellow, are energy-inducing. These are great for playrooms! Cooler hues, like blue, green, and purple, have the ability to evoke feelings of calmness. Child having trouble settling for bed? Cool colors may be of help.

Pastels are Reliable Go-Tos

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Children’s bedrooms and pastel colors are best friends. Pastels are gentle colors and bring a sense of lightness to a room. After all, you don’t want a serious and somber mood in a kid’s room, right? You want something that’s youthful, optimistic, and bright.

If you’re going for your child’s favorite color on the walls, going for its pastel equivalent is an easy hack if you don’t want something that’s too bold or you’re not used to using so much color (like if you’re #TeamPuti or #TeamIndustrial). Here’s a blog post to take inspiration from: Desaturation: #TeamKulay Trick for Color Newbies.

Already like a color from the pastel palette above? Just head over to your nearest Boysen Mix and Match station to have a batch mixed. Find a list of locations here.

For Bold Colors, Do an Accent Wall

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If you’ve already fallen in love with a bold color though, that’s totally understandable as well. For that, consider an accent wall. This is when you paint just one wall in the room in the striking hue. By doing so, you keep the color from overpowering the space while still being able to use that stunning shade you want. Have your cake and eat it! To achieve balance in the room, for the other wall colors, your best bet is to go for a neutral color (like off-white or cream) or a pastel shade of your accent color.

Go for Paint that’s Safe and Antibacterial

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Strong paint smells that linger long after you’ve painted are not something you want in the house when you’ve got a family. So, for children’s rooms, we’ve got the solution: Boysen Healthy Home.

Boysen Healthy Home is odor-less, lead-safe, and low-VOC which makes it ideal for homes with young children and elderly. Plus, it’s also formulated to be antibacterial which means it can protect surfaces from bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella, as well as molds and fungi.

You’ll be able to find Healthy Home in a selection of readily available colors. More than a thousand more are also available for mixing at Boysen Mix and Match stations. The Boysen fan decks will be waiting for you there for you to choose from.

Good luck! Hope you find the perfect color for your little one’s room! If you liked this blog post, feel free to subscribe to the Let it B newsletter to stay up-to-date with all that’s going on here at


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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