After a full day of painting over Pepto-Bismal Pink I have decided that I will never let my kids pick their bedroom paint color! Yes, when we bought this house the boys room was this incredibly bright shade of pink. Now it is a neutral modern boys room painted Benjamin Moore’s “Edgecomb Gray”.
Earlier this week I wrote a quick post on a home site talking about why I’ll never let my kids pick their bedroom paint color. I shared our kids rooms from our last two houses, which were also painted Edgecomb Gray. I couldn’t believe what a controversial topic this turned into! I haven’t always been in the “neutral kids rooms” camp… and I’ve got this picture of their old “banana peel yellow” bedroom to prove it.
As “fun” as the banana peel was, don’t you agree that the neutral color makes for a much more calming atmosphere?! Because really… don’t you want your kids to want to sleep in their bedroom?
I’ve got a few reasons why I’m now in the “neutral kids rooms” camp:
- It’s easy to change decor through curtains, bedding and accessories.
- You don’t have to repaint each time your child’s favorite color changes.
- Neutral rooms do better for resale.
- It’s easy to patch and do touch ups when you use the same color throughout your house.
- Neutral kids rooms can give an entire house a cohesive flow.
Because the boys have neutral walls, I’m able to use brightly painted furniture like their dressers which are painted with Annie Sloan’s “Aubusson Blue”.
Just this week I picked up their vintage mirror from the local Habitat ReStore for just $30! I love it’s rounded corners and the base that matches their leather chair in the corner.
I still haven’t unpacked any of our art or decor, so I still plan on bringing in more pops of color on the walls. Just today I hung their curtains which I was able to reuse from their bedroom two houses ago (and only 1 year ago!)
Their chair is the perfect spot for snuggling up with a book. I got it really cheap as a damaged display at Target, that I couldn’t find any damage on! Otherwise you can find it here. *Affiliate Link*
With neutral walls it’s fun to use bright bedding to bring color into the room. I am reusing their pirate quilts that I sewed for them when they were just toddlers!
Their beds are the Tristen Twin Bed in Pewter, which I absolutely love. *Affiliate Link* They’re super sturdy and I love their industrial vibe. I told the boys that they’ll have them until they’re legs are sticking out the ends! Jack tried to tell me that will be in just a few years. I hope not!
Over on the other side of their room they’ve got two big closets and a lot of space to play. I’d like to find a rug for that side to create a cozy spot to build Legos on the floor. If you choose a neutral wall color, here’s a few ways that you can still add color and character:
- Use Colorful Bedding and Pillows
- Bring in Brightly Painted Furniture
- Use Curtains and Rugs with Lots of Color and Texture
- Decorate with Toys and Bright Objects (see post on decorating kids rooms with vintage pieces)
- Hang Brightly Colored Art, Photos, and Wall Hangings
I know that everyone has differing opinions on letting kids pick their bedroom paint color. Even though I’m going with neutral colors for our house, that doesn’t mean that wild and crazy colors can’t be great too. It all comes down to personal preference… and maybe someday one of our kids will request a crazy color that I won’t be able to say no to! For now though I’m enjoying infusing character and color though their decor.
**2017 Update** To see the ways their room evolved check for the final reveal post here!
To shop their completed room you can click on the images below:
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