Paint Color for Girl Bedroom

by Kathy
(Allenton, Wisconsin)



Question:

Hi,
We are remodeling our home and building a bedroom upstairs for our 8 year old daughter. I need help finding the right paint color for her room.

We put up a forest wallpaper mural on one wall and the room gets medium to low natural light from a big window on the north wall. The ceiling is natural pine and the trim is all medium stained oak. The mural has a misty background that is mostly green with a grayish to it, but a bit of it towards the top has a very slight brownish hue. The photo is off in color and the misty background looks much more beige (brown) in the photo than it actually is (The heat registers on the mural wall are the wrong color and will be changed).

I am having trouble picking a paint color that works with the mural and the pine. I was looking at green, but I think I have given up on green? And I’m looking now for a medium-light brown, maybe with a very slight grayish to it. I'm really not sure. Any browns with an undertone of green tend to look muddy (I think). My daughter keeps changing her mind and can't pick a color. She told me to just pick one and get it done. I know she does not want anything too bright or anything that looks like a child's room (too babyish). Also, whatever I choose will probably never be changed because my husband does the painting (I'm horrible at it.) If I don't like it, he won't change it, so I'd be stuck with it. That's why it's taking so long to find the right color. It not only has to go with the mural and pine, but also with my daughter log bed, which has a medium coloring to it (we varnished it and it brought out the reddish and yellowish-mostly red hues in the wood). We will pick a neutral lighter color carpet after painting.

I am looking at Behr, Sherwin Williams and Martha Stewart paints. I have gotten several samples, put them on poster board and looked at them on the different walls in different light, and still have no idea. I would like to paint as soon as possible, since I've been trying to find a paint color for almost a year now. Any suggestions of an exact color or two to look at would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
Kathy


Answer:

Hi Kathy,

To summarize your story, the color you are looking for should:
  • Work well with wooden room decor (ceiling, trim and log bed),
  • Not be too bright, nor look too babyish,
  • It should also complement the existing wallpaper mural (green forest).

I would add that the color should also be of very light tone. I emphasize it because for me the key point in your daughter’s room description is that it gets medium to low natural light from the window on the north wall, (north means no much of sunlight during the day). In addition, wooden ceiling and trim absorb great amount of light as well. Therefore, any medium to dark paint tone will make this room completely dark. I would take it in consideration before everything else when looking for the right shade. As you see, there are not many options. I recommend you to limit your searches to natural, cream, pale yellow, and light beige tones. These shades work well with both wood tones and green murals. The additional advantage is that all these colors are quite neutral, and if after several years your daughter will decide to change the wallpaper she could easily match almost any kind of other decor to these existing paint tones.

In addition to my recommendations, here is a link to an excellent Sherwin Williams paint colors ebook, written by house painting specialist:

Paint Color Cheat Sheets

This book can definitely solve your problem and will help you to pick the right tone. If you decide to obtain it, you may download and use it immediately after purchasing.

Good luck with your painting project,
Alina

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Mar 29, 2011
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Daughter's bedroom paint color
by: Kathy

Hi, I have looked at lighter browns (beiges) which I think might work, but cannot find the right one that might work. It can't be just a light beige because that's too brown. It would have to have an undertone of maybe a hint of gray? A slight undertone of green in beige looks "muddy". I also do not want it to be a color that is too blah as some greens are that I have looked at. The color will be on the wall next to the very grayish green in the mural, which is why light beige that is very brown does not look exactly right. I have recently gotten other comments saying it should be a lighter olive green or sage (possibly a bit too blah). Do you think green is not right? It should be some sort of beige? I've gotten so many different suggestions, I'm not sure what would be right. If you could suggest a couple specific colors (names and brand) to check out, I would really appreciate it.

Thanks!
Kathy

Mar 29, 2011
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Paint Color for Girl Bedroom
by: Alina


Kathy,

There is difficult to suggest any specific color without seeing your room. As you know, the color shades are different on each computer screen. I?m not sure that sage, olive or gray undertone will work in this room, since they are very similar to forest mural. It could be boring. But these are only my speculations. Please take a look at the ebook I wrote you above, it may help you a lot, there are specific samples of many tested and proven colors that you can try.

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