The perfect kids' bedroom ideas based on their personality
Even as adults, we sometimes get overwhelmed when it comes to new changes and experiences - be it decorating a new house, or just changing the plate set in the kitchen. With so many colours around, it’s often hard to choose ‘the one’ for our space, which might result in hours spent doing thinking, planning, and the occasional ‘Are you more a ‘green’ or a ‘blue’ person?’ quiz. But what about the little ones? How do we pick the best colour for a kids' bedroom?
Choosing a colour for the little ones is actually really easy with the right preparation and a good dose of understanding what makes them tick. To get started, ask yourself this question: 'How would I describe my kid in three words?'. Think about their likes and dislikes, how they’re spending their time, what fascinates them. Maybe they’ve already marked the walls in your home with watercolour handprints and little rainbows… or maybe they enjoy quietly reading a book in the sunshine… or maybe... yes, collecting bugs is a hobby too!
To celebrate September - the month when kids start the new school year, we’ve chosen to focus on some easy DIY and painting ideas for children's bedrooms and play areas. With our ‘Back To School’ theme we’re hoping to give you a bit of inspiration for your decorating projects, but also, as ambitious as it sounds, to help you understand your kids better.
In order to do that, we asked our Colour Specialist Sam Bramley (a superstar at Lick and supermum at home) to dig deeper into the different kids' personalities and come up with a colour palette for each one of them. Here they are - 9 colour schemes for 9 kids personalities: The Gamer, The Explorer, The Artist, The Limelighter, The Wild Child, The Dreamer, The Bookworm, The Pink Lover, and a special one - Colourful Spectrums.
You probably know this personality pretty well. The Gamer type is playful, whizz, always moving around and exercising some freshly learned action moves. For that personality, Sam chose our Grey 01, Grey 03, Blue 04, Blue 06 and Orange 02 colours. Pair them well and you'll create a fun ambience that will keep the little one curious and energised.
This is for the one who's always curious, the one who wants to see everything. The stone collector, the bug enthusiast, the brave detective. For all the explorers out there, Sam picked our Greige 02, Green 01, White 01 and Green 08. These colours will easily bring the outside in, creating a feeling like you're playing in nature. When picking a colour for The Explorer, make sure that it's an earthy one, preferably with green or grey undertones. Our Greige palette is the perfect choice for that.
It's important to encourage the kids to be creative and explore their talents fully. If you find that your kid is fascinated by music, art, writing, or even if they're just really good at building sandcastles, encourage their activities and help them develop their skills from a young age. To help you with that, Sam has chosen a colour palette that consists of White 01, Yellow 02, Purple 02, Green 08 and Red 03. Using one or more of these shades will create a colourful world full of inspiration and bright new ideas. You get bonus points if you engage your little one in the decorating process - for example, ask them to help you with some DIY ornaments that you can later hang on the wall above their bed.
The Wild Child
That personality type just oozes energy. For the kids with 'ants in their pants' and the ones who are always up for mischief, Sam picked our White 01, Greige 02, Orange 02, Yellow 02 and Green 01. All of these colours are earthy and calming, they will work together with the kid's vibrant nature but at the same time balance it in a way that will inspire, motivate and soothe.
The dreamers are the ones who sometimes live in an imaginary world, have imaginary friends and host imaginary tea parties... but hey, at least there will be no spills on the carpet! To stimulate their thoughts and make them even more creative, surround them with calming, neutral, pastel colours and make them feel like they're in a fairytale. To achieve this, use our Grey 01, White 05, Pink 01, Blue 03 or Blue 01. If you're feeling adventurous, you could easily combine all of these colours and paint a soft rainbow behind the kid's bed - perfect for sweet dreams.
The Bookworm is thoughtful, sensitive, and enjoys some quiet time alone in a calming atmosphere. To create that, use our White 05, Pink 02, Yellow 01, Yellow 02 or Orange 02. These shades will help transport them to magical kingdoms and enchanted meadows and make the time spent in their bedroom a constant adventure.
The Colourful Spectrums
All kids are special but some of them need a bit more to feel calm, safe and, well, home. For the kids with autism, ADHD and special needs, Sam suggests a calming, peaceful colour palette that consists of Blue 01, Blue 03, Blue 04, Green 01, Green 08, Pink 01, Pink 02 and Pink 03. All these colours will improve the focus, calm the anxiety and help the kid deal better with stressful times and other environmental factors.
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*Cover photo by Gemma @gemellisx - check out her profile for some beautiful interior inspiration.