Daughter's Bedroom Paint Color

by Kathy
(Allenton, Wi, USA)

Hi, We are remodeling our home and building a bedroom for our 9yr. 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 tone to it, but a slight brownish hue to the background. 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 am thinking green, but cannot find the right green. I've tried pulling a color from the mural and going a bit lighter or darker, but cannot find anything I like. 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).

I've gotten so many suggestions of different greens(and other colors) that I am completely overwelmed. I think it needs to be a fairly light color, just not too bright or too washed out or dull (does that make sense???). A slight bit of a warmth to it might be nice?? Just a couple suggestions I've gotten are some sort of sage, but that's too blue and Grass Cloth by Behr, but that's too intense and in some areas of the room looks dull. I'd like something a bit lighter??? maybe?? (not too bright though, that has a richness to it and isn't dull).

I know it's my daughter's room, but since she told me to just pick something, it's up to me to find a color she and I both like.(My husband doesn't care what we go with).

It not only has to go with the mural and pine, but also with my daughter's 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.

Also, her room is right off the office area which is an orange color (a bit darker than pumpkin orange), so it should probably be something that won't clash with the office color?? Should it be a really soft color or not so light???

I am looking at Behr, Sherwin-Williams, pittsburgh, glidden 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 over a year now. Any suggestions of an exact color or two to look at would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! Kathy

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Jan 17, 2012
Wall colors for a girls room
by: Anonymous

Hi Kathy,

It would be difficult for me to give you an exact color since it's almost impossible for me to see a color in an image. I will try and help you though.

Your first task, would be to select the bedding. When purchasing the bedding I would recommend something like the ones on this page.

Be sure to have a look at the wall colors when your looking at the images.

Once bedding and drapes are bought take a piece of the carpet, mural (if possible) and your new purchases to the paint store.

At the store select wall colors by using your bedding, mural, carpet and drapes etc., as a color pallet.

You can either have exact paint color matches or the decor items can be used to find their color family. As an example, you may think a brown that's in the comforter you bought is to dark for the walls where as a lighter brown (of the same family) might work better.

With that said, a medium to darker brown color would be my choice but green walls will work fine too just as long as the bedding is more brown with less green in it. Other colors could be puled from the fabric it just depends on the bedding or drapes that you buy.

Do remember though that paint colors are almost never the color of the sample. Differences in sheen (finish), paint product, lighting, flooring, ceilings and items in the room etc., will all change the paint color once it's dried. In fact, colors can be perceived differently from person to person.

Also, I'm not suggesting you buy your bedding from the link above. It would be better to take a piece of the mural and your carpeting right to a bedding retailer to do that. The link is there to give you an idea as to a few of the bedding color combinations that you can pull colors from.


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