HappyHome: Color the Kids Happy!

April 6, 2017 raguirre

Pass the kid test with flying colors by following these tricks of the trade from Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

Style as Easy as 1, 2, 3

  • Typically, kid’s rooms today need to have a good starting foundation of neutrals for longevity purposes,” Sue notes. “No parent wants to be painting their child’s room month after month based upon the latest Disney movie or Nickelodeon TV show.”In fact, Sue says “themed rooms” feel out of date these days. Instead, let a mood or feeling—think “sophisticated” or “cheerful”—direct your décor choices.
  • Create a space and a style that can grow with the child. It is easier to swap out accessories, toys, and small furniture pieces than to redesign and decorate the entire room as the child’s interests change.
  • “Getting children involved in the colors of their room is a great way to include them in the decision making process,” Sue explains, “but I recommend letting the child choose from a pre-selected palette of two or three colors. Just as a fan deck of swatches can be overwhelming for adults, be prepared for a child to be extremely overwhelmed when given the freedom to select any color.”

Create a space and a style that can grow with the child.

Classic Kid-Friendly Colors


“The sophisticated baby room can work for either gender, and is easy to grow into well into their tween years. Tinted neutrals and softer tones reflect this style of room. It’s an extension of the overall design of the home and can look elegant and rich when paired with a variety of wood tones and styles of furniture,” Sue explains.


Taking a whimsical, eclectic approach also works for the baby-to-tween room. “This style of room still has a strong neutral as an anchor, but allows bold pops of color to be added,” Sue says. “When selecting a neutral keep in mind that a neutral with a gray undertone helps balance out the brightness of the accent color and is easy to coordinate with other bright materials and finishes throughout the room.”

3 Paint Products to Get The Job Done Right

Not all paints are created equal when it comes to kids. Here are Sue’s top 3 product picks for creative, active families.

  1. Emerald interior – Stain-blocking. Washable. Words any mom or dad loves to hear. This paint and primer in one offers up stunning color and a smooth finish that helps hide minor imperfections on the wall.
  2. Harmony interior – This acrylic latex paint’s zero VOC formula helps reduce common indoor odors from pets, cooking, and smoke. This hi-tech paint actually helps improves indoor air quality levels and gives walls a washable, durable finish. This acrylic paint is GreenGuard® Certified for Children and Schools.
  3. Paint Shield – This first-ever EPA-registered interior latex paint has the power to kill bacteria on painted surfaces. The microbicidal formula kills 99.9% of Staph, E. coli, and certain other bacteria within two hours of exposure, and continues to kill 90 percent of bacteria for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.

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