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Designer Tips for Picking a Room Paint Palette

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Choose a fun and vibrant paint palette for a girl's room, boy's room, or adult space using tips from Creative Ideas designer Rachel Haugo.

Paint Palette

Q: There are so many colors! How do you narrow them down to just a few choices?

A: Create an inspiration board or folder. Collect photographs of rooms you like from magazines, catalogs, and websites. Save these photos, fabric samples, color swatches, and more. You’ll likely see a theme, such as a specific color, style, or pattern, which you can use as a starting point. I usually like to use a “safe” color as the base and use pops of bright color around the space.

For this little girl’s nursery, however, I decided to update the classic pink color scheme by choosing bright pinks (First Kiss #CI 220, Strawberry Fields #CI 219) as the base colors. Adding additional bold hues (Gone Bananas #CI 233, Hang Ten #CI 251, Kiwi Splash #CI 237) creates a space that can move from nursery to big-kid room.

Boys Nursery Color Palette

Q: How do you make a classic color choice, such as blue, fresh and fun?

A: If I were designing this room in blue, I would do a play on a modern jungle theme. I’d mimic the hues found in grass with two shades of green (Kiwi Splash #CI 237, Gecko #CI 236) and recreate the sky with blues (Dive In #CI 249, Sprinkler #CI 250). I’d keep the cheerful yellow (Gone Bananas #CI 233) to add a fun splash of color. Accenting with whites provides some visual relief.

Gender Neutral Color Palette

Q: What colors do you suggest for a room that suits either a boy or girl?

A: For the gender-neutral room, selecting colors that would be appropriate for either is key. Greens (Minty #CI 239, Katydid #CI 240), yellows (Star Bright #CI 231, Funshine #CI 232), and even a calming blue (Cool Pool #CI 248) are colors that can go masculine or feminine. This subdued palette also allows flexibility for adding touches of “boy” or “girl” once the little bundle is born.

Neutral Chevron Color Palette

Q: What colors would you use if this chevron pattern were in a living room?

A: For the neutral room, I’d pick colors that are cozy and relaxing. I’d use Chimney Stone (#CI 152) as the wall color, and then pick Thunderstorm (#CI 154) and Morning Zen (#CI 170) as accent paints. This would work in a chevron or simple stripe pattern. Juniper Breeze (#CI 178) and Eucalyptus Leaf (#CI 180) are great colors for window treatments and pillows.

Chevron Painting Technique

Q: What is your fail-proof tip for choosing a color palette?

A: No matter the room, I feel it’s important to let it reflect your personality and make it a place you love. Ultimately, it’s your home and you should love being where you live --so make it the best it can be.