“How can I find a colour scheme my kids won’t grow out of straight away?”
Children change their tastes almost as often as their shoe size, so it’s a good idea to choose a versatile palette that will grow with them when you move to a new house.
These tried-and-tested colour schemes will appeal to your in-betweeners without ever growing old.
1) Yellow and grey
Bold yellows and greys can pack a real punch, making them a great choice for teenagers who want to express themselves.
Go for softer tones, though, and they’ll work just as well for a soothing, gender-neutral nursery scheme.
2) Perfect pastels
Pastels never go out of style and give a calming feel that’s just right for a bedroom. Combine them carefully and they can work equally well for boys and girls.
Soft blues have a delicate, feminine feel when teamed with white, while pale pinks work well as accents against masculine blues or greys.
3) Fresh greens
Green is a refreshing choice which, again, works just as well for girls as it does for boys. Better still, green aids concentration, making it a brain-boosting choice for kids doing their homework in their bedrooms.
Stick to pale, relaxing tones for the main walls with brighter green accents for a pop of energy.
4) Flexible neutrals
Neutrals don’t have to be dull. Use them as the base for your scheme then add a few bright splashes of colour in the bedding and accessories for a fun, youthful look.
This also makes the room easy to update without having to repaint. All you have to do is swap up the accessories – perfect for when your teenage daughter gets sick of Barbie pink or your son outgrows the garish colours of his favourite sports team.
5) Blackboard walls
Blackboard paint adds a sense of fun to a scheme – but it’s practical too. Little ones can use it for drawing pictures or practising their letters, while older kids can use it as a place to write homework lists or for quirky messages from their friends.
Use it to paint a small wall behind a headboard or create a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stripe down the middle of a longer wall.
If your kids are struggling to pick a paint colour and stick with it, use the Dulux Visualizer app to show them exactly how their room will look once it’s painted. That way, they’re more likely to make a decision they’ll be happy with for years (or at least months!) to come.