The 9 Best Playroom Colors

Neutral playroom with white paint

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A dedicated playroom is a great way to give your kids their own space while also keeping toys and clutter out of the main rooms of your home. Plus, decorating a playroom is incredibly fun—it gives you a chance to embrace your inner child and work with your kids to create a fun, whimsical space perfect for imagination.

But even if you don't have a room dedicated only to play, you can still create a playroom section in a den or a children's bedroom. No matter the space you're working with, picking the right color can set the tone of the room and provide the perfect backdrop to foster creativity and healthy development.

Here's a list of our favorite paint choices to help inspire your next playroom makeover.

  • 01 of 09

    Best Neutral: Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

    Benjamin Moore Simply White

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    If your child's playroom will grow with them, consider a neutral that works with a variety of color palettes to give yourself the most freedom to change up the decor every few years (without a new paint job). When it comes to white paints, we love Benjamin Moore's Simply White.

    As seen in this playroom from juneandjokids, Simply White is a lovely neutral white that plays well with a minimalist decor scheme. This is also a great color if your playroom is an open space off a main room, such as a sunroom or an alcove in a bedroom.

    Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117

  • 02 of 09

    Best Sunny: The Spruce Best Home Wax Pepper SPR-06

    The Spruce paint swatch in Wax Pepper

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    A color that just makes you feel happy is a great choice for a playroom. The Spruce Best Home's Wax Pepper is just that type of color. This sunny yellow has a strong gold undertone and works for all genders. It's just bright enough to add depth to your space, but neutral enough to play well with a variety of shades. Pair it with navy or green for a bold, contrasting palette or light white shades for a more neutral look.

    The Spruce Best Home Wax Pepper SPR-06

  • 03 of 09

    Best Pink: Benjamin Moore Cream Puff 2174-70

    Benjamin Moore Cream Puff swatch

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    Pink is a go-to for playrooms, especially girls' rooms, but rather than pick an overly pigmented shade, consider a softer color like Benjamin Moore's Cream Puff. This soft blush color is perfect for adding a hint of color to your playroom without becoming overpowering. In smaller spaces it will appear more pink and bold, while in larger, light-filled rooms you'll see the neutral, silvery-white undertones a bit more.

    Benjamin Moore Cream Puff 2174-70 

  • 04 of 09

    Best Bold: Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal SW 6943

    Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal swatch

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    Looking for a color that will pack a punch? Sherwin-Williams' Intense Teal is a bold green teal color that's perfect for designing a fun playroom. It's a great color for a mermaid-themed or nautical-inspired space, and works wonderfully as an accent wall.

    Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal SW 6943

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Dark: Behr Very Navy M500-7

    Behr Very Navy paint swatch

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    Don't be afraid to experiment with deeper colors in a playroom. A shade like Behr's Very Navy can help ground a playroom and give it a tranquil, calm vibe. Navy can feel both grown-up and whimsical, and is a great choice for a playroom where your children will come into their own over several years.

    Behr Very Navy M500-7

  • 06 of 09

    Best Gray: Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone No. 241

    Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone paint swatch

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    If you want a shade that will allow you to mix and match bright, colorful accessories, we love Farrow and Ball's Skimming Stone. This light gray has warm undertones, so it's inviting and soft, and will pair well with oranges, reds or clay shades for a lovely contrasting palette.

    Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone No. 241

  • 07 of 09

    Best Purple: Valspar Lilac Whisper 4003-9A

    Valpar Lilac Whisper swatch

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    Consider a shade like Valspar Lilac Whisper for gender-neutral playrooms geared toward younger children. A great choice for babies and toddlers, this soft shade is calming and unassuming, but still adds a lovely hint of color to your room.

    Valspar Lilac Whisper 4003-9A

  • 08 of 09

    Best Green: Benjamin Moore Cat's Eye 2036-10

    Benjamin Moore's Cat's Eye swatch

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    We love Benjamin Moore's Cat's Eye because it's bright, bold and a little unexpected. This medium green is perfect for all genders and ages and is a great color if you want to make a statement. Depending on the accompanying color palette, it can look whimsical and eccentric or grown-up and trendy.

    Benjamin Moore Cat's Eye 2036-10

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  • 09 of 09

    Best Beige: Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige HC-45

    Shaker Beige Benjamin Moore

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    Another kid-friendly neutral, Benjamin Moore's Shaker Beige is a deeper tan shade that is warm and tranquil. It reminds us of the sand at the beach, and is a great neutral color if you want to hide scuffs and crayon marks on your walls without going too dark.

    Benjamin More Shaker Beige HC-45