These 10 Paint Colors for Children's Playrooms Excite the Imagination

Foster creativity with these whimsical hues

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. Decorating a playroom can be 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 fostering their active imagination.

Even if you don't have an entire room dedicated for a children's play space, you can still create a playroom section in a den or a child's bedroom. No matter the area you have, picking the right color can set the room's tone and provide the perfect backdrop for creative minds at work and healthy child development.

  • Color Family: Varies, runs the color spectrum 
  • Complementary Colors: Varies; purples complement yellows, greens complement pinks, and orange tones complemented blues
  • Pairs Well With: Neutrals
  • Mood: Cheery, whimsical, energetic
  • Where to Use: Playroom, child's bedroom, nursery, family den

Here's are the best paint ideas to inspire your child's play space.

  • 01 of 10

    Best Neutral: Benjamin Moore Simply White

    Benjamin Moore Simply White

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    If your child's playroom will grow with them, consider a neutral that works with various 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 play area from June and Jo Kids, Simply White is a lovely neutral white that plays well with a minimalist decor scheme. This paint is also a great color if your playroom is an open space off a main room, such as a sunroom or bedroom alcove.

  • 02 of 10

    Best Sunny: The Spruce Best Home Wax Pepper

    The Spruce paint swatch in Wax Pepper

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    If a color makes you happy, then it's the right choice for a playroom. The Spruce Best Home's Wax Pepper is a joyful color. This gender-neutral sunny yellow has a strong gold undertone. It's 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 hues for a more neutral look.

    If you're having a tough time deciding on a room hue, use color psychology. Certain colors like warm tones (reds, yellows, oranges) inspire energy and comfort while cool tones (blues, lavender, aqua) are calming.

  • 03 of 10

    Best Pink: Benjamin Moore Cream Puff

    Benjamin Moore Cream Puff swatch

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    Pink is a standard 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 shade is perfect for adding a hint of color to your playroom without becoming overpowering. In smaller spaces, it will appear more pink and bold; in sizeable, light-filled rooms, you'll see the neutral, silvery-white undertones a bit more. Benjamin Moore describes it "as light as a gossamer veil; this almost-white pale pink is perfect when just a wisp of color is desired."

  • 04 of 10

    Best Bold: Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal

    Sherwin-Williams Intense Teal swatch

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    If you're 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 an excellent color for a mermaid- or nautical-themed space and works wonderfully as an accent wall.

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  • 05 of 10

    Best Dark: Behr Very Navy

    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 grown-up, but it carries a sense of whimsy, especially when paired with lighter, muted colors contrasted against it. This choice is something your child can easily grow into. It converts well for a children's study during their school-age years.

  • 06 of 10

    Best Gray: Farrow and Ball Skimming Stone

    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. It will pair well with oranges, reds, or clay shades for a lovely contrasting palette.

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    Best Purple: Valspar Lilac Whisper

    Valpar Lilac Whisper swatch

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

  • 08 of 10

    Best Green: Benjamin Moore Cat's Eye

    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.

    Instead of a sample paint can, get large-scale, cling-on paint swatches. These stick-ons help you visualize the color for your room; you can try them in different spots, and they come off in a pinch.

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  • 09 of 10

    Best Beige: Benjamin Moore Shaker Beige

    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's reminiscent of sand on the beach and is a great neutral color if you want to hide scuffs and crayon marks on your walls without going too dark.

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    Best Dreamy: Sherwin-Williams Icelandic

    If your child dares to dream of saving the day in a frozen wonderland, taking flight on the back of a unicorn, or building a fort or mine in a virtual world, this cool icy blue helps set the stage. This calming color can serve double duty as an ethereal backdrop for a creative adventure or as a peaceful place for a nap or quiet time.