Decorating your child’s bedroom is a fun and exciting experience for both you and your child. You were lucky enough to get carte blanche in the nursery, but this time around, be certain to allow your child some input regarding their bedroom space — and that includes adding some color.

When deciding how to decorate your child’s room, it’s important to begin with a good foundation. The right color selection can mean the difference between a room that’s vibrant and fun for your child and one that’s so boring that even your little one doesn’t want to spend time there. When choosing color palettes, consult the color wheel, if necessary. You can opt for complimentary colors, also known as contrasting colors, or analogous colors. In case you’re not familiar with the color wheel, complimentary colors can be found directly opposite one another on the wheel, while analogous colors can be found directly beside one another on the wheel. A good rule of thumb is to choose three colors and a neutral shade for your scheme. One color will serve as the primary color in the space and the other two colors will serve as accents in a variety of ways.

5 color palettes for your kid’s room:

1. Red, white and blue

Color Palettes: Red, white & blue roomAs patriotic as it comes, a red, white and blue bedroom will make any little boy happy. Whether you’re using these colors because they represent a beloved sports team or you just like the patriotic theme, a red, white and blue color scheme offers endless opportunities for a variety of decorating options.

Does your little one like Superman? These colors make for a perfect place to allow your little boy’s inner superhero to emerge.

Go with deeper tones, like navy and scarlet, to create a nautical theme for an ocean-loving youngster. Or, forgo the theme all together and simply have a clean, modern space in these bright, vibrant colors.

2.  Tangerine and blue

Color Palettes: Tangerine and blue roomChoose just the right shade of blue and combine it with a bright pop of a citrus-y tangerine color for a modern take on a little boy’s room. This specific color palette is a great choice to grow with your child. From the toddler years to the teenage ones, a blue and tangerine bedroom works well at any age. You could certainly choose to put a theme, such as racing, skateboarding or surfing, in the mix, or you could simply choose to let these fun colors stand on their own.

3. Purple and pink

Color Palettes: Purple & pink roomPink and purple are still two of the most popular and classic color choices for a little girl’s bedroom. But, these colors don’t have to be boring or only have a princess-theme attached to them.

Take that pink nursery from infancy to kid-friendly with the addition of a deep purple. When most people think of purple and little girls, they tend to think toward the softer hues like lavender. But there is a lot more to the purple color spectrum than lavender. Pair a deep, rich plum color with lighter pinks for a unique and girly look that will take your little girl from rowdy toddler to regal tween.

4. Purple, pink, green and blueColor Palettes: Purple, pink, green & blue room

You can almost add the entire color spectrum for a fun, funky kid’s room. Start with a base color of green and pop other colors in the room as accents. Don’t just choose one accent color – choose multiple colors. Find a comforter that contains the whole spectrum, and pull your other accent colors directly from there. Add in pinks, oranges, purples and blues for an exciting and energetic kid-friendly space. This combination is superb because almost nothing you add to the space will look out of place.

5. Orange, green and white

Color Palettes: Orange, green & white roomSometimes it’s important to have a gender-neutral room. Whether you have children sharing a room or just want flexibility in the space, an orange and green bedroom can give you just that.

Bright, vibrant colors are exciting and interesting and make kids actually want to spend time in the space.  An orange and green color palette is also a fantastic option if you’re looking for colors that will grow with your kids into the teenage years. Just remember to incorporate a neutral, such as white, into the space to help diffuse the bright colors and allow for a restful sleep.