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Spring and summer are bursting with color, and it's the perfect time to embrace unique color ideas for kids rooms! I've created three different color schemes that are at once playful and sophisticated, so settle on a palette and get to work sprucing up your kids' spaces.
Yellow and gray or black isn't the most obvious color combo for a kid, at least it wasn't before Jenna Lyons created the oft-photographed nursery in her former Brooklyn townhouse. The black wall and striped ceiling just take some paint and patience to achieve. It works for girls too, as you can see in this refreshing bedroom spotted on an Apartment Therapy house tour. (Remember that butterfly wallpaper from that kitchen in Domino?) A fanciful upholstered headboard echoes the movement of the wings, and a subtly-patterned comforter adds even more interest. Interior images: Jenna Lyons; Apartment Therapy.
Shopping guide: 1. Charleston Screen 2. Dandelion Print Chair 3. Butterfly Art 4. Striped Ceiling Light 5. Trio Moderne Bedside Table 6. Zuo Wilco Side Table 7. Zebra Print Cow Hide Rug 8. Robbie Shelving Unit 9. Jezebel Radiance™ Glass Pendant 10. Tufted Velvet Chaise 11. Point Round Ottoman
Turquoise and green works just about anywhere. Both these bedrooms happen to be for girls, but with slight tweaks can be adapted for boys. Furniture with clean lines is paired with fabrics with strong graphics. Artwork and colorful table lamps add curves. Interior images: Reed & Delphine Krakoff's Southampton home in Elle Decor; Katie Ridder.
Shopping guide: 1. Faux Leather Kids Chair 2. Butterfly Wings Pillows 3. Florin Rug 4. Morning Dew II Art 5. Surya Trellis Pouf Ottoman 6. Paul Frank Stackable Storage Cube 7. Possini Euro Darby Glass Pendant (currently unavailable) 8 Lava Lamp 9. Shirred Velvet Headboard bed (currently unavailable)10. Kiwi Green Suede Pillows 11. Zuo Phante Kids Chair
Coral and turquoise is often seen in coastal decor, from guest rooms to dining rooms. Here, the hues are softened, and used in girls' bedrooms, making it easy to add in pale pink pieces you may already have (or that your daughter insists upon). Interior images: Visible Proof; Kelly Wearstler.
Shopping guide: 1. Hidden Treasures Accent Table 2. Keep Calm and Carry On Art 3. Stacy Garcia Ceiling Light 4. Annabelle Linen Chair 5. "Je T'aime" Jeweled Wish Candle 6. Jamie Young Glass Table Lamp 7. Capiz Shell Metal Branch Wall Decor 8. Chevron Rug 9. Microsuede Slipcover Bed 10. Surya Tiger Pattern Pillow 11. Surya Timora Throw
Yellow and charcoal, turquoise and green, coral and turquoise - these are all unique color ideas for kids rooms that go beyond the typical pink and blue. What's your favorite combo when decorating for kids?
Marni Elyse Katz is a Boston-based writer and editor, and the blogger behind StyleCarrot. She began her career in the fashion closet of Rolling Stone before moving into the digital space, where she worked for both indie startups and biggies, like AOL. Today, Marni writes regularly for Boston Globe Magazine and other local publications, and is Features Editor at Design Milk. In addition to cultivating a serious Pinterest habit and Instagram addiction, Marni masquerades as an interior designer. She also collects art with her husband, including many nude drawings and paintings, to the dismay of their two easily embarrassed sons. Follow Marni on Google+