Ask our team of design experts
LAMPS PLUS Blog Policies
Choosing the right lights for kids rooms is essential not just to ensuring that a space is properly lit, or to setting the right mood, but it instantly enhances the overall look. Think of it as jewelry for your room. Done in a bright color, it connects the dots, pulling together a spot of color on the rug with a throw pillow, or just punctuating an otherwise neutral palette.
Adding vibrant lighting to kids rooms (including colorful novelty accent lamps) is especially satisfying, as its a place where color is celebrated rather than restrained. So, from a mod mini-pendant to a unique chandelier to a sleek wall sconce, pick a light fixture in a fun hue. Here are six colorways from which to choose:
Bright blue boys rooms are hardly new, but add a pendant to the mix and suddenly the scheme feels fresh. Photos: Remodelista; Elle Decor.
Shopping guide: 1. Possini Euro Design Circulo White & Blue Pendant 2. Peri Collection Blue Glass Mini Pendant 3. Cassini Jellyfish Cyan Glass Pendant
Red is also easily integrated, as so many toys still come standard in primary shades. Mix in red with neutral tones or use it to electrify basic black and white. Photos: Apartment Therapy; Mi Casa.
Shopping guide: 1. Horizontal Stripe Rectangle Giclee Shade Wall Sconce 2. Red Penelope Pendant 3. Quorum Birdcage 4-Light Pendant
If you don't want to stray into the world of color with hard-wired lighting—perhaps you're planning on reselling, or transitioning a nursery back to a guest room—go with a glossy black light fixture. A geometric silhouette or whimsical style still infuses interest. Photos: Annaleena's Hem; Design Crisis.
Shopping guide: 1. Jonathan Adler Antwerp Black and Brass Pendant 2. Bohemian Black Art Crystal Chandelier 3. Possini Euro Diamond Cage Pendant
Yellow is the perfect go-to gender neutral shade—bright, cheerful, and was to match, whether you're working with a symphony of primary colors or a more restrained color scheme. Photos: My Scandinavian Home; Scandinavian Deko.
Shopping guide: 1. Kidsplace Butterfly Mobile Pendant 2. Jonathan Adler Capri Glass Wall Sconce 3. Jezebel Radiance Lily Gold Canary Yellow Glass Pendant
Mix sky blue with red and you have a lighter, fresh look for a little boy, or pair with lime green for a girl. Versatile and airy, sky blue lighting is pretty in traditional and more modern styles. Photos: Design by Heather Harkovich in Southern Living; photographer Angus Fergusson for House & Home.
Shopping guide: 1. Possini Euro Darby Blue Glass Pendant 2. LBL Isla Aqua Nickel Pendant 3. Florence Aqua Glass Pendant
Orange, the color everyone loves to hate. True, it's retro '70s reference can be tricky to work with, but a little goes a long way. Punch up a plain space or bring a loud one to the edge with these colorful lights. For kids rooms, there's nothing better. Photos: Design by Giannetti Home; design by Julie Hillman.
Shopping guide: 1. Access Lighting Sydney Brushed Steel Orange Mini Pendant 2. Sonneman Perch Gloss Orange Pharmacy Wall Lamp 3. Invigorate Bold Stripe Giclee Glow Swag Pendant
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+
Lovely inspirations! My kids love LED water features - they watched it before they go to sleep.