May 13, 2013

Pink Walls: On letting little girls pick

Wells has been telling everyone that her Daddy is going to paint her new room pink.  That wasn't the plan.  I wanted the whole house painted Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore. It's my favorite and it gives me the opportunity to start off with a nice clean slate.  Wells has other plans.  Pink and purple and pink plans to be exact.  So tell me, do you let your kids pick things in their rooms?  Big things like wall colors or bedspreads?  What about if said kid isn't even three yet?

I think I could live with light pink walls.  I'm just concerned it's going to be too cliche.  Any advice on this?  Any light pink paint colors you'd suggest? 


51 comments:

  1. Light pink would be pretty and accents well with grey. We lived with a single colored house for awhile... That last a year and now I'm ready for some change. It's refreshing havering rooms styled differently than the rest of the house. I say go pink! Have decorating!

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  2. Go for it! Maybe paint the ceiling grey? I love those colors together, especially since my baby girl's room is in that color scheme!

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  3. YES!! Taylor's room is my favorite in our house, and secretly I think it's because her walls are pink! White Dogwood by Benjamin Moore

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  4. I've been there sister! Love the shade of pink in the second image. And I agree with Caycee, White Dogwood is a beautiful color.

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  5. White Dogwood. My little girl has the playroom as her room and its big... Could have been a complete disaster. And WD is the perfect shade. I'm still not sick of it. It's the perfect pink that's not so cliche little girl, pink.

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  6. But actually White Dogwood is Sherwin Williams

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  7. I hope you got spoiled on Mothers Day Julia!!! You're a great mom, and it shows! Just did a fushia girls room but the walls wer BM White Dove. You can make anything work, but I always say, it's just paint! xo
    nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  8. I kinda love pink walls...go for it! It's just paint after all and it will make her so happy!

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  9. Julia, my "little girls' rooms" have run the whole paint wheel of bright colors. I know in today's decor world we feel like they should be more sophisticated ... but they are only little for a short while ... We have had pink (pepto bismol) Strong purple, blue, green and now my two older ones have a calm cream ... my 13 year old has lime green and blue. And it makes me smile!! Let her go pink!! xo

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  10. just do a pale pale pale pink. That's what we did for Lilly's room.

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  11. What about just painting the ceiling pink? Though pink walls are adorable in a little girl's room! My daughter's room is pink and she loves it. She's six and very opinionated, so I've had to give up some of my control and design ideas and let her have a space that she loves and feels like is her own.

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  12. My twin girls are turning 6 next month and just asked for pink walls earlier this year. I chose BM Fondant and cut it with 50% white. It's so very subtle I love it - and so so they!

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  13. Evie has pink walls and would not have it any other way. I had a pink room as a little girl too. Love pink!!! Use some gray accents. I have white bedding and a pink headboard. Sheets are pink too! Hope you can figure it all out! I am sure you will!

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  14. Let her pick! Growing up my mom always had interior designers that would say to let the kids pick because you want them to feel ownership of the space...this was the beginning of my love of design! (obviously once they say a color you have full range of the shade which is key). I just used sherwin williams white dogwood in a girls room and LOVE it...like I'm thinking I may use it in a future home and we don't have kids!!!

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  15. Molly's room is Wild Aster by BM. It's just enough of a pink tint to set off some white wall accents but not bright enough to shock you (or compete with the bubblegum pink curtains, etc). I think it is soothing and pretty!
    Happy belated Mother's Day!

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  16. These are all gorgeous. I'm a huge fan of the pops of bright pink.

    xo
    ivyandmolly.blogspot.com

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  17. Every girl needs a bit of pink...any shade.

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  18. Ok - love your blog. I get it with your daughter's room. Before my daughter was born, my husband didn't want all pinky room. So her room is a lime green with a PINK CEILING. this gives a hint of girly, without being too much. The problem, the little girl wants pink. I did buy her a pink bed, because I thought when is she ever going to be able to have a pink bed? Or pink room? I would rather give in on room color vs bedding, posters on wall. Ugh, which she wants to do now. I said you can hang anything you want on the inside of your closet door. Long story short...love pink walls.

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  19. I think letting kids pick when they're old enough is a great idea–it was such a treat when I got to do that growing up. Before that, I wrote on my white walls with marker because I "wanted color"...so that may be why my parents let me paint my room purple.

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  20. All of these rooms look incredibly pretty, and the decor and furniture is what really is going to set the mood for the room, I'd let her pick ;)

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  21. They need to be involved since it's "their" very own room. There isn't one photo you posted that is not a tasteful pink room. I painted my 2 year old girls room a pale pale pink with white woodwork years ago and she loved it until she was 14. If you narrow down the choices for her on bedding and accessory options and bring them home to let her choose from, you can still get a great looking room and she got to choose it. I have no doubt it will turn out very classic looking with you guiding her along. One of my all time fav hot pink rooms is floating around Pinterest right now. Done by Phoebe Howard....http://www.mrshowardpersonalshopper.com/mrs_howard_personal_shopp/2012/03/new-obsession-framed-textiles.html

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  22. I do think you can do pink walls and keep it sophisticated with grays and creams. I love Benjamin Moore's Queen Anne Pink. It's soft and pretty. I've also used Ben Moore's Wild Aster but has a little too much blue for my taste. The Queen Anne Pink is a little peachier. Good luck!

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  23. I love all those pink rooms- go for it! It will make her so happy, and she is old enough to know her mind, I think.

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  24. I love the pale pink! I would definitely go for it! I plan to paint our office when we buy a house a pale pink!

    Hope you had a fantastic mother's day!

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  25. I am struggling with this same thing right now. I thought about a pale gray. I have been waffling on the pink for two years. I will prob go with very pale pink and make sure that nothing else is too sweet. Toying with Design Legacy's Mandarin Dragon fabric on the window.

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  26. I love soft pink bedrooms especially when paired with more mature looking furniture and modern touches. Maybe I'm biased bc I had a soft pink room till I was 18! Then we repainted it a soft lavender..and now it's heather blue!

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  27. I was never allowed to pick my wall color- or anything in my room really. I think you should let her help. Emily Clark wrote a great article on letting kids help with decorating:)

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  28. i think light pink would be great! i always wanted a pink bedroom as a kid and still want one now. i think as long as the other things in her room aren't too pink it will be okay.

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  29. Hold the phone, pretty girl! Aren't you the same person who wants a pink/coral front door?? ...and you don't want your little girl to have a pink room?? Choosing your room color is the first step in self-expression and I say, "Express on, little Wells!" Maybe you'll have a fight on your hands when Tagg wants a pink room, until then, let the girl be a girl. Best wishes on your move, so excited to see the changes you make!!

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  30. I'm doing the same thing...but for my dining room. Look at SW Verbena (cut in half), or FB Middleton Pink.

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  31. Absolutely! I think a soft, blush pink would be beautiful with the gray from the hallway. And come to think of it, any shade would be great with the classic gray! Sounds like she is like her momma and wants to express herself through her surroundings. In our next house, I plan to paint a room for myself (I live in a house with ALL boys!) Farrow and Ball Middleton pink...

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  32. Def let her have pink walls!!! For my girls nursery I did a pink ceiling (Venus pink by sw) and light gray walls (passive by sw) and love the combo together.

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  33. I love pale pink walls, however, I do think at 3 you definitely hold the mommy trump card! Maybe compromise with her and let her pick out some pink and purple pillow or a blanket? Something special for her room? I remember when I was in 6th grade my parents let me pick what color to paint my room, and it was a big deal, and made me feel grown up! Maybe it could be something she could look forward to down the road!

    On a side note...I remember seeing some black and white dotted pillows of yours on the blog...I think they were in your living room? Any chance you can share where you got them?!? I'm on a hunt for some similar ones (preferably in navy) for my parents new den/TV room. I'm also posting some inspiration boards for the room tomorrow and would love your input--you have such great style!

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  34. Awwww I vote to let her have it. My room was pink and green growing up and I LOVED it! I think there are a ton of ways to keep it from being cliche through furniture and fabric choices.

    Xo Julia
    Tartan & Sequins

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  35. My advice would be to not go with cliche color mixes like pink & gray, pink & white, pink & purple... Rather, go with something that everyone doesn't have- pink & coral or pink & chartreuse plus good wooden pieces. And mix in adult prints like leopard, chinoiserie, stripes. :)

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  36. Dogwood White by Sherwin Williams is a beautiful Pale Pink. You should really consider it. It's a small price to pay for your daughter. She will feel like a princess and you only get to be a little girl once. You mine as well let her have a pink room.

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  37. Julia, I feel your pain. We just moved and my 5 year old wanted a pink room desperately. We painted it 1/2 strength Benjamin Moore Hint of Pink and I actually love it. It's a very light petal pink and we paired it with mint and lavender fabrics and white furniture. She loves her room and it was worth it, even though it would not have been my first color choice. :)

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  38. A few months ago my three year old told me in no uncertain terms that she did not like her curtains (they were awesome pink and orange chinoiserie with monkeys) and that she wanted a pink and purple PRINCESS room. For months she kept asking me when I was going to make her room pink and purple. When we moved (two weeks ago) I painted her walls white, ceiling pink and her dresser purple, and we are putting up an enormous castle decal over the bed. I don't mind letting my extremely opinionated client/daughter make a few key decisions.

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  39. I go back and forth on this. I am like you I like neutral but that being said everytime I see a pretty pale pink room I wish I had one in my house. You just have to choose the right pink. I say go for it and make that sweet baby girl happy!

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  40. I'm all for letting them choose. You can pick 1 or 2 swatches you like and then let her choose from that - then go gray and white on furniture and bedding, etc and then all you have to do when she changes her mind is paint the walls and throw in an new accent color on pillows, etc. It actually works quite well, the white bedding bleaches for all the oops that happen in a child's room and they feel like their room is theirs and special when it isn't exactly the same as the rest of the house. They are looking for their identities and a safe haven and familiarity in their room. My daughter is 21 and living away at college and she has made great décor choices in every room and I think having input all those years helped. We talked through her decisions and worked out some compromises but in the end she always felt like the room was hers!! Every little girl needs a pink room sometime - it does't have to be bright pink :) - you control the swatches she chooses from!

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  41. One of the pictures on your post had a beautiful deep pink accent wall- maybe that could be the answer.
    Nuetral gray with a beautiful pink wall for your daughter?- just a thought! Good Luck.

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  42. If anyone can make it work, it's you! I'm fighting the same battle with Izzy. She keeps telling me she wants pink walls and princess bedding in her new room when we move. I think I'll give her the pink she wants by painting her closet pink, and hide some princess sheets under her white duvet. That way we're both happy!

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  43. I know this is going to sound trite, but you can definitely do it! we had to do a little girls room (the one we previewed yesterday) and our initial desires were to do it in jade and persimmon. HA. we got shut down FAST by two tweens, who overruled us for purple and lime green. we were so deflated at first. but then you figure, you have a good eye, you can make it work! and you do! and so you will. i had watermelon pink walls as a kid. let the girl have her pink walls :) i trust you!

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  44. My daughter asked for pink walls when she was 4, and I did a pale pink. I think it was Charming Pink by SW. This year, at 13, she asked for a pale gray....but those pops of pink are still there. Go for it! It's just paint. :)

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  45. HAve at it! Pink is perfect for little girls. Who cares about style as long as she is happy ---They are only little once and for only so long. I know ---I have a nine year old and if I were in your shoes I'd go with the pink.

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  46. My daughter always helped me design her room......she has great taste and we were able to do it together...good luck!

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  47. I was a little worried about being cliche too, and I also get sick of pink everything. It can be so difficult to find things in other colors for little girls (mine is 2). I ended up painting her room a very pale green and putting in pink pieces like a dresser and mini couch. This puts the pink on her level where she can enjoy it, but doesn't overpower the room. That being said, if she ever asks me for a pink room, I don't mind giving that to her. After all, the room is for her and not for me. It should be a place that she enjoys. I remember always wanting a pink room when I was little and not being allowed to have one. It wasn't the end of the world, but I would have been so happy to have had a color that made me happy. Good luck with the decision!

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  48. I love pink. The problem is picking the right shade. Good luck.

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