Painting My Daughter's Room

My 2 year old daughter is moving out of her old bedroom (nursery) into her new bedroom across the hall as soon as I can figure out what to do about the wall color. Her furniture and decor is pastel colored surfer girl meets shabby chic country in a "cozy" sized room. Her bedding and window treatment are pink, purple, and lime. All colors I love, but I can't quite pick what shade of which color to paint her room. I'm thinking of a refreshing, but not annoying shade of lime with a lavendar/purple trim. Any suggestions? Please note: I'm staying away from pink as a primary color, but using it as an accent color would be fine.

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Many thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Victoria from Orlando, FL

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

I agree that lime would be the primary color of choice for the walls... Dont use the exact same color on the fabrics.. go about two shades lighter. Lavender makes a good combo with the green.. dont let it get too "cold," if you know what I mean... Wooden furniture or flooring would add the needed warmth. OR you may decide to use the lavendar and go with the lime for accent color along with the pink... dont forget to go lighter..

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

I suggest just painting it white or egg shell. Then maybe adding a border. The thing about little girls is that in a few years when she starts school she maybe into something totally different than the decor she has now. Then you will have to repaint. I've always kept my kids walls just a basic white or off white and then added accessories to brighten it up. Plus white walls will make the room appear larger. When adding a wallpaper border I've always used thumb tacks to hang it so it's easy to get down. Most kids interest changes atleast yearly. My neice was really into Dora last year but is into Bratz now. The lime color you've suggested is a great color and very "in" but I'm betting that accessories to match that color will be hard to find in a year or so. Just my opinion. Good luck to you!

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January 25, 20060 found this helpful

use white as a base color then sponge on the lime green it help cut down on the brightness and is a really cool effect.

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January 25, 20060 found this helpful

I painted a very claustrophobic small room for my daughter in a pastel blue and then sponged over it with a pink so light the girls swore it was white. The effect was something like cotton candy or fluffy clouds. It also hid a TON of wall imperfections (rough surfaces, cracks in plaster, etc). The same could be done with your lime green base and a topcoat sponge in the palest of purples. Sponging is NOT hard - and the results are dramatic. Try it on a piece of plywood or cardboard to see the effect if you are afraid to try it. My only mistake was the first sponge or two to hit the wall had a bit TOO much paint; just keep dabbing and spreading, working is big circles. It's a very "fun" finish.

On another whimsical note, we just painted a play room for the same daughter by covering one wall with a soft gray, then all four of us put our hand prints ALL OVER the wall. She wanted primary colors, but we were able to convince her to choose colors left over from former paint jobs, and filled $ store aluminum cake pans w/apple red (kitchen) and harvest gold (kitchen), aqua (girls' bathroom) and deep purple (mom's bathroom), and a grass green we had purchased to paint a Christmas gift for a relative. Sure beat buying 4-5 colors in quart size and having all those colors left over. We had a wonderful time, were all done in about an hour, and clean up was a matter of throwing out the tins and washing our hands w/dish soap. This room looks SO spirited and inviting, and is a snapshot in time of our family hands working together!

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January 25, 20060 found this helpful

When I was a girl and wanted an all purple bedroom, my parents wouldn't agree. What they did was paint a white base color and then used plastic bags that were all scrunched up and did a faux finish similar to sponge painting. You could do the same with a white base and lime green on top. I also spatter painted once with a white base and dark blue on top. I agree with the post by slw1299 to practice on scrap wood or cardboard and pick out your most favorite; I think the handprint idea they had would be great as a feature wall too!

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January 29, 20060 found this helpful

Wow, what great ideas!! The prognosis thus far is "all aboard" for the faux painting. Problem is this, I got talked into using Apple Green as my base and Aloe Essence as my secondary color (both American Tradition). The Apple Green is really throwing me for a loop. My husband, God bless him, meant well and swore that I would love it, but I don't. It might as well be neon green and the Aloe Essence is so light it's two shades shy of white when layered onto the Green. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed (and irked) everytime I peak into "that" room with it's neon green colored walls. My Saint of a husband is more than happy to paint it all over again, but because we've had SUCH a bad experience I'm COMPLETELY gun-shy about picking out the colors to faux paint with. If my goal is to have a light/cool limish color that's softened and warmed up by a faux finish how many shades darker do I go? Or do I pick a darker base and lighter secondary? What's the rule on that one?

Color-phobic,

Victoria

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January 30, 20060 found this helpful

Victoria, if you like the apple green but just want to tone it down a bit you could try rag rolling with the aloe essence and some glaze. The glaze helps thin out the paint and keep it from drying too fast, but make sure to try it out first on a scrap piece of wood painted the color of your wall. I would also consider sponging on some lavender and then your aloe essence. Guess you won't know until you give it a try and, if worse comes to worse, it sounds like your husband is ready to repaint for you!

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May 20, 20100 found this helpful

I think ivory colored walls, perhaps with a slight pink/rosy tinge with a fun border that picks up your accent colors would be pretty

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