Painting Ideas for Young Adult Bedrooms

When choosing a paint color for your young adult’s bedroom, to avoid conflict, you’ll want to consult with your child (teenager or preteen). Several factors need to be taken into consideration. What does your child want? Are the ideas your child has long-lasting? What will you be happy with? What will make sense for the space? Try making a pro-and-con list of the possibilities, and remember to keep your child included in the paint selection process

Adult Colors
Maybe your child is looking forward to growing up and having a mature young adult bedroom. Mature colors like soothing, medium-toned blues, chocolate browns and sage greens all suggest a more adult and mature mindset. This opens up the discussion for further decorative alterations (plants, new furniture, more bookshelves, fewer toys), to cater to your child’s older, more adult interests and mindset.

Bright and Cheerful
Your young adult will be going through a lot in the coming years. The child will be changing, growing, maturing and discovering. To make the bedroom a sanctuary that your child can retreat to, enjoy and feel at home in, vibrant, youthful colors such as bright greens, bright blues, bright yellows and colors like salmon and pink will help make the room your child’s own. Combinations of these colors, if carefully chosen, may serve as the basis for a broader color scheme within the room.


Neutral Colors
If you’re unable to decide or reach an agreement, an acceptable compromise should be sought. Neutral colors like creams, whites, beige and gray all are recessive, peaceful colors that should match most of what’s in the room. Your child should feel free to cover up the walls with pictures and posters that will personalize the space. Then, when your child grows up, you can reclaim the room and decorate with a neutral color scheme.

Color Combinations
If you’re trying to decide between two or three related colors that all make sense together and that you and your young adult like mutually, you may want to consider painting an accent wall or even stripes in the room. An accent wall is a single wall painted a different color from the other walls in the room. Accent walls may stand out from the other walls in the room if the accent wall is in a radically different color, or the wall may blend in, if the color is very similar. Either way, an accent wall should be a part of a color scheme within the room–it should not be randomly chosen.

Stripes are another choice. Stripes can be overwhelming, so the choice to paint stripes on a wall should be made carefully. Consider painting partial stripes on the walls–maybe a band of stripes around the wall located part of the way up from the floor–to see how you like it. Then you can paint floor-to-ceiling stripes, if you still feel it would be right choice.