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Help! Which Color Should We Paint Anton’s Bedroom?

Antons bedroom

After four years of having an accent wall in his bedroom, seven-year-old Anton suddenly revealed…

…that he was scared of the birds. “Their beaks look too sharp at night!” he said. Maybe that’s why he scampers off to Toby’s bed every night? So, we decided that the wallpaper had had a good run, but now we could remove it and instead he could choose between three bedroom paint colors:

Benjamin Moore peach parfait

Benjamin Moore peach parfait

First, he liked Benjamin Moore’s Peach Parfait, a soft peach that feels like a creamsicle. The catch: Will it feel too similar to our pink bedroom?

Clare paint chill

Clare paint chill

Clare’s Chill is a soothing barely-there gray with a green undertone — and Anton likes that it’s similar to his friend’s bedroom. The catch: Will gray look too stark in the winter?

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Benjamin Moore’s Chantilly Lace is the perfect not-too-blue, not-too-yellow white we’ve used in the rest of our apartment. The catch: Will it actually make the room feel darker? Designer Emily Henderson warns that white paint can make small rooms that don’t get much natural light feel “dead” and “flat.”

Please advise: Which color do you think would work best? Which would you choose? Thank you for your input — we’ll paint this week and then share the results!

P.S. Our Brooklyn home tour, and choosing our own bedroom’s paint color (here’s the final).

(Top photo by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. White foyer by Juniper Home.)

  1. Cynthia Miller says...

    I agree that Anton should decide- but I’m a fan of the peach- so warm!
    Also, kids are scared of surprising things- I’m sure I was as a child. My older kids still talk about the vent in their old bedroom and how scary it was.
    I sit with my 8-y-old every night as he falls asleep because I remember how scary that time and the dark can be.

  2. Sarah Jane says...

    He chose peach, so peach!

  3. Katherine says...

    I’d say, let Anton decide! (On the principle that he’s the one most affected by the decision.)

  4. Maddy says...

    Choosing my own paint colour was a highlight for me! I went with this amazing teal on all 4 walls! https://www.dulux.com.au/specifier/colour/cape-pond

    My dad spray painted an old vine from the garden silver and put it in my room so I had this magical tree with fairy lights and this incredible colour on the walls! Remains one of my favourite colours to this day :)

  5. Sherrie Saag says...

    CHILL is great!

  6. Natalie T. says...

    One design trick I read about was to get a quarter of each paint colour and put it on the wall for a week and see how it is at different days and times. It’s great Anton has a lot of say in the decision or you could do another wall paper that he’ll love. Can’t wait to hear what you choose!

  7. Annette says...

    YELLOW! YELLOW! YELLOW! A light yellow will brighten up the room, it’s cheery. You could even get a small sample can of a yellow with a tiny bit of orange and paint a sunshine on the wall! Like so many others have said, it’s only paint.

  8. Jennifer tattersall says...

    Let him choose! Its only paint, even if clashes with the rest of your decor. Its an expression of him and his space.

  9. Angela Lewis says...

    Let him paint it a crazy color. You’re only a kid once. My daughter surprised me by picking a very elegant mint green for her room. My son is colorblind so he loves bold blue and thats what he picked for his room. Ask him what his favorite thing is and pick a color from that. Hopefully if its more his own he will start sleeping there.

    • Give him 3 choices of color (your picks of course) and let him choose from those. It will give him the final decision and you will be happy too!

  10. Erin says...

    Wait wait wait — how is Anton seven?!?!

  11. Ria says...

    I love seeings all the books on his nightstand. Where did you purchase the nightstand from? Would love to have it in my 2 year old’s room, too.

  12. El primero parece más cálido y apropiado para su edad

  13. Yael says...

    This honestly feels a little precious to me. It’s just paint — who cares if it’s close to another color in the house, or clashes too much?

    As a 10 year old, I decided I wanted my room to be nearly-neon lime green. My mom shrugged, said I’d have to help paint, and we got it done the next weekend.

    • Alanna says...

      I agree, best not to overthink it. The thing that makes a room isn’t so much the paint colour as it is how you accent/dress it up with other pieces of furniture, textiles, wall accents, lighting, etc. Kids’ tastes tend to change on a dime as well so there’s really no need to get too hung up on one choice over another.

  14. Thivia says...

    i love the creamsicle peach parfait for him! just too sweet!

  15. Christina says...

    I love the grey one!

  16. Sally Warner says...

    Really, it comes down to what Anton would like regardless how it fits with the rest of your decor. It will likely change a few times over the next few years in any event. The white would be the safest choice to be be able to add/change decor as he grows up.

  17. Joanna Tsay says...

    Chill!

  18. Claire says...

    Perhaps I’m biased because my name is Claire, but Clare’s Chill looks like a winner to me! :)

  19. Julie says...

    I love the greenish white! Has versatility and longevity to it for a boys room… maybe I’ll do my own guys’ rooms over, too! Thanks for the inspo!

  20. Stephanie says...

    Chill!

  21. Jenni says...

    It’s not on the list, but Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue is the most soothing, magical bedroom color imaginable. xo

    • Victoria says...

      We just painted our 9 yo son’s room Palladian Blue and it’s so beautiful!

  22. Kara says...

    That red lamp would look particularly good in front of chill, I think!

  23. I vote Chill! I had a bedroom close to the peach color when I was growing up, and I loved it for a while, but as I started to more grow up, I kind of got tired of it?! I love the Chill color and think that it would work well in a small space! I also think that he will not get tired of the color in the long run. Cannot wait to see what you do!! :)

    Libby

  24. Dinah says...

    We have a color similar to Chill throughout most of our home and in my daughter’s tiny bedroom. I think the effect in winter is very beautiful and calming – it really looks good in any light. And the green undertone (or blue undertone, in our case) will keep it from looking bleak, I think.

  25. Lisa says...

    We have a colour similar to Chill all through our house for the last 7 years and I absolutely love it still. Any colour just pops against it (we’ve got it all in our accessories… wood, orange, black, green), and white looks white. We have almost no direct light and it still looks great.

    I suggest a beautiful Chill on the wall and some cozy pillows or a rug that he feels great about.

  26. Kay says...

    The story of Anton finally admitting he was scared of his room’s wallpaper reminds me of a similar story with my nephew. When he was little he had a bit of a scaredy-cat reputation; always stuck very close to his parents, never very adventurous, couldn’t really read street signs, menus and the like (which they attributed to his dyslexia diagnosis), always asked to close the blinds to his room window at bedtime because he was scared of it, etc. Then one day one of his teachers recommended they get his eyesight tested and lo and behold, turns out not only was he severely short-sighted, he even had one lazy eye. Somehow his parents never figured it out coz he always had an excuse for things, and he didn’t do the stereotypical giveaways like sit too close to the TV or class blackboard, etc. But it broke their hearts when he finally told them he could finally see out the window where before all he could see was darkness! And he didn’t have enough life experience to realize it was not normal for everything to appear blurry, and that now he could clearly make out the shapes of leaves on trees, birds flying by, people’s faces, etc. From then on he told his parents he didn’t need his window blinds shut anymore because he was no longer scared now that he could see. I can see the parallels to Anton’s experience, because sometimes kids have a problem/fear but they either don’t have the ability to convey it to adults or they don’t even know enough to realize exactly what was bugging them to begin with. Worse still, sometimes they’re afraid they won’t be taken seriously. Good for Anton for speaking up!

    • beth says...

      Aww- poor little guy! It reminds me a bit of my friend’s son who used to watch tv all of the time through a pair of binoculars. My artist didn’t think anything of it, she just thought he was being silly, but her mom saw it happen one day and insisted he go to the eye doctor- yep, extremely near-sighted!

  27. Kimberly Locke says...

    While I’m dreaming…
    I would commission Katie Daisy to paint a mural on one side:
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B8N15lRpdmz/

    and have Joy Prouty take photos of your family in his favorite park (or where he feels safe) and have those on the other side. https://www.instagram.com/joyprouty/

    and there would be twinkly lights & Schleich animals and an enlarged print from Robert McCloskey’s Time of Wonder.

  28. Betsy says...

    I’m super sad he doesn’t like the wallpaper. I’ve always thought it was so cute. Just let Anton make the choice! Cannot go wrong. But I personally love the Chill, for what it’s worth.

  29. RS says...

    We have a color that looks very similar to Chill in our bedroom and love it, and we have some long winters. I warmed up the room with an antique oriental rug with lots of reds, some table lamps, and a large, colorful print. It’s really calming!

  30. Sherri says...

    Anton should get to pick whatever color he wants. No worries, no problem!! It’s just paint.

    • Suzanne Quinn says...

      I agree! He will always remember that too! Or a chalkboard wall where he can draw.

  31. Kara says...

    Chill! We live in Seattle where it is often dark and gray, and most of our house is painted a similar soft gray/green (Benjamin Moore Green Tint). The color shifts from pale green, to pale blue, to soft gray depending on the light and season, but it always feels fresh and peaceful – like how the air smells after a good rain shower.

  32. Laura W Miller says...

    My 13 year old daughter’s bedroom is painted Chantilly Lace on three walls (and one accent wall is light blue)! We painted it this summer as a “cheer up” project since her sleepaway camp was cancelled. We really like it in her bedroom- not too bright but looks cheery anyway. Her room isn’t huge-we don’t find the white color to be dead or flat at all. She has one window. Good luck! I forgot how messy painting was- lots of spill rags needed! :)

  33. Elle says...

    Peach, I think!

  34. Michelle says...

    Chantilly Lace is very pretty and would be a lovely blank canvas for fun decorating. I love pale gray; but, it can sometimes look a little dingy or gloomy in the winter.

  35. Rebecca says...

    Team Chill!

  36. Eli says...

    Highly recommend the Peach Parfait, particularly if his bedroom gets sunlight in the morning (or evening). The warm peachy tone lights up the room and makes it feel like it is GLOWING! It really adds warmth to the atmosphere in a cold winter, but doesn’t feel like the room is baking in the summer. (I had a similar shade on my bedroom walls in elementary school when I lived in FL. I loved how my room would glow in the mornings. It really does brighten a mood too)!

    I like the “grey” color but that can feel really cold and miserable in the winter and on gray days outside. It makes you feel like it its so much harder to get warm, and can intensify depression or moody feelings. I love grey but prefer it in rooms like the bath to soothe with warm yellow lights.

    Whatever he picks, I hope Anton loves it after its all finished!

  37. DebPS says...

    I’ll admit that I would paint it whichever colour spoke to Anton :)
    When my son was younger, we painted his room Pooh-bear gold, with a pale blue ceiling. He’s 17 now and we’re forbidden to change it. The round ceiling fixture became the eye of a skyblue whale over time, and the walls, he says, are “the colour of love”. What more could I want from a decorating choice?! In any case, I’d do poster boards of the samples and see how they fare as the light changes during the day (I once painted a livingroom in what was a nice peach during the day, but turned into the most glorious shade of candlelight at night… it was so lovely and restful!)

    • Jessica says...

      Exactly this. I got to choose the paint color when I was that age, and it felt really great that I got to make the room “mine” (I got to REdo the color when I was 13 – which was even better because 6 year old me had tried to find a perfect pale peach and ended up with bright-ass orange). I’m not sure the space would have felt like my space if I didn’t get to choose the most basic thing about it. My 4-almost-5 year old has already started talking about changing the color of his room (which is a warm but not kid-friendly tawny brown) – and I figure that its up to him, I’ll just limit his choices to Colorhouse or some other paint company that only makes colors I can live with and that’s what will keep us both happy.

  38. Emily L says...

    I love that he has choices in his room! When I was a kid I had no say over color, wallpaper, carpet, and hated my bedroom my entire childhood.

    • Alanna says...

      This reminds me of Canadian stand up comedian Russell Peters’ old skit: “You have a room??!” ? Basically he was talking about how as a child of immigrants he and his friends were all used to having to share their bedrooms with multiple siblings and sometimes other relatives, and it was only the white kids who had entire rooms to themselves. I too grew up solidly lower middle class sharing a tiny room with 2 older sisters, and the thought of even getting to decorate our rooms — much less us having any say in it! — was so impossible as to be laughable. Basically there was just no money for it. The house we lived in was strictly utilitarian all the way — my brother’s room was even half a store room. It never even occurred to my parents to budget for any interior design; it was just enough to have a roof over our heads.

  39. Victoria Serrano says...

    Peach Parfait just because is Parfait ;-)

    • Sarah says...

      This is so similar to Valspar’s Winter In Paris too (https://www.valspar.com/en/colors/browse-colors/lowes/gray/winter-in-paris-5002-1a)! We used it in the living room in our last house, and then in our bedroom in our current house. I agree about it being a lovely calm color, and it also pairs really well with more saturated jewel tones. When our walls were that color we used velvet drapes in a dark teal on the windows, and a rug with warmer happy colors and it all worked together.

  40. Have you tried to do a sample of each color in the room? That’s the best way to choose a color. I always tell my clients that paint is the cheapest update you can do in a room, try a color and see how you and Anton like it for a few weeks…
    All the best!

  41. Julia says...

    One of my favorite memories from growing up is when I was allowed to pick the color and “help” repaint my room, at right about Anton’s age. All of the above colors look great & I think you all are in for some fun memories.

    • Christina says...

      I was 2,5 and got to pick colours…. Which meant I had to live with a deep red carpet and blue flowers on my wallpaper until I was seven and we moved out!

  42. Rusty says...

    Claire’s Chill! Without a doubt. Calm, hasenough depth and goes with anything. YAY!!!

    • Michelle says...

      When we moved back home from Belgium when my son was 7, we went to get paint for his empty bedroom to paint it while we waited for the furniture to arrive. He chose Glidden’s Niagara Falls.
      https://www.glidden.com/colors/blue/niagara-falls
      He is now nearly 14 and still loves it.

  43. janine says...

    I’m a huge, huge fan of all-white walls everywhere. I think it always looks so clean and fresh!

  44. Cynthia says...

    I like the gray. Our upstairs bathroom is pale gray, and I find it a soothing color.

  45. Sarah says...

    2 or 3! he can add personality with art and posters! almost our entire house is Chantilly Lace and I love it!

  46. Annie says...

    CHILL!

  47. Julie says...

    Chill! I had a peach room growing up and it actually felt cold in the winter. I think the Chill will be nice!

  48. Clare’s Chill!!! I think as he grows up he’ll enjoy that color the most of the 3.

  49. Kelly P says...

    I like the Clare color Chill. I had my bedroom painted a similar color when I lived in Michigan and it was not at all too stark or cold feeling in the winter. In fact, I loved how relaxing it was. Plus, it is such a great contrast with his headboard. I’m eager to see what you choose.

  50. Sasha Court says...

    my vote is Chill.

  51. Mary says...

    I let kids choose their own colors they want for their rooms and didn’t worry if it matched the rest of the house or even if I liked the color. It’s paint, it’s temporary and it’s their room not mine.

    • Kelsey says...

      Love this! My parents let us choose also. When my brother was little, he ended up picking a geometric mural of bright orange and mountain dew green! He was so thrilled! :)

  52. Sara says...

    I personally love the peach, but I have a bit of a bias. As a kid I had Holly Hobby wallpaper and I was…. terrified of it. I was convinced she was watching me! When I got to change my room, I also changed it to a warm peach colour.

  53. Alyssa says...

    Ooh the navy bed would look dreamy against a peach wall.

  54. jenny says...

    The gray one is pretty–a similar color we used for our son’s room (he picked it) that we then also used in ours (and a cousin likes it and used) is Gray Owl by BM. It has a hint of green and blue so not dull in winter. Changes with the light and is so pretty in two different facing rooms. High rec!!

  55. Kat O says...

    I like the Chill color, but I can totally see what you’re saying about winter – it could look like cinderblock walls real fast. Maybe go with something with just an ever-so-slightly bluer or greener undertone, to keep it lively in cold light? Or the peachy color is lovely too! (I love a good white wall, but a kid’s room is too good of an opportunity for color.)

  56. Christine says...

    My vote is for peach! Runner up would be Chill. Or maybe you could do both? I’ve seen lots of kids bedrooms where they do a geometric mountain (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/231302130847407543/). You could do peach as a sky and the chill as a “mountain”

    • suki says...

      This is the perfect answer

  57. Kat says...

    Peach! I live in a blue-toned-white house and it can definitely feel a bit cold in the winter. And I think it’s different enough to the pink.

  58. Alejandra says...

    Chill!

  59. Annie says...

    We used a great deal of agreeable gray in our home, and we live in the PNW. I don’t find it at all cold or stark even during our rainy fall/winters. That said, if peach is something calling yall, I love color!