Letting a child paint their bedroom bright orange ... would you?

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AChickenCalledKorma Sun 10-Feb-13 14:12:57

We have extended our house and everyone is moving into "new" (or heavily refurbished) bedrooms. I promised the children that they could choose their colour schemes.

DD2 - aged 7.5 - wants bright orange walls. We are talking the full monty - think Tango adverts! She is totally opposed to any compromise options (have tried suggesting peach walls and orange lampshade but she was unimpressed)/

The sensible half of me is saying "she'll get tired of it" and/or "she'll never sleep" and/or "she'll have a constant headache". The other half of me is saying "stop sounding just like your mother, if you can't have a ridiculous bedroom when you're a child, when can you".

Would you let her?

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 10-Feb-13 14:16:48

You promised so yes... Orange isn't that bad. You could have a bright colour theme? Ikea and Argos do loads of brightly coloured accessories. Maybe look into different wall stickers/ stencils too... Worst case scenario is a day with a big tub of white emulsion...

ilovepicnmix Sun 10-Feb-13 14:17:42

My partner let his son paint one wall lurid orange. Not ideal but better than 4. It's not too bad now there's furniture in it. Could one wall be a compromise?

earlierintheweek Sun 10-Feb-13 14:18:28

Yes but only if she promises to paint over it when she's fed up with it, because covering up bright orange will be a pita. grin

pootlebug Sun 10-Feb-13 14:19:22

Yes. But I wouldn't be offering to repaint if she dislikes it 6 months down the line.

My stepson's room has dark blue walls. Really not my cup of tea at all and I think it makes the room much too dark. But what he wanted and it's his space.

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 10-Feb-13 14:19:43

Yes let her. Remembers my mother saying this but wouldnt let me have the colour i wanted and it grated me for years.

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 10-Feb-13 14:21:19
supergreenuk Sun 10-Feb-13 14:21:52

My son has 1 orange wall as it goes with his rocket pictures but one wall is enough. Can you suggest one wall and do the others white maybe and then accessorise ?

Fallenangle Sun 10-Feb-13 14:21:56

Covering orange will take several days of painting with white emulsion. softened with stickers, posters, neutral carpet it'll be fine. Try and con persuade her into having just two walls orange if you can.

Flatbread Sun 10-Feb-13 14:22:26

I wouldn't. You should ask them to choose from within a range you find acceptable.

FayCorgasm Sun 10-Feb-13 14:23:31

Lord, no! Maybe an accent wall at the most with some wall stickers to detract from it. Apart from the fact an orange room would look awful, it's hardly going to provide a relaxing and quiet atmosphere for sleep!

catladycourtney1 Sun 10-Feb-13 14:24:08

What about bright orange and white stripes? Or orange spots on white, or a similar pattern that you could easily do with masking tape or stencils? It's still bright and eye-catching, but not so much need for sunglasses smile maybe she'd go for that? Otherwise you might just have to bite the bullet and do it, if you promised her.

Foggles Sun 10-Feb-13 14:25:02

When my DS's were little they shared a bedroom and I did an Action Man theme. The walls were bright orange, woodwork all black and I painted a huge Action Man logo on one wall in enamel paint.

We were still able to "neutralise" it before we sold the house.

Go for it!

DancingInTheMoonlight Sun 10-Feb-13 14:25:42
Fallenangle Sun 10-Feb-13 14:26:00

But Flat OP told DD she could choose colour without specifying limits. If she now overules her DD she will have a seven year old who will probably still be resentful at 27.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 14:26:03

I would let her have it.

what I would insist on, though, is that it's painted onto wallpaper so that when you need to cover it, yoy can scrape off the wallpaper and start again.

if you don't like tge idea of the colour, then jyst make sure that everything epse in the room is understated - whites andcreams etc. maybe even blues and greens to tone it down.

FanFuckingTastic Sun 10-Feb-13 14:27:05

I think it looks like it could be really nice actually.

Have blackout blinds and then they'll sleep despite any colour as it'll be pitch black.

You did say they could choose. If you go back on it, then I would feel as a child they may be upset the you overruled them after saying they could pick.

FanFuckingTastic Sun 10-Feb-13 14:27:38

And I think I am actually going to steal the idea for one of my kiddos!

Fallenangle Sun 10-Feb-13 14:28:20

And OP has a daughter who doesn't demand PINK.

OryxCrake Sun 10-Feb-13 14:28:49

Why not? Orange can look amazing (and cheerful!). And you did promise...

ihearsounds Sun 10-Feb-13 14:29:03

I would be unimpressed as well about peach walls and orange lampshades. That isnt a compromise at all.

Yes I would let my dc's have an orange bedroom. They always choose their colours, with the understanding that is has to stay like that for at least a year. And accessories only replaced when they have to.. Putting a limit means that they really consider the colours. We've had some really mad colours over the years, including the lime green phase.

MortifiedAdams Sun 10-Feb-13 14:30:35

I dont know why you wouldnt let her?

Presumably as you have extensively refurbished you arent decorating to sell so I dont see what the problem is with orange walls.

Fallenangle Sun 10-Feb-13 14:31:03

I think my DD would choose black if she could, including the ceiling.

Mosman Sun 10-Feb-13 14:31:30

That'll teach you, you only do that sort of thing once.
I know say would you like this yellow wallpaper or this pink one, both of which I like. Everyone's happier.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 14:32:49

dd's room is half very darkblue and half lime green [green]
it's a space theme and would have been completely dark blue, but I was convinced I was going to have a boy and didn't want everyone to assume i'd gone for a "boy's theme" room.

elastamum Sun 10-Feb-13 14:33:51

I think that you should keep your word. That is far more important than a bit of paint. Ds2's room is red. He chose it and it looks great! smile

My friend has just done one wall in a herringbone in pink/white. that would look amazing in orange, and would break up the brightness of it somewhat.

FluffyDavis Sun 10-Feb-13 14:35:25

My ds2 has two bright orange walls in his room and two white. It looks fantastic with an orange blind, desk, lamps and bright multicoloured bedding.
I have three boys and I let them all choose the colours they wanted. It is by far my favourite room and really cosy.
I figured it was the least I could do after they all had to sleep in the lounge for six month while we did the loft conversion confused

JourneyThroughLife Sun 10-Feb-13 14:36:30

I would let your child have exactly what she wants....but the condition is that she lives with it.

My father did this for my sister and I when we were small. My father was an artist and wanted us to appreciate colour and how it affects people. I remember choosing a deep plum red/purple for 2 walls and a sort of wedgewood grey/blue for the other two walls, it was quite dramatic at the time (long time ago!) My parents must have been horrified but my father duly painted it, his condition was that he wouldn't repaint the room for at least a year. It was awful, really depressing to live with, terrible!! But it did me the world of good, it really brought home to me the impact of colour and I was very, very careful about the colours I chose the next time round - and I was still very young at the time.

It made a deep impression on me and these days I do interior design as a sideline...

I also let my own daughter choose her room colours from an early age. When she went through her "pink" stage she had a shocking pink room - walls, shelves, everything. It was dreadful. She rapidly grew out of it and became more mature in her colour choice as she grew older.... It's a really good idea to let children choose, they are bound to make mistakes but that's where the learning comes in.

JourneyThroughLife Sun 10-Feb-13 14:36:34

I would let your child have exactly what she wants....but the condition is that she lives with it.

My father did this for my sister and I when we were small. My father was an artist and wanted us to appreciate colour and how it affects people. I remember choosing a deep plum red/purple for 2 walls and a sort of wedgewood grey/blue for the other two walls, it was quite dramatic at the time (long time ago!) My parents must have been horrified but my father duly painted it, his condition was that he wouldn't repaint the room for at least a year. It was awful, really depressing to live with, terrible!! But it did me the world of good, it really brought home to me the impact of colour and I was very, very careful about the colours I chose the next time round - and I was still very young at the time.

It made a deep impression on me and these days I do interior design as a sideline...

I also let my own daughter choose her room colours from an early age. When she went through her "pink" stage she had a shocking pink room - walls, shelves, everything. It was dreadful. She rapidly grew out of it and became more mature in her colour choice as she grew older.... It's a really good idea to let children choose, they are bound to make mistakes but that's where the learning comes in.

JourneyThroughLife Sun 10-Feb-13 14:36:41

I would let your child have exactly what she wants....but the condition is that she lives with it.

My father did this for my sister and I when we were small. My father was an artist and wanted us to appreciate colour and how it affects people. I remember choosing a deep plum red/purple for 2 walls and a sort of wedgewood grey/blue for the other two walls, it was quite dramatic at the time (long time ago!) My parents must have been horrified but my father duly painted it, his condition was that he wouldn't repaint the room for at least a year. It was awful, really depressing to live with, terrible!! But it did me the world of good, it really brought home to me the impact of colour and I was very, very careful about the colours I chose the next time round - and I was still very young at the time.

It made a deep impression on me and these days I do interior design as a sideline...

I also let my own daughter choose her room colours from an early age. When she went through her "pink" stage she had a shocking pink room - walls, shelves, everything. It was dreadful. She rapidly grew out of it and became more mature in her colour choice as she grew older.... It's a really good idea to let children choose, they are bound to make mistakes but that's where the learning comes in.

I told DD she could choose her colours, but I had power of veto. And I used it - she wanted solid black or navy! We've compromised with black on the bottom metre, then pale blue on the top. I had to bribe her with chalkboard paint though, so her room is going to be half pale blue and half black covered in chalky scribbles...

JourneyThroughLife Sun 10-Feb-13 14:38:26

(Sorry, not sure why my last post came out twice!)

Maryz Sun 10-Feb-13 14:38:57

ds painted his room, one wall orange, one wall black, on wall bright indigo (almost purple). the fourth wall was mostly window cupboard.

ds2's is green and black, again dark colours.

They love them like that; both have been those colours for over five years, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Let her. And the second link (orange and cerise) is lovely.

MrsLHofstadter Sun 10-Feb-13 14:38:59

I had all 4 walls lime green and green carpet with white furniture when I was about 9. My friends had bright walls too, yellow, orange and pink. There was a lot of lilac around too.

I'd let her do it.

AChickenCalledKorma Sun 10-Feb-13 14:39:22

Wow - so many responses! And thanks especially for the pictures. I hadn't even thought about googling for orange bedrooms and some of them look really nice.

Yes, we are planning to stay in the house at least till they are all grown up, so re-selling isn't a concern.

And yes, I'm totally alive to the risk of this being one of those "mum promised but then she wouldn't let me" situations that stays with a child. And we will let her make the decision - it's more a question of whether we try and steer her thinking to something more restful or just let her go for it.

I like the idea of laying down an agreement that it has to stay that colour for a certain period ... and that she will have to help cover it up in 100 coats of white if/when she's had enough. Think we might go with that.

CajaDeLaMemoria Sun 10-Feb-13 14:40:34

Orange can induce headaches - we wanted an orange kitchen but it was tough because everybody recommended against it!

It might be something to think about if a compromise is possible.

MortifiedAdams Sun 10-Feb-13 14:41:36

Put lining paper up and paint that - if afrer a year she wants to change it, strip the paper off.

Beckett3 Sun 10-Feb-13 14:44:00

My son's room is a bright orange with black wardrobes, shelves etc and I must admit it looks brilliant in there.

He also has a scalectrix fixed onto a board that is then hinged on the wall so he can unhook it and play whenever he wants without it always being in the way, we've also painted the back of the board with black board paint so he can write or draw pictures or do his homework on it when the scalectrix is folded away.

I know I went off subject there, but it's only recently finished and the whole room is just great.

sandyballs Sun 10-Feb-13 14:45:32

We said this to our DDs when we extended last year. They both wanted bright red walls and I reluctantly agreed as I had promised. I love it, looks fab with white furniture and black blinds. The only thing I wouldn't compromise on is the carpet as I wanted the same neutral carpet throughout the upstairs and thinking long term this wouldn't be changed for several years, whereas walls are fairly easily changed.

Go for it.

GreenShadow Sun 10-Feb-13 14:46:11

Orange is fine - would much prefer that to a really dark colour.

DS2 has orange walls and it really looks quite good.

Narked Sun 10-Feb-13 14:47:56

Another one here who still remembers their mother saying they could choose the colour of their walls and then painting them an off white insipid version of that colour. When I was 8.

Maryz Sun 10-Feb-13 14:48:24

Also, there is orange and orange. I'd go for a slightly duller one, rather than a very bright one.

If you look at dulux oranges and look at for example Auburn Falls 3 it is a much deeper but less in your face colour than this

So look around and get some testers.

Whirliwig72 Sun 10-Feb-13 14:48:48

If full on orange is a bit too much for you how about a white room with bright orange foot prints painted all over using a template? My cousin had this but with brown footprints and it looked fantastic!

forgottenpassword Sun 10-Feb-13 14:49:18

My Dc wanted bright red. We compromised on red and white striped wallpaper on one wall and red accessories eg chair, bed. It actually looks pretty good.

spiderlight Sun 10-Feb-13 14:49:55

To put it in perspective, my goddaughter, in a late-teen goth phase, painted her entire room in black gloss paint while her parents were away and then decided she didn't like it. At leas you'll get to help choose appropriate paint and make sure it's done properly.

PoppyAmex Sun 10-Feb-13 14:50:22

Well, you promised so you can't really go back on your word.

And, no offence OP, but your idea of a peach room is so much worse! grin

Orange can look very tasteful, pair it with grey or bright white and it will be very modern scandinavian.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 14:50:40

when I was a teenager and we moved house, my sister and I wanted vlack walls. my mum wouldn't let ys byt she let us gave purple. in those days it was such an unusual colour that we gad to have it specially mixed.
it was a really dark proper pyrple.
my mum thought we'd regret even that dark, but it was a lovely colour and she even said that she felt reallycalm when she stepped in the room. so perfect for tantrummy angsty teenagers!

AChickenCalledKorma Sun 10-Feb-13 14:51:20

OK - orange it is! Feeling so reassured by all the people who have already done it and still love it.

(DD1 says she is going for two walls in turquoise and two in a toning bright blue. Will definitely need to take a moment to refocus my eyes when walking across the landing from one room to the other!)

Startail Sun 10-Feb-13 14:53:00

Orange and white, with turquoise, bright green and hot pink could look really good.

DD1 has a ikea quilt cover that's white with bright flower outlines that would work (sadly not this years) and I've seen striped ones too.
right kind of colours

butterflies, hearts and various stipes, both DDs have BHS butterflies they wash ok

The problem is bright orange against orangey pine furniture, if her her furniture is white melamine or can be painted white it probably would look better.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 14:54:31

I want bigger keys on my keyboard.

Scootee Sun 10-Feb-13 14:55:51

I would just have a neutral carpet, with 3 magnolia-ish walls and allw the 4th wall to be bright orange. That way, she has what she wanted and it won't be too much of a pita to rectify.

almostanotherday Sun 10-Feb-13 15:07:44

Cream walls and then everything else orange, lightshade, bedding, rug,

IsItMeOr Sun 10-Feb-13 15:11:02

Good for you OP - I agree you should go for it.

I shared a room with my slightly older sister. We had it pink when we were younger (I don't recall having any input into that choice) and then when we were in early teens, it was repainted. We allegedly got to choose. DSis wanted peach, I wanted blue. Yes, DMum sided with DSis and I resented it for a very long time. My brother, naturally, had the blue room I wanted.

Also, there are really good basecoat paints these days which will cover strong colours in a couple of coats and leave a perfect surface for painting over. We did this with our dark red study which is now a pale yellow bedroom for DS.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 15:29:36

please don't subject any human being to magnolia.
sad

<<shudders at memory of every wall in the house being magnolia because it was cheap and the walls needed to painted quickly>>

ChippyMinton Sun 10-Feb-13 15:32:30

I had orange when I was a kid, full-on 1970's bright orange with brown woodwork, orange lampshades, the full works.

It was awesome. Go for it!

Maryz Sun 10-Feb-13 15:45:21

I was going to ask you had you got a new phone nickel grin

I don't mind magnolia - at least it is honestly meh. I really dislike almond white and grey smoke and elephant's tusks or whatever - to me they are all just posh expensive magnolia.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 15:49:48

I've got a GoTab mary grin

I've got the keys set slightly apart, but the crystsls go in different directions whether you hold it left or right handed and I think it doesn't like the left handed way.

Acandlelitshadow Sun 10-Feb-13 15:55:13

I'd totally let her have it.

Ds2 had Action Man paper with tango orange paint above for a few years. Painting over when we were ready was no biggie. The room is now a tasteful muted blue although if you look very carefully you may still see a tangerine spot or two in places

Acandlelitshadow Sun 10-Feb-13 15:55:20

I'd totally let her have it.

Ds2 had Action Man paper with tango orange paint above for a few years. Painting over when we were ready was no biggie. The room is now a tasteful muted blue although if you look very carefully you may still see a tangerine spot or two in places

WhichIsBest Sun 10-Feb-13 15:57:25

Agree you should paint on lining paper!

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 16:00:32

I said thatat the beginning.
no one ever listens to me sad

WhichIsBest Sun 10-Feb-13 16:09:10

I saw, smile I was reiterating!

EnterNicknameHere Sun 10-Feb-13 16:10:57

Argos have a nice star spots and stripe range that would look nice with orange.

I'd let her but then I love the colour orange.

www.argos.co.uk/static/Search/searchTerms/COLOUR+MATCH+SPOT.htm

AChickenCalledKorma Sun 10-Feb-13 17:53:55

Sorry Nickelbabe - yes I saw the lining paper thing. Still thinking about that one - I agree it would make it easier to re-do, but we've also just paid a couple of plasterers lots of £££s to make the walls lovely and flat and ready-to-paint grin.

AnAirOfHope Sun 10-Feb-13 18:05:14

Yes I would let my dd chose how she wants her bedroom.

I like orange. As a comprimise three white walls and one orange. It will look nice and bright and clean.

When the light is turned off it will be dark so she will sleep grin

ihearsounds Sun 10-Feb-13 18:08:14

You don't need to do it on lining paper. 2 maybe 3 coats of homebase magnolia will cover it up. I finally stripped the hall, it was orange and purple under the paper. Couple of coats and then the colour I wanted sorted it out, which was a pale aqua.

The only time magnolia should be used is, imo, is to cover up dark/strong colours. Also sorted out a black bedroom.

BikeRunSki Sun 10-Feb-13 18:18:57

Well, you did promise! Don't make promises you can't (or won't ) keep wink !

FWIW, my uni BF had an orange room and it was actually really nice. It was a big room and quite sunny, so not over powering at all. He had yellow curtains. Much nicer than the grunge/goth that everyone else was into! For your DD sounds much cheerier than pink/purple/butterflies.

For a child's room with orange walls, I'd look at the rainbow bedroom range that JojoMamanBebe do. DS has the duvet cover and lampshade. A bit pricey, but lovely.

nickelbabe Sun 10-Feb-13 21:48:38

don't you have to leave the walls about 6 months before you can paint them?

jaynebxl Mon 11-Feb-13 07:14:57

Do you mean after walls are plastered, nickel? General advice is that you can paint once the plaster has gone pale pink, so up to a week.

fridgepants Mon 11-Feb-13 07:31:02

I rent and one of the worst things about it is bloody magnolia walls. The happiest house I ever shared had a yellow bedroom smile

I wasn't allowed to make any of the choices in my room as a kid - wallpaper went up, no posters until I rebelled age 12 by blu-tacking up some Dali postcards and my mum decided pictures of cats and Blur were better than surrealist nudes.

Sokmonsta Mon 11-Feb-13 07:40:58

Could be worse. I had a friend who painted her room in bright orange, green and yellow stripes.

Ilovexmastime Mon 11-Feb-13 07:48:13

Let her, I don't see why you wouldn't when you've already promised confused

I let my DS's choose their colours for their new bedroom and DS1 went for bright red - walls and ceiling - and DS2 went for bright yellow. I was very unsure at first, particularly regarding the ceiling, but once you get the furniture in, it's not so in-your-face and now I really like both rooms.

nickelbabe Mon 11-Feb-13 14:33:41

ah.

Dothraki Mon 11-Feb-13 14:41:04

My mum decorated my bedroom orange - it was lovely, it always seemed warm and cheerful. It was never a problem getting to sleep. smile

Startail Mon 11-Feb-13 21:03:58

That Argos stars and stripes quilt is exactly what I was thinking with the BHS links, perfect.

Then you can pick up the bright blue, red, yellow and green, for plastic crates, lampshades, rugs, cushions etc. way more easily than matching the orange.

MortifiedAdams Mon 11-Feb-13 21:26:42

Get yourself on Pinterest - lots of inspiration!!

princesschick Wed 13-Feb-13 10:33:59

I had a bright orange room as a teenager in the 90s, with the very popular orange / yellow / red check bedding and curtains from Next, red gloss window sill and a reclaimed filing cabinet spray painted in red with alternate yellow / orange drawers. I was soooooooooo happy that my parents let me choose and took great pride in my room / having friends over. I slept all the time (even through some mammouth hangovers as an older teen), studied well and got good grades. In my early twenties I had a deep fushia wall and baby pink other walls - lots of chrome and white and pale oak furniture. So I've done all of the colour experimenting and it's all out of my system. I'm soooo happy my parents let me have what I wanted and let me express my own personality so that I had my own space in the family home.

Anyway, it's out of my system and our current cottage (still being renovated) is all lime wash neutrals and pastels now. We're using a limited palette of brights for accents in cushions, lamps etc.

I say let her! She'll talk about it for years and won't resent you for going back on your word. Plus it means it's lovely to feel like you've got control over your own space in a family home. A little sanctuary to go to with friends / pursuing hobbies.

Oh and it didn't stop my parents from selling their house, although the buyers did grumble about the "bright" children's rooms grin (my sisters was sky blue and bright lime green!) and having to redecorate as soon as they got in!

Hope that helps?

Stokes Wed 13-Feb-13 14:25:24

I also had an orange bedroom when I was a teenager. I bought new bedding and curtains that were blue, green, orange and yellow and it was actually my mum who suggested the orange walls. It was a reasonably big room with white furniture, I had the ceiling and the bit of wall above the picture rail white as well and painted the door, radiator, skirting board and picture rail a strong yellow. It was a deep orange with a lot more red than yellow, which is nicer imo.

I had it from my early teens to early twenties and loved it. And no, it never gave me a headache or trouble sleeping! hmm

blossombath Fri 15-Feb-13 16:47:58

Good for you OP agree with others who say it's worth letting kids express themselves. Loads of nice ideas on here, too. Good for her for not wanting pink smile

Sofi1 Fri 15-Feb-13 16:52:07

Orange is too bright for a room where he has to rest, i will suggest to paint in orange just one wall that he cannot see from the bed

Potterer Thu 21-Feb-13 10:45:41

My two sons have bedding that is multicoloured but I always pick a colour for the walls from that. So ds2 has a dinosaur duvet cover from Next, it is basically navy blue with a lime green dinosaur on it and I painted his room lime green.

Weirdly, ds1 also has a duvet with about 5 colours on it but he chose the same green as his brother.

When I first painted it, it looked like a homage to plutonium. It literally glowed. But once the furniture was in it helped break up the colour.

I would hate someone to dictate the colour I paint my bedroom, it is the one place in the whole house that a child has that is truly their space. It isn't shared with anyone.

My mate has two children, both their rooms are painted beige like the rest of the house but she let them have the bedding they wanted. It just looks wrong, the room doesn't gel at all. The tones are all off.

Let her have her orange bedroom, and then upload a photo so we can see it.

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