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DS wants a RED bedroom, need to convince him it would be better as a feature wall

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HomeOfMyOwn Mon 20-Aug-18 00:15:50

DS (6yr old) wants a full on Red bedroom. I think it will look like a cave and would normally only choose neutrals. So I would like the red to be contained to 1 wall (he has red curtains and grey & red bedding and I'm prepared to paint the trofast toy storage red too, so there would be red elsewhere in the room too). But he says he doesn't want "boring white/magnolia" on the other walls.

What colours can I put on the other walls that won't be overpowering, dark, too "in your face" or clash? Or how can I persuade him white or magnolia is best for the other walls?

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AjasLipstick Mon 20-Aug-18 00:19:51

Of course it will look ridiculous and awful! You don't need to convince him! He's 6!

You just say no.

Red and grey looks nice together....tell him he can have "some red" but don't talk about the details...he's a child and can't imagine what things will look like.

Paint the other walls wall red. And hang some red accessories on the grey walls. That will have impact and look impressive to him.

HomeOfMyOwn Mon 20-Aug-18 00:26:44

I feel kind of guilty because his sister is getting a fully light pink room (as she wanted) and we've had to be in rental with magnolia only for a few years.

Grey might please him without making it too dark though.

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allthegoodusernameshavegone Mon 20-Aug-18 00:30:17

Tell him if he wants red then he pays! Who is the boss in your house.?... not you.

AjasLipstick Mon 20-Aug-18 00:30:18

Just brush him off a bit....I know it's nice to involve them but they can't predict these things and you end up in pointless discussions and them feeling dissatisfied if you involve them too much.

Say "Oh yes, it's going to be a lot of red and some grey"

he can't imagine the finished product and when it's all complete he's bound to be happy.

Maybe get him more involved in finding some cool red things for the walls. A red clock for themed poster to frame...

Noboozeforme Mon 20-Aug-18 01:40:56

Ha ! I requested a red room when I was about 13 years old. I hated it and my poor dad had to repaint it a few weeks later.

Just tell him no - I wish my parents had grin

LeafCutterAnt Mon 20-Aug-18 01:44:39

I agree with you. Dd wanted pink walls at a similar age but i persuaded her to have white walls with pink curtains and bedding instead

MaryDollNesbitt Mon 20-Aug-18 01:48:02


Convince him?! He’s six! You just say no, OP.

BinkyandBunty Mon 20-Aug-18 01:51:36

The darkest shade of grey you can get away with depending on the natural light in the room.

If it goes with the curtains, a red with a tinge of brown to it might be a bit less jarring to the eye than bright bright red.

RabbitsAreTasty Mon 20-Aug-18 02:36:07

I assumed he was 14 and was going to say let him do it.

There is a very good reason why 6 year olds don't get to do interior design. This is it.

Be the adult.

He's right that magnolia will look shit with red though. Light grey is the way to go.

lalalonglegs Mon 20-Aug-18 03:01:24

I'd paint it all pale grey and get some red wall stickers (a double decker bus perhaps and s London skyline in red). Then I'd add some curtains and bedding with elements of red. That would be plenty.

CiderwithBuda Mon 20-Aug-18 03:26:05

DS wanted the same at 10. We said one wall only. Also got red bedding and red/cream curtains and a red light fitting. It’s still the same 7 years on. Some of the furniture has changed now but colour scheme still the same. He picked a warm red with a tinge of brown - as BinkyandBunty said it’s not jarring.

CiderwithBuda Mon 20-Aug-18 03:26:41

Oh and other walls are magnolia! Wasn’t my choice but it looks ok.

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 03:34:01

Ah, let him have a red room! Why not?

Bluewidow Mon 20-Aug-18 04:21:45

He's right though magnolia is boring . Let him have the room he wants - his bedroom, his expression. It can always be repainted. My son had a painted orange room with 1 wall wallpaper. It looked amazing, and I want to recreate it in our new house.

AGrinWithoutACat Mon 20-Aug-18 05:05:55


DS has a bright red wall and we choose a bright pastel yellow (not washed out but not in your face) for the others

Red curtains, iron man wall sticker and red bedding complete it (his furniture is painted white though)

Bright and cheerful room

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:09:42

This all-red room looks great I reckon.

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:10:28

This one is supposedly pink, but it's only need to be a few shades darker to be red, and it looks great!

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:11:15

This is cool also.

The key to having an all red room seems to be to have white and/or bright colours to go with it,

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:12:37

I'm not so keen on the darker shade in this, it feels a bit to grown up for a kids room, but it shows nicely how lots of white can tone down the effect - doesn't necessarily need to be white on a wall.

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:13:29

Oops! pic attached...

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:14:03

Weird! It didn't seem to attach first time, even when I refreshed the page!

paintedwingsandgiantrings Mon 20-Aug-18 11:14:49

The orange & red wall look awesome together!

ThePricklySheep Mon 20-Aug-18 11:15:35

My son wanted an orange room. I suggested one white wall, to be snow for his wall stickers of penguins to live on. It actually looks fine. I think one wall a different colour is enough that it doesn’t feel too enclosed.

Ginandplatonic Mon 20-Aug-18 11:20:36

My DS has a red room. It looks great. He chose the colour when he was 7 when we first moved to this house, and isn't sick of it yet at 18!

It is an attic room, so 2 walls have white sloping ceiling to halfway, but still lots of red.

I'm a big believer in letting kids choose the colour of their own rooms, it's only paint.

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