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I'm opening a Children's Entertainment center but don't know how to pick a good wall color palette to use.

I'm opening a children's play center (uptownplayaround.com) and have meticulously designed the entire facility (myself) with high-end features and ordered beautiful one-of-a-kind play structures but I can’t decide on what colors to paint my walls. Aside from a mural, where can I find this kind of info? It’s not in my budget to hire an interior designer to pick my pain color, nor do I want to get advice from a 18 year old kid at Home Depot

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  1. I would do the following... Walls- A Satin Sunflower Yellow. Ceiling-Country white. Trim- A Light green colour
  2. Primary colors are the best (red, yellow, bright green and blue). I just help to paint a children program room. Looks great. We did each section of the room a different color. Four colors in every room. Throwing in Orange and purple won't hurt. You don't need professional just volunteer friends. It was fast and easy.
  3. Go to a few different paint stores and look at the swatch area. They usually have little brochures that have pictures of rooms on them. Find a room (probably a child's bedroom) that you like and then just use the colors they list on the card. Another idea is to take one color that you really like (maybe it's in a few of the play structures or something) and put it into the little computer in the paint section at Home Depot. The computer will spit out suggestions for coordinating colors. A final suggestion would be to find an item, such as a rug, pillow, or sweater that you really love. Have a paint store match 3 colors from that and use those. You'll know that they coordinate, because they look good together in the item. Once you get your three colors (I wouldn't go with more than that) decide where to use them. You could paint two walls one color, two another, and use the third as an accent, perhaps painting some kind of geometric designs or swirls or whatever in that color. Good luck with your business!
  4. First - they're kids. They won't care - they're kids. It'll get dirty - they're kids. Second - what colors are in the "high-end" features & "one-of-a-kind" play structures? Use colors that either complement or contrast with those colors. (The primary colors (I thought there were only 3 - red, blue & yellow) suggested by another answerer are an option that is often used.) Third, go to Home Depot or Lowes. If an 18 year old kid approaches tell him you're just looking. There are usually paint sample books that you can use yourself to pick colors that will go with your "decor". Or go to a Sherwin Williams, or other paint store & pick their brains - that's what they're there for. Fourth, if there is a arts college in your neighborhood, contact them to see if any students would like to work on your project for extra course credit or something of that nature. If no art college, try a local high school or vocational school. Fifth, when all else fails, ask everyone you know - networking always seems to provide an answer to me.
  5. not too sure of ages however, this is my thought for what it is worth... small kids, i would do that area in the primary colors 10yr -teens, i would do the lime green, hottest pink, the purples, lemon yellow, oranges older teens and they think they are adults... go with blues and reg pink/purples not sure if this helps
  6. What kind of mood are you trying to create? Check out a couple of web sites that deal with color and mood. I would agree you would want colors that compliment your design ideas. If you have the time before painting, go to several areas (outdoors, rooms, stores, businesses) and concentrate on their basic color theme. Ask yourself, "What are they trying to accomplish or sell?" and see how the color makes you feel. Do you feel relaxed? Nervous? Stressed? Tired? Happy? Energentic? You may want to paint different areas of your center different colors for different uses. You will want the kids to feel relaxed and comfortable during rest time, but energetic during play time. What feeling do you want to convey to parents when they first walk in? For instance, a whtie area is often considered sterile and makes some people nervous. Yellow, despite it's affiliation with sunshine, can be stressful. Pink is often used to calm. But, as with everything, people are going to react differently to colors. Get a feel for what YOU like and what makes you feel comfortable. This is your baby and you will probably be spending more time there than anyone.
  7. I might suggest a deep charcoal gray chalkboard paint that you and the kids can draw and write on. Using neon and pastel chalks?