My son hasn’t even been born yet, and I’ve already had a comment on the planned colour scheme for his room.
His room will be the box room which is currently my husbands office space. When we moved in, the room was awful. It had horrible textured wallpaper, and a strange cupboard arrangement along one wall, housing the boiler and airing cupboard. It will be a total pain when it comes to placing furniture, but we can’t afford to move the boiler and redo the cupboards as of yet. But the colour, oh god the colour! It was a horrible sickly green blue. Not nice. We decided to paint the walls a light grey, which has improved it 100 times, but the blue still shows through slightly. We wanted to add some colour in there too, so I narrowed it down between a bright pink magenta-ish colour and a bright turqoise, for the skirting boards and radiator. My husband chose the pink.
I hadn’t gotten around to painting the magenta, but now that we are rearranging the room for when our son will be big enough, it seems like a good time to do so. I had no plans to change our colour scheme just because we are having a boy. We have the paint, it will look nice, why differ from our plan? I’ve never been one to decorate a nursery. My daughters room didn’t get painted or decorated in the slightest till she was 2! So I was feeling ahead of my usual game on his room!
I felt confident in our plan. Until…We got that comment: YOU CANT PAINT A BOYS ROOM PINK!!!!!! Why would you do that?!’ Erm excuse me? No one cared when we chose to do a blue wall in our daughters bedroom. It looks good, and suits the room. No one cared that she would have a ‘boy’ colour. The same attitude doesn’t apply to boys it seems. But why? Are we wrong to want pink in his room? I didn’t think so. My husband chose the colour, and he’s a ‘boy’. We liked the grey and pink because it’s a small, bleak and not especially bright room. The pink would warm it, and add some brightness without darkening or making the room feel smaller. But now I’m doubting myself
What’s wrong with pink for a boy?
Is there anything wrong?
I’m sure we will be repainting it when he gets his own tastes anyways, so what does it matter now?
I have always hated the pink and princess for girls; blue and trucks/dinosaurs for boys. I regularly let my daughter chose clothes from either the girls or boys section. I plan to be the same with my son. Maybe it’s going to be harder. It seems that way. If my daughter is in ‘boy’ clothes she’s just seen as a tom boy. What will people think if my son wants to wear a pink sparkly princess top or a dress even?! I think ‘challenging’ that gender barrier by letting him chose his clothes or having some pink in his room will be even harder and judged much worse for him then my daughter. Hell its started already and he’s not even arrived yet!