How Can You Be Creative in Ugly?

I swear my clients say the darndest things! The other day my client was talking about the color of her kids playroom which was a rather boring, dated, just wrong green. It was Dried Thyme, a Sherwin Williams green. Is this a nice green? Sure, perhaps for a library, den or an office but certainly not in a room where young kids are playing and trying to be creative. So, she says, “How can you be creative in ugly?”

dried thyme

Answer? You can’t! This color would just flatline me.


So what colors are best to promote creativity in children? Well happy colors! Youthful colors! Bright colors such as the ones you would see in their bedding or clothing because they are there for a reason.

Also keep in mind that there are usually both boys and girls who share a playroom so don’t choose a bubble gum pink if your boy is playing in the room. Try to choose colors that are fairly unisex. Here are some suggestions.


Always keep in mind that kids gravitate towards certain colors and it’s usually not what we would choose. And Moms, also keep in mind that it’s THIER room so choose a color that will make them creative.

About Donna Frasca

I am an energy that has found a new vibration and frequency. Through many years of writing, learning, and experiencing, I've found comfort in trusting in myself and in Spirit.
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10 Responses to How Can You Be Creative in Ugly?

  1. Chivalry Copper is my favorite!

  2. do happy and bright colors make adults creative too? 😉
    or are we limited to neutrals because of old age?

    • Donna Frasca says:

      That’s a great question and I wrote a blog post called “At What Age Does Color Stop?” that talks about that. I think as we age we are more intimidated with our choices that is why we either chose neutrals for wall color or black and beige for cloths. Thank goodness I don’t intimidate easy!

  3. I love your ‘happy colors’ Donna! And I totally agree that your surroundings make a huge impact – either positive or negative – on productivity and creativity. For a home office, especially, I think it is so important to surround yourself with the colors and things you love, rather than just trying to create a trendy or purely functional workspace. Great post!

  4. fun post, donna! i, for one, can’t get anything good accomplished if i’m in an ugly room surrounded by an ugly color. but in a beautiful room surrounded by a beautiful color, i can work so productively!

  5. Ma says:

    I love the lilac. It’s so pretty.

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