When contemplating room painting ideas for kids, remember one important thing – kids can be good one minute and a tornado the next. If you are like me, you probably had a home that looked like adults lived in it, and now it looks like a daycare. My living room has bins of toys and primary coloured foam mats on the floor. My home office is now bright green with a Star Wars theme. It is so much fun, but a little chaotic. Here are some of the top suggestions I came across when we were looking into painting our home to withstand the child.
ber one important thing – kids can be good one minute and a tornado the next. If you are like me, you probably had a home that looked like adults lived in it, and now it looks like a daycare. My living room has bins of toys and primary coloured foam mats on the floor. My home office is now bright green with a Star Wars theme. It is so much fun, but a little chaotic. Here are some of the top suggestions I came across when we were looking into painting our home to withstand the child.
Bedroom Painting Ideas
If you are expecting a little one to join your clan, planning the nursery for them is a lot of fun. You can be really creative and make a fun space for them. It is easy to get overwhelmed when you start thinking about colours and how they will work with this tiny human you haven’t yet met.
One of the most important tips is to plan a room that will grow with your child. This can save you time and energy down the road. Some options to consider:
- There are many white paint options – choose one with a tint in it, like pink, blue, or green, without going pastel. It will create a clean and bright space that you can decorate with bolder colours for your baby. Then, as they grow and mature, you can change up the décor to match their interests.
- Neutral colours that change slightly with different accent pieces. Like a tinted white, beiges and greys can take on different hues when you add assorted colours to compliment them.
- Go bright and bold in colour and add balance with an accent wall. You can inspire creativity and energy with brilliant greens and blues, softening them up with a white or papered wall.
Room Painting Ideas for the Rest of Your Home
Inevitably there will be scuffs and scratches on your hallway walls. Your living or family room might suddenly have new artwork to feature, drawn in crayon or marker. There might be one section in your kitchen that has a mosaic of food, milk, and life decorating it. Welcome to the tornado part of your life.
Make things a lot easier by choosing a semi-gloss or eggshell paint that will be durable and wash well. This is especially important for rooms that your children will spend a lot of time in. Another great idea? Chalkboard paint. This is a trend that will stick around for a while. You can keep your little ones occupied for a while if they have a spot – on the wall – where they are actually allowed to draw! This is a fantastic idea in a living room where you might entertain guests from time to time. Imagine the conversations that your little one’s artwork might inspire!
Another top idea for a shared space? Wainscot with a chair rail using a high-gloss paint. It might have a super shine to it, but it will wash well (see above suggestion regarding slightly darker tones) and is very durable. It will withstand bumps and scuffs and marks better, plus it can add a classic look to your room that will be nice for adults using the space as well.
Themed Room Painting Ideas
A child that is a little older might be looking for some changes to their room that will better reflect their personality. Need a little inspiration? Here are some colour themes for your children to consider:
- Vintage-inspired. There are many great vintage-inspired colours that can really bring life to your child’s room. Shades of turquoise, yellow, orange, or green can create a youthful setting with a mature feel to it. Soft neutrals can also help achieve the same vibe.
- White with flare. Choosing a bright and cheerful white (yes, there is such a thing) and adding some flare on one wall can create a fun, creative, and happy space. Or, instead of adding flair to a wall, have fun with the ceiling! Be bold with bright stripes or all one colour.
- Stencils or fake borders/moldings. This is a great idea because it’s creative but can easily be painted over down the road if your child outgrows it. It can be a patterned stencil they pick out, or it can be a design meant to create the illusion of a border or picture rail. You can go one step further and let them design it themselves (remember, you can easily paint over it!)
There are many design ideas to consider when it comes to your children. Remember to have fun with it (it is ok to be a big kid yourself and draw on that chalkboard wall). Next time you start planning, sit down with your kids and think creatively when you are looking for room painting ideas.