Painting Ideas for Kids' Rooms
If any rooms in the house calls for imaginative spin, it’s your children’s. Take advantage of the opportunity and create the perfect personal hideaway that your kids will love. Not sure exactly how to start? Keep reading for some painting ideas for kids’ rooms and tips on how to unleash your inner artist. Don’t forget your number one resource and look to your kids for inspiration.
Before you begin, visit your local True Value hardware store for the painting tools, products and expert advice you need to start right. Then follow the steps below.
Step 1. Choose a Theme
Creative painting ideas for kids’ rooms often come straight from the children themselves. So, before you begin, plan out your project, keeping in mind your child’s interests. Ask them for their input. Many kids have a favorite fictional character from a movie or have special interest in sports, art or other activities that you can use to create a custom look that suits their personalities.
Create a sports-themed room, or try a princess theme. Get ideas from your child’s toys, books or check interior design and home-themed magazines and websites for ideas. Consider doing a mural specific to the room’s theme. The mural can depict a favorite event or scene from a book or film or a specific location, such as a beach or forest. If you’re unsure of your artistic painting talents, you can use stencils or decals to help you achieve the design you’re looking for.
- You don’t have to be an actual artist and work freehand to paint a mural. Simply use a projector to project an image on the wall and trace it out with a pencil. Then add paint.
Don’t limit yourself though. Painting ideas for kids’ rooms come in all shapes and sizes. You can also paint walls with patterns, stripes, or other decorative painting techniques. Paint an accent wall if you feel a theme won’t work or you want to keep the room’s design simple but appealing (kids go through phases and outgrow favorites) so that your work will last longer. You also try accenting a room with borders.
Try something a little different and “outside the box” by using specialty paints, such as chalkboard paint or magnetic paint. Each of these types of paint do exactly as its name implies. Chalkboard paint provides a surface that can be written on with chalk and erased with a damp towel. Magnetic paint creates fun walls on which magnets will adhere. Follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully for optimum results.
Remember though, the time to start stenciling, adding borders, decals, your mural idea or any other creative feature to the walls is after you have painted a base coat on the walls and the coats have dried.
Step 2. Choose a Child-Friendly Color Scheme
Kids bedroom painting ideas revolve around choosing fun colors. If the theme you’ve chosen doesn’t call for specific colors, choose a color or color scheme for your child’s room. Here are some tips on the way color affects moods and perceptions:
- Green. The color of nature, green is said to reinforce self-esteem and suggest hope, restfulness and calmness.
- Blue. Shades of blue, like the ocean and the sky, evoke feelings of calm, tranquility and spirituality. They’re good choices for a restful bedroom.
- Red. Used as an accent to neutral colors, red can add some brightness to a kid’s room.
- Yellow. Cheerful and dynamic, yellow is a great choice to brighten and warm any room. It’s also said to be the color of intellectuals.
- White. White represents peace, faith, joy, cleanliness and purity. It reflects light, so it can make a room appear bright, cool and spacious. But it’s also the hardest room color to keep clean with little ones around.
- Purple. Various shades of purple evoke different feelings. Children typically respond to the energy of bright purple.
Don’t forget that if you’re changing the wall colors in the room, you may also need to update your child’s furniture. You can do this by updating the furniture with a little paint at another time.
Step 3. Prepare the Room
Before painting or doing anything to the walls, you need to prep the space for painting. Remove the furniture from the room before you start. If you can’t get all the furniture out, move it to the center of the room and cover with drop cloths. Place drop cloths or tarps on the floor and remove window coverings, switch plates and outlet covers. Use painter’s tape to protect windowsills, baseboards, door hinges and the ceiling perimeter.
Properly cleaning and repairing the walls is extremely important when painting since paint doesn’t adhere to dirt. Using a sponge or cloth, wipe down your walls with mild detergent and water, letting it dry completely. If the walls have any cracks, holes or other damage, apply spackling compound with a putty knife and then sand with fine sandpaper once it dries.
- If you need to make repairs, add an extra day to your plans to give the compound plenty of time to dry.
Step 4. Prime the Walls
When painting the walls, you don’t have to apply a coat of primer before you paint, but doing so will make the paint adhere and wear better — a good idea in a kid’s room. Additionally, priming is advisable if your walls or ceilings are stained or you wish to use light-colored paint over dark walls. Apply a quality primer with a brush or preferably a roller, and paint widthwise in 6' sections, using a zigzag pattern of overlapping “W” strokes. Move from right to left, then left to right, spreading evenly with vertical strokes. Let it dry thoroughly.
- Open the windows to make sure you’ll be priming and painting in a well-ventilated area.
- If you want to prime and paint in one step, try True Value® EasyCare PLATINUM® Paint & Primer in One.
Step 5. Paint
Apply True Value EasyCare® latex paint using the same technique you used for priming. If necessary, apply a second coat. You don’t have to let the paint completely dry between coats, but the longer you wait, the better your results will be.
- Visit TrueValuePaint.com for color selection ideas and tips.
- Use our paint calculator to estimate how much paint you need before you begin the project.
- To prevent the paint from drying unevenly, avoid stopping while you’re in the middle of painting a wall. Touch up any missed spots when the paint is still wet to ensure an even look.
- Before you begin painting a new wall, make sure you have enough paint left in the can to finish the entire wall. The same paint color can vary slightly from one can to another, so try not to use two different paint cans on one wall.
Use a brush to do wall brushwork in areas your roller can’t reach, like the corners and next to the doors, windows and molding.
Step 6. Clean-up
Pick up your drop cloths or tarps and close up your paint cans. Dispose of used paint or sealant cans appropriately. Cleaning paintbrushes and other tools can be made easy with warm and soapy water. Thoroughly rinse your roller covers and brushes in water until the water runs clear, then place them in a brush/roller spinner, if you have one, to remove excess liquid. Store in their protective sleeves or hang them on nails or hooks. Pick up drop cloths carefully, making sure you don’t spread around any paint that may have gotten on them. Next, remove painter's tape at a 45-degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. Remember that the longer it stays on, the harder it is to remove.
Nice work! You’ve created a colorful and cozy place where your kid can kick back. For all of your painting projects, head to your local True Value hardware store for the products and advice you need.
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