9 Great tips for painting children’s rooms

Painting your child's room can sound like a lot of fun, however, there are many things that go into creating a great children’s room. From choosing paint colours, to applying the paint and all the preparation work in between. Check out these 9 great tips for painting children’s rooms to help you on your way.
Painting your child's room can sound like a lot of fun, however, there are many things that go into creating a great children’s room.

The multitude of colours available can be overwhelming and house painting is not only about applying the paint, there's also a lot of preparation work that needs to be done to get a good result.
Here are a few things you might like to take into account before starting to paint a child's room.

1. Babies & young children

Newborn and small babies only have black and white vision. So from their point of view, it doesn't matter what colour you choose!

Select colours that you like, that are soothing and restful to you. With very young children it is you will be you looking at the walls as you try to get them to feed, or sleep or stop crying!

2. Colour choices

Different colours have different effects on people:
  • Orange promotes a feeling of comfort and well-being, and green is calming, nurturing and enhances concentration.
  • Lavenders, lilacs and pinks are also calming, while brown helps grounding and all of these are great nursery colours.
  • Red is passionate and emotional, and yellow, while cheerful and energizing can be agitating in babies, and both should be used with caution and only as accent colours.
  • Blue is healing and cooling and while grey promotes thought, it can also cause sadness.
  • White is hard to clean and can promote secretiveness, while black is dominant and powerful, and both should be used sparingly.

3. Contrasts or combinations

Combining colours is an art. What might look good on those little square samples may not go so well together on the walls.

Consider consulting with residential painters as to what shades go well together or what colours contrast well.

4. Ask your child

Older children can be involved in the choice of colours and decoration of their room.

However don't be tempted to allow free range, but do include their choices of colours at least in small doses!

5. Colours that grow

Unless you want to repaint regularly, consider choosing colours that will grow with your child.

Neutral wall shades with one wall of a more intense colour and contrasting woodwork can be transformed easily.

You will only need to paint parts of the room to give a new and maturing aspect as your child's tastes and needs change.

6. Decorations

Hang posters or pictures on neutral walls. These add colour and can easily be updated.

7. Do-it-yourself

Painting requires preparation and patience to achieve a good finish so be prepared for sanding, filling, cleaning, and taping before you get to the fun part, or get a professional house painting service in.

Check out to find a great house painter in Auckland or anywhere else in New Zealand.

8. Murals

Many youngsters want a mural, but be prepared to have to repaint when your child's interests or tastes change.

If you do decide on a mural do employ a professional interior painting service. They have endless great stencils, which will ensure that the mural comes out looking good.

Unless you have strong artistic abilities don't try one on your own, looking at those little perceptual errors over time can be really depressing!

9. Space

If you have the space, consider decorating different parts of your child's room in different ways to provide spaces for diverse activities.

As your child grows their room will probably become not just a place to sleep and relax but also a place to play and learn and later to study.

Creating varied spaces which can adapt to your child's needs as they grow can help them to develop their full potential in their own secure environment.

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Source: This article was written by Merino Kids™ – a New Zealand based company that specialises in producing 100% natural baby and toddler sleepwear and clothing.

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