7 Paint Ideas for a Perfect Playroom

Kelly Weimert
Written by Kelly Weimert
Updated January 10, 2022
A mother playing with her daughter in playroom with mural on wall
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These creative paint ideas can transform any space into a beautiful, imaginative playroom

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Playrooms offer a safe place for your little one to explore their creativity, experiment with new ideas, and let their imagination run free—and the paint colors and styles you choose for this space can help to encourage those activities and make them even more fun. For instance, if you have a budding artist at home, then you can add chalkboard paint to the walls, allowing them to explore their artistic talents in a creative way. Or, if your child is drawn to bright colors, then adding a bold rainbow mural can help stimulate their senses and imagination.

Here, we're highlighting some of the best playroom paint ideas to help you find the perfect option.

1. Incorporate a Mural

Murals are a great way to celebrate your kid's current interests or stimulate new ones. Big trees, vibrant rainbows, space scenes, and gorgeous landscapes all make for beautiful playroom murals, but it can be virtually anything you think your little one will love. If you're not very confident in your painting skills, you can hire a local artist to create one for you. You can also purchase stencils to make it easier. 

2. Create a Glitter Accent Wall

It's tough to find a child who isn't delighted by sparkle, so adding a glitter accent wall to the playroom is always a good idea. The beauty of this idea is that it's so easy to incorporate. All you need to do is mix some Mod Podge Gloss with a whole lot of glitter (about 60 mL per square foot) then use a sponge brush to add it to the wall with upward strokes. 

3. Add Chalkboard Paint

Much to many parents' dismay, children love to draw on the walls. Fortunately, chalkboard paint lets your child scratch their wall-drawing itch without destroying the rest of the walls in your house. Just like it sounds, chalkboard paint can turn any surface into a functional chalkboard. You can paint entire walls with it, allowing your little one to doodle all over the room, or paint a smaller section if you want to keep the chaos more contained.

4. Play With Patterns

 A bunk bed and a teepee in a kids room with patterns on wall
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Painting patterns on the wall is an easy way to make any playroom more stimulating. And there are endless patterns to choose from, whether you opt for chunky, colorful stripes or a series of geometric shapes in neutral hues. You can also create a patterned accent wall or paint the entire room in vibrant patterns, depending on your and your child's preferences. Even better: You don't need any artistic talent to beautifully execute this idea. Things like painter's tape and stencils allow you to create clean, striking shapes and patterns with total ease. 

5. Use Color Blocking

Color blocking has a knack for adding compelling contrasts to any space, including playrooms. Consider picking three or four hues that work well together, then painting different sections of the same wall with them. For instance, you can paint the lower third of the wall pink, then paint the middle section orange, and cover the top in yellow paint. You can also create color blocks by painting large shapes in different hues, like circles and arches. 

6. Energize With Bold Hues

Elaborate patterns, glitter, and color blocking aren't the only ways to create a stimulating playroom with paint. If you prefer a simpler look, you can paint the walls in one bold color, like electric blue or bright yellow, to create an energizing foundation, which you can then enhance with fun artwork and photos. You can also pick several vibrant hues and paint each wall a different one to make a bold statement. 

7. Soothe With Pretty Pastels

If you prefer a more calming playroom design, then you can't go wrong with pretty pastels, like pale pinks, blues, yellows, and greens. These hues feature a dreamy quality that's great for soothing the senses and creating warm, comfortable places for little ones to learn, play, and nap. Similar to bold colors, you can paint the entire space in one pastel hue or paint a different color on each wall, depending on what feels best for you and your littles.

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