Painting Tips for Kids’ Bedrooms

Written by Andres Cuellar
Updated December 18, 2015
boy bedroom with sports theme
For kids' rooms, consider colors that can stay the same even as decor changes. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design)

Bedroom walls start as blank slates, but think through your paint options before picking up the brush.

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Painting a kid’s room can be a fun, creative activity that doesn't have to break the bank. Start by brainstorming with your kid on a particular theme or feel for the room, then pick warm, relaxing and fun colors to set the correct tone. Need help picking the right kind of paint? Here’s a primer to get you started.

Types of paints

For kids’ rooms, look for paints free of volatile organic compounds, which are nearly odorless and safer. Because they are based on natural ingredients such as clay or milk, they are a good choice for people sensitive to allergies or headaches.

Kids’ rooms tend to get a little messy. For easy stain removal, use satin and semi-gloss paints. Because they are water-based, surfaces painted with satin or semi-gloss paints are easy to clean with soap and water. As an added bonus, satin paint is good at hiding imperfections.

Paint color ideas

Great paint colors will stand the test of time as your child ages. For example, lavender could be a good choice that begins as a princess theme, but can grow into something more mature later.

When painting a kid's bedroom, pick a palette of three colors — one color for the wall and the others for accents and trim. Island colors, earth tones and whimsical or candy colors are popular paint colors for children’s rooms. 

Colorful bedrooms

When it comes to adding color to your child's room, don’t limit yourself to paint. Add pops of color with curtains, wall decals, cushions, rugs, furniture, bedding and wall hangings. You can even use color to organize a playroom, like color-coding by playset or child.

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