Paint is the most recommendable finishing material for the walls in a children’s room. Paint has numerous advantages: it’s very hard-wearing; when exposed to direct sunlight, it doesn’t fade; a painted wall is easy to restore or repaint.
The main criteria for choosing a paint for the children’s room are: no strong smell and maximum air permeability, so immediately brush aside oil-based and alkyd-type enamel colors. Also, a perfect paint for a kids’ room is:
- designed for internal walls;
- efficient (a small amount of paint should be enough to cover a large patch on the wall).
The latter two properties make the home renovation process less costly and time-consuming.
Baby room painting ideas.
Organic paints are your best choice for a baby’s room. This category includes several waterborne paint types:
- lime water color;
- casein-bound paint;
- water-glass enamel (silicate paint);
- silicone emulsion paint.
Antibacterial wall finish is what every caring parent would like to have in their infant’s room. Try a paint that produces a photo-catalytic effect, where a combination of special natural components imparts certain bio-catalytic properties to the wall finish. Stirred up by sunlight or artificial light, the active components destroy odors, bacteria and harmful substances. The paint neutralizes volatile organic compounds and has disinfectant properties, which is a real catch if you want to ensure a decent environment for your newborn.
As for color solutions, US expert designers argue that soft, pastel colors should prevail in the baby’s room. They help the infant feel comfortable and safe. Try to avoid monotonous interiors, as young children need to be surrounded with a richer color palette for proper development of their skills and abilities. Use one pale color as the background tone and one or two brighter shades for large accents. Psychologists warn against solutions that employ more than three colors, as the baby may feel uncomfortable in a many-colored room. The following colors are believed to be the most suitable for an infant’s part of your home:
- Yellow. This lively and joyful color ensures proper emotional development. Avoid bright and intensive shades that may excite or annoy the baby.
- Green. Fresh and soothing, this natural color is especially loved by USA baby’s room designers. It creates a calm mindset and develops attention concentration.
- Pink. Associated mostly with young princesses, pink is the favorite color of all children under 2.5 years, according to recent studies. Avoid saturated shades that may irritate the infant.
- Brown is also a good choice for the baby’s room. Unsaturated dark brown enhances coziness.
The best color combination for the baby’s room is yellow plus green, according to modern child psychologists. Never paint the walls red – the color is believed to produce a negative influence on mental development of the newborn.
No particular design tricks are required to paint a room for a baby. You can adorn a whole-colored wall with a painting or an ornament, but a simple gradient solution is also fine, where each wall is more saturated than the previous one.
Kids’ room painting ideas.
The range of paints suitable for kids older than 4 years is much vaster. Differing in price, each type has its advantages:
- Waterborne paint is inexpensive, odorless, air permeable and easy to wash.
- Acrylic paint offers the same advantages as the water-dispersion type, but forms a more durable lusterless coating.
- Latex paint is easy to lay down, forms a thinner layer than acrylic paint and creates a nice silky surface.
- Silicon paint is a new member in the family of indoor paints. It’s harmless and durable, but expensive.
- Decorative paints are used to create colorful elements on the walls of kids’ rooms. They’re usually waterborne with mineral and polymer components, harmless and non-toxic. Decorative paints are designed to resist physical impacts and dust absorption.
- Eco-paints, as obvious from the name, are the most clean and harmless, which makes them the most recommendable type for a children’s room. As for an average budget, though, such a paint isn’t really affordable.
The palette of acceptable colors is also larger. In addition to the above-mentioned tones, you can safely employ paint of the following shades:
- White. Although easily soiled, white is a good background color for a kids’ room, if complemented with accents.
- Grey. The color of intuitive perception, it develops emotions and artistic thinking. However, if not complemented with bright accents and decorations, it may create an atmosphere of sadness and loneliness.
- Orange. Warm and cozy, unsaturated shades of orange are soothing and inspiring.
- Lilac. Light-lilac is the shade of mysteries. Calm lavender tones are the most appropriate in a kids’ room.
As for unsuitable colors, avoid black, saturated red and violet, as they are heavy, powerful and aggressive.
Painting ideas suitable for a kids’ room are:
- neutral background with stripes, dots or checkers;
- main neutral color complemented with bright abstract accents;
- gradient (involving all walls of the room or within one wall);
- decorative artistic painting (includes unlimited range of pictures and ornaments to be painted on the wall).
Top Tip: Do not discard the remaining paint, as you might need it soon to conceal the results of your child’s creative efforts.