Things To Consider When Painting A Child's Bedroom

When planning colours for a child's bedroom, you might have in mind vibrant and fun hues. Before going full steam ahead though, here are some things to consider. 

Colour And Mood

You can produce different moods in a room with specific wall colours. For instance, bright, warm colours such as red, orange and yellow create a lively, vibrant and energetic space. While this might be great during the daytime, it could hinder sleep, so pale colours are generally a better option. To create a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere, pick cool colours such as greens and blues. Add extra brightness with posters or furniture, such as a miniature table and chairs.

Room Themes

One way to inject fun into the design is to paint on a wall a mural filled with your child's favourite movie characters. To avoid overwhelming the space, extend the image horizontally, but keep the height low. That way it won't tower overhead. Alternatively, go with more generic scenes, such as a jungle, or a terrain filled with farm animals. Themes with natural elements such as foliage and sky generally incorporate more soothing, cool palettes, including hues such as greens, browns and blues. Another benefit of this approach is that the image is likely to remain popular for longer; characters from a cartoon can quickly become old.

Your Child's Contribution

When decorating your child's bedroom, you want to create a space that they love. So make sure to consult with them. Children are very creative, so be open to what they suggest. While some ideas might not be feasible, others might be. Your kids will enjoy the space even more knowing they played a part in its creation.


Children are endlessly creative, and crayon and pencil artworks can end up across the walls, along with grime and fingerprints. Make sure to use washable paint. You don't necessarily need to use this same finish for all four walls, but at least reserve it for those close to playing areas. 

Another approach is to cover the wall with interesting textures using sponge painting, which creates an attractive mottled appearance. Painters can use a sea sponge to dab glaze onto the wall, creating speckles. Or they can roll the glaze on the wall and dab it with a dry sponge, for softer dapples. The benefits of these textures, besides creating a fun decor, is that they camouflage scuffs and marks. They also allow you to use brighter hues in moderation; the dappling might include both bright and pale yellow, for instance.

For more information, call a painting contractor.