Painting a child’s bedroom can pose a color conundrum. On the one hand, we want our children to like it. On the other hand, we might not want them to choose the colors themselves! In addition, there may be safety concerns to keep in mind when you do interior painting for a child’s room. How do you approach painting a kid’s room? What are the important considerations?
To begin with, we want to make sure we discuss potential health and safety issues, then we will talk about paint color and design.
First, Do no Harm! Safety in Interior Painting
At first glance, it might seem ridiculous to talk about interior painting as a serious health or safety risk. The reality, however, is that the process of painting a child’s room really can be hazardous if it is not done correctly.
Many homes built prior to 1980 have lead paint on the walls and/or asbestos in the popcorn ceiling texture. Left undisturbed, these harmful materials are not a problem. However, any type of renovation or repainting process that disturbs those surfaces can release dangerous substances into the home environment. Scraping, sanding, or cutting your drywall or plaster in any way can create a harmful situation.
If there is any chance your home contains lead paint or asbestos, make sure you hire a painting company that is qualified to work safely with these materials. A quality interior house painter will transform your rooms without putting any harmful substances into the household atmosphere.
Another way to improve the safety of your interior painting is to use zero-VOC paints. These eco-friendly paints are virtually odorless, and they do not release any harmful or unpleasant chemicals into the air as they dry. Ask your local house painter what zero-VOC paints would be best for your child’s bedroom.
Choosing Paint Colors for a Child’s Bedroom
Selecting interior paint colors can be exciting and intimidating. There seems to be no end to the options! The best place to start is probably by deciding what kind of atmosphere you want to create. For example, warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange promote cheerfulness and creativity. In contrast, cool colors like blue, green, and purple tend to promote calmness and focus. Of course, there are so many varieties, you can also find colors that do both. For example, some blue paints have a cheerful, warm undertone to them, giving a pleasant balance. Likewise, some yellows are more subdued and creamy, bringing the positivity without the potential overload of energy!
If you would like to consult your child’s preferences (which seems wise), without giving them complete control (which also seems wise), there are two ways you could approach this:
- Ask your child for his or her top 3 color choices. Then, go to the paint store and find a shade of one of those colors that you think is attractive and fitting for the room. Or…
- Choose a handful of colors (4-6 samples) that you like and that you think would work well in the room. Show them to the children and allow them to choose their favorite.
Creative Design Ideas with Interior Painting for Kids’ Rooms
An accent wall is a fantastic way to bring more color to a child’s room without overwhelming the space. If your son or daughter loves some bright, intense color that is simply too much for a whole room, try putting it on just one wall. This gives the bold pop of color they are looking for, without dominating the room. Use a neutral hue like beige or gray on the other walls, and you have a great balance!
Another way to add creativity to the room is by adding whiteboard paint or chalkboard paint to one wall, or to a portion of a wall. This way, your child has the opportunity to be artistically expressive and personalize the room over and over!
For even more personalization, you can go with a team logo or a mural, creating a one-of-a-kind space for your child! Additionally, you can add a couple of accent stripes, a wall of checkers, a wallpaper border, or any number of other creative touches. There really is no limit to your options!
When you need interior painting in the Portland area, Sundeleaf Painting is the name you can trust! For over 90 years, Sundeleaf Painting has served Portland homeowners with exceptional craftsmanship and unbeatable customer service. Whether you need interior painting for a child’s bedroom, or any other house painting services, we are eager to help!
In addition to interior painting, we also offer exterior painting, wood refinishing, concrete cleaning, pressure washing, and more. Contact us today for your free house painting estimate. See you soon!