How To Choose Interior Paints For Kids Rooms

How To Choose Interior Paints For Kids Rooms

Kids’ rooms are the perfect place to let your imagination run wild. Bright, feelgood colours and fun, funky patterns help to create a haven that's the place to be for both sleeping and playing. Creating a paint colour scheme for children’s rooms can be a lot of fun and you can get them involved too.

But choosing a colour is much more than just grabbing a pot of paint and away you go. Psychologists are now examining the effect of selecting the right paint for kids’ rooms. Children’s emotions are affected by their surroundings so it's important to get it right to create a safe, inviting space where they can relax and feel at home.

Luckily, a child’s bedroom is the perfect room in the house to really have some fun. The right colour scheme will make the room a dreamy and inviting space to enjoy – and might even inspire them to do some homework… we can dream too!

We’ve put together 10 top tips to help with choosing interior paints for your kids’ happy place:

1. Use complementary tones

Feel free to get creative and pick out a few different colours, but make sure you pick similar tones. This will create a balanced look, and you could even add a third shade - whether bold to accompany a pale scheme or soft to take the harshness out of a bright scheme.

 2. Paint a pattern!

Why opt for printed wallpaper when you can create your own designs with quality paint? You can create amazing patterns just by using four paint colours and masking tape. Geometric shapes are seriously on trend and your kid will love helping out designing them too!

3. Pastels for newborns

Dreamy and delicate green, known for its relaxing qualities, will design a nursery that feels tranquil for you, if not your little one. If you’re deciding which colour to paint your nursery and you don’t yet know if you’re having a boy or a girl – or want to go down the gender neutral route - there are many pleasant shades to choose from. 

4. Chalkboard walls!

Your kids will love to be creative with their very own chalkboard wall to write and draw on - it will keep them occupied for hours, we promise! Just remind them their artistic scribbles are for that wall only and not the living room… Chalkboard paint works with all conventional chalks, liquid chalk markers and can be easily wiped after. 

5. Paint the ceiling

If you are feeling adventurous, why not try a simple but effective theme like a circus-inspired room? Or a jungle? It’s a really fun way to add colour into a room, and the colour scheme will work for both boys and girls alike. Besides, who wouldn’t want to wake up in the Daintree rainforest every morning?

6. Be brave - colour blocking!

If you can’t decide between two colours, why not choose both! Be bold and brave because the colour blocking effect can be very stylish and will add interest, especially in a boxy room. 

Use the darker colour on the bottom half of the wall and use the lighter, brighter shade on top to make the ceiling feel as raised as possible. Then you will just need to choose bedding and accessories to match and compliment your scheme.  

 7. Paint the furniture

Painting your woodwork and furniture is a quick but affordable way to add colour to an otherwise neutral scheme. A little bit of paint can take a tired looking cabinet to a high end luxury feature item in your room.

8. Colour at the windows

You want the window area to be colourful, practical and light-blocking. Solid shutters are an excellent idea and can be spruced up in any colour to suit your existing scheme or to give a natural room a quick pep up. 

9. Be modern with monochrome

Capture your kids attention with contrasting black and white. Start with a simple white bed frame and matching walls and then introduce black features using soft furnishings, such as a patterned rug, cushions and throws. 

10. A grey day provides the best light

Teenagers rooms prove to be difficult to redecorate as they move away from their baby pinks and sky blue - and tend to opt for moodier colours. This is where good old grey comes in: it's a conventional colour that can appeal to both your teen and you - and works really well if you combine it with simple white paintwork and a few multicoloured accessories.