You don’t have to be an artist to create a fun and appealing kids room – just some creativity, inspiration, and the right tools. In fact, versatile kids’ rooms, the ones you won’t have to repaint a dozen times as they grow up, are quite simple in their overall aesthetic. With some bright colors and geometric forms, you can create a room they’ll love for a lifetime.
Painter’s tape is one of the most powerful tools when it comes to creating a great design. Using a level and some tape, block out chunks of the room into stripes of different widths. Then pick a few colors – three to five tends to be a good amount – and fill in the gaps. With a few colors on the walls, you also open up the palate of the room, allowing for an array of different décor choices as your child grows, all without needing to repaint.
Not so confident about your ability to lay out straight lines the length of the wall, even with a laser level? Another alternative is to keep the overall room color neutral and then pick one wall for a freeform stripe design. Let the stripes wiggle across the wall in different widths and angles. With a slightly older child, you can even let them help execute the design, although they’ll need some help reaching the upper sections of the wall.
Another way to employ basic geometric shapes is by placing solid squares and rectangles in one or two different colors onto a neutral wall. Of course, it doesn’t have to be squares – triangles, stars, or even hexagons are all great options. Unless you’ve got a great eye for precision, however, or just the right tools, steer clear of circles; you can almost guarantee they’ll come out uneven. Beyond that, it’s up to you. The accent color for the shapes can then be the dominant color for bedspreads, curtains, and even furniture, or you can choose a complementary shade.
Focus on Furniture
If you’re not ready to commit to a wall color or design, or you just want to add some more color to a neutral room, painting the furniture and trim is another good option. Does your child have some bookshelves? Take a dull bookcase to the next level by painting the undersides of each shelf or painting the outside and inside different colors.
Cabinets are also good contenders for a paint job. You can paint each door a different color or use a repeating pattern. Add unique door or drawer pulls and you’ve created an entirely new piece of furniture.
Break With Tradition
Parents often agonize about whether or not to choose gendered color schemes for their children’s room – is pink or blue okay, or should you go neutral with yellows and greens? Rather than sticking to pale, traditional tones, consider choosing a paint color outside this restricted spectrum. This room features brilliant orange in place of a more pastel tone and keeps the overall look very graphic and modern. By choosing the bright but simple route, you also make it easier to redecorate as your child grows with new curtains, bedding, or accessories.
Interestingly, neutrals are also less than traditional for children’s rooms, and they’re also the easiest to work with. Beige may seem boring to young kids, but it’s also easy to decorate around…a freedom you’ll both appreciate it in the future.
Chalk It Up
Chalkboard paint is widely available today, but most people use it for small surfaces and craft projects, rather than rooms. But why not create a personal chalkboard for your child and paint a large swath of wall with this unique paint? Little ones will love the extra drawing space, while older kids can scribble notes with their friends. You may even find your high school student embraces it as a study space when midterms hit.
If you’d like to keep the chalkboard covering to a minimum, consider painting lamps or a small piece of furniture with this paint, instead of a section of a wall. Then you can leave your child messages. Chalkboard paint also comes in multiple colors now, if you’re not enamored with the idea of slate greys and greens in your child’s bedroom.
One piece of advice when considering chalkboard paint: wait until your child can differentiate well between rules. Small children who are told they can’t draw on the walls with their crayons and markers but are allowed to doodle with chalk may have a hard time understanding what makes the two scenarios different. Generally by age five, though, you should have no problem clarifying for your child why the chalkboard wall is different from the rest of the house.
Murals are the least durable option when it comes to painting your child’s walls, and also the most challenging, so consider this option carefully before you invest in a huge project. If you do choose to go the mural route, keep the background neutral and the overall design simple. If you go online, you’ll be able to find some simple how-to instructions for painting animals or trees. And with the right equipment, you can even project the outline onto the wall and trace it from there.
If you have a spare bedroom and plan on having more than one child, you might also choose a nursery-friendly mural design for the smaller room and then move your older child out of it and into a more mature and bigger room as they grow. This extends the lifespan of your mural and allows you to keep the same furnishings and décor.
The Painting Pros
Is it time to give your child’s room a makeover? Whether you’re just looking for a basic interior paint job or something more complex, Tulsa Christian Bros can help. Our professional painters are creative, organized, and efficient, and can work with you to create the perfect design.
We believe in the power of paint to make a house a home, so contact Tulsa Christian Bros Painting to get started. Add magic to any room with just some paint, imagination, and a little help from our team. The difference will amaze you.