Paint themes: How to create the perfect bedroom for your child

29 August 2018

When you think of a child’s bedroom, you think colour and lots of it. Of course, not all paint
themes for kids’ bedrooms are overly colourful and vibrant. At the end of the day, it’s the theme
as a whole that matters over bright, showy hues.

With that said, your imagination and creativity are sure to run wild and it’s all right to play in to
them. On the other hand, there are a couple of things you’ll need to consider in order to create a
picture perfect paint theme for your child’s bedroom.

1. Colours and moods

If you haven’t heard of colour psychology, there’s no better time to do some research on the
subject. To explain briefly, there are certain colours that alter your mood in various ways, as well
as affect cognitive development in young children.

For example, vibrant orange tones are very energising and enhance a child’s memory and thinking. However, at times it could present a problem, such as when sleep/nap time rolls around. Therefore a light shade of orange is the safe option.

2. Children outgrow rooms quickly

Before you decide on a paint theme and the entire setup of your child’s favourite animated movie, consider the fact that he or she will quickly outgrow it.

In situations like this, where your children are attached to a particular character or cartoon, it’s wise to get them toys, posters and other themed pieces to decorate their room as opposed to painting a mural on the subject. Simply pick the right shades for a backdrop to match the theme and somewhere down the line, you can change up the décor to suit your now, older child’s taste and preference.

3. The room needs balance

For a paint theme that is rather bold, consider using just one wall to incorporate the theme with the rest of the room decorated to complement it. For example, a mural of a specific scenery painted across all four walls can be a bit overwhelming; on the other hand, one wall dedicated to the mural with complementing accents and props around the room can create a real masterpiece! What’s more, certain themes like waterfalls, a starry night sky or jungle sceneries aren’t easily or quickly outgrown. The key here is to create a balance in the room and not go overboard with an idea or theme.

4. Let your kids have a say

While some of their ideas may be a bit far-fetched, it’s important to let your kids have a say in the paint theme. Remember, this is their bedroom and it should be a space that they love and enjoy spending time in. So, listen to their ideas and explain why some of them may or may not work.

Regardless of what they come up with, you may be able to draw inspiration from your kid's imagination and incorporate it into the paint theme in some shape or form. You’d be surprised at how creative young kids are so be sure to give them a listen. 

5. Choose washable paint

After you’ve settled on a theme and have the perfect colours to go with it, look for these shades in washable or easy-to-clean paint. They are generally a high-gloss finish and best suited for kids’ rooms because greasy hands and crayons often end up on the walls.

Again, you can paint one wall in this finish (preferably near your children’s play area or where they are more active) and choose a semi-gloss finish for the rest of the walls. Avoid using a matte finish and high- gloss paints in the same room as they tend to clash. 

Keeping the above factors firmly in mind, you won’t have any trouble in choosing a paint theme that is picture perfect in your child’s eyes. 

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