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Parent’s Home Improvement Tips: Painting Your Child's Room The Fun Way

Updated on March 25, 2012
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Painting rooms can be a chore!
Painting rooms can be a chore! | Source

It’s almost summer time and this is a great time to paint your child’s room. But before you simply splash on colors of your liking, here are some tips and suggestions on how to make this home improvement a lot child-centered. A fun day painting a room is feasible with these suggestions.

Child-Friendly Materials

First and foremost, choose painting materials that are child-safe. In fact, choose materials that environmentally friendly. Whether it’s using water-based paints or getting and eco-friendly brush or roller, it makes a huge difference. Keep in mind that you child will be staying here and whatever you put on the walls can be inhaled.

Parent’s home improvement tips:

  • Check your local hardware store for paints that are safe for your child
  • Remember that cheaper does not necessarily mean better
  • Estimate the surface area so you can buy only what is needed – storing unused paint is not a good idea

Designs That The Child Loves

It’s easy to simply go with the generic colors and designs. In fact, you can find them all over the Internet. But before you actually paint on the first stroke contemplate on what your child likes. This is contingent on how well you know your child (especially if he/she is not yet speaking). A good idea is to observe the child and how he/she reacts to different designs. Older children can vocally express themselves but younger ones may have difficulty. So opt for the designs that catch their attentions.

Designing the room does not end with the final coat of paint. Numerous embellishments can be added to personalize the room. In fact, you can treat the room just like a scrapbook where the child can add more designs as he or she grows older.

Parent’s home improvement tips:

  • Check out cartoons and characters that you child likes
  • Consider having a theme for the whole room
  • You can consider having one topic or theme for each wall - outdoor scene, office or work scene, grocery or store scene. This will make the room more interactive and pleasing.

Let The Child Paint With You

Another suggestion is to let the child paint with you. After all it is his/her room. Allowing the child to paint with you provides them the opportunity to express themselves. Moreover, it allows them to “own their room”. If you want, you can do the base colors and have the child design and paint on the background colors. You can use stencils, or just cardboard cutouts to guide the child. Patterns can be bought in craft stores and hobby shops.

Parent’s home improvement tips:

  • Buy equipment and materials for children – work clothes, brushes etc.
  • Buy materials with your child – it will be educational for them
  • Show how to use the materials properly
  • Set rules for the child to follow
  • Have a first aid kit readily available

Involve The Whole Family

Designing the room is a family affair. Take the time off with the whole family and put on your on aprons and paint. Of course, you can assign tasks and get everyone to pitch in the painting and decoration activities. Of course you want it done immediately but with everyone running around the room, the painting job can last a little longer.

Parent’s home improvement tips:

  • Plan the painting activity way in advance
  • Do this on a weekend when everyone is available
  • Assigning tasks helps get the job done
  • Have breaks together so it will still be a family affair.

Painting tasks can be tedious and boring. You can turn it into a family activity. Moreover, you can turn it into something fun and enjoyable for everyone.


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi thumbi7, you should try it at least once. Of course it does not have to be the whole room. Perhaps you can just paint a portion.

      Hello mary615. I can see the shock in your comment. LOL. Of course taking the necessary precautions is important. Also, more than just chaing the color of the room, it's trying to get the fun out of the task. Like what I told thumbi7, perhaps you can simply designate a special section in a wall just to be on the safe side.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Eiddwen. Thanks for reading, commenting and voting up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Oh, my word! How old is the child that a parent would let them help paint s room??? Not I....I let my kids paint outside fences, and the outside of the house. Their room: no way! Good idea, but not for me....

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      I have never painted the house myself though the idea is quite exciting to involve children and family to do this job!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub which I vote up.

      Take care and enjoy your day .


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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello kiwi max and deepateresa. Having the whole family paint the room is a bonding activity that the child can truly enjoy. Moreover, it makes the task a little more fun. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      It's really great idea, to get involved with the family members...

      Thanks for the idea and hub..

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      Max Zvyagintsev 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I really like the idea of getting the whole family involved in it. I have 2 little brothers aged 1 and 3, and live with Mum and Dad.


      ...It's gonna get messy!