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Wall Painting Ideas for Kids Rooms - Easy and Fun

Updated on October 26, 2015

Some parents spend days painstakingly painting a colorful flower garden or a whimsical animal kingdom on their kid's bedroom walls with an artist paint brush, but let's face it; not all parents have such artistic skills and patience. There're other easier techniques to capture playfulness and a vibrant energy the way kids' rooms should. Whether your children are boys or girls, all these wall painting ideas will certainly work.They revivify plain walls with the depth of texture and color, and can also be conveniently accessorized with various styles of furniture. Advanced painting skills are not necessary, but a good sense of color coordination might be helpful. Each painting technique requires different tools and materials, so read the instructions carefully before you decide which one you want to use for your beloved child's bedroom.

Sponge Painting

Sponge painting is a very easy technique because it doesn't require precision. What you need are some paint for the base coat, another color of paint for sponging and of course a sponge. A great thing about this painting technique is that it subtly lightens up the room rather than overwhelms it. As a result, you can add a lot of funky wall art to it without making the decoration appear over the top. Avoid using colors with a jarring contrast, as that might cause the walls to look filthy instead of artistically blotchy. For example, if your base coat is medium blue, it might be nice to sponge it with milky blue or faded teel, but not red or bright yellow.

How to Sponge Paint

  • Paint a base coat and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Soak the sponge in water and wring excess water out completely.
  • Put some paint into a tray and dip the damp sponge into it.
  • Blot excess paint on a piece of newspaper.
  • Cup the sponge in your hand and press it lightly on the wall.
  • Make random patches with the sponge by changing its angle each time you push it onto the wall. Overlapping patches create a neat look whereas widely spaced patches render a more casual design.


Painting Stripes

This technique is slightly more complicated than sponge painting but not too difficult for an amateur painter to execute. You'll need some paint for the base coat, a different color of paint for stripes, a level or ruler, a colored pencil, some painter's tape and a paint brush or paint roller. For girls' rooms, you might want to "sweet it up" with soft shades of pink or purple. If your kids tend to like something much more sprightly, however, painting wide circus-style stripes with contrasting colors might be the way to go. Horizontal stripes can make a small room appear a little larger, whereas vertical stripes can add visual loftiness to a room with a low ceiling. Whether you decide to go vertical or horizontal, those colorful stripes will certainly energize the atmosphere of the whole room.

How to Paint Stripes

  • Paint a base coat and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Measure and lightly mark your stripes with a colored pencil. The color of the pencil should blend with the color you're going to paint over it.
  • Tape the spaces between stripes.
  • To make clean straight stripes and prevent the second color from bleeding under the tape, paint the base coat color over the edges of the tape. By doing this, you are sealing the edges with the first color, and accordingly the second color won't be able to seep under them.
  • Once the paint is completely dry, paint the second color with a paint brush or paint roller. Make sure your paint overlaps the tape edges.
  • Romove the tape once you're done with painting.


Painting Plaid and Checkerboard

Painting a plaid or checkerboard pattern is actually not much harder than painting stripes; it just requires more time and meticulous measuring. The end result is totally worth your effort, though. Cheerful plaid and checkerboard designs work wonderfully for both girls' and boys' rooms. You'll need all the same materials and tools as when you paint stripes, but to create the plaid effect, you will also need some diluted white latex paint.

How to Paint a Checkerboard Pattern

  • Paint a base coat and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Measure and lightly mark your checkerboard pattern with a colored pencil.
  • Tape off the squares which you want to remain the same color.
  • Paint the first color over the edges of the tape to keep the second color from bleeding under them.
  • Once the paint is dry, paint the untaped squares with the second color and remove the tape when you finish painting.

How to Paint a Plaid Pattern

  • Paint a base coat and allow it to dry overnight.
  • Measure horizontal stripes and follow the above instructions on how to paint stripes.
  • When the paint is dry, measure and mark vertical stripes on the walls.
  • Tape the spaces between those vertical stripes.
  • Roll some diluted white latex paint over the untaped areas to create the plaid effect.
  • Remove the tape when you're done.


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile image

    Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

    @eyeforstyle - Yep, stripe and plaid painting might be a bit time consuming but it's still fun to do and certainly worth the effort. Thanks a lot for the read and feedback. :)

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    eyeforstyle 5 years ago from Manlius, New York, USA

    hey Om! thanks for sharing these ideas. sponge painting seems simple enough but the other ones may be too time consuming for some. but it sure looks worth the effort. I'm sure that the kids would love this! thanks again.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Glad you found these painting ideas interesting. Thanks for dropping by, manthira.

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    mathira 6 years ago from chennai

    I love to decorate my home and your hints about wall painting for kids room is very interesting.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    Thanks! :)

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    craftybegonia 6 years ago from Southwestern, United States

    Wonderful ideas! Love the plaid and checkerboard walls!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    @peggy - Thanks, Peggy. I'm glad you like these painting ideas. :)

    @ktrapp - Totally agree. Simple stripes can make a room look much more charming. :)

    @UniqueVanities - haha I'm glad I got you so excited. YAY to plaid and checkerboard!!! :)

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    Heather 6 years ago from Ohio

    Plaid or checkerboard?!? UBER-AWESOME!!! Had stripes in the nursery in my last home and haven't been able to think of anything fun and creative for this one--YOU ROCK! Voted up, awesome, intersting, and useful! Woo-Hoo!

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    Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

    I live the stripes! They add so much dimension to the rooms and make them fun! It makes me want to go paint a room right now!

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I have ragged and sponge painted but never painted stripes or checkerboard patterns. It is amazing what can be accomplished with a little time and effort. Inspiring hub!

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    @Movie Master - Awwwww...don't be nervous. Just follow these instructions and everything should be fine! :)

    @prasetio - I think your future kids are very lucky kids. Their wise and loving dad always plan ahead! :)

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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I love design. You have wonderful idea about wall paintings for kids room. I am glad to apply this on my future kids. Wonderful job, my friend. Vote up and have a nice weekend!


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    Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Some great ideas here, those stripes, plaid and checkerboard patterns look terrific, but I am a bit nervous, hopefully I can pluck up the courage to give it a go!

    Many thanks for sharing.

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    @stephhicks - Hi, Steph. So good to see you! The tough part of painting stripes and plaid is measuring. Once you're done measuring and taping, the painting process itself is a piece of cake. :)

    @SusieQ - That was an awesome Christmas gift for a friend! Very sweet of you. :)

    @anglnwu - Yep, good point! Little kids can certainly join in without messing up the paint. :)

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    Lovely, now, can I have you over to paint a couple of rooms? I must say that the sponge idea works well and little kids can join in the fun as well, since you can't go wrong with this technique. Useful and awesome.

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    SusieQ42 6 years ago

    Great idea for a hub. I've always loved to paint, but stripes make me nervous. I once painted a mural for a friend for a Christmas gift.

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Great hub on painting rooms, and inspirational, as well! I remember trying to paint a chair-rail border in my son's room many years ago. If I couldn't accomplish that, I'm not sure I could paint an entire room with stripes or checkerboard. But, you do make it sound feasible! :) Steph

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    Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

    haha...You're right; painting stripes, plaid and checkerboard require a little more patience. I've tried sponge painting but not the others. Thanks for the read and comment!

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    marellen 6 years ago

    Hi Om......those looked a little difficult for me except the sponge painting. I have tackled that one before and that wasn't to bad but the others require patience....something I

    great and fun ideas though. Have you done any of these?