5 Tips For Painting Your Kids Rooms
Whether you’re expecting or just redecorating, every child needs a room that’s theirs. That’s why picking a colour is a big decision when it comes to this project. Whether it’s in collaboration with the kids or between partners, as personable as this decision is, we’ve still got some tips on both colour and process that you may not have considered.
So when it comes to painting a nursery, playroom or bedroom for the little ones, make sure you read below.
Relation Between Colour of Paint and Mood
Studies show that colour can stimulate the brain, which in turn affects our moods. Considering that children will spend a good portion of their developmental years in these rooms, it may stand to know the basics of colour psychology.
So even if you find yourself picking a colour with input from the little ones, it’s always best to understand what feelings are moods are associated with each hue. Below we’ve listed some basic colours to get you started:
Best to avoid this colour as much as you can in your child’s bedroom. Red is a hue that stimulates and can be disruptive when bedtime rolls around. If red is a favourite colour, we’d suggest keeping it to a minimum or setting it aside for spaces of play.
Pink, on the other hand, can create a calming atmosphere, especially when using the colours softer hues.
For kids that have trouble concentrating using a soft yellow can not only cheer the room up but work to strengthen concentration and memory. It’s best to avoid using the brighter shades of this hue as they stimulate and cause eye strain.
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Orange, while not usually a first choice, in it’s softer shades can make a child cheerful and more confident.
Purple is the perfect pick for playrooms as it boosts creativity and passion!
Blue, known for its calming effects, is the go-to colour for any bedroom. Not only does it lower anxiety and aggression, but it’s the best pick for humid or hot climates.
Green also works in a similar way where its connection to nature helps soothe and calm the body down.
Brand Of The Paint
When shopping for your paints, be wary as some manufacturers make use of strong chemical components when mixing their paints. These chemicals can trigger health issues, including, headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, asthma and allergies.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) or the chemicals responsible for that new paint smell can be practically harmful to children. That’s why Low or, No VOC paints are recommended when it comes to painting your child's room. However, as some manufacturers don't disclose this information, these paints can be difficult to find. To ensure the safety of your family, we’d always recommend speaking with the experts in-store or local painters before purchasing.
Amount You Need
With the brand covered, you’ll now need to buy the correct amount of paint for the job. What the exact amount depends on two key factors. One is the square metre of the area you plan to paint, and the other is the quality of your paint.
For example, if your painting an average-sized room about 74 meters squared then 7 litres of paint is required, including a second coat. However, depending on the quality of your paint, the same room could require up to 18 litres!
Now that you’ve collected all the equipment, we can begin prepping the room to be painted. First, start with emptying the room as much as possible. If it’s a large room, you can choose to move all your furniture to the centre of the room and cover with sheets. The next step is to wipe the walls down, as for the new paint to adhere properly, you need to remove all stains, dust and dirt, and before you start to paint. After cleaning the walls repair all holes and crack with spackle and protect your fixtures, switches and frames by taping them off.
The final step is to cover the floors with cloth or newspaper and to avoid any spills.
When Should You Start Painting
We always recommend that you should not move into a room until the paint fumes have completely dispersed.
In general, it’s best to wait at least a minimum of two to three day before moving into a freshly painted room. If a child has asthma or other respiratory conditions, this period should extend to several more days or a week.
Harmful fumes are the reason some families elect to repaint rooms while away on holidays or while children are visiting with relatives or friends to allow enough time to prepare, paint and reset the room.
Following our tips, you’ll have considered everything you need before painting. For further expert advice and consultation contact our friendly and professional house painters who will work by your side every step of the way.