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Is it time to redo the walls in your child’s room, or are you just arranging it for the coming of a new family member? Either way, we think that your kids’ well-being should be your priority. Therefore, we will share some practical tips on how to safely paint a child’s room and childproof the walls in your home.

Pick the paint

The first step of the painting process is obviously choosing the paint to work with. If you don’t even know where to start, we don’t blame you – the options on the market are numerous and anyone would be puzzled. Even if you know exactly what color you would like to use, it might be challenging to pick the right type of paint. All of them have their pros and cons, which makes the choice even harder.

Here are three main types of wall paints:

  • water-based colors
  • oil-based paints
  • non-VOC or low VOC formulas

Water-based colors

Water-based colors are the most common choice in households. They are easy to use, so if you want painting your child’s room to be a DIY project, you can get this sort of paint in your local store and get down to work. They dry rather quickly, which is also a benefit. But, they are not so resistant and durable. Kid’s rooms can get messy for all sorts of reasons, and being able to clean the walls is very important.

A couple painting, representing a way to safely paint a child's room
If you want to safely paint a child’s room, you can make it a DIY project

Oil-based paints

These paints are perfect for walls that are subject to a lot of wear and tear. They are resistant and durable. Above all, they are easy to clean, so people use them in high-traffic areas like schools and hospitals. They can be an excellent choice for a room shared by two or more children. Of course, there is no need to apply it on the entire wall, just the lower part. What is not so good about these colors is that they take more time to dry, and they have a specific odor. If you opt for those, make sure that the paint is completely dry, and the room aired out before you allow the little one inside.

Non-VOC or low VOC formulas

VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. These substances are indoor air polluters, and they can be rather dangerous for humans to be around. They can cause respiratory problems and sometimes even lead to cancer. Nowadays, manufacturers mostly make low or non-VOC paints that are less harmful to us and our environment. That is why you can make no mistake if you pick these colors when you decide to safely paint a child’s room.

Choosing the colors and finishes

Changing the colors of the walls in your child’s room is one of the easy and relatively cheap ways to refresh it. Avoid colors that are too bright since those are not suitable for your child’s eyes. After you say no to neons, you should also cross off the whites. They might look nice, and there are many ways to decorate the blank walls, but they are not practical for areas with kids.

Little girl’s room
Even a few stripes can make a difference

The choice of colors will give a room a personal stamp. But that is not all! Even when you have a particular color in mind, that doesn’t mean that your work is over. The finish makes all the difference, so is it going to be matte, satin, or glossy finish? Even though the last one is easier to maintain, satin is the most common interior design choice.


Walls are the largest surfaces of your child’s room, so they deserve to be decorated according to your child’s taste. A smooth and clean wall is a perfect canvas for any wall art. Pick the design that you like and make sure it coordinates with the base color of your walls.

Free-hand painting is the most challenging way to draw on your kid’s walls, but it yields remarkable results. If your child is old enough and willing to try, you can let him/her leave a personal mark on their walls. It would be best if you never left your kid unattended with paint regardless of the paint type and your child’s responsibility level.

Kid squeezing paint from a tube
Let your kids participate

Stencils can help create more precise shapes. You just need to follow the instructions that are provided by the manufacturer.

There are many DIY options you can try when decorating a kid’s room. You can even use leftover moving supplies to create interesting decor. Cardboard from the boxes can replace color pallets; you can decoupage smaller boxes and even reuse the wrapping paper. When scrunched up and dipped in paint, it can make wonderful flower-like prints on the walls!

One more way of using paint to decorate your kid’s walls is to use projection. We are sure that your little one would be excited to see how to use this technique. Follow the guides that you can find online, and the results will be great.

After you have finished the painting, leave it to dry completely. You might also need to apply the acrylic sealer to protect your new wall decor.

How to kid-proof your walls

When we talked about the choice of paint for your child’s room, we have already addressed some safety concerns. Picking a formula that is free from dangerous chemicals and still keeping an eye on your little one while painting is in progress – those are the crucial things.

Covering the electrical outlets is also considered kid-proofing your walls. The outlet covers can be found in many colors and designs to match the decor.

If you are unsure whether you should be painting your kid’s room yourself, you should hire professionals. Besides having the necessary equipment, they will help you choose the type, color, and finish more quickly.

After the walls are painted

Whichever paint you choose, the walls must be completely dry before you put the furniture back. Moreover, the room needs to be fully aired out for your child to spend time inside.

Now go get your brushes, paints, ladder, and everything else you need and have fun while you safely paint a child’s room!