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Paint Ideas for a Child's Bedroom

Children are just as sensitive to color on the walls as we adults are and choosing just the right color can be a challenge. Including your child in the process of selecting their room colors would be helpful because even the youngest children respond positively to certain colors. Keep in mind however that extremely vibrant and bold colors that your kid might like will be fun for a period of time, but they are not necessarily a practical option for the long-term. Although selecting paint colors that both you and your child will love will not be easy, the importance of selecting the correct paint type and sheen cannot be over-stated. A child’s bedroom is probably an area of the house that will receive the most wear-and-tear so for that reason a highly durable paint that has some type of a sheen would be satisfactory for those walls that are challenged with sticky fingers and crayons. Finally, while modern paints are safe, always be sure paint with Low VOC or Zero VOC paint products that are safe for young children to be around.

We wanted to share a couple of ideas that can help you create the perfect environment for your child’s space.

Consider the Theme

The objective is to choose the right paint colors that correspond with the kid’s age in order to create the right mood for a child’s bedroom. Usually there are really no rules when it comes to painting a kid’s bedroom, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors that otherwise might seem odd together. Integrating other decorative features and an exciting theme with new paint colors will definitely create a wonderful living space in which a young person they can thrive, learn and play. For example, forest animals or a princess’ wagon, would probably bring about endless hours of joy for any child.


That being said, the overall character and paint color scheme of a child’s room will almost always deviate from the rest of the paint colors of the house. Unless you are planning on painting other adjoining bedrooms, it would be important to consider the paint tones that already exist in those other areas, to ensure that the overall theme of the home doesn’t change that much. Perhaps creating a forest jungle with polka dots painted everywhere may not be for every family, so sometimes a simple accent wall or really cool wallpaper can make a child’s room a fun place to play. Whichever new color you select should integrate well and flow with the rest of the colors in the house.

Cool Colors for Kids

Some studies have demonstrated that children often show improved perception skills after being exposed to a range of various colors at a young age. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that bright vibrant colors appeal to kids. When deciding on room colors, it can be sometimes helpful to bring your kid into the process by possibly showing them images of finished rooms in magazines. Whichever colors you decide upon, it is important to create a calm and relaxed environment in a child’s space because colors do impact the mood and behavior of young children. After all this is the area where they sleep, study, and play.


The paint colors on the walls within our home sets the mood and tone for the environment in which we live. Vibrant wall colors can be exciting for a child, however, some colors can be jarring and clash with the rest of the room’s décor. One way to resolve the issue of color overload is to diffuse the vibrancy of a color by 50%. This way the child still gets their color, but at a much more subdued, calmer shade. We would recommend using scaled-down colors of blue, green, or yellow. There are also a myriad of neutral shade colors that are very relatable for young children.

Think Paint Durability

The likelihood that your child may have beaten-up their bedroom walls with knocks, scratches, and scrapes, doesn’t make the paint job any easier when it comes time to fix all of those imperfections prior to painting. Moreover, depending on your kid’s age, the walls may have even endured the little scribbles made with a pen or crayon. For those reasons it makes perfect sense to go with a durable paint when selecting the right paint product for a child’s room. When decorating your kid’s bedroom, we recommend a high-quality latex based paint with a certain level of sheen which makes it easier to wash off some of the blemishes.


Most conventional painters would argue that for children’s bedrooms, it’s best to apply flat paint on the ceiling, a satin or eggshell finish on the walls, and a semi-gloss finish for the trim and doors. An eggshell finish is often used for provides a low luster and it is often applied in common areas such as, hallways, stairwells, and recreation rooms. We would recommend this type of finish for a child’s bedroom, over other types of finishes. Depending on the actual paint brand, eggshell finishes have a much lower sheen than a satin finish but yet it is still easier to clean than any matte type finish. Latex satin and semi-gloss finishes are very tough, and hold up the best under constant cleaning.

Non-Toxic Paints

There was a time when painting the interior of your home meant turning on fans, opening all the windows, and then actually leaving the house in order to avoid inhaling the Volatile Organic Compounds found in paint. These compounds were primarily utilized in the paint formulations for oil based and lead based products. They were particularly harmful for the respiratory systems of small children and pregnant women. In those days, safer paint options were difficult to find and they also didn't perform as well as regular paint. Fortunately, EPA Laws that took effect about 10 years ago, forced major paint manufacturers to eliminate or reduce greatly the amount of VOC’s.


Homeowners and Painting Companies in Northern Virginia have welcomed the less harmful paints that are available today. Today it is the standard and it’s easy to find Zero VOC, Low VOC and other varieties of "non-toxic" formulas made from natural raw ingredients like water, milk casein, and plant resins. We would highly suggest the use of Eco-friendly paints when painting a child’s bedroom. Despite the fact that they are formulated with safe materials, we have observed no issues in terms of longevity or the paint’s performance as long as they're applied correctly. They're available in a wide range of finishes for both interior and exterior applications, masonry paints and primers.

Chalkboard Paint

Kids are all full of imagination, and the spaces where they spend most of their time should be too. Painting your child’s room with chalkboard paint is one of the most innovative ways, to resolve issues regarding scribbling on the wall. Since it’s obvious that kids like to draw on walls, why not just let them decorate the walls the way they want? Chalkboard paint also mitigates damage to the painted wall because unlike standard paint, it is especially formulated to receive those scribbles. There is also a wide variety chalkboard paint colors that can be coordinated with the existing décor.


Drawing and handwriting are great ways to create a personal touch to a child’s bedroom, and when their preferences change in a few weeks or months, simply erase the chalkboard and start over. As a parent, chalkboard paint is also a good place to track school projects, keep lists of chores, and leave messages. Give your kid their own personal wall to express themselves and showcase their artistic skills! More like an interactive space on the wall that constantly evolves as times change. The chalkboard can also be whatever size you like and can placed wherever you and the child agree.

Please contact Davinci’s if you think you could use assistance with your project! We’re always available to help with painting ideas, and to give creative painting tips. As a fully equipped residential painting company, we guarantee that any work we do for you will meet the highest standards of both quality and safety.

Should I Paint My Home Before Selling It

Some people would think that it would be a waste to paint their home right before they are moving out of it. The main reason I've heard is the fact that they really wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of a new paint job and plus it could be expensive.

An important consideration should be made if that investing in this type of improvement would actually increase the value of the home. In most cases, that would be the benefit of re-painting your home prior to selling.

Some market studies in the Northern Virginia area have shown that repainting your home produces a 135% return on investment. This means that spending $3,000 on a paint job is likely to increase the selling price of your house by $4,050, which would be a profit of $1,500. Moreover, a small investment in painting not only could increase the sale price, but it could also increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly.

In housing market of Northern Virginia, selling a home may not be that difficult because there are buyers. Nevertheless, ensuring that your home is clean and freshly painted will increase its curb appeal for realtors and buyers.

My advice is to Invest the money to get the job done well. Since most people would stand to profit from this investment, it makes sense pay what it takes to hire a quality contractor who will do the job right.  Doing a paint job correctly does not translate into doing a paint job as quickly as possible. Ask your contractor if they will be using tape and plastic protection for the carpets and counter tops. Will they remove electrical outlet plates?

Use neutral white colors. In the Northern Virginia area, many homeowners prefer various shades of white, including shell white, oyster white, or cool platinum. In most cases it isn't even necessary to paint ceilings and trim. Only painting walls will definitely save a lot of money, no matter how big your home is. My recommendation is to stick with a single off-white color for the walls, which would most likely contrast with the white color of the ceilings.  Allow the prospective buyer to choose their own accent colors because the goal is to have clean-looking walls, not colorful walls.

As a professional painting company based in Arlington Virginia, the painters of Davinci's Painting have tons of experience when it comes to preparing a home for sale. Moreover, we have tons of experience for the buyers of those homes, who want to provide their own custom colors for specific living areas.

We have established an outstanding reputation for reliability, responsiveness and flawless results.

Here are some photographs of a recent interior project that we completed for an Architect in Arlington Virginia. The house was vacant and the Owner re-finished all of the hardwood floors.  He also contracted to have a new entire HVAC System installed to replace the 60 year old boiler system that was in place. As a result, there was a substantial amount of drywall repair work where previous heating pipes were removed and new HVAC ventilation pipes were installed.  There was also some drywall removal in one of the closets, which isn't always a fun job. The main living areas walls were painted in a shade of grey, and each of the bedrooms had it's own green accent color. The bathrooms were painted in a light blue. This was a wonderful project and everything turned-out great!

Museum Quality Interior Preparation

When painting indoors, our initial activity will always consist of implementing protective procedures. Our biggest responsibility is to protect your home and everything within it. As a Customer, you are inviting us into your home to help you, and we recognize that we need to pay careful attention for the work activities that we do. We treat your home as if it were our own and take extra care when moving your furniture and belongings.

As a painting company in Northern Virginia, we are often praised on our professionalism and extensive prep work that we undertake to ensure the highest level of protection. Some Customers ask us why we go to such great lengths using so much tape and plastic. My answer is simple. It ensures 99%protection of surfaces, and helps us complete the application much faster. By completely taping and putting plastic over cabinets, counters, bathrooms, and floors, we do not need to cut-in these areas.

Following the plastic seal protection, we layout clean, interior painting-only drop cloths throughout the floor space of where we will be working.If we are working over hardwood floors and stairs, we take even more precautions by laying out durable rosin sheathing that protects the hardwood from impacts and scratches. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we think that this is a very important component of protection and containment for any kind of paint or drywall application.

Our skilled mechanics will also move the furniture to the center of the room and cover it with protective plastic. Additionally, we will remove items from the walls, including electrical plates and bathroom fixtures, and store them for safekeeping.Curtains and blinds are temporarily removed from the walls and protected. We will then inspect the area one final time to see if anything else needs to be removed or if anything requires additional protection.

When we are done, everything gets put back to its proper place, we sweep and vacuum all your floors, and wipe down your counters where wherever we have been working. Our jobs always end-up cleaner than when we first started the work, and there is never any trace that we were even there. Except for the fact that now you have beautiful new colors on the walls throughout.

Painting Drop Cloth Protection

I learned early on in my painting career the importance of using a drop cloths and plastic for protecting things. This is an important aspect for preparing a Home for interior painting. Davinci's Northern Virginia Painters also utilizes drop cloths and plastic protection for things items on the outside of a Home. These things include Porch Floors, Decks, Driveways, Concrete Stoops, and even bushes!

As any well-experienced Painter will tell you, no matter how big, or how small, always use a drop cloth. It will save your self from extra work in terms of cleanup, and even possibly bigger, more serious problems.

As far as what type of drop cloth to use, the type that we recommend is canvas with a rubber backing. They come in various sizes and textures, with canvas being the most common. The reasons I like using canvas drops, is because it's thick enough which prevents paint to leak through, and heavy enough so as to stay put, wherever you lay it down.

On the other hand, plastic sheathing is a versatile protective accessory used by professional painters everywhere. Plastic sheeting makes for a poor drop cloth, because it simply isn’t durable enough to withstand some one walking on it without ripping and tearing. Plastic sheeting looks like a larger version of plastic wrap. It can comes on a roll in rectangular box, which can be spooled out and cut to precise lengths. If you are a novice painting, it is a great way to keep doorways and windows free from paint splatters. Just cut a piece of plastic to size, and tape it over the area in need. Plastic sheeting is also great for covering furniture and other valuables too big or bulky to carry out of the room. The best part about plastic sheeting is that it’s flexible but tough. If you can tape it correctly so that the plastic stays intact, paint will never get through

Davinci's Northern Virginia Painters will first completely seal the entire perimeter of a working area with masking tape and 3 millimeter thickness of plastic sheeting. After that we then provide drop cloth protection on top of the plastic for floor areas that will be walked on. Our method of plastic and drop cloth protection provides peace of mind for our Customers, that paint, dust, and debris will not end up where it doesn’t belong.

Properly covering the floors, furniture, and other valuables of the interior of your home is the first step in creating an efficient work environment, one that allows you to work without worrying about the occasional paint drop from ending up in places that it shouldn't.

This is a process that we take very seriously. We provide services for the entire Northern Virginia Area including Springfield, Vienna, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church