Three Easy Kids Bedroom Painting Ideas

painting blue on a gray background
Hooray! It’s time to pull out the brushes and rollers and add a little color to your child’s room.

I loved painting kids’ bedrooms best because parents always seem willing to take a few more chances with colors there. Not to mention adding things like big spaceships and trees.

You might not feel up to creating art, but before you start with a stock paint job, I’ve got three simple things you could try to add some interest at the same time. At most, they require a little patience and a bit of tape, but I promise they’re pretty DYI friendly kids bedroom painting ideas.

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Different Colors

one wall painted green the second being painted orange - two color kids bedroom painting idea

Easiest way is just to paint each wall a different color. No extra skills needed, just a few more quarts of paint.

I did this with a friend in her son’s Sesame Street bedroom (way back in the day, given he just got his driver’s license!) with the walls in Elmo red, Big Bird yellow, Cookie Monster blue and Oscar green. Came out great! It was a nice way to use some of the darker colors without making the room feel like a cave.

Depending on the size of the room and the colors you want to use, you might be able to just get one quart of each color and be done with it. Darker colors – like the red we used – definitely will require two coats, if not more, to get the color you want. Especially if you’re painting over white walls. (That’s a whole other painting lesson, but you can prep the walls with a dark tinted primer to help.)

This particular application is also a good way to zone the room. You could just paint sections of each wall even – good way to save on paint – to create a reading area or craft space. Or just visually separate siblings!

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Top and Bottom

bedroom wall painted yellow on top and blue on the bottom with tire track border between - two color kids bedroom painting idea

If you have a chair rail in your dining room, you might have already done this before. It’s super simple to make things interesting by painting the bottom half of the wall a different color. You could even leave the white/beige/neutral you have in the room in general as the top half to make it even easier.

Proper taping between the sections eliminates the need for anything to cover where the two sections meet. But if you’re worried about not getting it just right, plan for putting a wall border or stenciling a design around to hide any goofs. You can use high contrast colors like the blue and red in the picture or two tones of the same shade for a more subtle effect.

Photo is a project from Lowe’s which includes not just instructions for painting the wall, but a stencil you can download of the tire tracks. Nice!

Break Out the Tape

pink wall with yellow and green chevron stripes across it - simple kids bedroom painting idea

Stripes of all types aren’t difficult in theory. They do require a lot of tape and a lot of patience, however. Well, if you want them straight, that is!

Most of the time, you’re going to need a level and measuring tape or ruler. This helps you get the stripes straight (whether vertical or horizontal) and even width. If your wall is flat like the one in the picture, life will be much easier for you. If you have a texture, here’s a tip – lay down the tape, then paint over it with your base color. That will fill in all the holes under the tape with the color you’ve masked off, allowing the new color’s line to be determined just by the tape.

Lowe’s has a nice page with more tips for painting stripes, and they work with any kind of striping project. The chevrons in the picture actually start on a full accent wall of them, with just these two continuing around the room. You could try the same thing with straight or wavy lines even.

Best of luck to you if you try any of these kids bedroom painting ideas. Not that you need it since they’re very easy to do!

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