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How to Paint Your Child's Bedroom



The weather may be cooling down, but colors are still hotter than ever. Choosing the right colors to paint your home can be a difficult task, and that includes your child's bedroom.

"Painting can be one of the most important steps in re-decorating a bedroom," says interior designer Toni Lobsenz. "Not only does it clean up the walls and freshen up the room, but it can also make a space look finished by bringing colors and other items in the room together."

Lobsenz and CertaPro Painters, the national residential painting company, offer seven tips on working with color and paint in your child's room:

1. When painting the walls don't forget the ceiling. It's commonly skipped, but will complete the job by bringing the walls together and making the room look polished. Color on the ceiling is also great in nurseries where babies spend a lot a time staring up.

2. Think about the mood you want to create. If you want to create a mood of whimsy and fun, contrast of colors is the key. You may choose to echo those things which your child finds joy in- such as jelly beans, cartoons or a favorite toy. Choose bright hues from primary and secondary colors, with contrasts coming from anywhere in between. A happy combination for a girl's room, for example, could be bright rose pink, pale pink, apple green and white. A boy's room could be nautical blue, sky blue, red, and cream.

3. With so many wonderful things on the market nowadays to decorate a child's bedroom, projects can get costly. A great way to make a room interesting without spending a lot of money is to paint with bold colors. "Brighter shades not only liven up a space," says Toni, "but can also change the whole look of a room and the way we feel when we're in that room."

4. If you want to paint a color that will keep up with your child's ever-changing tastes, a neutral color such as an off white will always look classic and clean. Adding a border or trim to the wall will spice up the look and is easier to change than repainting the whole room.

5. If comic book character, Spiderman is your child's favorite super hero they might desire to make their room look like an advertisement for a movie. To avoid filling every corner and inch of the wall with your child's new idol, try taking colors from that character to paint the trim or a single wall. This will create a dramatic look that you can both be happy with.

6. Don't be afraid to let your child choose their colors. They'll be happier with the outcome if they feel they had a part in the decorating process. Getting them involved will also encourage them to use their creativity and will create a room of which they are proud, and in which they are comfortable to be.

7. Try steering clear of dark colors for the walls, such as black. They're harder to paint over and the room may appear to be smaller and cramped. Brighter shades not only make the room feel roomier and put a smile on your face, but in a nursery they are easily picked up by baby's developing eyesight, more so then pastels.