Work is always smoothest with a plan. Start with what is already there. Does the new colour match the existing furniture? What about the floor? Does your child’s room need to match the rest of the house? Is your child’s favourite colour suitable? At the end of the day, the room needs to be a comfortable space for both parents and children. Think about not only the colour scheme but whether or not you will be using designs so you can create the stencils and other things in advance. All that is needed to make something truly special is a little courage and imagination.
Creating an Area of Calm for a Baby Room
For the youngest children it helps to use gentle designs that are capable of standing out. Babies will focus on fixed images so it is best to use traditionally soothing things like clouds, dogs, cats, the sun or rainbows. This lets the walls become a gentle picture book. Simple geometric shapes like squares and circle are also suitable and these are easy to fit in empty spaces. Using either contrasting or complementary colours is entirely your choice.
Wall Paintings from Daycare to Primary School
This is the ideal age to get the children involved in the decision making. However, this does not mean you should give them whatever they want. Sometimes the things they think they like that are fine during the day will come back to scare them in the middle of the night. Traditional designs taken from nature or areas like the playground or swimming pool are easy to supplement over and over. The key is to work together with your child, to create a new vision. Eventually, the physical wall becomes almost hidden until a fresh coat from Paintbox is used to wipe the slate clean.
Transitioning from Child to Youth
The gentler designs from before are now beginning to give way to posters of favourite icons like singers. Graphics, symbols and badges can be arranged and then rearranged according to the space available. If your child ever wants to make a change then let them. They are now of an age that they can manage it by themselves, although keeping an eye on the effort still does not hurt. It may be time to reserve a wall just for their creative endeavours. Their tastes will likely change very rapidly over the years and allowing this is a key part in helping them on the road to becoming an adult.
The DIY Checklist
The most essential tools are already included in the Paintbox or have already been mentioned. A tarpaulin to cover the floor is always useful since it is not easy to have things always go smoothly, especially when children are involved. If the wall is pretty high then an extension rod for the paint roller may be needed. However, a stepladder allows for greater attention to detail and sensitivity.
Having Fun with the Paintbox
Once the plan are n place and the pieces are all assembled there is only one thing left to get. The pleasure that comes with the work. Pre-prepared snacks and drinks are great for taking a break. All that is needed is an upended cardboard box or a covered table that is easily accessible. Now it is time with your child by your side to let the creative process flow and the fun can begin.