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In today’s blog, we will talk about the types of paint that we can use to decorate children’s rooms. Painting is a decoration technique that can also be easy and quite inexpensive. We can renew the look of a room by applying a coat of paint in a totally different color than it was, combining different shades or applying effect techniques and spending very little money on it.
Tips For Choosing Paint For Children’s Room
As initial advice we will tell you to always choose a quality paint, because in addition to the fact that the application will be easier because it covers more in each coat, its durability will also be greater. We can easily classify the paintings in:
- Latex paint or
- Oil paint
However, this is no longer a matter of taste or sensation: there are certain paintings that we must avoid. You should always buy them from licensed establishments that are homologated and check that they do not contain heavy metals. In this sense, there is the option of ecological, natural paints, ceramic paints … with non-toxic raw materials and with very little odor.
Most paints are oil or water based. The safest paints for children’s rooms are those that are water-based, such as plastic. They are very easy to clean due to their smooth and uniform finish that prevents dirt from penetrating to the deepest layers. They are also not harmful as they do not contain chemical compounds that can potentially harm the child. Avoid oil-based paints because of their high concentration of harmful chemicals.
Latex type can cause harm to children only if they are allergic to it. Hypoallergenic paints are on the markets, and more and more brands are including them. They are designed for situations in which it is necessary to immediately inhabit the room since they do not give off an odor and respiratory problems are avoided in very sensitive people. They are also widely used in babies’ bedrooms.
Among The Finishes Of These Paintings We Can Find:
- Glossy finish: They are easier to clean with soap and water but highlight imperfections on the wall. It can also produce unwanted reflections and glare. Not recommended in children’s rooms.
- Satin finish: Also easy to clean and very delicate.
- Matte finish: It hides imperfections very well although it is more susceptible to stains and prevents annoying reflections.
A special type of paint that children will enjoy very much is chalkboard paint. Leave a space on their bedroom wall for them to develop their creativity and imagination. You just have to take into account that the surface on which you use this paint has to be smooth.
One of the best-known brands for this purpose is Rust-Oleum Magnetic Chalkboard Paint. This paint is also magnetic, meaning they can adorn their bedroom walls with anything they want, without damaging the paintwork or the plastering.
There’s also the paints that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or even free of them:
Behr Premium Plus Enamel Low Luster
This is a classic and perfect for low-traffic areas like bedrooms and living rooms. It gives a scrubbable finish. This type is perfect for ceilings as it’s non-reflective.
It’s a paint certified with the European Ecolabel, ideal for decorating children’s rooms and sensitive people. In addition to being hypoallergenic, odorless, soft to the touch, it is completely washable and has an advantage that is greatly appreciated: it dries on the same day without changing the room for the baby to sleep.
This brand is completely free of carcinogens, VOCs, formaldehyde, or phthalates. Even so, their containers are made from recycled plastic and they use soy ink.
Harmony Interior Acrylic Latex paint is a zero VOC formula that helps reduce common indoor odors from your pets, cooking and smoke to help rooms stay fresher, longer. It contains new technology that helps improve indoor air quality by reducing VOC levels from potential sources like carpet, cabinets and fabrics. It also contains an anti-microbial ingredient that prevents mold or mildew from growing, meaning that you will have clean and healthy walls.