What Color Should I Paint My Kid's Room?

Want to learn how to paint a kid's bedroom? Need to find the right nursery colors? Spark creativity with our kid's room painting guide and find the nursery color that is perfect for your baby's bedroom!

Step 1

The Best Paint Colors For Kids Rooms

Invite children to select paint colors for their rooms to let them express their unique personalities. Treat three walls with neutral tones and allow them to choose their favorite paint color for a feature wall. This allows ease in updating their space in the future.

Cool & Relaxing Paint Colors For Kids Rooms

Fashion an open, clean space for your child by pairing a pale blue like Pitter Patter PPG1142-4 with light green Goody Gumdrop PPG1219-4 for wall colors. Use Windswept PPG1164-1, a cool white, for trim and furniture to give lightness to the room or nursery. Finally select a bold color for an accent wall or decor like Riviera Paradise PPG1233-7.

  • Pitter Patter PPG1142-4
  • Goody Gumdrop PPG1219-4
  • Windswept PPG1164-1
  • Riviera Paradise PPG1233-7
Cool & Relaxing Paint Colors For Kids Rooms

Warm & Inviting Paint Colors For Nurseries Or Kids Rooms

Create a room that inspires adventure but is still warm and inviting. Red Gumball PPG1187-7 is the perfect sophisticated pop of paint color when it is paired with Tortuga PPG1032-5 in a kid’s room. To add contrast, find furniture and decor in Delicate White PPG1001-1 and Black Magic PPG1001-7.

  • Red Gumball PPG1187-7
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Tortuga PPG1032-5
  • Black Magic PPG1001-7
Classic Off-White

Classic Off-White

Instill sweet lightness into a space with a pale yellow, such as Perfect Solution PPG1093-1 and a white, like Delicate White PPG1001-1 for trim. Add muted pastel paint colors like Kangaroo Paw PPG1060-3 and Merry Music PPG1127-3. These pastels will last together for years down the road.

  • Perfect Solution PPG1093-1
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Kangaroo Paw PPG1060-3
  • Merry Music PPG1127-3
Classic Off-White

Use Our Color Visualizer

See colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and virtually painting your room!

Step 2

Choose the Right Product

A child’s room is their in-home playground, which means frequent cleanings are a must! Choose from our premium low odor PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products that will provide a durable and scrubbable finish.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Latex Paint
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

Choose the Right Sheen

Choose a satin or semi-gloss paint sheen in your child’s room, as these are the easiest to clean.

Flat

Flat

Choose a flat sheen as your go-to for dining and living rooms, bedrooms and ceilings. Flat paint is great for hiding surface imperfections and ideal for touch-ups.

Eggshell

Eggshell

Areas with medium traffic, such as dining and living rooms, bedrooms and hallways are great candidates for eggshell’s rich, low-sheen finish.

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Use easy-to-clean satin paint in high-traffic areas like family rooms, kids’ bedrooms, hallways and entry ways. 

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss

Ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways, as well as doors, cabinets, trim and molding, semi-gloss paint is the most scrubbable sheen.

Gloss

Gloss

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

Prepare for Painting A Kid's Room

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Cleaning And Painting A Kid's Room

Cleaning And Painting A Kid's Room

Remove draperies, pictures, nightlights and switch and outlet cover plates. Arrange drop cloths to protect carpeting, furniture and any areas not to be painted.

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fix & Clean the Surface

Fill holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. You may need to use a mild detergent to remove any contaminants or crayon, marker and finger paint stains.

Tape off Areas

Tape off Areas

Tape off woodwork and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface

Prime the Surface

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter, you may need to prime.

Step 6

Begin Painting Your Kids' Room

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your kids' room. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint A Kids Room with a Brush

How to Paint A Kids Room with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint A Kids Room with a Roller

How to Paint A Kids Room with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

Paint the Ceiling First

Paint the Ceiling First

Start with the ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Walls Of A Kid's Room

Painting the Walls Of A Kid's Room

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a roller, create the letter "M" on your wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage.