Interior wall decoration in a children’s room must be carried out taking into account a lot of requirements.
First, they should be outwardly attractive, not irritate the child’s nervous system, but, on the contrary, please and develop imagination.
Secondly, the material must be completely safe for health, hypoallergenic, preferably natural.
And thirdly, the finishing material should be easy to clean, because children can easily stain the walls or even paint them. Naturally, not all materials are suitable for these conditions.
Let’s dwell on the best ways to decorate the walls of the nursery.
# 1. Painting
Painting walls is one of the most common and at the same time suitable options for decorating a nursery. This method has a lot of advantages:
- a huge scope for imagination, because you can choose any shade, create a whole drawing based on your favorite fairy tale on the walls. It is better to refuse too bright shades;
- ease of application and the ability to repaint the surface many times, and it will be possible to paint any architectural element of the room, which will be simply impossible to decorate with wallpaper;
- scratches on painted walls are much more difficult to leave than on wallpaper.
Among the disadvantages, it is worth noting the need to carefully prepare the surface for painting, because the wall must be perfectly flat.
Particular attention should be paid to the type of paint, because those compositions that can be used in the bedroom or in the kitchen are not always suitable for a children’s room. Such paint should be as safe and environmentally friendly as possible, non-toxic, and have certificates of compliance with sanitary and hygienic standards. It is necessary to select a water-based composition. Many large manufacturers in their product line offer paints labeled “for children’s rooms”, and they are worth paying attention to. Such paints are odorless, dry quickly, they can be repainted walls, they are easily applied to any substrate: wood, drywall, putty, etc.
Acrylate paints, which are odorless, are also suitable for children. The surface painted with them can be easily washed afterwards. It is not recommended to use alkyd and acrylic paints as they can cause allergies. By the way, today paints with silver ions appeared on sale, which have a lot of useful qualities: bactericidal properties, resistance to pollution. Even drawings with paints will not be a problem and will be erased quite simply.
# 2. Blackboard and magnetic paint
Although these types of finishing materials belong to the type of paints, I want to pay special attention to them. Slate paint is a real find for children’s rooms, because many parents are familiar with the situation when children paint newly pasted wallpaper with felt-tip pens and pencils. To provide the child with complete creative freedom and to protect other parts of the apartment from the appearance of drawings, you can paint one of the walls in the nursery or part of it with slate paint. With its help, any selected part of the wall can be turned into a kind of blackboard: drawings can be erased, new ones applied, and with their help you can create a unique interior.
Blackboard paint is odorless and approved for use in children’s rooms. It is easy to apply, it works on almost any surface, and the chalk will not scratch it. The result is a great space for the child’s self-expression and play. Once again, it is worth noting that it is unnecessary to paint all the walls in the nursery with slate paint, otherwise you will not get an interesting interior, but a boring space.
Magnetic paint is a relatively new coating in the building materials market. It can be used in the work area and paint part of the wall near the table. After the paint has been applied and dried, the surface becomes magnetic, and you can attach a child’s drawings, some notes or reminders to it with the help of small magnets, organizing the space in an interesting way. For the production of magnetic paint, a water base, metal powder and binding elements are used, the material is odorless. True, the reviews of those who have already used this material indicate that it is better to use smaller and stronger magnets, which means that it is better to use such a finish to decorate the room of an older child, and not a preschooler who can swallow a small magnet.
No. 3. Decorative plaster
Plaster is also often used in children’s rooms, since it meets the basic requirements put forward for this room. Among its advantages it is worth noting:
- unique appearance, since it will be impossible to repeat the resulting relief pattern;
- environmental friendliness and safety for health;
- the ability to hide small flaws in the walls;
- solidity of the finished coating;
- with minimal experience, you can independently cope with the application of plaster;
To give the plaster layer additional stability, you can cover the walls with a layer of clear varnish. In this case, it will be much easier to wash the walls from the consequences of children’s games, and the coating will be even more durable. True, you will also need to choose a varnish composition with great care, since it should be as safe as possible for health.
No. 4. Wallpaper
Previously, wallpaper adorned absolutely all children’s rooms. Although today the variety of finishing materials is much greater, wallpaper still continues to be actively used. They are appreciated for the huge assortment, the presence of very democratic proposals, and ease of installation. The choice of wallpapers today, to put it mildly, is large, because you can find any ornament, especially since there are options for children’s rooms with the image of cartoon characters and fairy tales, with colorful pictures, etc.
It is also worth remembering that it is important to consider when choosing not only the appearance of the wallpaper, but also their composition. Not all types of wallpaper on the market are suitable for children’s rooms. So, you can use the following wallpaper:
paper. Many experts argue that wallpaper in a nursery should be made of paper, even though they are not very durable, tear easily and cannot withstand the influence of water (although washable paper wallpapers appear on sale today). The main advantage of this type of finish is naturalness and complete air permeability, which is most important for a children’s room;
Non-woven wallpaper can also be used in children’s rooms, as it allows air to pass through. Vinyl is not recommended to be used, they are not environmentally friendly enough for such purposes, and they do not allow air to pass through at all. Breathable vinyl wallpapers are starting to appear on the market, but they are very expensive;
wallpaper based on wood veneer is another good option for a nursery, since it is made from natural raw materials;
cork wallpaper is made on the basis of the bark of a cork tree, so it is perfect for a nursery True, in this case, you will have to face a limited variety of colors, because this natural material is presented only in shades from dark yellow to light brown;
wallpaper based on plant material, in the manufacture of which algae, bamboo, etc. are used;
fabric wallpaper, which consists of a layer of paper and fabric threads. The material is environmentally friendly, breathes, has excellent heat and sound insulation, which is important for a nursery. It is worth choosing only those wallpapers that have been treated with a special impregnation, so that they attract less dust.
Do not forget that wallpapers of different shades or different ornaments can be combined to create a fun and interesting interior. Also, attention should be paid to the wallpaper for painting. So, you can paint non-woven wallpaper, glass wallpaper, wallpaper based on serpyanka and even some paper wallpaper. Probably, all the advantages of quickly refreshing the surface of the walls in the nursery are not even worth listing – it is convenient, practical and profitable. At the same time, it is important to choose breathable water-based paints, as already mentioned above.
In the interior of the nursery, you can also use photo wallpaper to revive the space and give it a certain mood. The drawing on them can be anything, but there really is plenty to choose from. Another interesting solution for a children’s room is coloring wallpaper. They contain a lot of details, so the child will be fascinated by coloring for a long time, and a unique opportunity appears – literally to draw on the walls.
No. 5. Cloth trim
An alternative to fabric wallpaper is covering all or several walls with fabric. All work is easy to do with your own hands, and natural fabric is an excellent solution for such a room. The fabric can be any, but the color and pattern must be chosen so as to create a harmonious interior. It is better to give preference to the material denser, and for safety, as a basis, attach soft rugs or foam rubber to the walls so that the child cannot be injured during active games.
Such walls can also serve as the basis for attaching drawings. Moreover, by showing imagination and taking a little time, you can create an interesting panel or even a whole picture from different pieces of fabric, and this is already a unique decoration for a nursery, developing tastes and imagination. If the decoration of the walls with fabric still scares you, then you can do an experiment on one of the walls or on a part of it.
No. 6. Vinyl stickers
Vinyl stickers are not an independent finishing material, but simply an opportunity to simply, quickly and inexpensively transform a children’s room and decorate it in an interesting way. They have a lot of advantages:
- a huge assortment, thanks to which the nursery can be made in any style, decorated with images of animals, famous characters or any objects. Even if there is no suitable option, you can order custom-made custom design;
- ease of installation and dismantling. Anyone can handle the sticker of such decorative elements, and outwardly they will look like a painted picture. If necessary, it is also easy to remove such stickers;
- You can glue vinyl stickers on any smooth and even surface. Painted walls or pasted over with smooth plain wallpaper are ideal;
- low price.
A little bit of imagination, and some elements in the nursery with a pair of vinyl stickers can be very interesting and unusual to beat.
The children’s room should be safe and comfortable, develop the child’s tastes and be a suitable place to play. With all these requirements in mind, finding a suitable wall decoration material is not easy. It is better to think over several options at once, while carefully analyzing the decision made. If the child is already old enough and has his own tastes, then before choosing a specific material it is better to consult with him and take his opinion into account.