Kid Wall Murals Painting a kid room with a wall mural can be the ultimate statement in individuality. Large or small, kid wall murals add a dimension and character to your kid room decorating project like no other single wall painting technique or kid room painting idea will.
It won’t matter whether you choose a mural (or even several wall murals *grin*) to accentuate your kid bedroom theme or merely decide to accent or highlight the room with kid wall art. Adding dimension to the room with your own wall painting technique, specially selected kid wallpaper, or a custom design by a professional muralist will be one of the most rewarding and satisfying elements of your kid room designing experience.
The First Wall Art:
On Thursday, September 12 1940… a group of four French teenagers on a caving adventure made a wonderful discovery. Actually, their afternoon explore turned out to be one of the most renowned archaeological discoveries of the 20th Century. A series of underground galleries revealed what has now become known as ‘The Caves of Lascaux’.
The wall images at Lascaux have been dated back as far as the beginning of the Magdalenian Age, that is, 17,000 years before today. Basically, people have been adding imagery to walls for longer than any of us can truly comprehend. Granted, paloelithic cave wall paintings and drawings are believed to have served a far different purpose than today’s kid wall mural and room design goals … but it’s interesting to consider ‘where it all began’, isn’t it? And after all, inspiration can come from anywhere (or do I mean to say ‘any time’?)
Speeding ahead to the 20th century…
Murals these days are used for public art expression as well as interior design elements. Decorating kids rooms with wall murals has become extremely popular.
Murals for kid rooms can be painted on doors and walls and even ceilings (please don’t ever forget your ‘fifth wall’). One thing to consider about the where to paint is the furniture placement. Doors, window borders and ceilings make great choices for ‘masterpieces’ because future furniture placement will not affect these areas.
But What if I’m NOT an Artist?
Okay, so you don’t consider yourself artistically inclined? No Problem … no really… I’m serious ….
There are the very simplest solutions to your kid wall mural dilemma like hiring a mural artist, full wall wallpaper images, wall decals and stickers , paint by number kits and so forth.
But really, all you need to do is find a black and white picture of what you want, Xerox it onto a transparency and project it onto whatever you want to paint!
Where to Find Images for Kid Wall Murals:
Children’s coloring books and copyright free image collections are excellent resources for wall painting ideas. Here are some sources for clip art (non-copyrighted pictures):
Clip Art Online ~ Hundreds of Internet sites provide free and low-cost pictures. Two good places to start: barrysclipart.com and clipart.com.
Clip Art Books ~ Check your library or browse titles at store.doverpublications.com and search for “clip art,” or go to clippix.com and click on the “Clip Art Books” tab.
Clip Art Software ~ There are many CD-ROMS available, chances are you already own software that contains clip art, such as Microsoft Word, or go to office.microsoft.com/clipart.
Choosing Kid Room Paint:
Did you know that paint color can actually alter the dimensions of a room? Well, not literally but it can change how the size of the room is perceived which is definitely the next best thing.
Case in point, a light colored paint will make a small room appear bigger. A handy example of this would be to paint a ceiling white to give extra height to a room. Painting walls with vertical stripes can enhance the sense of height. This can be useful in designing a kid’s room.
Perhaps the most ‘practical’ paint scheme to choose is a neutral one. But paint is so cheap and the effect a new color can have on a room is so dramatic, I prefer to work with the lightest shades of colors that my theme will allow.
One of the easiest ways to get a feel for the possibilities is to visit your local paint supplier or better yet (at least for anyone like me who like immediate gratification) consult an online color wheel. You might also find a paint calculator handy when trying to estimate how much paint will be needed. Of course, it goes without saying that the final paint choices made should be a durable and washable. Manufacturers have designed “kid-friendly” children’s room wall paints that feature bold colors, chalkboard paints, etc… Kids walls are just as prone to dirt as the clothes that they wear; the type and quality of paint that you choose to use on them today can save you huge amounts of headache tomorrow.
Special Note about Paint Fumes: Paint fumes are an inevitable by-product of interior room painting. Recently, I’ve become aware of a way of significantly reducing and even removing the amount of paint fumes released into your child’s environment. Adding pure essential oils to your paint cans will do the trick every time. A specialty blend like Purification which cleanses and disinfects the air as well as naturally neutralizes mildew works incredibly well.
Kid Wall Murals ~ How to Begin:
Here are some basic mural painting guidelines for kid wall murals:
1. Place drop cloths on the floor.
2. Prime the area where you would like your kid room mural to live and allow to dry.
3. Lightly sketch the drawing on the wall before painting. If you’re using an overhead projector, shine the image on the wall or door and sketch. The less detailed the image, the easier it is to sketch and paint.
4. Paint your kid wall mural. Paint any trim work first to avoid stray drips on your finished mural.
5. Allow your paint to dry completely.
6. Seal the painting with clear polyurethane.
Kid Wall Murals ~ What’s the real goal here?
In the end it’s all about personalization:
When all is said and done, your kid wall murals or chosen wall painting techniques should be an expression of your child’s unique personality, or at least not yours alone. We all know that children change, so make sure that your painting design choices will be easily adapted to the next incarnation, but make it a fun and creative (functional yet elegante as my husband always says) and it is sure to be a magical and well loved space for many years to come.