Want a creative way to quickly transform a kid’s room? Paint a wall mural. Don’t panic here. It doesn’t have to cover the whole wall to be effective….a little fantasy goes a long way. And, you don’t have to be a great artist….young kids are easy to please.
Murals add atmosphere, depth, and a one-of-a-kind look to walls that you can’t get with wallpaper. Ceilings, floors, and furniture are also other candidates for murals but that will be covered in a different post….today, it’s wall murals!
Complex scenes painted all around the room are not necessary. Small scale murals are be ideal for bedrooms—less overpowering than covering an entire wall. Playrooms, bathrooms, or other rooms with shorter occupation times work best for larger murals.
Type and complexity of mural varies with age so I have selected a few for each age group to give you an idea of what this means:
Age 0-2: Infants
Murals for the nursery should be practical—easy to change and safe—as well as pleasing. Simple shapes in various complimentary colors are well suited to the nursery.
Age 2-4: Toddlers
Toddlers are highly inquisitive and ever busy. Simple designs in bright colors will catch their eye, especially when animals or people are included.
Age 4-9: Kids
School age kids have firmer ideas about how a room should look and will be more interested in selecting characters as well as helping you paint (however short lived!). Weave their favorite play pastime into the design.
Age 9-12: Tweens
To make a tween happy, murals should be skillfully drawn and painted with a wealth of accurate detail. (You know just how literal tweens can be!) Sophisticated murals like trompe l’oeil are perfect for a tween room. They also want the latest fad with bold colors and large scale….and the lines need to be straight!
Age 13+: Teens
Give a teen paints and brushes and let them paint their own mural. If they prefer to let you handle the job, keep it simple and in line with their favorite hobbies or current interests.
Confined to one wall or one large image that wraps around the room, murals are creative kids room wall art that adds just the right touch to any room.
For more ideas on walls see Kids Room Wall Essentials and watch for more posts on the following wall finish topics: