North Jersey Home Design: Painting Kids' Rooms: Tips and Tricks to Get it Right

Whether you need to set up a nursery for a new baby, or update a room for a growing child; painting is an easy and cost-effective way to create just the right atmosphere. But knowing how to get started can feel overwhelming. These tips will help you choose the best type and color of paint, while keeping the process quick and stress-free.

Sheen Savvy

Sheen determines how shiny your paint looks when it's dry. Choosing the right sheen adds the perfect finishing touch on a room, and it can make a big difference when it comes to cleaning up.

Semi-Gloss - Brings a soft shine to the room without being overpowering. It's good for kids' rooms because it's durable and easy to clean. You can wipe off crayon and pencil marks with common non-abrasive cleaners.

Eggshell/Satin - Has a smooth finish with a subtle sheen, and is washable and scrubbable.

Flat - A beautiful matte coating with no shine. It is ideal for low-traffic areas and hides minor dents or nicks best.

Choosing Colors

For many DIYers, choosing paint colors can be a tricky and time-intensive process. There are so many options and many people worry about making a big color mistake. Get inspired - Look through magazines, websites such as Pinterest®, an online pinboard, and even at friends' homes to get some ideas. You can also take some inspiration from these color collections by Glidden Paint - available on their website.

Top 10 Baby Colors

Celery Sticks

Bubblegum Pink

Iced Purple

Spring Bluebell

Early Morning Sun

Sweet Baby Boy

Sweet Baby Girl

Walnut Bark

Mint Shake

Rich Navy

Top 10 Growing Up Colors

True Turquoise

Blue Marina

Rich Navy

Sunbaked Orange

Spring Green

Refreshing Mimosa

Blooming Fuchsia

Fresh Pink Lemonade

Lilac Bouquet Sunbeam

Try them out - Once you've narrowed down your color choices, try out your top picks to see how they will look in the room with your specific lighting conditions. For example, Glidden paint testers come in a variety of colors from the Glidden Brilliance Collection paint, which is available only at Walmart stores. The testers have a built-in brush and hold enough paint to cover three square feet so you can experiment with several colors before making a final decision.

Painting Tips

Consider using a combination paint and primer - it can save you time and money by eliminating the need to use two painting products.

Work from the ceiling down to the baseboards.

Do one entire wall or area at a time.

Use wide masking tape to mask off areas you don't want to paint, such as window panes or trim.

Use a roller to paint in blocks of roughly 4 x 4 feet.

Paint adjacent blocks before each previous b