Children's room is a special place where the atmosphere of fairy tales and magic reigns. When designing a children's room, traditional options for adults are not suitable. Children look at the world in a completely different way, respectively, and the space around them should be designed so that it is fun and festive. In the article I will tell you how to paint the walls in the nursery, what materials to use, and how to choose the right picture.
Pros and cons of drawings on the walls in a children's room
Transforming a room in front of a child’s eyes, you will bring the kid delight and joy, and yourself aesthetic and moral pleasure. After all, there is nothing more pleasant than observing the excellent mood of the crumbs.
The advantages of this design option for children include aesthetic pleasure with the visual contemplation of such surfaces and the unique fabulous interior of the baby’s bedroom.
By painting wall surfaces in the nursery, you create a fun and fabulous atmosphere in the child’s room
You can paint and decorate yourself without the help of decoration professionals. A wide range of patterns and pictures allows you to choose the right option for any room design.
To avoid this need, you should consider some of the nuances of design. It is best to use special wallpaper for painting, on which you can draw. When drawing a drawing, keep in mind that paints that are too bright will be difficult to repaint in lighter and unsaturated colors.
Wall painting in a nursery
Designers recommend entrusting such a complex process as painting walls in the nursery to experienced professionals. The masters will tell you the best place for the drawing, help you decide on the plot, determine the ideal color scheme for a particular room. A professional artist who plans to paint the walls of a boy or girl’s room always starts working with a child.
The choice of plot for the future drawing should be based on the personal preferences of the baby, his hobbies and interests. Even the most beautiful tree with owls will not please the young footballer who dreams of portraits of his idols or stylized gates on the wall above the bed.
TIP. Child-centeredness is a key requirement for high-quality wall painting.
Primitive painting, made in one or more colors with the help of stencils, is possible even for parents. It is difficult to call such a drawing a full-fledged painting, but he will certainly bring some charm and novelty into the interior of the room.
Among the popular prints, it is worth noting the classic geometric (circles, rhombuses), floral (flowers, stylized trees), thematic (sketchy images of vehicles, heroes of books or animated films, popular toys).
For painting walls in a nursery, only high-quality paints that do not fade in the light should be used, so that the drawing does not lose its brightness after a year, and the characters look alive and real. It is important to pay attention to the safety of the paint, because the baby spends a lot of time in his room, and breathing fumes is harmful to the growing organism.
Subjects and colors for the nursery
You can paint the walls in the room of a boy or girl with any colors: from classic monochrome to bright multicolor.
The choice of a particular gamut is determined by the following factors:
- the size of the room (the larger the room, the more vivid and juicy the drawing can be, for a small room basic muted colors are suitable),
- the degree of illumination (a bright room can be decorated with active painting with numerous small details and dark colors, but if there is not enough light in the room, it is better to limit yourself to light colors and a large, clear picture),
- the general style of the room (for modern rooms, cold colors are suitable, for eco-directions - natural warm colors, for classic ones - deep basic shades).
Since the plot for painting is most often chosen by the future owner or owner of the room, the choice usually falls on traditional and familiar themes: princesses, castles, animals, dolls - for girls and cars, airplanes, space, sports - for boys. This gender affiliation is typical but optional.
Versatile and suitable for children of any gender will be images of forests or fields with animals and insects, the sky with clouds and birds, the deep sea with various fish and octopuses.
Room mural and zoning
Wall painting in a children's room can be an ideal option for zoning a spacious room. Since the child spends all his free time in his room: sleeping, resting, playing, studying, it is important to provide a place for each type of activity.
With the help of a correctly located painting, it is possible to distinguish separate zones that will be united among themselves by a single style, color scheme and theme of drawings on the wall.
- For the recreation area, designers recommend choosing calm, peaceful colors and relaxing subjects. Pastel colors are appropriate both in the girl’s room and in the boy’s room: sleep and rest are the same for children of different sexes. Sleeping animals, landscapes with castles, spacious fields and forests - all this should set the baby up for a calm, healthy sleep. If the child is afraid to sleep alone, then a drawn friend (dog or cat, beloved by the cartoon hero) will help to get rid of fears and teach you to have a relaxing sleep.
In the active zone (gaming or sports), it is appropriate to use more lively and vibrant scenes with animals playing or playing sports, children or heroes of popular cartoons. Green, yellow, red colors will help the baby to be active, charge positive and create an ideal environment for development.
The study or study area can also be painted, but the task of drawing in this part of the room is not to distract or amuse the child, but to activate his desire to learn, learn the world and learn something new. Artists advise portraying smart animals in a forest school in order to create a feeling of community with painted students: classes in such a company are held with the best result. If desired, the wall can be supplemented with educational materials - a multiplication table or cases.
IMPORTANT. All the drawings on the walls located in the room should be made in the same or similar color scheme, and they should also overlap with the plots or heroes.
Wall painting in a child’s room is an expensive, but worthy way to decorate a room. An individual drawing, selected for a specific baby, will help him develop correctly, learn the world and look at things with interest. Wall painting can grow with a child, because beasts and flowers can be replaced by abstractions, original geometric prints, imitation of street wall paintings, stylized portraits of idols.
Art mural "by hand"
In order for a beautiful image to appear on the wall of your room, try to adhere to the following procedure.
Step 1. Select an image and decide on the size of the future picture. It is assumed that at the moment you already know exactly which part of the room and why this picture will be there. There is a huge selection of different images on the Internet, but try for the first time to choose something simpler, and it will be easier to create a sketch. Luxurious castles in flaming gave draw later.
Step 2 Prepare the wall. Professionals really like to paint on a freshly painted smooth surface, so you need to putty and paint in a color that matches the background of the picture. If the drawing is intended to make up for the flaws made during the recent repair, you will have to draw according to what is.
What paints do they paint on the walls?
Step 3 We purchase all consumables: paints, brushes, etc. All experts advise only acrylic matte water-based paints. They are convenient to mix and apply, after drying, they are not erased by a slight movement of the shoulder, like gouache. True, some cover the picture with a couple of layers of front matte acrylic varnish for complete confidence. To achieve the desired shade, the paints are diluted with white acrylic paint. To get the necessary liquid (a consistency similar to sour cream of 15% fat is considered ideal), add water. Just do not get carried away, otherwise if the paint is too thin, the unpleasant stains will remain on the wall. Brushes need to be taken in two types: for large strokes, wide, large and flat (synthetics and bristles) are suitable, and for contours and small details - small columnar round ones. Still professional decorators use a foam roller to draw flower petals with dotted movements. Also prepare containers for washing brushes and mixing colors. Do not want to sacrifice dishes, buy a disposable set.
Step 4 Print pieces of 5-10 images in black and white to get a kind of sketch. Now you need to apply a background identical to the color of the wall, because the same shade looks different on a white and green wall. After drying, apply the contours until you reach automatism. Now you need to choose such shades so that the whole picture “plays”. If the picture has a lot of similar details (petals or leaves), it is better to prepare the simplest stencils. Only then can we proceed to painting the wall.
Step 5 Now you need to put a rough pencil drawing on the wall. In no case do not use a black pencil, it is difficult to erase, it leaves dirty stains. It is better to use soft colored pencils. All unsuccessful lines are easy to clean with a large and soft eraser. First, they are indicated by the line of the border of the picture, then the largest parts are drawn. Only after that proceed to detailing and more thorough drawing. Constantly step aside to immediately see the proportions and correct. The better you draw the image, the easier it will be to paint. For those who are poor in scale and spatial orientation, the cell markup method will help. The entire area of the picture is divided into small squares, on which you then draw, as in a school notebook. Markings can be done either with a pencil, or with pieces of twine fixed to the wall.
Step 6 Start painting with acrylics. Dilute and mix the paint immediately before application, as Acrylic dries very quickly. Draw in a few strokes to achieve the volume and naturalness of the picture, just wait until the previous layer dries. Hold the brush perpendicular to the wall. Correct all the shortcomings with a thin brush. Turn on your favorite music to achieve smooth movements and increase enthusiasm. Take a break after you finish drawing and filling out the main contours. Then, with renewed vigor, proceed for small details, if necessary, extinguish the borders of the image. At the very end, we work out with a thin brush all the smallest contours, we achieve volume, glare from the Sun, etc.
If, after reading this, you understand that you are absolutely not an artist, then use another method.
Wall painting is one of the easiest ways to decorate a nursery with your own hands, anyone can make the simplest drawings, even if he last held a brush at school. The subject of murals depends on the age of the child:
- Large images can be used in the baby’s room, but it’s better not to choose too bright colors,
- Children 4-5 years old will love the images of the heroes of their favorite cartoons and fairy tales,
- In the nursery of a younger schoolboy, you can paint the walls with drawings symbolizing his hobby,
- A teenager’s room may be strict, but a child may also want a more striking room design, decorating the walls with images of favorite groups, actors, etc.
You can make a simple drawing on the wall with your own hands.
As for the color scheme, the selected shades for the drawings on the walls should be combined with the rest of the design of the children's room. When choosing colors, it is worth considering the area where the painting is located. For the bedroom or workspace, calm blue and green tones are suitable, but for the play area you can choose the brightest colors.
In the sleeping area it is better to use pastel shades with calm plots.
What is required for wall painting
To decorate the walls of the room with drawings made by yourself, you need the following:
- Paints (ideally acrylic, water-based),
- Wide brushes
- Thin brushes for drawing small details,
- Matt lacquer.
For wall stencils it is better to use a paint roller
Acrylic paints are good because they are easily diluted with water to the desired consistency and applied to the surface. The finished drawing cannot be accidentally erased by touching it with wet hands or touching the shoulder. In order for the painting to be durable, it is necessary to cover it with additional layers of matte varnish.
Important! By adding white acrylic paint you can choose the right shades, and the ideal consistency should resemble oily sour cream.
Even a simple plot with bright colors will be the highlight of the interior
Paints for painting a room need to be diluted carefully - if they are too liquid, then after drying, ugly stains will appear and you will have to repaint everything again. To paint the wall with your own hands, in addition to ordinary brushes, you can use rollers and sponges, it’s convenient to paint flowers or paint over large areas with them.
Important! Before starting work, do not forget to prepare containers with water for washing brushes and a palette where you will mix shades.
The main attributes of the young artist are a palette and brushes for painting
There are faster ways to decorate the walls with a painting in the nursery with your own hands. These are ordinary vinyl-based stickers. You can choose any pattern and stick it on the wall in a few minutes. The choice of picture can be entrusted to the child, let him decide how to decorate his room.
Even kids can handle vinyl stickers
In addition to stickers, there is a simpler option for decorating a nursery - an accent wall with matte paint. On it, the child will be able to draw with crayons everything he wants and change the drawing at any time. This will protect furniture upholstery and wallpaper from children's doodles, as well as develop children's artistic skills.
Accent wall in the nursery superbly zones the child's berth
To get started, look for suitable pictures on the Internet, from which you will transfer the sketch to the wall in the future. If you do not know how to draw, do not immediately take on complex landscapes, knightly tournaments, space battles, etc. Drawing should be quite simple, this will simplify the task of drawing on the wall with your own hands.
Drawing can become an integral part of children's furniture
No artist begins to paint a picture, immediately applying strokes. The basis of any painting is a draft sketch - the contours of the future color image. For drawing a picture on the wall, use colored pencils, it is better to refuse black or simple. Simple pencil lead can leave ugly stains. If you incorrectly drew any line, use the eraser to correct it.
The projector will help to sketch on the wall
First of all, one should symbolically outline the boundaries of the painting, and then proceed to draw first large and then small details. During long work on the painting, your eyes get tired and you can skip mistakes, in order to avoid this, periodically examine the sketch from a distance. In order not to be mistaken with the scale, the pattern on the wall can be transferred along the grid.
You can use chalk or a simple pencil to sketch.
Painting in color
When the surface and sketch in the nursery are ready, you can finally proceed to the painting itself. Do not thin or mix acrylic in advance; they dry too quickly. To make the image voluminous, apply paint in a few strokes.
Important! Before applying a new coat, make sure that the previous one is dry.
You can even use felt-tip pens to paint on the walls.
Brushes need to be held at right angles to the wall. If you made minor mistakes, correct them in the picture with a thin brush. Decorating with children’s paintings is a long process, so that the work is not monotonous, turn on the music or connect household members to the process. The smallest details are drawn last, and the picture is given volume with the help of shadows and highlights.
You need to draw on the walls very carefully so as not to spoil the picture
DIY transfer of a picture through a stencil
Anyone who is not good at drawing can handle the transfer of the image through the stencil. Ready-made stencils can be purchased at hardware stores or ordered online. PVC mock-ups are more convenient in work; they can be washed and used several times. Более дешёвый вариант обычный картон, однако это одноразовая вещь.
Для трафаретов подойдёт плотная бумага или картон
Трафарет просто сделать своими руками, распечатав нужный рисунок. Его можно перенести и вырезать на пластиковой плёнке, картоне, фанере и пр. In the same way, you can draw your own original image.
Stencils can be printed on a conventional printer and then transferred to a denser base
The finished stencil must be fixed on the wall using ordinary masking tape. Paint is applied with a brush or sponge. If you want volumetric painting on the wall of the nursery, instead of paint, select decorative plaster.
For more voluminous drawings, decorative plaster can be used.
Ideas for Professionals
If stencils or a series of small images are not enough to decorate a nursery, you can swipe at the whole wall or a significant part of it. Such work is complex and will require artistic skills. If you are confident in your abilities and can do everything yourself and do it yourself, this option is for you.
You can do this abstraction in the nursery yourself.
If for small paintings you can even find a small corner, then here you have to choose a specific wall. It is necessary to consider the location of outlets, sconces and furniture. Practice drawing several sketching options. Choose the most suitable image, taking into account all of the above. Before you start work, be sure to get the approval of the small owner of the nursery.
The future drawing is better agreed with the owner of the room
You can use different methods for marking the surface - they are all easily do-it-yourselfers. The easiest option is to draw a sketch by hand, you can also use homemade or purchased stencils, if there is a need to transfer a number of identical elements to the wall.
Here is another option for how to transfer the image. Draw the whole picture on a separate sheet of whatman paper or even on an old roll of wallpaper. Then place something soft under the canvas — a thick cloth or carpet. Carefully go through all the contours with a standard pin or use a special copy wheel. Now you can fix the paper on the wall and easily transfer the pattern to the surface. The result is a clear dotted outline.
When the wall is prepared, the contours are drawn, it is time to proceed to the most important thing - decorating the surface with painting. Here are some helpful tips:
- If you have not painted with acrylic before, do test strokes on a blank sheet of paper. Do not strain your hand; movements should be free and relaxed.
- If you need to draw a long line, do it in one confident motion. Short strokes will not look accurate in the picture, there is also a high risk of drawing a line too crookedly.
- If you need thick lines, there is no need to draw them several times, just press on the brush while drawing harder.
- By pressing the brush with a soft twist, you get circles or rounded lines.
- Always draw the main details first and only then draw the smaller ones.
Try to draw at ease, do not be afraid to make a mistake - in most cases they are easily fixed. In addition, remember that you are not painting a masterpiece for the exhibition, small errors in the painting of the children's room are unlikely to be noticeable to the picky eye.
The final stage of wall painting in the children's room with their own hands. The varnish coat will extend the life of the picture. Wait until the paint is completely dry, and apply a regular matte varnish. This will allow you to wash the walls without fear that the paint will be greased. In addition, the varnish layer protect the painting in the children's room from fading.
It’s easy to decorate a nursery with your own hands using murals or ready-made drawings on a glue basis, if you approach the matter wisely. Even if you never took brushes in hand, there is an opportunity to decorate the walls with the help of ready-made stickers or use beautiful stencils. When choosing an image, it is worth listening to the wishes of the child, and also take into account the general style of the children's room.
How to paint a wall in a nursery yourself
Before proceeding directly to the wall painting, it is necessary to carefully prepare the surface or space above the bed. To do this, it must first be leveled using special gypsum, or chalk solutions. The thickness of the leveling mortar must not exceed 3 mm. Then the surface is covered with a hardening composition and proceed directly to the painting.
In order for the drawing to turn out to be of high quality, it is necessary to prepare the wall well (taken from the site artsten.ru)
To paint the surface you will need such materials: a stencil (ready-made or home-made), a pencil, a building or laser level, masking tape (for fixing on a wall of a home-made paper stencil), water-based acrylic paints, brushes and varnish.
The choice of drawing depends entirely on the tastes and preferences of the baby, as well as on the area and size of the room. The theme of the picture is the choice of a boy or girl, but the choice of its size and color depends on the size of the room.
Large and bright drawings in a small room look ridiculous and reduce space. If the area of the room is small, choose extremely small patterns of light pastel colors. In a large room, you can apply a large picture on one wall, or on all walls.
The stencil is purchased ready-made on a self-adhesive basis or cut out independently from paper, followed by fixing using masking tape
Step-by-step instructions will allow you to gradually deal with the painting:
- Take a pencil and mark the wall in the places of attachment of the stencil. To do this, the level will help exactly.
- Ready-made stencil from the store fasten to the surface (this is self-adhesive, which can be easily attached), we fix the home-made paper stencil using masking tape.
- Tassel in a circular motion apply acrylic paint in the places of the holes on the stencil. We wait until one coat of paint dries and apply another coat.
- After 24 hours, when the paint dries completely, cover the picture with a protective layer of varnish. This is necessary not only for aesthetic appeal, but also to give patterns moisture resistance.
If you have drawing skills, you can independently draw the necessary picture without a stencil.
The subject of the picture can be very diverse: fairy-tale and cartoon characters, nature, animal and plant life.
Images of trees, houses and mountains are popular. They are easy to draw, and you can decorate with a wide variety of options: birds, squirrels, fairies, leaflets, flowers, etc. You can attach volumetric details to tree branches and thus achieve the 3D effect.
Art painting of walls in an apartment using a stencil
Currently, templates with various images are in many online stores and building hypermarkets. It is best to purchase wall-mounted stencils made of polymer film. They are easy to wash and can be used many times. If among the whole variety of drawings you did not find “that one”, then you can make a stencil with your own hands. To do this, you need lavsan film (milar). Milar is placed on the glass, on top - a paper stencil. After that, the necessary holes in the film are made with a clerical knife. So you can get a stencil with its own unique design.
In extreme cases, you can use the usual paper template. The stencil is attached to the wall with masking tape and smeared with a roller with precise rotational movements. Before painting, it is advisable to remove excess paint with a cloth. There is an option even easier - buy vinyl stickers, stick them to the wall in a couple of seconds and enjoy the beautiful pattern.