When it comes to creating a fun, interactive room for your child, you might need to use your imagination. In small bedrooms in particular, there might not be room for loads of fancy toys and furniture, so you'll need to think outside the box. Turning the walls of the room into interactive areas to promote play and learning is a great way to make the most of the space you have. By using specialist paints, you can create a really unique bedroom that will provide your child with loads of fun for years to come.
Chalkboard paint creates a space for your child to get creative, heat sensitive paint is lots of fun and promotes learning, and magnetic paint is a versatile way to stick all sorts of things to the walls. Read on for loads of ideas on using paint to create an amazingly interactive bedroom.
Chalkboard paint is available in a wide range of colours, with black being the most popular. You can use as much or as little as you'd like - you could turn an entire wall into a chalkboard, or paint just a small square. You won't need to worry about a traditional chalkboard falling down or being damaged, making this perfect for young children.
Kids who are prone to scribbling on the walls will be thrilled to have an area where they're actually encouraged to do so, and having a large blank canvas encourages creativity. You could simply leave the board for your child to draw on as they wish, or decorate it to match the theme of their room. Chalkboard pens are a great way to create more complex designs. Parts of the wall could be dedicated to a chores list or calendar, which helps teach kids about structure.
Heat sensitive paint
Heat sensitive paint is specially designed to change colour with the temperature, and heat from the human body can alter the pigmentation. This paint is a lot of fun for kids who enjoy magic - they'll be thrilled to see their bedroom walls change colour before their very eyes. It's also a good way to start teaching children about science. Create your own experiment by holding different objects up to the paint, and seeing if it changes colour - try ice cubes and a hot water bottle. You could also get them interested in the structure of the human body by showing them the shape their hand print makes on the wall and discussing why it looks the way it does.
Magnetic paint can turn any wall into a notice board. It's a great way to display drawings kids have done, especially if they're just starting school. It can also be a fun area for learning and telling stories. You could buy animal magnets and group them into different categories, or use letter and number magnets to practice maths and English.
Hiring a professional painter is a good idea when it comes to specialist paints - they'll be able to advise you on the best types of paint for your room, and create a smooth, high-quality finish.